Is Amazon Prime’s ZeroZeroZero a Front for a Money Laundering Scheme?

Unlike Ozark, there is no such humor found in ZeroZeroZero. Aside from a brief respite in Episode 7; a high point filled with unexpected romance and peak relaxation performances, director and creator Stefano Sollima (Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado) hardly concerns himself or his two co-directors with good humour or much laughter. It’s an…

In Its Third Season, Ozark Threatens to Become a Good Show

Ozark, a show that started off as a poor man’s Breaking Bad with worse acting and a lot worse writing, has a lot of angles and plot pivots to play in Season Three. None get more mileage than the modern marital fears of Boomers/ Gen X. I include the label because I was surprised how many…

Westworld Should Accept Its Stupidity

“After Season 2, I too wish Westworld was a completely different show.” – Twitter Season One of Westworld was intriguing, fun, and mysterious. Going in with only a scant blueprint of the original 70’s Michael Crichton movie on which it was based, it had several advantages. Anthony Hopkins’ great performance, mixed with a great character…

Why is HBO’s ‘The Outsider’ such a big hit?

Murder mystery is so hot right now. Seriously, it’s the one sustainable resource on television. Netflix is filled with an endless assortment of documentaries and shows on it, and British television has made a cottage industry out of it. With that in mind, it should be no shock that the HBO adaptation of the recent…

‘Stranger Things 3’ Is Your Summer TV Fling

I attempted writing reviews for Stranger Things earlier, for whatever reason I lost interest. It’s TV comfort food. Critically beyond reproach, it’s a bonus that it does so many things well. A brief for the unconverted, it is a throwback to the child adventure era of Steven Spielberg’s 1980 era Amblin produced films (E.T., The…

One Episode to Go: Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Stick the Landing?

Fans faith of the most popular show on earth was shaken as quality wise the writing quality on Game of Thrones has dipped significantly as its endgame comes into focus. The source of the problem according to fans and reviews seems to rest entirely on the writer/ creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. Game of…

“The Bells” Was the Worst Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’. Ever.

That was historical. A Game 7 buzzer beater the likes of which nobody has seen before. It’s the law of conservation of energy that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transferred from one form to another. I am of course talking about the NBA playoff game between The Philidelphia…

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” Review: ‘Hell of a Night’

This was an unquestionably good episode of Game of Thrones, the best in years (qualified praise since there’s only been a handful of episodes), and this is what TV from a cultural standpoint is all about. Well received, good non-clunky fan service and payoffs. When a show can just film people talking in a dimly…