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Monday, June 9 2014

‘Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr.’: The Actor on His Father

A contemplation of how art might be valued, how eras might be defined, and how artists survive adversity.


It’s Out with the Old, in with the Older in ‘Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor’

With the Doctor's many regenerations, we see our Time Lord reincarnated with different mannerisms and taste in just about everything but the almost universally garish clothing.


Monday, June 2 2014

Celebrating a Remarkable 50-Year ‘Adventure in Space and Time’

Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.


Friday, May 30 2014

PC-Cloning Has Gone Mad in ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

Halt and Catch Fire isn't about the Steve Jobs or the Bill Gateses. It's about the other guys who rushed in and tried to make a fortune in their wake.


Thursday, May 29 2014

‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Quirks, Neurosis, Irrational Behavior and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’

It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.


Thursday, May 22 2014

‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.


The Playbook of Marketing Was Turned on Its Ear by Social Media

Douglas Rushkoff’s Frontline: Generation Like discovers that teens, it seems, are happy to work for free, essentially doing the work of the advertisers.


Tuesday, May 13 2014

‘Frontline: United States of Secrets, Part 1’: History of the NSA’s Surveillance Program

Edward Snowden's reveal has had cascading effects. While more are now aware of what the NSA has done, efforts to limit the damage and perpetuate the Program persist.


Exploring the Depths of the ‘Hill Street Blues’

Hill Street Blues is a near perfect beast that never replicates, but builds upon its predecessors in its own quirky, occasionally surreal way.


Monday, May 12 2014

‘Orange is the New Black’ Eases Us All Into Prison Life

These are women who are rarely given a voice in television, so when a series like Orange is the New Black comes along, it’s striking in its depiction.


Thursday, May 8 2014

‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season One’ Is Really Smokin’

I Love Lucy has been treasured for years, but this is the first time that it has been presented in a manner so thoroughly studied and examined within its historical context.


Wednesday, May 7 2014

‘30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Barbosa’ and ‘Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy’

On Moacir Barbosa and Brazils self-image of ongoing suffering and its perpetually elusive redemption.


‘Generation War’ Isn’t Afraid to Present Ambivalence and Ambiguity

This might make some viewers uncomfortable. It might offend. It might challenge preconceptions. That’s fine. Much of the time, that’s what good art does.


Monday, May 5 2014

‘24: Live Another Day’ Has Chloe’s Back

It may be that in 24's universe, there's no option for being cast out, for remaining out, that choices can't be made, but are only made for Chloe and Jack Bauer and you, too.


‘Lizzie Borden Took an Axe’ and That’s About It

Too shallow to be informative and too dry to be campy, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe is unsatisfying on every level.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Kenneth More’s ‘Father Brown’ Gives a Us Reassuring Voice of Reason and Moderation

Father Brown, in his 1974 television series incarnation, assures viewers that wisdom lies in moderation, not revolution.


Tuesday, April 29 2014

‘Mr. Selfridge: Season 2’ Gives Us a Wonderful Cast of Characters and a Riveting Time Period

As the war affects all aspects of the business, season 2 employs a more serious tone, yet it's more entertaining than thought-provoking.


Tuesday, April 22 2014

‘30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Maradona ‘86 and The Opposition’

These two soccer stories, focused on the World Cups of 1974 and 1986, reveal the politics, culpability, and legacy of FIFA in broader contexts.


Thursday, April 17 2014

‘30 for 30: Bad Boys’ Wants to Crush ‘em—but Only Mentally

The Piston's Isiah Thomas exhorts haters to "erase the labels that you've given us and the names that you called us, all those people who said we were thugs and vicious."


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