Book/TV Report: Daisy Jones and the Six

I have been obsessed with Daisy Jones and the Six the last few weeks. First we devoured the Prime Video miniseries four episodes at a time, and then I tracked down a library that had the audiobook on CD because I didn’t want to wait weeks to borrow the .mp3 from the library. I recentlyContinue reading “Book/TV Report: Daisy Jones and the Six”

70 TV series I spent a lot of time watching

When I set out to list 70 TV series that affected me enough to watch hour after hour, in many cases from beginning to end, at first I was skeptical that I could get to 70. But some of my favorite shows ended up between 61 and 70 as I looked back through the listContinue reading “70 TV series I spent a lot of time watching”

I love that movie, but why?

Alien beings visit Earth with an urgent message, but they don’t know how to say the message in a language we would understand, and we can’t understand their language. We must communicate with them before those among us who would destroy what they don’t understand gain the upper hand. The film Arrival is a storyContinue reading “I love that movie, but why?”

The archive

I know for certain now how long a half-century is, for I have lived more than that and remember. I know how long 30 seconds are — long enough to tell you what I have to sell, long enough to trash a reputation.  I could do the figures and find out how many 30-second intervalsContinue reading “The archive”

Addicts to addicts, dust to dust

The formula for making “bingeworthy” TV is very similar to what they used to get kids coming back to the Saturday afternoon serials in the 1930s or ’40s. Back then Commander Cody, or whoever the star was, would be wrestling for control of a small plane, say. The episode would end with the plane crashingContinue reading “Addicts to addicts, dust to dust”

The saga of Ozark is complete

Red said enough is enough as the closing credits rolled on the series finale of the Netflix show Ozark. It’s a brilliantly crafted drama about a family and organized crime, well acted, with sympathetic characters caught in one of those tangled webs we weave when we practice to deceive. The final seven episodes landed Friday,Continue reading “The saga of Ozark is complete”

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art Now there’s an April Fool’s Day headline if ever a wiz there was. Plan 9 From Outer Space is on plenty of lists of the worst movies ever made, and it IS a bit of a train wreck in many ways. But still … That opening lineContinue reading “‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art”

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