Season 2 mixes dark subjects with winsome humor

D’Pharaoh Woo-A-Tai as Bear and Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack in Reservation Dogs season twophoto: Shane Brown/FX to say Reservation Dogs is unlike anything on television is, perhaps, to sell it short—mostly because, both in its tenor and subject matter, the comedy deserves to be understood in its own terms. Luckily, as its second season … Read more

A Review Of I Love My Dad

(from left) Patton Oswalt and James Morosini in I Love My Magnolia Pictures In the pantheon of cinematic bad fathers, there will always be a place for Chuck (Patton Oswalt), the mendacious screw-up of an absentee parent in writer/director James Morosini’s I Love My Dad, a film that is both modest in presentation and … Read more

Season 2, Episode 1, “Daddy”

Myha’la Herrold in Industry photo: Simon Ridgway/HBO The title for HBO’s Industry is deceptively simple. It’s a catch-all term, after all. If I’m in Hollywood and I talk about “the industry,” people know what I’m talking about, whereas that likely gets read differently if I’m, say, in Silicon Valley. But that kind of shorthand (in … Read more

Season 6, Episode 11, “Breaking Bad”

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saulphoto: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television He left that funky Saul Goodman shirt and tie on the department store rack, but make no mistake: Last week’s caper with Jeff and the mall-security team took Gene Takovic right back into the world of Saul Goodman. And one mysterious, contentious phone call in … Read more

A Review Of John Logan’s They/Them

Jack Caron as Kane, Cooper Koch as Stu, Juan De Jesus as Robert, Darwin del Fabro as Gabriel, Austin Crute as Toby, Quei Tann as Alexandra, Theo Germaine as Jordan, Monique Kim as Veronica in They/ Josh Stringer/ Blumhouse Queerness is so enmeshed in the cinematic roots of horror that the two are virtually inseparable, … Read more

What’s on TV, July 31-Aug 4: Industry, Reservation Dogs

Myha’la Herrold in Industry; Devery Jacobs in Reservation Dogs photo: Simon Ridgeway/HBO; Shane Brown/FX Welcome to What’s On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here’s what you need to watch from Sunday, July 31 to Thursday, August 4. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.] the biggies Industry … Read more

Season 4, Episode 6, “Fidelity”

Morningstar Angeline on Westworld photo: John Johnson/HBO The guiding thesis I’ve been advancing about Westworld‘s fourth season is that the show has been cannibalizing itself, keenly revisiting old themes and character arcs. I‘d call it a retooled show (or a reboot, even) if not for the fact that we have the same cast of characters—Or, … Read more

Fine, let’s actually work out whether George Jetson will be born tomorrow

There’s a meme circulating online this weekend—and which has been kicking around for the last few months, long enough to have gotten the snopes treatment already—that tomorrow, July 31, 2022, is the birthday of cartoon future-man George Jetson. As in, the day of his current birth, whereupon this animated sad-sack will be first exposed to … Read more

Prime Video sci-fi series has heart, humor

Fina Strazza, Sofia Rosinsky, Riley Lai Nelet, and Camryn Jones in Paper Girlsphoto: Anjali Pinto/Amazon Studios Time travel paradoxes: only hot right now. In the past year alone, surfing the timeline has played a major part in shows from Loki and The Umbrella Academy to Russian Doll and The Time Traveler’s Wife (and, of course, … Read more

A Review Of BJ Novak’s Vengeance

(from left) Ashton Kutcher as Quentin Sellers and BJ Novak as Ben Manalowitz in Vengeance. photo: Focus Features Underneath the steady, noisy onslaught of modern genre movies, there are films attempting to engage with the real world as we recognize and experience it. Rare are the films which seem at war, thematically, with themselves, but … Read more