Category: TV

The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes Review - 2022 Netflix Documentary

On ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes,’ ‘Blonde’ and Fatalist Netflix Filmmaking

“A fatalist flick like ‘Blonde’ — which, importantly, is not a biopic — and serial killer documentaries like ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes’ can at once be exploitative and insightful. Both things can be true.”

Sex Pistols Essay - Pistol TV Series on FX

Making Sense of the Bullocks: Examining the Punk Unpleasantries of ‘Pistol’ and ‘Sid and Nancy’

“FX’s ‘Pistol’ stays true to the chaotic nature of the Sex Pistols and manages to sprinkle in some of that Boyle pop energy.”

Surviving the Cartel Review - Ely Bams Crime Series

Review: ‘Surviving the Cartel’ Season 1

“‘Surviving the Cartel’ season 1 looks like a mostly-assembled jigsaw puzzle. Creator Ely Bams has everything in place and yet various pieces clearly don’t connect.”

Better Call Saul Essay - Obsessional Neurosis

‘Better Call Saul’ and Mechanisms of Obsessional Neurosis

“‘Better Call Saul’ is ultimately an interesting case study of adjacency that points to a more sustainable prequel model that television in general might wish to use in future.”

The Volume Essay - The Mandalorian Stagecraft

The Volume: The Final Stage

“The old silver screens have reached their limit, and even 4K will become passé. Perhaps it’s time for Hollywood and theater chains to up the ante by investing in venues and screens similar to the Volume.”

Jesus of Nazareth Movie essay - 1977 Franco Zeffirelli Film

They Know Not What They Do: The Passion of the Christ in Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Jesus of Nazareth’

“‘Jesus of Nazareth’ is precisely a film of moments, and Zeffirelli depicts them with expert technique.”

Too Old to Die Young Essay - 2019 Amazon Series by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker

Numbness and Arousal in the Post-Postmodern Apocalypse of ‘Too Old to Die Young’

“Taken as a whole, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ is a summative statement on genre, aesthetics and the crumbling American psyche, delivered with a fury sublimated in neon glow. It is a major work of art.”

Look at You - 2022 Taylor Tomlinson Netflix Comedy Special

Review: ‘Taylor Tomlinson: Look at You’

“Tomlinson doesn’t hit the trendy talking points of so many comedians her age. Instead, she figuratively peels a rotten orange in ‘Look at You’ and asks the audience what they see. The damage is evident, and yet there’s still beauty in the bright color that remains.”

We Need to Talk About Cosby Review - 2022 W. Kamau Bell Documentary

Review: W. Kamau Bell’s ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’

“Bell is as masterful a listener as he is an interviewer, fully honoring the presence of those whose lives were changed after crossing paths with Cosby.”

Camera Man Book Review - 2022 Dana Stevens Buster Keaton Biography

The Slow Train Home

“I’m thankful to Stevens for her ‘unsnobbish enthusiasm’ in ‘Camera Man,’ just as I’m thankful to Patrick Somerville and his ‘Station Eleven’ co-writers for their story about second chances and art therapy.”

Dennis Potter Essay - Cold Lazarus

Must Write a Happy Ending: The Posthumous Dennis Potter

“Dennis Potter left us with one of the most ambitious and meaningful pieces of British television, bridging commercial and public broadcasting to address the state of the nation and the fate of the artist with his customary irreverence and accessibility.”

Succession Season 3 Essay - Kendall and Shiv Opposition

The Kendall-Shiv Opposition in ‘Succession’ Season 3

“The tension between spectator empathy and necessary critical distance are at the heart of Succession’s mixing pot of antiheroism and amorality, which is all that’s left when its humanism is squandered and its morally redemptive potential falls short.”

The Five Juanas Season 2 on Netflix - What Happens Next for Juana Matilde

‘The Five Juanas’ Season 2: What Happens Next for Matilde

The Five Juanas Season 2: Here’s what Vague Visages’ ‘La Venganza de las Juanas’ expert predicts for Matilde (Juanita Arias) in new episodes.

The Five Juanas Season 2 on Netflix - What Happens Next for Juana Valentina

‘The Five Juanas’ Season 2: What Happens Next for Valentina

The Five Juanas Season 2: Vague Visages’ La Venganza de las Juanas expert, Q.V. Hough, on what happens next for Valentina (Renata Notni).

Saturday Night Live Season 47 Review - Owen Wilson/Kacey Musgraves

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: ‘Owen Wilson/Kacey Musgraves’

“Michael Che talks trash from a desk (and on his Instagram stories), but who’s going to challenge the audience from the main stage with some weird, wild stuff?”

Godzilla Singular Point - Netflix

Netflix Review: ‘Godzilla Singular Point’ Season 1

“Previous incarnations of Godzilla worked best by implanting ideas that were tangible. However, in the world of ‘Godzilla Singular Point,’ the ideas prove to be non-existent, as do the inhabitants.”

Invincible - Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Review: ‘Invincible’ Season 1

“Comic book adaptations are by no means an easy task, but Robert Kirkman and his co-producers achieve a soaring success with the Amazon Prime series ‘Invincible.'”

Framing Britney Spears Documentary

Review: Samantha Stark’s ‘Framing Britney Spears’

“The best aspects of ‘Framing Britney Spears’ are implicit while the least effective parts are explicit. And in the absence of a direct commentary from Spears, Stark surely could have used more evenhanded and considerate interview subjects.”

This Is a Robbery: The World's Greatest Art Heist - Netflix Documentary

Netflix Review: ‘This Is a Robbery: The World’s Greatest Art Heist’

“With ‘This Is a Robbery,’ Barnicle manages to pinpoint what probably happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on St. Patty’s Day 1990 while amplifying the long-term mystery.”

Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American - Netflix

Netflix Review: ‘Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American’

“Bargatze delivers a strong one-hour set in ‘The Greatest Average American,’ even if he seems more interested in referencing his family and friends than owning the stage with original bits.”