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‘The Spy’ (2019): When Patriotism Costs Everything

Created by: Gideon Raff || Written by: Gideon Raff, Max Perry Directed by: Gideon Raff || Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Yael Eitan, Nassim Si Ahmed, Moni Moshonov, Alona Tai, Mourad Zaoui, Uri Gavriel No. of Episodes: 6 (~300 minutes total) While I imagine there is no scripted movie or television series … Continue reading

‘The Crowned Clown’ (2019) & ‘Mr. Queen’ (2020-2021): Joseon Identity Crises

Created by: Studio Dragon1-2, tvN2 || Written by: Kim Seon-deok, Shin Ha-eun [1], Park Gye-ok, Choi Ah-il [2] Directed by: Kim Hee-won [1], Yoon Sung-sik [2] || Starring: Yeo Jin -goo, Kim Sang-kyung, Lee Se-young [1], Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun, Bae Jong-ok, Kim Tae-woo, Seol In-ah, Na In-woo [2] No. of Episodes: 16 [1], 20 … Continue reading

‘Delhi Crime’ (2019): The Meaning of Justice

Created by: Richie Mehta || Written by: Richie Mehta Directed by: Richie Mehta || Starring: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Denzil Smith, Yashaswini Dayama, Avijit Dutt, Gopal Datt, Sanjay Bhisnoi, Mridul Sharma, Jaya Bhattacharya No. of Episodes: 7 (~350 minutes total) I’ve gone back and forth in my head over whether I … Continue reading

‘The Dark Crystal’ (1982, 2019): A Masterwork of Puppetry and Fantasy

Created by: Jim Henson [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews [2] || Written by: David Odell [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, J.M. Lee, Vivian Lee, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott, Kari Drake, Margaret Dunlap [2]  Directed by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz [1] Louis Leterrier [2] || Starring: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards … Continue reading

‘Sacred Games’ (2018-2019): A Neo-Noir Detective Story of Apocalyptic Vision

Created by: Vikramaditya Motwane || Written by: Varun Grover, Smita Singh, Vasant Nath Directed by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Neeraj Ghaywan || Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechli, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Jatin Sarna No. of Episodes: 16 What kind of story do you get when you combine crime … Continue reading

‘Betaal’ (2020): The Most Incompetent Zombie Drama Not by AMC

Created by: Patrick Graham || Written by: Patrick Graham, Suhani Kumar Directed by: Patrick Graham, Nikhil Mahajan || Starring: Vineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jatin Goswami, Jitendra Joshi, Siddharth Menon No. of Episodes: 4 (~180 minutes total) My selective tastes in movies and especially television series have served me well on Netflix, my … Continue reading

‘Maniac’ (2018): Cary Fukunaga Saves Another Black Comedy Mess

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 minutes total) Cary Joji Fukunaga, who established himself with the … Continue reading

‘Frontera Verde’ (2019): A Unique, Genre-Blending Crime Drama

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): How Effective Are Netflix’s Marvel Series?

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