Monthly Archive for December, 2014

: December, 2014

HBO Video releases first season of ‘Looking’

No one ever mistook episodes of “I Love Lucy” or even “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as slices of real life, but  HBO has been criticized for distorting urban life in its half hour comedy dramas,

‘Saving Grace’ – ‘All About Eve’ in Sneden’s Landing

Jane Green makes an entertaining detour into paranoid thriller territory with her 16th novel, “Saving Grace,” which St. Martin’s Press is publishing today. It’s fun to see this veteran novelist, whose

‘If/Then’: going against the Broadway musical grain

It would be easy to overpraise “If/Then” for what it isn’t — a song-and-dance piece based on a movie; a jukebox musical; a kiddie show. What lyricist and book writer Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt

‘Beautiful’: Jessie Mueller in the long run

Because so many stage actors work in limited runs at regional theaters and New York non-profits, they don’t face the huge physical and emotional challenges of musical comedy stars who play the same

Joseph Sargent, R.I.P. — co-creator of a New York classic

Joseph Sargent, who died Monday in Malibu at the age of 89, was a journeyman director who worked on all sorts of material for television and the big screen. Sargent directed TV episodes of everything

‘All the Trimmings’: Christmas (& murder) in Key West

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has found a winning formula in her Key West food critic mystery series published by Obsidian. The combination of an interesting occupation and a beautiful backdrop

‘The Interview’ & the risks of political filmmaking

Sony pulling the plug on the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” was an especially dramatic reminder of the risks in political filmmaking and the anxieties of the people who finance hot-button movies.

‘Colorado’: drugs & fishing in New Bedford

Drug running has replaced fishing in more than one coastal American town with major consequences for the young people in those areas. Aimlessness and addiction are two of the many behaviors that are

‘A Deadly Wandering’: lethal cell phone addiction

Cell phones moved into our culture so quickly and on such a vast scale that it will take years to figure out what these amazing and highly addictive devices have been doing to us — psychologically and

‘The Fall’: giving equal time to a killer

Netflix announced some good news yesterday — the just-aired season two of the electrifying British crime series “The Fall” will become available for streaming in the U.S. on Jan. 16. When season one