Trickster: Miniseries (TV, 2020)
This is a contemporary indigenous mode of storytelling: mixing the old and the new, a score of terrific artists, excellent actors, a compelling story that is steeped in its culture, a culture that is alive with new faces and voices.
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Green Frontier (Frontera verde): Season 1 (TV, 2019)
Always beautiful, consistently well-acted, and unpredictable in its combination of art-house and mystery/thriller expectations, Frontera Verde is one of the best streaming series I've seen this yea
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 (TV, 2020)
For all of their superpowers, they're filled with doubts and frustrations, anxieties and desires, making them recognizably, fallibly human.
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Japan Sinks: 2020: Season 1 (TV, 2020)
My heart nearly burst. And that was just the first episode.
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Wormwood: Miniseries (TV, 2017)
Expansive in its scope, engrossing, structurally daring and thoroughly watchable, Wormwood is a true masterpiece in the age of rampant misinformation and distrust.
Posted Jul 16, 2020
Snowpiercer: Season 1 (TV, 2020)
The television adaptation is not horrible, but it makes for a routine trip that is flatly disappointing.
Posted May 11, 2020
Into The Dark: Season 2 - Delivered (TV Episode)
Bound by its premise and undercut by at least one unneeded twist, Delivered still establishes at atmospheric sense of place and proceeds at a deliberate pace, avoiding the easier jolts that might have been possible.
Posted May 8, 2020
Hot Set: Season 1 (TV, 2012)
I love the practicality of it all; building something from scratch with real building materials. When so much can be done with a computer these days, I appreciate that this show focuses on practical building techniques.
Posted Apr 27, 2020
Ascension: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
But some of the acting is questionable at best.
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Warehouse 13: Season 2 (TV, 2010)
Warehouse 13 has an undeniable charm.
Posted Apr 2, 2020
Jinn: Season 1 (TV, 2019)
If the supernatural themes, profanity and possible "immoral scenes" are not offensive to you, Jinn is a good-looking, well-done series that sets up well for continued adventures.
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Into The Dark: Season 2 - Crawlers (TV Episode)
As a person with Irish heritage, I am accustomed to wincing frequently throughout any attempted "entertainment" that is supposedly tailored to Saint Patrick's Day. Crawlers did not make me wince, mostly because it's brisk, brusque, and cheerful.
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Hunters: Season 1 (TV, 2020)
The startling opening scene establishes a sky-high bar for dramatic television.
Posted Feb 18, 2020
The Venture Bros.: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010)
Venture Brothers does not miss a beat as it easily strides back into doing what it does best - layering twisted stories through its world of Johnny Quest inspired insanity.
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Into The Dark: Season 2 - My Valentine (TV Episode)
While it adheres to certain genre tropes, it also blatantly rejects other expectations, displaying multiple tonal variations as it throws occasional dark comic vibes on top of scenes that otherwise play as deadly serious.
Posted Feb 11, 2020
The Eric Andre Show: Season 4 (TV, 2016)
Despite the outrageousness and scatological humor, The Eric André Show is cleverly devised and executed piece. The surreal, weird and anarchistic brand of humor thrusts the show beyond parody plane.
Posted Feb 6, 2020
When They Cry: Season 1 (TV, 2006)
It is one of the biggest surprises I've had all year but I love this series despite its sugary character design, and cannot wait to see what happens next.
Posted Jan 14, 2020
The Confession Killer: Season 1 (TV, 2019)
The compelling series lays out a disturbing case of justice gone wrong.
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Into The Dark: Season 2 - A Nasty Piece of Work (TV Episode)
Come for the dumb men fighting, stay for the smart women elevating.
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Wu Assassins: Season 1 (TV, 2019)
I found the series as a whole to be wildly entertaining, featuring a panoply of strong performances, with Byron Mann's dramatic characterization especially striking and on point.
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Creepshow: Season 1 (TV, 2019)
First impressions are that old was good and with some slight changes this show is better.
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Black Lagoon: Season 2 (TV, 2006)
Black Lagoon...even stepping up its game for the second half of the second series.
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Black Lagoon: Season 1 (TV, 2006)
For the remainder of the series it manages to keep this high level of quality.
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Into The Dark: Season 2 - Pilgrim (TV Episode)
The evil people in this piece are equal-opportunity villains: they treat everyone horribly, regardless of skin color.
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Into The Dark: Season 1 - School Spirit (TV Episode)
I really like the premise. Also, I appreciate the filmmakers' strategy for removing technological aids, which is an inevitable challenge for all horror films set in the modern day.
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac: Season 1 (TV, 2019)
This new 3D adaptation of an old favorite felt like a splash of cold water on a winter's day. In other words, not terribly pleasant.
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Into The Dark: Season 1 - Culture Shock (TV Episode)
A kick in the ass and one of the first genre features to address the real world nightmare of America's broken immigration system and its causes and effects on real people on both sides of the border, Culture Shock is an absolute must see.
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Into The Dark: Season 1 - They Come Knocking (TV Episode)
It's not that the story is all-new, but the charged atmosphere created by the filmmaker allows its most potent points to be made clearly and with an empathetic degree of poignance.
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Southcliffe: Miniseries (TV, 2013)
In all it's a tragic waste of an astoundingly powerful beginning that simply didn't know when or how to stop.
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Adventures of Tintin: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993)
It does not work to watch The Adventures of Tintin all at once, and it spoils the lovely buzz that you do get from it, savor it!
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Lovesick: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
It's edginess relies more on wit than raunch, which is a refreshing change, and the treatment of its characters surprisingly heartfelt.
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Aggretsuko: Season 1 (TV, 2018)
It's the sort of thing that an office worker might doodle on a napkin during a rare break in the day, or what an exhausted brain might dream up late at night as sleep becomes elusive.
Posted May 29, 2018
Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 (TV, 2001)
Cowboy Bebop is perfect, hitting every off-centre beat and crazy subplot with reckless energy and momentum that nails it every episode.
Posted May 4, 2018
Perhaps not every single one of the 52 episodes is great, but all of them are good, and most of them are amazing.
Posted Apr 30, 2018
The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017)
This television show could not be more timely. And luckily, it's also brilliant and terrifying.
Posted Dec 28, 2017
Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017)