Category Archives: Television

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

Manhunt: Unabomber

FIND THE TRUTH BEHIND THE HUNT.  In 1995, rookie FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) is recruited to join the team that’s hunting the Unabomber, a man who’s been mailing bombs to targets all over the country… but Fitzgerald’s unconventional thinking clashes with his superiors. A miniseries that takes us behind the long investigation that … Continue reading Manhunt: Unabomber

When We Rise

The Milk (2008) writer’s ambitious odyssey through 45 years of fighting for LGBT rights in America starts with gays finding their voice in San Francisco in spite of persistent police brutality and ends with the Supreme Court paving the way for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Focus lies on several real-life characters that we … Continue reading When We Rise

Top of the Lake: China Girl

Four years after the first miniseries, Sydney Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) is investigating the death of an Asian girl who’s floated ashore at Bondi Beach. Jane Campion’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed but somewhat overrated Top of the Lake (2013) didn’t go down as well among critics, which certainly can’t be blamed on the … Continue reading Top of the Lake: China Girl