“Cherry” is Sharp Objects’ Superbly Superficial Sunday

I still think of Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You  when I hear Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, the song Amma and Camille sing at the party before rollerblading around town and the song fades into the now signature “Tumbling Lights” John Keene is getting arrested next week…

In “Closer”, ‘Sharp Objects’ Offers Up Two Anti-Climaxes

I knew this show is a slow burn but where’s the heat? No episode except “Ripe” (#4) has approached the pilot in quality. “Closer” flirts with shifting action before closing up any major inflicted wounds. It’s a shock any disaster at the Calhoun Day festival seems like business as usual for Wind Gap. Amma runs…

‘Sharp Objects’ Slims Down in Its Fourth Episode

By the fourth episode of a good series you ought to be hooked and I’m not. I said in the first episode, you need a water cooler moment in episode 4 or something to look forward to. The chaotic montage capping the episode is economic and marketable. The short 45 minute run time is frustrating…

‘Sharp Objects’ Dulls in Episode Three

– Spoilers ahead for episode III of Sharp Objects – If you are going to have a weak episode in a mini-series, you should put it at #3. If 1 and 2 have done their job the audience is already invested, this is the part where the episodes start to blend and having it in…

‘Sharp Objects’ REALLY Lives Up to Its Name in Episode II

I’ll give full credit to this show for so thoroughly exploring its tortured protagonist cliché and literally living up to its title so quickly. I don’t think I’ve repulsed physically from any show as much this year as much as I did at the scene where Camille Preaker shoves a sewing needle underneath her fingernail,…

‘Sharp Objects’ Has Arrived for Your Summer TV Viewing Pleasure

Here’s a formula for a TV hit: Set in the hot summer schedule, a murder-mystery miniseries rife with water cooler discussion. Split the budget between acting, a cinematic auteur director, ace cinematography, a moody minor string orchestral score and place the rest into licensed music budget into licensing that will have people Shazaming afterwards. Have abstract opening…

This Is Star Wars!

George Lucas once said that at its heart Star Wars is not a Space Opera, but a Family Soap Opera! Well it turns out another ambitious family soap opera has had the guts to compare itself to Star Wars and it sticks! Beth Pearson fights most of the battles behind the scenes that the rest…

Mr. Robot 3.0 System ‘Overview’

“I love the party, but I can’t stand the scene.” I binged Mr. Robot over the summer on Blu-Ray Home Video. Like most people I thought that the first season was superior and the second devolves into mind trips with its less structured nature and slightly longer length. After an extended break the show returns to…

“The Spoils of War” Game of Thrones S7E4 ‘Review’

I long for what a more nihilistic George R.R. Martin script would have done for this episode. The author whose work on which the show was based wrote an episode for the first four seasons and afterwards tended to focus on the sixth book The Winds of Winter instead. Here his absence is felt in two…

Penultimate Game of Thrones is the best Game of Thrones

Season 7 Episode 6: ‘Beyond the Wall’ wastes no time on a shortened schedule. I don’t think there will ever be something as big as Game of Thrones for quite a while. Blockbuster tv shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men or The Walking Dead usually compromise scope in favour of craft or performance but it is so…

Game of Thrones Season 7 Ep.3 Review: ‘The Queen’s Justice’

“Stormborn” Episode two, Season 7 of Game of Thrones may go down as one of the lesser remembered installments of the series, with only the final ship siege of Euron Greyjoy taking the Sand Snakes and Yara hostage of note, but this week’s follow-up ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is a different story. With the reunification of…