Thursday, August 13, 2020
‘I’ ON CULTURE There is a new development in television as several series have now been going where none dared go before. Characters are changing and are having new kinds of relationships, the kind almost never allowed before. They are allowed to have sexual feelings and, in some cases, even...
'I' ON CULTURE The new Jodie Foster film Money Monster is a rarity these days. It is taut, interesting, and moves quickly. Foster was smart enough to keep the movie relatively short (an hour and 40 minutes in an era of two-and-a-half-hour films) so that there are few down times....
‘I’ ON CULTURE The second installment of the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has many of the same elements as the first, but is far more politically sophisticated and more adult-oriented. Yes, there is still a gladiator-style match. And Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh...
‘I’ ON CULTURE The Last Resort is a fascinating new television series (ABC at 8 p.m. Thursdays) that tries to cram about three hours of plot into each episode. It is a complex drama, filled with characters connected by a whole variety of different motives, while focusing both on political...
‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film Kingsman: Secret Service is a wild, crazy, funny bit of a mess. It will never be nominated for an Academy Award, the cast gleefully goes overboard with their lines, and, frankly, I had a ball. November through January is not only the season of...
I really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past. It is a wild roller coaster of a thrill ride that somehow manages to accommodate a horrible future with an almost lighthearted look back at the 1970s. It borrows from a whole group of previous films, but somehow moves so quickly...
'I' ON CULTURE The new film Lion is superb. Both complex and uplifting, it tells the story of a young man taken from his native India to grow up in Australia, but obsessed with the idea of finding out where he comes from. Movies that cross cultural lines are often...
‘I’ ON CULTURE The new political satire The Campaign is a bit of a strange film — funny but strange. Political satire does not generally work well in this country because things are often so weird that real life seems filled with irony. It is hard to top some of...
‘I’ ON CULTURE It looks like Disney has another Marvel Universe winner with Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to 2015’s original film, Ant-Man. While not a masterpiece like Black Panther or a major entry like the latest Avengers film, it is an enjoyable few hours at the movies. This...
‘I’ ON CULTURE One of my favorite shows American Gods, has started down the Lost path in its second season. That path, named for the earlier TV series, refers to a show that begins with a great idea and then loses its way as...