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Tuesday, January 14 2014

‘Frontline: The Secret State of North Korea’: Information in Motion

As much good as James Bond might do in a long run, the short run for most North Koreans remains hard.


Dave Chappelle: 21 December 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Dave Chappelle jokes that Philly, as the birthplace of America, is "the perfect place to end my career".


Monday, January 13 2014

Still More Strangeness and Subtlety in FX’s ‘Archer’

Archer may be a simple man, but his is a life of many complications, and he is in turn a complication for most of those who know him.


From Sci-Fi to Fantasy, ‘Frankenstein’ Highlights a Century of Classic to Cult Adaptations

Frankenstein: The Real Story separates Frankenfacts from fiction while exploring the 19th century influences on Mary Shelley’s writing.


‘Dancing, a Man’s Game’ and ‘50s-era Masculinity

Masculinity, athleticism and grace take center stage in the newly released Omnibus special from 1958 featuring a young, fiery Gene Kelly.


Sunday, January 12 2014

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ and the Gentle Apocalypse of the Louisiana Landscape

Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) encounter a rogues' gallery of supporting characters, including the bad men we need to keep other bad men from the door.


Growing Up Is Getting Complicated, in a Good Way, in Season 3 of ‘Girls’

Girls is becoming more complex along with its characters, and as a result, the viewer feels a greater investment.


Friday, January 10 2014

Brothers Together Again in Fox’s ‘Enlisted’

The show's two central flaws work against each other, as interactions among the characters are consistently unfunny and unrealistic.


Every Voice Matters: ‘Listening is an Act of Love’

Even though the audio is the real star, Listening is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special is a touching animated film that anyone who has ever heard a good story should witness.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

How Does a Trader Make 60 Percent in a Year? ‘Frontline: To Catch a Trader’

It appears that rules are rules and laws are laws… sometimes.


‘Robin Redbreast’ and the Creeping Horrors of a Rural Idyll

Released for the first time on DVD, the BBC's 1970 drama is a disturbing film concerning the grim underbelly of sinister rural rituals, and those that adhere to them.


Monday, January 6 2014

‘Intelligence’ Begins with a Promising Conundrum

The smartest parts of Intelligence concern debates over Gabriel's malfunctions as a machine, even as they feel emotional bonds with him.


Sunday, January 5 2014

‘The Curse of Oak Island’: Slow Going

The Curse of Oak Island, by title and general aesthetic, focuses on building up the strange aspects of island lore. But the first episodes don't offer much mystery.


Thursday, December 26 2013

Scratch Beneath the Surface of ‘Dead of Night’, If You Dare

If you are patient you will be rewarded with intellectual stimulation, and a tone of general strangeness that will creep insidiously under your skin.


Thursday, December 19 2013

America Needs Great Public Universities: ‘At Berkeley’

The idea of public education is at once gloriously and unbearably ambitious.


Tuesday, December 17 2013

‘Youngstown Boys’: Maurice Clarett Redux

All this is to say that even if Maurice Clarett had insight into the game of football, he might not have understood the larger game.


Monday, December 16 2013

‘The Fall’ Is an Audacious Police Procedural

Programs like BBC Two’s The Fall should be commended for doing everything “wrong” in terms of pleasing the demands of commercial television.


Wednesday, December 11 2013

The Flashy Trashy Aesthetics of ‘Rodeo Girls’

Are these girl-power barrel racers post-feminist figures?


What We Think of as Photoshopping Existed Decades Before Photoshop

Despite containing any number of intriguing moments, A History From Behind the Lens fails to provide a coherent overview of the art form.


Tuesday, December 10 2013

‘30 for 30: Bernie and Ernie’ and One More Step in the End to Racism

In basketball, Bernard King, a shy, thoughtful child living in a "rough" part of Brooklyn, found a means to self-expression and purpose.


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