Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:49:38 PDT
The latest of a continuing series, where my wife Nicole steps up to offer her thoughts.
Loves: Medical dramas, the Natalie/Will dynamic, Oliver Platt
Likes: Budding romances, ride-or-die friendships
Dislikes: Over-dramatized situations
First there was St. Elsewhere, then ER and my all-time favorite, Grey's Anatomy. Medical dramas have come and gone with few having the ability to capture the viewer and not let go. As a first season newbie to the medical community, Chicago Med has done a fantastic job of setting itself...Read the entire review
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:01:31 PDT
(image) Tom (Michael Shannon) is supposed to be celebrating his birthday, but he's got too much on his mind to truly relax. His wife, Ramina (Azita Ghanizada) has just scored a really rare two-year academic opportunity across the country in California, which would be great if Tom and his co-worker Clyde (Michael Chernus) weren't on the verge of a minor legal triumph in their low-end government office. More importantly, he's just spotted the woman (Rachel Weisz) Clyde has brought to his party, who is introduced as Alice, a woman who studied frogs in Tasmania and now works across the street from Tom and Clyde, and eats in their cafeteria. She is beautiful, but what's distracting Tom is that he knew her, years before, as an entirely different person.
Complete Unknown is a fascinating movie, one which remains engaging even as it struggles to transform thematic or conceptual ideas into a film that is als...Read the entire review
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:51:43 PDT
(image) The Movie:
There are two perceptions of Pele, one is widely known, the other perhaps less so. There is the one we know, the ebullient soccer star who exploded on the world stage in the 1958 World Cup, winning the first of three trophies for Brazil. The guy who was one of the icons as part of the North American Soccer League for the New York Cosmos and is at the top (or just before it) of every list of the top soccer players in history. There is another Pele, a little lesser known, who I'll elaborate on in a bit, but it seems strange that a movie hadn't been made about Pele's life, or one that I know of at least.
Pele: Birth of a Legend was written and directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, who directed the excellent The Two Escobars documentary on Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar a...Read the entire review
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:26:31 PDT
(image) The Film:
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:08:28 PDT
(image) The Series:
The sixth and final season of The Wonder Years brings to a close the story of Kevin Arnold and his family, friends and other assorted characters from his to this point. Those new to the series are best to start with the first season, as obviously a lot of the storylines here have played out to a certain degree in the five seasons prior. The twenty-two episodes that make up this series are spread across four DVDs and are presented unedited (not that there was all that much to censor but certain TV channels have shown these in syndication with the odd mild cuss bleeped).
When this last season starts, Kevin is starting eleventh grade. With Paul (Josh Saviano) now class president and things getting kind of hum-drum for Kevin, he starts hanging out with Jeff Billings (Giovanni Ribisi) more often. He and Winnie (Danica McKellar) are still an item but when Kevin takes a j...Read the entire review
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:08:28 PDT
(image) It's generally pretty easy to write off the modern obsession with the pop culture of the 1980s as shallow. For one thing, that passion is frequently co-opted by corporations looking for something to remake, reboot, or sequelize that audiences are already familiar with, and it's also omnipresent, a go-to that seems to take up every bit of space, especially in movies, not currently being occupied by superheroes. Another factor, however, is just that some of the films that people tend to love -- sorry, not sorry -- are still popular for nostalgic reasons rather than artistic merit.
With those concerns in mind, I had my reservations as I sat down to watch Highlander for the first time. Although the franchise was a legitimate phenomenon, spanning six films, 10 novels, two comic books, three television series, and several games, video and otherwise, and yet I'd managed to miss out on it. Thankful...Read the entire review