Every time there is a political scandal, we recognize the setting. The male politician, who’s been caught cheating, makes an appearance in front of the cameras together with his wife, holding her hand. The devoted woman shows that this is a man who can still be trusted. We certainly remember it from the Clinton era, … Continue reading The Good Wife: Standing by Your Man
I’ve never been in therapy, but have always been curious about it. I do have a friend who was simply unable to put a destructive relationship behind him once and for all. What went on during the therapy sessions concerns only him and his doctor, but it was obvious that things would not look up … Continue reading In Treatment: Pushing Patients
HE WAS THEIR INSPIRATION. HE MADE THEIR LIVES EXTRAORDINARY. This movie was released when I was 13 and I remember what kind of effect it had on us all. Suddenly, we expected every teacher at school to be like John Keating, an inspiring “captain” we’d be willing to fight for. That was the ideal, … Continue reading Dead Poets Society: Against the Stream
HOW DO YOU SAVE YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE ALREADY DEAD? After a car crash, Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) wakes up in a basement where a funeral director (Liam Neeson) is preparing her body for the memorial service; she’s told to accept the fact that she is dead. Well, is she or isn’t she? And what are … Continue reading After.Life
Aaron Sorkin’s first TV show blew some fresh air into network television, but has since been eclipsed by far greater cable shows. To a certain degree, this story about the crew behind a New York sports show was slightly reminiscent of M*A*S*H in content and style, but never achieved greatness during its short run in spite of … Continue reading Sports Night
THEY CAME HOME TO BURY MOM… AND HER KILLER. When their mother is shot dead in a supermarket, four adopted brothers reunite in Detroit to find and kill the murderers. John Singleton goes Death Wish (1974) on us with this violent and ultimately rather nasty action thriller. Very well made in some respects, but it … Continue reading Four Brothers
EVEN COPS DIAL 911. S.W.A.T. veteran Dan “Hondo” Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to get the L.A. unit in shape; the team is about to take on a very dangerous drug kingpin. This entertaining movie version of the unremarkable 1975-1976 TV series hardly gives a credible portrayal of a S.W.A.T. team, but that doesn’t … Continue reading S.W.A.T.