the alienist

TNT’s ‘The Alienist’ is A Visual Time Machine

After gradually raising the bar for its original dramas over the past two seasons with Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior, and Claws, all of which represented a clear step up from the more formulaic fare the network was best known for, TNT is finally ready to play with the big boys with its hugely ambitious adaptation…

‘Corporate’ Can Help You Face The Void

Some people follow their dreams, manage to make a living doing what they love, and are able to live a happy life rich with meaning and hard-earned personal satisfaction. Then there are the rest of us. If you work in an office big enough that you don’t know more people’s names than you do, you…

XPT

‘XTC: This is Pop’ is The Anti-Rock Doc

“Once in a long rare while you get a band that starts out pretty good and gets better and better and better and I have to be immodest and say, we’re the other band that did that.” So says singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Partridge of XTC, the band that over a 25-year career moved from oddball punk…

Bachelor

Seven Observations From ‘The Bachelor’ Premiere

ABC’s long-running reality dating show The Bachelor returned on New Year’s Day with 2012 Bachelorette finalist Arie Ludenwyk broken out of cold storage to hand out the roses. This has always been my favorite show to watch/make fun of/scrutinize on an anthropological level with my wife, and this premiere was no exception. Arie’s stated profession,…

die hard

Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas Movie or Not?

Every year it seems the same debate continues to divide families, threaten friendships, and call the very nature of the holiday season into question: IS DIE HARD A CHRISTMAS MOVIE? Die Hard, in case you are new to the culture and traditions of the United States, is the story of New York City cop John…

New Docs Raise Questions about Manson, Helter Skelter

The gruesome 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, a few of her friends, and a totally unrelated, well-to-do couple on successive nights on opposite ends of Los Angeles at the hands of deranged hippie warbler Charlie Manson and his band of obedient runaways has occupied a unique place of fascination in the nearly 50 years…

Chris Meloni in 'Happy!'

Burnout Ex-Cop Teams with Cartoon Horse in Syfy’s ‘Happy!’

Just when it seems like we have run out of interesting comic-book characters to base movies and TV shows around, along comes Grant Morrison and Syfy with a Christmas present way, way out of the box: a series adaptation of Morrison’s four-issue limited series graphic novel, Happy! And ‘graphic’ is definitely the right word for…

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