Blue/Orange

Joe Penhall’s gripping 2000 play about three men in a London mental hospital is the subject of this insightful BBC adaptation. Chris (Shaun Parkes) is a black man who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), so-called because  ...

Under Milk Wood

a recording of the play with Anthony Hopkins Dylan Thomas’s Welsh background played a large role in his poetry, especially in the case of Under Milk Wood, his 1953 “play for voices.” The play  ...

Byron

Lord Byron’s short, scandal-filled life has attracted as much attention as his poetry. Byron, a two-hour BBC dramatization of the poet's final thirteen years, offers a thoughtful interpretation of the legendary figure, combined with witty language and sharp characterizations.  ...

Land of the Dead

The fourth installment of George Romero’s Dead series, Land of the Dead appeared to have all the makings of another drab sequel. While the director’s first two zombie creations—Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead—stand among  ...

Producing Adults

Producing Adults, a portrayal of the relationships of thirty-somethings, was Finland's official 2004 Oscar entry. Its subject matter--single women experimenting with lesbianism--and many of its scenarios are outside the scope of the typical American romantic film. However, Producing Adults  ...

The Longest Yard

In Hollywood’s ongoing effort to remake every film that made a profit, the latest victim is 1974’s The Longest Yard. In the new version, Adam Sandler plays Paul Crewe, a washed-up former NFL quarterback who is best known for  ...

The Long Firm

The Long Firm is BBC's latest fiction mini-series to explore the criminal underworld of 1960s London. Named for a scam involving a dummy corporation with a dead owner, The Long Firm conjures the gangster-chic world of the Kray brothers,  ...

Monster Dog (Leviatan)

A forgotten moment in Alice Cooper’s career is the 1984 Italian horror film Leviatan (a.k.a. Monster Dog), now re-released on DVD under its English-language title. In the movie, Cooper plays a rock star named Vince Raven who returns to  ...

White Noise

There just aren’t enough horror movies in which ghosts use modern technology to communicate with the living. Television is the medium that has pioneered depictions of high-tech ghost communication. Two classic Twilight Zone episodes featured telephone calls from the  ...

Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

In a banner year for documentaries, Bush Family Fortunes is the most important. No American reporter has uncovered more big stories than Greg Palast, but his work mainly appears on the BBC and never seems to make its way into  ...