Just in time for the holidays, I geek out on my favorite Muppet film.
Darker, more powerful, and more awesome than anyone had any right to expect, this space-set military drama boasts a gripping mythology, rip-roaring action, and characters worth getting deeply invested in.
It’s not actually a Star Trek film, but it’s my favorite, and better than almost all that actually bear the name.
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?
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.
There are films that seep into the public consciousness so deeply that we begin to take them for granted, and their greatness is assumed but no longer deeply thought about. The Shawshank Redemption is one of those films.
A brainy science-fiction show with romantic’s heart, a procedural with fully-formed characters, a crazy action series with a brilliant cast — FRINGE was many things, and always great.
Edgar Wright is one of the most dynamic and inventive young directors on the planet today. He cut his teeth on the English sitcom Spaced, which was co-written by the show’s leads, Simon Pegg & Jessica Hynes. It featured a dazzling array of visual quirks, including whip pans, frantic montages, meta dream sequences, and constant nods to tentpoles of nerd culture. The hilarious “male telepathy” scene from Season 2 lays a foundation for what Wright would attempt in his feature film career, culminating in this under-appreciated gem of a film.
The fledging BBC America series Orphan Black has finished just its first season, but it has already cemented its place among the post-LOST sci-fi/action elite. A great deal of that has to do with the tightly wound storytelling and plausible layers of mythology, but the singular, defining aspect of the show for many (okay, for all) is the absolutely titanic central performance from Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany.