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  ...

Oliver Twist

This wildly original adaptation of Oliver Twist is likely to disappoint Dickensian purists. Adventurous and open-minded viewers will find it riveting. Screenwriter (and co-executive producer) Alan Bleasdale has invented a backstory that runs parallel to Dickens’ narrative and elevates minor characters to leading roles. Inspired by the sketchy account  ...

The Office – Second Season

The British series The Office returns to BBC America with six new episodes in its second season. Far from losing any of its edge, this brainchild of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant is nastier than ever. A wickedly written, expertly acted take on self-deceptions born of class envy and  ...

Nuremberg

It's a pity the new TNT miniseries "Nuremberg", adapted from Joseph Persico's nonfiction novel, doesn't sustain the queasy ambiguity of its first few minutes. Just surrendered Hermann Goering (Brian Cox) is greeted warmly by his American captors and joins them for a rousing chorus of "Deep in the Heart  ...

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 life, utilizing interviews with many of Coward's biographers and surviving  ...

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 Panama were ordered into combat by President George Bush, ostensibly  ...