Review of The Get Down, Season 1 (Netflix)

The Get Down Season 1 Sony Pictures Television Netflix The Get Down is a mess. It’s a fuzzy mish-mash of genres, chock full of things that make little to no sense. It attempts to lump together elements of superhero movies, musicals, kung-fu flicks, spaghetti westerns, 70’s Blaxploitation films, and god only knows what all else. It’s a fiction, but features exaggerated versions of real people…who are still alive, as are many that were active in the setting. This is expectedly problematic. In general, it’s a bit of a fucking disaster. But, if you can get your head out of your damn backpack, let go of concerns for things like ‘sense’ or...

Criterion’s October line-up is rich indeed

Film fans had best start saving up now for next month’s Criterion Collection Line-up, which includes films from Robert Altman, the Coen Brothers, del Toro and Richard Linklater. I am not going to list the entire roster here, but these are few that have me twitching. BLOOD SIMPLE by Ethan and Joel Coen Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy...

INSPECTOR LEWIS Series 8

INSPECTOR LEWIS Series 8 PBS This is the last of the Inspector Lewis and while I’m sorry it’s ending it went out on a high note. This set has three stories so it’s a little shorter than I would like it made up for it with great writing and acting and does a wonderful job of wrapping up the whole series. Lewis is working as a consultant and is a bit worried he may be found redundant by the new captain. Hathaway is doing well and while he can work just fine without Lewis they definitely work better as a team. As with Inspector Morse, Lewis helps keep Hathaway focused and grounded and from spending too much time in his own head.    ...

Supergirl Season One

SUPERGIRL Season One Warner Home Video   I love comics and so of course I am loving all the comic based TV shows. DC has been doing a great job and there newest addition Supergirl is so good on so many levels. It’s great to see them have a female lead who can really carry the show with seemingly no effort. I also love the rest of the cast and the great story telling.   Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is the cousin of Superman and was originally put in a ship as Krypton was exploding so she could watch out for her cousin Kal-El. The ship went astray and she instead of being the older kryptonian watching over Kal-El she landed years...

HAIL, CAESAR! Reviewed

HAIL, CAESAR! Universal Studios The Coen Brothers are hit and miss for me, and it’s not just because they veer from bloody noir (Blood Simple) to screwball comedy (Raising Arizona) to deadpan absurdity (A Serious Man). This one’s somewhere between The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the Coen spectrum. To quote George Schmidt, conductor of the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, a jazz band who I can’t believe hasn’t been on the soundtrack of a Coen Bros movie yet, “art fails where concept outstrips performance.” I love that line. It’s as economical as a telegram. (You know, like the old joke where a brother buys a...

Endeavor Season 3 Reviewed

ENDEAVOR Season 3 PBS Just to get it off my chest I have a major problem with this show. I need more than just four stories. Yes, it’s six hours of viewing but I need more. Why do I need more? Because I really love this show. Inspector Morse was always interesting to me but sometime a bit dry. I like the continuation of the story through Inspector Lewis quite a bit. But there is something about Endeavor with Morse as detective constable working with DI Thursday that I just love. Watching him try and fit in with the system that seems outdated and counter intuitive to his intellect is a big part of the show and I think having seen where he...