When doing some light research for the new Mission Impossible movie, I stumbled across the interesting fact that Tom Cruise hasn’t had a real flop in 30 years.
Funniest Show Of 2014 Returns Tonight On Comedy Central.
The wisdom of a sports movie and the insight of a litigator show that the best time is now — right now — for the nation to reconcile some of its deep social fissures.
Film composer James Horner died earlier today in a plane crash in California’a Los Padres National Forest. May he rest in peace.
Movies, sports, food, relaxation, fun times. At least, hopefully that’s the sort of thing that your weekend promises!
“The Last Man On Earth” is good and you should watch it.
Go watch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” right now. Don’t even bother with the review.
Should you watch Amazon’s Bosch? Yes, so long as you’re willing to accept goodness rather than greatness.
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Want a chance to re-do your past? Get a grain, relive all your life, share it with your friends. All you’ll lose is the ability to forget and move on. By zic.
Vikram’s title for this episode would have been “The Hedonic Exercise Bike”.
Black Mirror’s first episode, National Anthem, isn’t really the Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi show it claims to be. But it might be the best political/social satire ever produced for television. Spoilers herein, as well as disturbing sexual content. By Tod Kelly.
Notes I should probably be titling things Gilmore girls since that’s the show’s official title, but I hate how it looks in the header. That lower case “g” is, frankly, maddening. “Cinnamon’s Wake” Get it? Like Finnegan’s Wake? Only it’s Cinnamon, the now deceased cat of Lorelai’s next-door neighbors. Let’s forget for a moment that all of…
Notes I am absolutely floored by the response to the first post, which has been simultaneously energetic and incredibly weird. I don’t assume that this will continue but it is fun while it lasts. These seasons are twenty-plus episodes long. This will devolve into a bit of a grind, probably sooner rather than later. With…
At the very outset, I must acknowledge the following: many of the women in my life consider Gilmore Girls to be among the greatest television shows ever created. These women – including my wife and numerous lifelong friends – share a passionate dedication to the show and its characters. I have heard for years about the…
Dennis Sanders notes that for a short time, there was an animated series based on comic book characters that was as intense and real as any live action drama. It was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. So of course, DC Comics had to kill it.
The next must-watch cable mini-series?
I can tell you what Game of Thrones is good at but not why we seem to like it so much.
Brando, Krueger, Skywalker, and Vin Diesel? Yes, you read that right.
Ten actors, in a particular order. Who’s eleventh?
Spoiler: The Lego Movie is
It’s time to bust Comcast.
The Doc may think he has an advantage this week. But nothing’s stopping you from snaking a win from him!
Via The Dish and Vimeo comes a video montage that moves past fan-fidling and transcends into something singularly marvelous.
Burt Likko’s been watching a little more television than usual. And he has a question.
It’s movies this week!
If you like TV and have not heard about Sundance Channel’s “The Writers’ Room”, I heavily recommend it. Jim Rash (who played the Dean on “Community”) hosts a different group of writers from a hit show each week. So far they’ve done “Parks and Rec”, “Dexter”, and “Breaking Bad”. It seems like a no-brainer of…
The Giant Mechanical Man tackles a subject that Hollywood pretends to care about but actually ignores: falling in love.
One of NPR’s pop culture reviewers got the cinematic equivalent of nachos with extra cheese sauce the other day. It’s fun and tasty even though you know it’s not good for you. The reviewer seems like she has only just discovered the joy of Bad Cinema, but now she’s hooked. In particular she seems amazed that they got “Actual Actor John Heard” to pummel a foam rubber shark with a barstool. The way that works, of course, is that the Actual […]
Tony Stark suffers from PTSD, Pepper Pots is mad because he bought her a giant stuffed rabbit for Christmas, and an enigmatic terrorist called the Mandarin is taking responsibility for supposed suicide bombings in major cities all over the world. Iron Man 3, on paper at least, resolves each of these crises and more before…
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Dark Wings, Dark Words,” was the first one I watched all by my lonesome. Sipping some gin and finishing off the remnants of a week old chocolate Easter bunny, my solitude helped emphasize my favorite moments from the episode—mostly because I had no one else to share my…
Kathryn Bigelow’s op-ed in the L.A. Times rebutting criticisms of her film is about more than Zero Dark Thirty. The piece also demonstrates a tendency that’s only all to frequent when it comes to the upper echelons of cultural and political discourse. Bigelow manufactures accusations in order to easily rebuff them, ignoring the best critiques of Zero…
I went into Zero Dark Thirty with several preconceptions. I followed the debate between film critics and political journalists very closely. I was aware of the movie’s major plot points and already had a list of key moments, and other people’s interpretations of them, floating around in my head by the time the hunt for Osama bin Laden…
I haven’t watched one in a while, and though I lean towards the political type, or those documentaries which depict the worst kinds of social injustice, I’m willing to take a spin outside my wheel house this time. So I thought I’d put a call out for great documentaries I and everyone else around these parts…
Actually, Antonin Scalia is right. I do not write those words often, or lightly. And it is actually Kevin Drum who comes off as glib and dismissive in this recent post on the Supreme Court Justice. In it, Drum takes Scalia to task for arguing that Supreme Court proceedings shouldn’t be televised. Scalia makes the…