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‘Maniac’ (2018): Review

Created by: Patrick Somerville || Written by: Patrick Somerville, Caroline Williams, Nick Cuse, Mauricio Katz, Danielle Henderson, Cary Joji Fukunaga Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga || Starring: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, Gabriel Byrne, Sally Field No. of Episodes: 10 (~ 400 minutest total) Cary Joji Fukunaga, who established himself with the … Continue reading

‘Frontera Verde’ (2019): Review

Created by: Jenny Ceballos, Mauricio Leiva-Cock, Diego Ramirez-Schrempp || Written by: Gibran Portela, Maria Camila Arias, Camila Bruges, Anton Goenechea, Javier Penalosa, Natalia Santa, Nicolas Serrano Directed by: Laura Mora Ortega, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, Ciro Guerra || Starring: Juana del Rio, Nelson Camayo, Angela Cano, Miguel Dionisio Ramos, Gabriella Campagna, Bruno Clairefond, Andres Crespo, Marcela … Continue reading

In Praise of the Sports Documentary Series, or Why I Hate Most Documentaries

In case readers haven’t noticed, I no longer review feature-length documentaries on this site. I may reference a well known documentary filmmaker from time to time (e.g. Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, etc.) or cite particular documentary filmmaking styles (e.g. cinema verite, direct cinema, observational or “fly-on-the-wall” visual approaches, etc.) as they relate to popular narrative … Continue reading

‘The Punisher’ (2017, 2019): Review

Created by: Steve Lightfoot || Written by: Ross Andru, Gerry Conway, Ken Kristensen, Angela LaManna, Steve Lightfoot, John Romita Sr. Directed by: Jim O’Hanlon, Jeremy Webb, Jet Wilkinson, Andy Goddard, Tom Shankland, Antonio Campos, Kevin Hooks || Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Daniel Webber, Paul Schulze, Jason R. Moore, Michael … Continue reading

‘Breaking Bad’ (2008-2013): Review

Created by: Vince Gilligan || Written by: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras, Sam Catlin, Moira Walley-Beckett, Thomas Schnauz Directed by: Michelle MacLaren, Adam Bernstein, Vince Gilligan, Colin Bucksey, Michael Slovis, Bryan Cranston, Terry McDonough, Johan Renck, Rian Johnson || Starring: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, Bob … Continue reading

‘Rome’ (2005, 2007): Review

Created by: John Milius, William J. MacDonald, Bruno Heller || Written by: Bruno Heller, William J. MacDonald, John Milius, Scott Buck, Todd Ellis Kessler, Mere Smith Directed by: Michael Apted, Mikael Salomon, Allen Coulter, Alan Poul, Steve Shill, Timothy Van Patten, Alan Taylor, John Maybury || Starring: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciaran Hinds, Kenneth Cranham, … Continue reading

‘Deadwood’ (2004-2006, 2019): Review

Created by: David Milch || Written by: David Milch, Regina Corrado, Ted Mann, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jody Worth, Bryan McDonald, Malcolm MacRury Directed by: Ed Bianchi, Daniel Minahan, Davis Guggenheim, Gregg Feinberg, Mark Tinker, Steve Shill, Alan Taylor || Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, John Hawkes, Paula Malcolmson, Leon Rippy, … Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ (2011-2019): Review

Created by: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss || Written by: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, George R. R. Martin, Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, Dave Hill, Jane Espenson Directed by: Alan Taylor, Alex Graves, David Nutter, Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Daniel Minahan, Michelle MacLaren, Alik Sakharov, Miguel Sapochnik, Neil Marshall || Starring: Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, … Continue reading

Love, ‘LOST’ (2004-2010) and ‘Penny Dreadful’ (2014-2016), or Why I Don’t Watch Many Television Shows

Upon finishing John Logan’s Penny Dreadful last winter after a long viewing hiatus (Season 1 was gifted to me by a brief love interest back in the summer of 2015), I anticipated writing another one of my few television series reviews on this site. I geared myself for discussing the series’ expert direction, unique Gothic-horror … Continue reading

Why ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ (1996-2005)…

I recently wrote about my affections for the sitcom television show and pop culture phenomenon that is The Big Bang Theory (2007-present), a show I feel is both overrated and underappreciated by different audiences. In many respects, however, the prism through which I view The Big Bang Theory (henceforth, BBT) and have viewed most every … Continue reading