The Sopranos

When Goodfellas debuted on movie screens in the fall of 1990, it felt like one last glorious burst for the played-out gangster genre. This was confirmed a few months later with the arrival of The Godfather, Part III, which  ...

Possessed

Possessed wants to be The Exorcist's docudrama cousin—both films are based on the same case—but lacking the budget, the acting talent, or the screenplay of the earlier film, Possessed winds up becoming one of the funniest movies of the  ...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy Summers is like most freshmen at the University of California, Sunnydale. Uprooted and overwhelmed, a little dreamy and scattered, she struggles through her classes and tries to find a boy who can live up to her memories of  ...

Madame Bovary

Flaubert's 1856 novel, Madame Bovary, is a masterpiece, a pioneering work of nineteenth century realism which resulted in an 1857 obscenity trial, as much instigated by Flaubert's scathing observations of middle-class pretentiousness as by its depiction of the heroine's  ...

David Copperfield

.. Suggested reading: David Copperfield: Interweaving Truth and Fiction (1991), Graham Storey The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Work of the Great Victorian Novelist (1999), Martin Fido Charles Dickens’ 1850  ...

Noriega: God’s Favorite

Suggested reading: In Defiance: The Battle Against General Noriega Fought from Panama's Embassy in Washington (1999), Juan B. Sosa Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit On December 20, 1989, American armed forces in  ...

Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood

Suggested reading: Hitchcock and Selznick:The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood (1999), Leonard J. Leff Hitchcock's Notebooks: An authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock  ...

Queer as Folk

"The thing you need to know is, it's all about sex." That's the first spoken line in Queer as Folk, Showtime's remake for the American market of a British series of the same name. Notice has been given, then,  ...

Bull

Suggested reading: How to Be an Internet Stock Investor (2000), David Newton The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing (1998), Jason Kelly Common Stocks: Lifetime Prosperity (1997), David J. Kenney It Was a Very  ...

The Noel Coward Story

1999 marks the centennial of the birth of Noel Coward and Great Performances provides us early in the year with this two hour biography from the BBC. Lushly produced and carefully researched, the program takes us chronologically through Coward's  ...