Lost: “Through the Looking Glass” (textual healing edition)

This is the first of the Metroactive arts blog’s weekly recaps of Lost and its abbreviated-by-the-strike fourth season. But instead of kicking off this series of recaps with tonight’s season premiere, “The Beginning of the End” (hey, that’s the same title as that Peter Graves/giant grasshopper movie MST3K once riffed on—is this a clue that [...]

Y: The last issue

It’s a sad week for comics. The brilliant and addictive Vertigo series Y: The Last Man is wrapping up its five-year run this week with its 60th and final issue. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (whom I met at WonderCon last year—he’s a nice guy and he gave me some good advice about comics scriptwriting) [...]

Goner—Trying to Parse Gone Baby Gone

Finally caught up with Gone Baby Gone. Nice to see two members of the cast of The Wire (Amy Ryan and Michael K. Williams) working, but Casey Affleck-less just can’t carry a movie. So, what are we to make of a baby-faced wannabe gumshoe and his Nancy Drew assistant (Michelle Monaghan looking like Valerie [...]

Closure—Do Not Open

The trailer for the 2007 British film Closure (a.k.a. Straightheads in the U.K.) made it look like a decent revenge story, so I bite on the DVD (I don’t think it got U.S. theatrical release). My mistake. This grindhouse version of Brave One is an extremely nasty-minded tale about a British woman (Gillian Anderson) and [...]

Slings & Arrows

I’m not done yet with the three seasons of the Canadian comedy Slings & Arrows (set for release on DVD in early February), but I am ready to call it one of the best TV comedies ever. This look at the all-round ego-fest that is the fictional New Burbage Theatre Festival combines the best of [...]

Black Books—London’s most horrible book store

Used to be, every urban core had—along with its roughneck bars and irreplaceable thrift stores—a kind of used bookstore that needed the motto, “Nothing In this Shop Is Actually for Sale.” In this age of Alibris and Amazon, I would have thought they were all extinct, but there’s at least one left in Berkeley, as [...]

Breaking Bad: Mmm, meth!

The original series department over at AMC (Alleged Movie Classics) had a major breakthrough last year with Mad Men, and it looks like it has another winner on its hands with Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston, who frequently stole scenes on Malcolm in the Middle (remember Hal’s roller disco act?), is at his tragicomic best as [...]

Heath Ledger

It’s been a while since a lead actor of Ledger passed away right before what was certainly going to be the greatest success of his career. The part of The Joker would have shown everyone a new side of him—something beyond the almost rude healthiness and physical toughness he brought to his work. Even in [...]

The Oscars…the Major Categories

Here’s the list, which got short-shrifted on the news this morning because of the stock market’s grand-mal (whatever happened to priorities?)


Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

They’ll probably give it to Juno, because the No Country and Blood votes will split the ticket. Might be Atonement, though—that’s a real Ernest Borgnine [...]

Freaks and Geeks

On Jan. 20, the SF Sketchfest hosted a panel discussion called ”Freaks and Geeks Speak,”which they claim is the most populous reunion to date of the short-lived but intensely loved TV series, Freaks and Geeks.

The afternoon show was moderated by comedian Patton Oswalt, who did a fine job keeping the ball rolling and tried as [...]