Hoo boy. I did not plan to get to this series this soon, but it’s been falling like a rock in the rankings thanks to its current season. It can still pull out of the tailspin (and seems to be working on it), but let’s get through this entry just focusing on the positives of Seasons 1 and 2, okay?
In which I arbitrarily rank the latest episodes of sitcoms. This week: Tatiana “Clone Club” Maslany comes to Pawnee, and a couple other shows flounder a bit.
PACIFIC RIM is a film that would have melted my brain at 10, but doesn’t quite meet my expectations at 26.
The second film in as many weeks to leave you gasping for air, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS features Tom Hanks’s best performance in a decade, and definitively makes Paul Greengrass the master of the docudrama.
The hyper-kinetic, thoughtful capper to the Jason Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum signified a revolution in the action genre — and we’re still feeling its effects.
On its surface, Mad Men is a show about terrible people getting away with whatever they like in a time of white privilege, sexism, and cigarettes. Good thing it’s SO MUCH MORE than that.
A white-knuckle, technically flawless masterpiece, Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY is the theatergoing experience of the year.
With Breaking Bad coming to a triumphant close — depending on who you ask — this past Sunday, it’s time to take immediate, knee-jerk stock of the television landscape and anoint a new MVP: Most Valuable Program. Here are 25(!) series that are vying for the prize. Let’s choose one, shall we?
And so it ends, with a surprisingly elegiac, old-school sendoff for Walter Hartwell White.
It’s a big year for coming-of-age flicks, with the Arkansas-set Mud (starring Matthew McConaughey, in the running for an Oscar nom) and The Way Way Back both drawing critical acclaim. By contrast, The Kings of Summer doesn’t really aspire to much — it’s an extremely simple story, with a lot of funny moments, but it’s missing a payoff.