March 20, 2015 |
It's hard to think of many stories that open with such a monstrously sobering, almost unbearable sense of impending doom as Bloodline , Netflix's latest original production. The series wastes no time telling us that it will be a tragedy, a horrible, deeply affecting story about the destruction of a family, and a compelling lesson in fatalism. Netflix will post all 13 first-season episodes on Friday. An intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis that evokes Raymond Carver and James Dickey, Bloodline has the feel, the imaginative reach and aesthetic depth and resonance of a novel.
March 20, 2015 |
* BLOODLINE. Today, Netflix. WHEN I TALK to myself, as I too often do these days, it may be to ask: Is this TV voiceover really necessary? It's largely superfluous in Netflix's "Bloodline," a new series from the creators of "Damages," in which a prodigal son returns to his family's resort in the Florida Keys and things don't go so well. Kyle Chandler, who did so much with silences in "Friday Night Lights," retains his spare delivery as John Rayburn, whose efforts to keep his black-sheep brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn)
March 17, 2015 |
* COMMUNITY . Tomorrow, Yahoo Screen. (Yahoo.com/community online or on Apple TV, Roku or Yahoo Screen apps for Apple and Android.) * JAMAICA INN . Today, Acorn TV. MAYBE it's time to trade in the universal remote for a spreadsheet. Because the days of leaning back, pressing a button or two and having favorite TV shows come to you, live or off your DVR, are waning. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon and Yahoo and Acorn TV and Sony PlayStation and Crackle and an ever-growing list of streaming options that's about to include at least one stand-alone premium channel, we've entered the hunter-gatherer phase of TV viewing.
March 10, 2015 |
D AN AYKROYD ducked out from under the cover of his security detail Friday to literally stop and smell the roses at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, his handlers told me over the weekend. The 62-year-old actor and screenwriter was in town Friday for the Flower Show and to promote his Crystal Head vodka, which enjoyed a booth next to the PA Wine & Spirits table inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.). It was no surprise that a seemingly endless line of people snaked around the perimeter of the grand ballroom inside the convention center - each guest waiting patiently to meet Aykroyd and for him to sign a vodka bottle.
March 6, 2015 |
* UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT. Friday, Netflix. * DIG. 10 tonight, USA. FROM "That Girl" to "Girls," single women hoping to make it in the Big Apple aren't new to TV. Single women moving to New York after 15 years living underground in a doomsday cult? You can count them on one finger. There's nothing generic about the funny (and charming) "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," whose first 13 episodes premiere tomorrow on Netflix. Ellie Kemper ("The Office") stars as Kimmy, who's been through some stuff and emerged determined not to waste her life.
March 3, 2015 |
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT . Friday, Netflix. TINA FEY'S break, such as it was, is over. Sometime between the end of "30 Rock" and this week's debut, on Netflix, of her new comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Fey - or, as she's known in these parts, "Upper Darby's Tina Fey" - claims to have had "a great six months where [she and "Kimmy" co-creator Robert Carlock] just went to that office every day and made tea and had toast and then went home. " But "those days are already gone again," she said, laughing, during an interview in January.
February 27, 2015 |
* THE LAST MAN ON EARTH . 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. * SECRETS AND LIES . 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. * BATTLE CREEK . 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. * HOUSE OF CARDS . Today, Netflix. March TV comes in like a lion Sunday night - three new network series compete with the "Downton Abbey" season finale - and continues to roar all month long with new and returning shows coming to broadcast, cable and a device near you. Sunday's best bet - besides "Downton" and the return of "The Good Wife" - is CBS' "Battle Creek.
December 31, 2014 |
I START THIS year-end column the way I usually do: by proclaiming my dislike of best-of lists, which tend to reduce television criticism to numbers. Don't worry, though, there'll be a list. Just no numbers. Taking a page from colleague Gary Thompson , I'm alphabetizing my Top 10 TV shows this year: THE AMERICANS . FX, 10 p.m. Weds., returns Jan. 28. The stakes got higher than ever this past season for undercover Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell)
December 17, 2014 |
With a growing body of innovative original productions, from House of Cards and Lilyhammer to Orange Is the New Black and Marco Polo , Netflix has proven it deserves a place in the vanguard of TV programming. Yet the streaming site's most buzzed-about offering this month isn't one of its own shows. It's the British import Black Mirror , a sci-fi anthology series whose six one-hour episodes have driven critics and sci-fi geeks to distraction with passionate praise.
December 4, 2014
P ANO Kalogeropoulos, 31, of Fairmount, is a photographer who founded Bokeh Fire, which considers itself the Netflix of camera lenses. The company offers a curated set of lenses for rent monthly. Bokeh owns all the lenses rented out on its website. Bokeh launched a $20,000, 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on Nov. 13 that has so far raised more than $15,000. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Bokeh Fire? A: I moved here in 2013 after graduating from business school at Northwestern, where I started thinking about this.