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2019
Aug
15
 
 
I finally caught up with last week’s series premiere of Two Sentence Horror Stories, and now can provide my own Two Sentence Review. Don’t bother.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
15
 
 
In a moment of exasperation, Christine Baskets says what viewers have been thinking: "Sometimes, I think you just want to fail at life," she tells her son Chip...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
14
 
 
This is not a recommendation: I warned about last week’s premiere of BH90210 based on circumstantial evidence, noting that Fox was dumping the series in August, a year before its 30thanniversary, and not previewing the show for critics. As it turned out, Fox did make the initial episode available, but not until days before its on-air premiere. At any rate, I was right then – and after seeing last week’s premiere, I’m even firmer in my conviction. This is&nb
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
14
 
 
On the other hand, this new IFC parody of vintage soul music shows is charmingly original, and unabashedly goofy. The snazzily dressed host, Sherman (played by Bashir Salahuddin, who created the series with Diallo Riddle), says in one vintage excerpt, staring straight into the camera, “To all our viewers in Oklahoma: Hello, Margaret!” I laughed out loud at that one – and the show had just started. Tune in and see what’s got me unexpectedly hooked.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
14
 
 
Ingmar Bergman wrote and directed this 1966 character study, which elevated Swedish cinema to an internationally recognized source of existential angst. (Bergman had been doing such films for a decade, but this one really caught the zeitgeist. Woody Allen would mine it for comedy for years afterward.) In Persona, Liv Ullman plays a traumatized actress who will not speak, and Bibi Andersson plays the nurse who gets to know her patient so well, their personalities begin to merg
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
14
 
 
For many people, childhood means inhabiting multiple worlds. That can be a good thing, molding an actor or author, a politician or salesman. Or it can be an ordeal...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
14
 
 
On this day in 1965, the Beatles traveled to CBS's New York studio to rehearse and tape a performance for the Season 18 premiere of CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
13
 
 
On this day in 1997, Comedy Central introduced four unforgettable third-graders: Stan, Cartman, Kyle, and Kenny, from a snowy Colorado mountain town called South Park...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
13
 
 
Silly question: Might America's Got Talent, or AGT to the converted, be the single most important program on television right now?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
13
 
 
The Ides of August, traditionally, are the deadest time of the entire TV year. In the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides fell in the middle of the month on March 15, May 15, July 15, and October 15 – and on other months of the year, on the 13th. So today, truly, is the Ides of August. And things are so dull tonight that the one thing worth pointing out tonight is a 1986 movie: Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me, based on the Stephen King story “The Body.” Stars include Wil