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  ...

Napoleon

Napoleon. The role of the French Emperor and ruler of Europe has been played by more actors in more movies than any other historical figure. So it might be expected that a four-hour documentary on the man would provide exquisite details on the progression of his life as well  ...

Mulholland Drive

When word leaked out earlier this year that David Lynch was making his return to television with a new ABC series called Mulholland Drive, it was cause for jubilation among those who never quite got over that strange Northwestern town with the dancing dwarf and the damn fine cup  ...

Houston Ballet- review

Houston Ballet Houston Ballet launched its 37th season with 'Simple Elegance,' a trio of works that included two contemporary masters along with Stanton Welch's world premiere, Brigade. The title speaks to the clarity of thought of each choreographer's mission: one idea, elegantly explored in a satisfying dance.  ...

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders is as good as television gets. This adaptation of Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel has wonderful characters, a rich, historical setting, and a cast that could not have been better chosen. First among them is Moll herself (Alex Kingston -  ...

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 experience, learn life's lessons, and then share with us what  ...

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 sexual escapades. The story of Emma, a country girl with  ...