66/100: for 1:08 of Its 2:01 Running Time “Mandy” Is a Boring Slog

It’s Shakespeare Death Metal after Nicolas Cage’s girlfriend gets taken, but getting to the longest ever opening title cut over an hour in is an $8.95 VOD investment I cannot recommend. It’s a late night streaming oddity that definitely isn’t my taste but I appreciate the unique visual style, even if the 80’s throwback tone…

Sharp Objects Ends on a Typically Dour Note

Where to end? A lot of TV shows conclude in ways that don’t wrap up every element of plot. Gone Girl doesn’t finish at the end of Dunne’s story, but concludes at the most interesting chapter. Having given you enough words about each of the characters that you can convincingly draw your own conclusions. Great Murder…

Who is Sharp Objects’ Wind Gap Killer?

Who can we eliminate as suspects? It’s funny how much I can’t directly eliminate Kansas City Detective Richard “Dick” Willis and St. Louis reporter Camille Preaker off the chart as suspects. They were not in town for the first murder last summer of Ann Nash, or around when Natalie Keen went missing but they were…

Star Trek, Paramount and The Pine-Bluff Variant

When Salary Talks Stall Star Trek, It’s Time for the Enterprise to Look Within and Go Where Kirk Is Gone. Star Trek Box Office: #1 BUDGET $150M, GROSS $257M/ $385M WW, NET <$235M after Publicity & Ads. #2 BUDGET $190M, GROSS $228M/ $467M WW, NET <$277M after P&A. #3 BUDGET $185M, GROSS $158M/ $343M WW, NET <$158M after P&A. Star Trek 4 talks…

“Cherry” is Sharp Objects’ Superbly Superficial Sunday

I still think of Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You  when I hear Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, the song Amma and Camille sing at the party before rollerblading around town and the song fades into the now signature “Tumbling Lights” John Keene is getting arrested next week…

In “Closer”, ‘Sharp Objects’ Offers Up Two Anti-Climaxes

I knew this show is a slow burn but where’s the heat? No episode except “Ripe” (#4) has approached the pilot in quality. “Closer” flirts with shifting action before closing up any major inflicted wounds. It’s a shock any disaster at the Calhoun Day festival seems like business as usual for Wind Gap. Amma runs…

‘Sharp Objects’ Slims Down in Its Fourth Episode

By the fourth episode of a good series you ought to be hooked and I’m not. I said in the first episode, you need a water cooler moment in episode 4 or something to look forward to. The chaotic montage capping the episode is economic and marketable. The short 45 minute run time is frustrating…

Denzel Sequelizes The Equalizer

I don’t think there is any actor who is as effortlessly charismatic as Denzel Washington. Put his character which often doubles for his personality in any situation and he can act like he belongs. Denzel carries The Equalizer II even more so than the overrated first film which got a few style points off being…

‘Sharp Objects’ Dulls in Episode Three

– Spoilers ahead for episode III of Sharp Objects – If you are going to have a weak episode in a mini-series, you should put it at #3. If 1 and 2 have done their job the audience is already invested, this is the part where the episodes start to blend and having it in…

‘Sharp Objects’ REALLY Lives Up to Its Name in Episode II

I’ll give full credit to this show for so thoroughly exploring its tortured protagonist cliché and literally living up to its title so quickly. I don’t think I’ve repulsed physically from any show as much this year as much as I did at the scene where Camille Preaker shoves a sewing needle underneath her fingernail,…