Category Archives: Television

Sharp Objects

WELCOME HOME.  After the disappearance of two girls in her Missouri hometown, alcoholic reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) reluctantly goes back home, but her overbearing mother (Patricia Clarkson) is not happy to see her… The director of Big Little Lies (2017) made another talked-about ”limited series” event for HBO that featured interesting female characters and … Continue reading Sharp Objects

Madiba

FREEDOM IS FOR EVERYONE.  The world probably needed yet another retelling of Nelson Mandela’s life about as much as we need another Marvel movie, but if there’s a good story expect many different versions. This miniseries follows Mandela from childhood to presidency, but focuses perhaps more than other similar projects on how the South African … Continue reading Madiba

Patrick Melrose

The miniseries adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels becomes a perfect vehicle for Benedict Cumberbatch as we follow his wealthy, drug-addicted character through several decades, including his childhood in the 1960s when he was sexually molested by his father (Hugo Weaving), which set him off on his long journey of misery. Sounds unrelentingly tough, … Continue reading Patrick Melrose

Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

The same year as Ingmar Bergman released his excellent Cries and Whispers he also ventured into television. His first miniseries attracted huge audiences in Sweden and inspired intense discussions. The following year, the episodes were edited into a 168 min. long feature intended for international audiences. Garnering great reviews, the miniseries was also shown in … Continue reading Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

Angels in America: Love and Suffering

THE MESSENGER HAS ARRIVED. In the early 2000s, the AIDS epidemic had not been portrayed on TV and in movies in a fully satisfying way. There were respectable attempts, such as Philadelphia (1993) and the TV movie And the Band Played On (1993), but they also faced criticism for various reasons. It seemed as if … Continue reading Angels in America: Love and Suffering

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

MAKE AMERICA BAIT AGAIN! While visiting London, Fin and April (Ian Ziering, Tara Reid) are drawn into a struggle to save the world from sharknados breaking out everywhere – and their son is stuck inside one of them! Alright, it does have Fabio as the Pope. There’s also Margaret Cho yelling ”Eat me!” at a … Continue reading Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

The Good Wife: Standing by Your Man

Every time there is a political scandal, we recognize the setting. The male politician, who’s been caught cheating, makes an appearance in front of the cameras together with his wife, holding her hand. The devoted woman shows that this is a man who can still be trusted. We certainly remember it from the Clinton era, … Continue reading The Good Wife: Standing by Your Man

Mosaic

HER STORY BEGINS WHERE HER LIFE ENDS.  A murder mystery that came in the shape of this miniseries and a mobile app featuring the same footage but allowing viewers to choose perspective. Innovative, but what matters for this review is the presentation of the miniseries. The story follows two timelines; the relationships between a successful … Continue reading Mosaic