‘Zoo’ Review: CBS’ Campy James Patterson Adaptation Is Dumb Fun
Debuting Tuesday night on CBS, Zoo is going to make you cringe and giggle for all the wrong reasons in some of the right places. Simply put, as my video review above says, this summer series adaptation of James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's 2012 bestseller is silly goofy dumb fun.
Here's the deal: the world's animals have decided that us humans have to go and they've started to attack. Having said that, there's not a lot of blood – this is Big 4 TV after all – but… Read
‘Humans’ Review: The Future Is Here In This AMC & Channel 4 Co-Production
Rising out of the ashes of Xbox Entertainment Studio's demise, Humans is an enchanting look at a parallel present that is very much a stare into the mirror for our technologically fixated world. Debuting on June 28 on AMC, the co-production with Channel 4 is, as my video review above says, very anxiety-provoking and plugged in and ultimately very good.
Based on the Swedish series Real Humans and having already debuted to record numbers in the UK, this Sam Vincent and… Read
‘Ted 2′ Review: Summer Sequel Is Stuffed With More Laughs Than Ever
It shouldn’t be too surprising that after grossing more than a half-billion dollars worldwide, we would get a sequel to the 2012 smash hit Ted. But as I say in my video review above, this is a comic follow-up worth its weight in jokes — jokes that land just about every time. That’s thanks to the talents of Seth MacFarlane, who — as creator and the voice of Ted — makes sure this foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear is blissfully politically incorrect. For those out there… Read
‘Terminator Genisys’ Review: Arnold Goes Back In Time To Revive His Famous Franchise – But Can He Save It?
He said he would be “back” and he is. And the best news about the 5th edition of the Terminator movie franchise is, as I say in my video review (watch above), that Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, older, cornier, friendlier and, did I say older?
Much is made of the fact that this Terminator is slower at the gait (“I’m old, not obsolete” he snarls), and watching him in action here I found myself trying to play the game of ‘spot the stuntman’ whenever Arnold makes a move… Read
‘Mr. Robot’ Review: USA Network Hacker Drama Tackles Big Ideas In Muted Way
Having been up online and VOD for weeks and debuting on Wednesday night on USA Network, Mr. Robot is a dark dive into the heart of the modern connected world for the cabler. However, for all its intentions, as my video review above says, the hacker drama on the Comcast-owned channel never convinced me that its big ideas of fighting the man, the evil corporations and the prying eyes and ear of the state is anything more than sophomoric rhetoric and reactive… Read
‘Batkid Begins’ Review: A Superhero Wish Becomes The Feel Good Movie Of The Year
As I say in my video review above, who knew the feel good movie of 2015 would turn out to be a documentary about a 5-year-old boy suffering from leukemia? But that’s exactly what happens in Batkid Begins, which you have to see to really believe it could – and did – happen. It is simply a heartwarming, inspiring and quite amazing film to experience.
It got its genesis from a very well-publicized event that took place in San Francisco on November 15, 2013. That’s the day… Read
‘True Detective’ Season 2 Review: Rachel McAdams Collars Dark HBO Drama
Telling a good police story is an art: The job and nature of the characters allow you to put them almost anywhere, but like a rat in a cage, once you’ve got ’em you’ve got to figure out what to do with them. As my video review above says, the very hardboiled and very good Season 2 debut of True Detective on HBO on June 21 very deftly takes us to some very familiar and very different places.
Of course, the temptation is to compare the second installment of the anthology… Read
‘Ballers’ & ‘The Brink’ Reviews: New Comedies A Fumble For HBO
They have a very sweet slot right after the Season 2 debut of True Detective on June 21 but HBO's new comedies are neither good nor funny – which is a real shame because both Ballers and The Brink have such great real life material to draw from. As my video review above says, Ballers is really little more than a tired Entourage meets the NFL and geopolitical satire The Brink is not even Dr. Strangelove lite.
Despite the presence of the right now red hot Dwayne Johnson as… Read
‘The Overnight’ Review: Taylor Schilling And Adam Scott Learn How To Swing In Provocative Sex Comedy
It has been almost a half century since 1969’s classic comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice took sexuality in movies to a new level. That film, about two suburban couples who experimented with new sexual freedom clearly has inspired writer/director Patrick Brice whose new comedy, The Overnight, has much in common with what Paul Mazursky wrought way back when. But as I say in my video review above, make no mistake, 46 years is a long time and Brice is able to show more, say… Read
‘Tyrant’ Season 2 Review: Retooled Series Now Seethes With High Stakes & ISIS
Back for a second season starting tonight at 10 PM on FX, Tyrant has shed a lot of its old skin and successfully streamlined itself into a compelling soap that also steps onto some of the deadliest geopolitical territory of our times. To that end, as my video review above says, the series created by Gideon Raff and co-developed and produced by Howard Gordon, now pumps with blood. It also seethes with a high-stakes threat as the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Abbudin… Read
‘Dope’ Review: Geeks Meet Street In Fresh & Original Summer Movie
A sensation at the Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Open Road, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope might seem on the surface to be another knockoff of a typical urban-themed teen movie infused with drugs, rap, gangs, etc. Even though those elements are present here, you would be sooooooooo wrong. Dazzling, smart, fresh and original like no one’s business, this unique coming-of-age comedy pops off the screen and bursts with energy. It left me hoping it… Read
‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Review: Sundance Winner Is Something Special
There’s a good reason Me And Earl And The Dying Girl won both the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Features and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It is a movie that both critics and audiences should be able to agree is very special. And as I say in my video review above, it might look like a teen movie, but it is really a film about people who happen to be teens. It’s as human, funny and touching a story as you are likely to see all year. This one… Read