The Hour
The HourSeason 2 of The Hour premiered in the US last night! I want to talk about it, but to talk about Season 2, you have to talk about Season 1. Let’s do that. (Mild spoilers for Season 1, obviously.) ** The Hour loves its puzzles. There’s the investigative puzzle-piecing of a political thriller: on a large scale, newsmagazine The Hour covers the burgeoning Suez Crisis; on a smaller one, there’s a mole in the BBC with their eyes fixed on the fledging show.…
Channel Flip: El Cid
Channel Flip: El CidChannel Flip continues! We’re in the home stretch, this time with a movie that takes up two entire discs, one of which was probably just the credited cast: El Cid! Timestamp: Disc 2, 00:02:51 (I can only assume that the actual timestamp is something like 4:02:51 into an eight-hour movie.) So, we open as a gent on a horse rides up to a convent!…
Air time, and Chasing Ice
Air time, and Chasing IceTonight, at 1:30am Eastern, I’ll be on Hour of the Wolf at WBAI alongside scholar and writer Veronica Schanoes! Unofficial topics slated for coverage include: Hollywood blacklisting, whether I am making funny faces at her like people can see them over the radio, all movies ever. I may also be giving a slightly more formal film review; I’ve been contributing capsule reviews to WBAI and Pacifica Radio affiliates recently, and it’s given me the chance to see some very interesting films.…
In Which A Woman Dresses
In Which A Woman DressesA thing happened this morning, regarding Jessica Biel, and I got feelings. I don’t like Biel. I think she’s one of the most wooden actresses working today, and she’s skated by on her admittedly-lovely bone structure for pretty much the duration. If you want to criticize her wedding to a total jackass and their total-jackass wedding slideshow debacle, you absolutely should, because that shit was not okay!…
Channel Flip: “Space Precinct”
Channel Flip: "Space Precinct"The Channel Flip continues! Is this two space operas in a row? You bet. Is this because Netflix sent me irrelevant discs without any particular reasoning? You bet! And until they arrive, more blurry screenshots from shows that are set “in the future” even though they are firmly dressed for the early ’90s, like Space Precinct.…
Breaking Dawn, Part 2
Breaking Dawn, Part 2The quality of filmmaking for this installment is accurately represented by this poster. Well, it’s been a long road, everyone. From lip-gnawing and rape threats and total subsuming of identity, to a breakup unfolded in real time and subsuming of identity to the leftover boy and a trip to Italy, to subsuming of identity crises and a bunch of vampires failing to convince us there was a plot arc, to a superlative emotionally-withholding honeymoon followed by a fatal pregnancy featuring subsuming of identity, the Twilight series has reminded us time and time again that somewhere, there is an unironic audience for everything, and also that sometimes people just write down their therapy material by accident.…