The Leftovers (TV series)

Rating: A How do you write about a show like The Leftovers? The first five episodes of the show were probably the most depressing I have ever watched for some time. Dealing with the lives of the people who lost families and friends in an event called the Sudden Departure where two percent of the... Continue Reading →

Black Sails (Season 1)

Rating: B Just finished the first season of Starz' Black Sails and in true Starz fashion, there was a lot of violence and sex in the series. But just like Starz' other shows such as Spartacus and Pillars of the Earth, there is more to these series than gratuitous nudity and unnecessary gore. True, these... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bel Canto (2001) by Ann Patchett

Rating: A Set in an unnamed South American country, a party is thrown in honor of a visiting Japanese tycoon goes awry when a small guerilla band, intending to take the president as hostage, breaks in. Unfortunately, the president has opted not to attend in favor of watching his favorite soap opera resulting in the taking... Continue Reading →

Fourth Man Out (2015)

Andrew Nackman's Fourth Man Out, a funny and endearing take on a young man's coming out experience. Adam (Evan Todd), a closeted garage mechanic decides on his 24th birthday that it's time to break the news to his friends: Chris (Parker Young), Ortu (Jon Gabrus), and Nick (Chord Overstreet). This isn't your angst-ridden and gloomy gay... Continue Reading →

Jackie (2016)

Another brilliant performance from Natalie Portman who portrays the iconic Jackie Kennedy in this film, following her life after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. This thoughtful and revealing film is clearly an acting piece for Portman who might have seen it as a challenge for her acting chops aside... Continue Reading →

Preacher (Season 1)

Preacher  developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen for AMC starring Dominic Cooper is a welcome addition to my list of top shows to watch. A dark comedy featuring a small-town preacher with a dubious past who suddenly becomes a host to a mysterious entity that allows him to literally compel people to think... Continue Reading →

Legion (2017)

I just finished the first season of Legion, created for FX by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character David Haller / Legion and I must say that I now hooked. I had my doubts with the first couple episodes its paltry eight-episode season but I now only have respect for Noah Hawley's work on this... Continue Reading →

Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)

A glorious, gothic feast that ended far too soon. John Logan's Penny Dreadful, immediately caught my attention when it first came out in 2014. Drawing inspiration from the 19th century cheap fiction called penny dreadfuls which were about sensational and lurid stories. Of course, it also bears a close resemblance to the 1999 comic series, League of... Continue Reading →

Closet Monster (2015)

Coming of age movies are a dime a dozen. Often resorting to nostalgia and cheap sentiment in order to draw the audience in. Closet Monster, written and directed by Stephen Dunn and starring Connor Jessup tackles the same terrain with a sensitivity and humor that is quite unlike any other film out there. Oscar Madly, played... Continue Reading →

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