Category Archives: Television

House of Cards: Underwood’s Underworld

There were people who hated House of Cards right from the start. Some were political analysts who didn’t find any of the outlandish events on the show credible. Others considered the cynical tone unappealing and sort of unhelpful in a world that was becoming increasingly ugly; did we really need a show where every politician … Continue reading House of Cards: Underwood’s Underworld

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) of Aldovia is set to marry his bride, Amber (Rose McIver), but the country is rocked by protests against the royal family. This sequel is a slight improvement on the original, partly because we’re familiar with the characters now, but also because the film tries to deal with political intrigue and … Continue reading A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

The Princess Switch

After arriving in the kingdom of Belgravia to take part in a pastry competition, Stacy De Novo (Vanessa Hudgens) discovers that the duchess who’s about to marry the prince (Sam Palladio) looks exactly like her… Another one of Netflix’s ridiculous Yuletide productions, set in yet another sugary fairytale country where everyone has a British accent … Continue reading The Princess Switch

My Dinner with Hervé

HIS REAL LIFE WAS THE BIGGEST FANTASY OF ALL.  In 1993, reporter and recovering alcoholic Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) reluctantly agrees to interview Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the hard-partying former star of TV hit Fantasy Island. Sacha Gervasi worked several years on getting this story filmed, based on an interview he had made with Villechaize … Continue reading My Dinner with Hervé

Sharp Objects

WELCOME HOME.  After the disappearance of two girls in her Missouri hometown, alcoholic reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) reluctantly goes back home, but her overbearing mother (Patricia Clarkson) is not happy to see her… The director of Big Little Lies (2017) made another talked-about ”limited series” event for HBO that featured interesting female characters and … Continue reading Sharp Objects

Madiba

FREEDOM IS FOR EVERYONE.  The world probably needed yet another retelling of Nelson Mandela’s life about as much as we need another Marvel movie, but if there’s a good story expect many different versions. This miniseries follows Mandela from childhood to presidency, but focuses perhaps more than other similar projects on how the South African … Continue reading Madiba

Patrick Melrose

The miniseries adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels becomes a perfect vehicle for Benedict Cumberbatch as we follow his wealthy, drug-addicted character through several decades, including his childhood in the 1960s when he was sexually molested by his father (Hugo Weaving), which set him off on his long journey of misery. Sounds unrelentingly tough, … Continue reading Patrick Melrose