HEREAFTER

There's a reason why Clint Eastwood invokes Dickens in his quiet, meditative movie about death. Like Chuck, Clint here creates a full compliment of well-limned characters in an emotionally-direct, melodramatic tale with multiple plotlines and a big theme. HEREAFTER carries you along so far that when it sputters so surprisingly at the end, you're almost … Continue reading HEREAFTER

I’M MAD AS HECK…AND THAT’S A BUMMER.

Do you remember the day network dramas died? I sure do. It was May 23, 2010. That night, ABC aired a two hour finale to a series that ran six years. LOST fans were promised by the show's creators that it would be okay, they knew where the show was going all along, "trust us". … Continue reading I’M MAD AS HECK…AND THAT’S A BUMMER.

MAD MEN – Season 4 Finale

As we stepped up to the end of the greatest season yet, I wondered if Matthew Weiner might quit while he was ahead -- and abruptly end the series on the highest of notes by shutting down the disintegrating Sterling Cooper Draper Price and sending his characters into the unknown. I needn't have worried! With … Continue reading MAD MEN – Season 4 Finale

MAO’S LAST DANCER

Permission requested to make an un-PC joke: they could have retitled this Birry Erriot. But while MLD has numerous similarities to that earlier dancer-goes-from-boy-to-man drama, it adds an overcoat of history and politics. It's a true story that works because of a wonderfully diverse cast, most especially Chi Cao, who is foremost a dancer, but … Continue reading MAO’S LAST DANCER