I’m a critic. It’s become something of a bad word. I’m a critic of stories: spanning many types of storytelling mediums – film, TV, books, comics… I love stories. I know stories – I’ve studied them extensively. I know what ...Read More »
Nostalgic Impulse: Network (1976)
No matter what the subject or how affecting the lessons were, humanity never learns from mistakes of the past. Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterpiece could easily have been made in 2017. Watching Network post-Trump feels like a particularly cynical (though accurate) look ...Read More »
Can we blame Star Trek TNG for the sadism of today’s TV?
Those of us who have stuck with Game of Thrones for five season know all too well how masochistic we can be as TV fans – and just how much the writers and show runners can be sadistic assholes. And ...Read More »
Why does the procedural TV format work so well with the supernatural?
Anyone who has watched television in the last decade or two has seen at least one procedural show. While police procedurals are the most common (such as Law and Order, Castle, NYPD Blue…), the procedural format can be applied to ...Read More »
Quit while you’re ahead: TV needs to learn how to bow out gracefully
When we grow up, parents will often warn us not to wear out our welcome. It is a good lesson to learn. And everyone will have experienced getting completely and utterly sick of something or someone at some point in ...Read More »
Sleepy Hollow: What’s your name? Tall, dark and British?
The fall schedule was announced a while ago, and I have to admit that Sleepy Hollow barely peaked my interest. While I indulge in guilty pleasures like The Vampire Diaries (brought to us by Dawson’s Creek creator, Kevin Williamson), this ...Read More »
Too much pop culture! Pop culture references in TV
The other day I was browsing the Internet while stuffing my face full of salami sandwich. I came across an article on The Guardian discussing the overuse of pop culture reference in today’s entertainment mediums, more specifically, the use of ...Read More »
Why I love conventions: 5 reasons to go to comic con
This weekend I went to the MCM Comic Con in London. It was a poorly organized, over crowded affair with very little going for it. On the plus side, I got to attend a question and answer session with the ...Read More »