Monthly Archives: October 2013

Under Review: Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips wants to succeed on two levels. As a thriller, I encountered a first-rate action piece, a near-impeccably staged and gripping reenactment of a story I already knew; the director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, United 93) ably recreated a hostage … Continue reading

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Under Review: 12 Years a Slave

Slavery, as studied today, remains an unpardonable sin, an unshakable and firmly entrenched stain on our nation’s history. Slavery, as practiced, lived, and endured for over two centuries, was similarly entrenched as an institution—an institution of such massively inhumane scale … Continue reading

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Homeland S3E3: Tower of David

I felt compelled to write something about this episode because for the first time in the show’s history I was on the verge of napping within 20 minutes. This was, without a doubt, the worst episode of Homeland to date and makes … Continue reading

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Under Review: Enough Said

You can read virtually any James Gandolfini obituary from June for a remembrance of all the actorly qualities that made him so captivating on-screen: His brusque demeanor that masked a sadness his characters often struggled to acknowledge, quiet but charismatic, … Continue reading

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The Bridge Season 1 Review

Based on the standards the show set for itself, I believe the first season of The Bridge was a failure. As we outlined in our discussion of the Pilot, this was supposed to be Mexico’s answer to The Wire. I think there are … Continue reading

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Under Review: Gravity

It was worth waiting the seven years for Alfonso Cuarón’s next feature. If Cuarón gained entrée into the highest echelon of directors working today with 2006’s Children of Men (and before that 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and 2001’s Y … Continue reading

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Homeland S3E1: Tin Man is Down

Coming off the high that was the ending of Breaking Bad is tough. With Mad Men in hiatus (and don’t get me started on the 7-7 breakup for the final season), we do not have any premier shows on television right now in my … Continue reading

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