Recently, I had the treat of watching and reviewing the second season of The Alienist, subtitled as Angel of Darkness. While not a towering entry into the genre of serial killer entertainment, it is an effective and, at times, surprisingly touching character piece. It is also beautifully acted and contains production values of a caliber…Read more TV Review: The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (2020)
Read my take on HBO's The Undoing. In full transparency, though, my review is really just an excuse to talk about how much I fucking love Hugh Grant.
In his 2003 true crime novel, The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson states the following regarding Daniel Burnham, the famous architect, and H. H. Holmes, the infamous serial killer, the two figures at the heart of his story: "Beneath the gore and smoke and loam, this book is about the evanescence of life, and…Read more TV Review: American Crime Story – The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)
Fuller House’s theme song (repurposed from Full House) begins with the eye-rolling lyrics, “Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, the evening T.V?” Such a tune is comical in its rosy, retrograde nostalgia, not to mention tone-deaf considering our contemporary political and social climate. Yet everywhere you look, everywhere you look there’s an old…Read more TV Reivew: Fuller House: The Complete First Season
I never watched the short-lived Constantine TV show, which ran for one season on NBC. I am familiar with its comic book source material Hellblazer however, and its central character John Constantine. Profane, cynical yet deeply humane, he was (and is) a rich character, possessing the sort of hardscrabble, improvisational grit a world apart from…Read more TV Review: Arrow Season 4, Episode 5 – “Haunted”
It was probably unrealistic to expect that Arrow could stay on message, or maintain the high quality displayed in the first two episodes of its fourth season. If Season Three taught us anything it's that the show often prescribes to a one-step-forward, two-steps-back mentality, and episode three of the fourth season adheres to that mold…Read more TV Review: Arrow Season 4, Episode 3 – “Restoration”
The second episode of Arrow's fourth season takes what worked with the premiere and doubles down on it. Beginning with a blast of the show's now almost patented action, which depicts a reunited Team Arrow battling it out with Darhk's minions, "The Candidate" wastes very little time diving into Arrow's central preoccupations. Chief among these…Read more TV Review: Arrow Season 4, Episode 2 – “The Candidate”
Remember when CW's superhero melodrama Arrow was good? How about when it was great? If you answered "no" or "barely" to those queries rest assured you aren't alone. In fact, after Season Three turned out to be an agonizing and ultimately doomed affair, it seemed like many people had written off the emerald archer. Who…Read more TV Review: Arrow Season 4, Episode 1 – “Green Arrow”