On the Beach (2000)

Hot on the heels of NBC's live televised remake of Fail-Safe comes this two part Showtime adaptation of Nevil Shute's post-apocalyptic classic On the Beach. (Let's hope this mini-boom in Cold War-era retreads ends before we get Robin Williams  ...

Further Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin wrote the original Tales of the City in 1976 as a serial in the daily San Francisco Chronicle. At the time it was fresh and engaging, and it caught a certain tone of the life and thought  ...

Mark Twain Tonight!

Mark Twain, most often classified a humorist, was indeed that, in the very best and deepest sense of the term. Comedy, we know, is far more difficult than tragedy. The humorist must be a canny observer of the human  ...

Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective

The rain falls. The sun shines. The wind blows. And that’s what it’s like. You’re buffeted by this, by that, and it is nothing to do with you. Someone you love dies, or leaves. You get ill or you  ...

The Warden

Something on the order of two million inmates are behind bars in the United States and both the number of prisoners and the incarceration rate (prisoners as a percentage of the population) have increased steadily for twenty years or  ...

Warden of Red Rock

How many times will screenwriters continue to think they're doing something new and innovative by dribbling out Westerns that feature one or more characters pontificating about how "times have changed"? This idea should have been put to rest after  ...

Cheaters

The inspirational teacher movie has been a tried-and-true staple since at least 1939, when Goodbye, Mr. Chips boosted Kleenex sales nationwide. Since then we've been treated to countless variations on the theme - including The Blackboard Jungle, Dead Poet's  ...