TV and Movies

A look at the TV and movies I'm watching and whether they're the next Star Wars or the next Sharknado.
Oct
22
A detective show with weight and unusual stakes, Luther is worth a watch.

Luther: It's gonna be a long night.

Luther (BBC / HBO Max) cares not for your standard episode beats, nor for your 20-odd episode seasons and regular villain line-ups
3 min read
Oct
15
The TIE Fighter in all its ruined glory.

The TIE Fighter: Sci-Fi's Perfect Spaceship

Star Wars doesn't exactly give the Empire many gray shades, but the TIE Fighter does a lot to clarify its particular brand of evil.
2 min read
Sep
24
News of the World starring Tom Hanks, now streaming on HBO Max

When The Violence Is Baked In

There seem to be several immutable laws of Westerns. One, that there will be shots of wide desert horizons, sage brush scattered amid the dust. Two, that there will be wide-brimmed hats and horses. Three, that, by God, there will be violence.
3 min read
Jan
18
The DC Sidekick Turned Star

The DC Sidekick Turned Star

Harley Quinn, an animated show on HBO Max, throws out the grim table setting and revels in the ridiculousness of the DC Universe.
2 min read
Oct
21
Breaking the Knot: DARK at Time's End

Breaking the Knot: DARK at Time's End

Episode by episode, we crawl along Dark's turns and intersections, marveling at how the timelines criss and cross, its characters weaving among one another, tied in unknowable ways.
2 min read
Oct
05
Ready Or Not turns Hide and Seek into horror comedy

Ready Or Not turns Hide and Seek into horror comedy

There's a balance here between Grace's growing peril and the incompetence of her pursuit that makes Ready or Not a great time that doesn't overstay its welcome.
3 min read
Sep
28
Stalking Spice: Dune at the halfway point

Stalking Spice: Dune at the halfway point

Dune could've been a trilogy all its own.
3 min read
Sep
21
WandaVision and embracing the weird

WandaVision and embracing the weird

Wandavision shows Disney and Marvel are, on Endgame's big heels, going off the fantastic deep end.
1 min read
Sep
16
Have Time, Will Travel

Have Time, Will Travel

Dark, a German Netflix series, takes us on a winding tour of its knot over the course of a grim and fascinating first season.
3 min read
Aug
31
Top Gun: Top Cruise

Top Gun: Top Cruise

Somehow, I'd missed seeing TOP GUN as a kid, as a teenager, and, up till now, an adult.
2 min read