Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1 (TV, 1955-1956)
But the real gem is Breakdown (1955), a minimalist tour de force starring (and narrated by) Joseph Cotten as a businessman paralyzed in a car wreck; it belongs among Hitchcock's neglected masterpieces.
Posted Sep 25, 2018
Beavis and Butt-Head: Season 3 (TV, 0)
The cartoony adventures mask a subtle commentary on adolescence in general, and the boys' responses to the music videos are particularly telling--those inane snickers contain a complex set of signifiers about the way people consume popular culture.
Posted Sep 19, 2018
The Office (UK): Season 2 (TV, 2002-2003)
Fortunately the BBC series (2001-'03), totaling about eight hours, has been collected on DVD, and this marathon screening offers neophytes a chance to immerse themselves in its black humor and disarming pathos.
Posted Sep 7, 2018
The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016)
Everyone else, whether in jail, court, or the police station, is a variation on a character portrayed more distinctively in other TV shows.
Posted Jun 21, 2018
The Kids in the Hall: Season 1 (TV, 1989-1990)
I became addicted, not only because of the wildly nonsensical sketch humor but also because Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson were a decisively cohesive unit.
Posted Jun 1, 2018
Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013)
The idea itself is fine-an oblivious dad taking online courses from University of Phoenix and reliving a mock college experience alongside his son-but it felt tedious. And out of character.
Posted May 10, 2018
Wormwood: Miniseries (TV, 2017)
[Wormwood] is repetitive and padded out, stuffed with stylistic flourishes that add little to the material.
Posted Dec 26, 2017
The X-Files: Season 2 (TV, 1994-1995)
The X-Files has become Oliver Stone's Ghostbusters.
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Mercy Point: Season 1 (TV, 1998-1999)
They couldn't even be bothered to make up plots.
Posted Oct 24, 2017
The new MST3K's most subversive qualities come out when it's not only demanding viewers' undivided attention but encouraging them to zoom in and even appreciate a trashy film's mistakes.
Posted May 16, 2017
Twin Peaks: Season 1 (TV, 1990)
The results are both formulaic and goofy -- a far cry from the overall coherence of an Eraserhead, but certainly a bright development in a moribund genre, and a story that sets up enough mysteries to get some genuine momentum going.
Posted May 14, 2017
The Decalogue: Series 1 (TV, 1989)
All of the films in The Decalogue are easy and pleasurable to follow as stories, yet part of the excitement they generate stems from discussions about their meaning after their dramatic impact registers.
Posted Apr 3, 2017
The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Now that this complicated and terrifying new world has been laid at our feet, I'll be sticking around to see what happens next.
Posted Dec 10, 2015
Trapped in the Closet: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2012)