11 days ago | Film and TV
The Nazis lost World War II, but they've conquered the American imagination. Seventy years after his suicide, Hitler is still everywhere: in the movies, on YouTube, in political headlines and on the History Channel. The latest manifestation of our...
25 days ago | Film and TV
In its very first scene, Aziz Ansari's new Netflix series, Master of None, presents something never before seen on TV: an Asian-American male romantic lead at the center of his own series. Granted, that scene is hardly sexy: A broken condom puts t...
28 days ago | Film and TV
The Muppets doesn't work, exactly, but I'm still watching. As a relative outsider to the 60-year Muppets franchise, I've long suspected that early imprinting is the key to loving Jim Henson's gaudy, unblinking rags. I've never felt a particular ne...
Oliver Twist should be grateful he was only beaten, starved, and overworked. In the Moldovan social drama All God's Children, the first film submitted for Oscar consideration by Europe's poorest country, a much bleaker fate hangs over...
2 months ago | Film and TV
Twenty-year-old Josh's (Josh Thomas) world explodes twice in the Please Like Me pilot: first when he realizes he's gay and again when his bipolar mother, Rose (Debra Lawrance), attempts suicide. Josh takes both revelations in stride, though he dre...
Mike O'Malley's Brilliant Family Sitcom Survivor's Remorse Asks New Questions About the American Dream3 months ago
The American Dream killed Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman, but their TV counterparts have mostly fared better. Sure, Walter White ends up in a metaphorical ditch and Tony Soprano may too. But the serialization of TV storytelling largely means that...