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 get better. You grow old and you remember, or you  ...

The Unknown Peter Sellers

Those who know Peter Sellers only through his long-running stint as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau of the Pink Panther series would do well to watch for this AMC special in their TV Guides. While longtime fans may find it a too cursory gloss on the wide-ranging career of the  ...

Revelations: Paradise Lost 2

The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris's documentary about Randall Dale Adams, the man wrongly convicted of murdering a Dallas policeman in 1976 - may be the only film in history instrumental in freeing an innocent man from death row. But if Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have their  ...

Running Mates

Suggested reading: Money Matters: Consequences of Campaign Finance Reform in House Elections (1999), Robert K. Goidel The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform (1990), David B. Magleby The night before the Democratic Party convenes to nominate its candidates for president and vice president,  ...

Resurrection Blvd.

One day a movie or TV show will tell the story of a Latino family as dysfunctional as the family in The Ice Storm — a family whose members resent and avoid one another, take meals together as a matter of resigned ritual rather than community and joy, move  ...

Rated X

Rated X, Showtime's new film about porno kings the Mitchell Brothers, opens with a ludicrously portentous scene. Jim Mitchell (Emilio Estevez, looking in his bald wig like a sadsack community college Willy Loman) sits in a Lazyboy and listens to his brother Artie (Estevez's real brother, Charlie Sheen) scream  ...

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, of what's to come and Queer as Folk delivers on  ...

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 year. The harder it tries to be taken as seriously  ...

Onto Rugged Shores: The Voyage of LST 534

/// home | art & architecture | books & cds | dance | destinations | film | opera | television | theater | archives ..... ... When Henry Norman Alvers contracted Alzheimer’s Disease, his daughter, producer Linda Alvers, began investigating her father's  ...

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 playing multiple roles in a remake of Dr. Strangelove.) Updated  ...