Season 2, Episode 1, “Day of Development”

Tyler James Williams and Janelle Jamesphoto: ABC/Scott Everett White “I’m just so happy to be back!” Janine Teagues (Quinta Brunson) squeals in the opening scene of Abbott Elementary School‘s second season Janine is excited to get back in the classroom and prove she’s got it all this year (and for her peers to notice she’s … Read more

James Cameron on the new theatrical release of Avatar

(LR:) Jake Sully (voiced by Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (voiced by Zoe Saldaña) in Twentieth Century Fox avatarpicture: Courtesy of WETA If you haven’t seen it avatar in a movie theater it “kinda means you haven’t seen the movie,” at least according to writer-director James Cameron. Not that Cameron’s the type to shadow Blu-ray, Disney+, … Read more

Here are all the 2022 Emmy Awards winners

Emmy statue photo: Angela Weiss/AFP (Getty Images) TV’s biggest night is here. The 74th Emmy Awards arrive live from Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater. Saturday Night Live Kenan Thompson is serving as our presenter tonight as the program seeks to further improve its ratings as it returns to pre-pandemic form. HBO’s successor leads this … Read more

Season 2, Episode 6, “Short to the Point of Pain”

Myha’la Herrold and Jay Duplass photo: Simon Ridgway/HBO Any episode that ends with a line that harks back to one of the greatest television episodes of the 21st century (that would be mad Men‘s “Shut The Door, Have A Seat,” FYI) will always delight me. There’s something to be said about the way these series … Read more

Mary Harron describes the time she worked with Ezra Miller on Dalíland

~So surreal~photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) When the Toronto International Film Festival tried to push Miller’s performance in Mary Harrons Dalíland under the carpet during his roster announcement earlier this month, the conversation focused only on the actor’s involvement. As Miller’s only feature alongside Warner Bros. The Lightning, their presence in Dalíland enlarged, even if … Read more

Season 1, Episode 6, “Pretend Daddy”

sample Nathan Fielder in The sample photo: Courtesy of HBO None of us could have predicted the season finale of Nathan Fielder’s increasingly disturbing series The sample would hang on to a line delivered as chillingly as “No, I am yours father.” And yet we were taken there in the final episode of the show’s … Read more

A review of The Immaculate Room with Kate Bosworth

(from left) Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth in Mukunda Michael Dewils The Immaculate Room.photo: screen media The title room of Mukunda Michael Dewil’s exhilarating Two-Hander, The Immaculate Room, lives up to its name – at least aesthetically. Furnished with just a slim bed and a similarly sparse bench, the expansive space is a study in … Read more

A look back at the fortunes of Apple+

(from left) Bob (voiced by Simon Pegg) and Sam Greenfield (voiced by Eva Noblezada) in happiness.photo: Apple+ Hugely innovative on both a technological and narrative level, Pixar helped advance the medium of animation and shattered once and for all the notion that mainstream animated films could not be complex and ambitious without their (usual) core … Read more

Alright, let’s do the math if George Jetson will be born tomorrow

There is a meme circulating online this weekend— and has been hanging around for the past few months, long enough to have her got the snout treatment already – that tomorrow, July 31, 2022, is the birthday of cartoon future man George Jetson. Just like the day he was actually born, whereupon this animated sad … Read more

Season 4, Episode 5, “Zhuangzi”

Ed Harris a western world photo: John Johnson/HBO My notes at the end of this latest episode of western world read like this: “The Truman Show + The Matrix?” can you embarrass me western world has always blazed a trail by trying to be a 21st-century meditation on consciousness, free will, and technology (not to … Read more