Even though I have often said, and written, that looking forward to something is the secret to happiness, nostalgia—or looking back, if parallel sentence construction is your thing—also plays a key role in my never-ending pursuit of happiness. There are several new-ish entertainment offerings that scratch the nostalgia itch. Netflix’s Stranger Things, with its 1980s […]Read more "Cobra Kai: Season 2 — a review"
This seems like the sort of series I wouldn’t have liked. You know the sort I mean. A continuation of an older, successful intellectual property. Like The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which I never watched, even though I loved the original show. Or, Fuller House, which you couldn’t pay me to watch because I didn’t […]Read more "Cobra Kai: Season 1 (Netflix) — a review"
In motion pictures, there are two storytelling devices that I’m not wild about. The first of these is the use of voiceover narration. It underscores the point-of-view character in a scene and gives you the same sort of feeling you get when reading a novel or short story told in the first person. Outside of […]Read more "Enola Holmes (Netflix) — a movie review"
I log onto Facebook just often enough to react to things friends have posted on my page, and to add the requisite “likes” or the proper emojis to what my wife has posted. I seldom post anything these days. I also avoid reading too much of what’s been posted. My friends from high school and […]Read more "Space Force: Season 1 (Netflix original) — a review"
My maternal grandparents were wrestling fans. This means wrestling was playing on their television whenever I visited them, and since we lived in the same smallish town, that was often. They swore that wrestling wasn’t fake. Even when the WWE (or maybe it was still the WWF in those days) had to admit that what […]Read more "GLOW: Season 1 — a review"
True confession time. As I’m writing this review, I’m already four episodes into the third season of Peaky Blinders. It’s not my fault: These seasons are too damned short. Yes, I said it. Too short. I realize the irony of this. I often complain that American television series have too many episodes in a season. […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 2 — a review"
You’ve already heard about Ozark. In this time of social distancing and self-quarantines, you’ve seen interviews with celebrities who, when asked what they’re binge-watching during these trying times, invariably reply, “Well, of course Ozark.” Usually in the same breath as Tiger King, which has already had its fifteen minutes of fame, thank you very much. […]Read more "Ozark: Season 3 — a review"
Let’s get this out of the way at the very beginning, shall we? Personal anecdote time. Years ago, back when I was working for the Target Corporation, my boss at the time had decided to have a get-together at his big house in the country (which he has since lost, along with the wife and […]Read more "Locke & Key: Season 1 — a review"
If you’re a fan of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s take on Sherlock, I guarantee you’ll love their version of Dracula. What? You’ve never watched Sherlock? How are we even friends? Go watch it now. In four total series (which is what our cousins across the pond call them instead of “seasons”), there are only […]Read more "Dracula: Season 1 (Netflix/BBC) — a review"
Since I finished watching the entire run of Gilmore Girls (and loved it), The Crown is that series that I sometimes feel like I should apologize for being a loyal fan of. It is a soap opera. About the British royal family, no less, a subject I’ve never had the least bit of interest in. […]Read more "Netflix’s The Crown: Season 3 — a review"