Monthly Archives: November 2015

Kumaré (2011)

Kumaré is a divisive film; you will admire the documentarian’s experiment, think he is a morally-bankrupted swine, or at least consider him a cruel(er) version of Sacha Baron Cohen. Director Vikram Gandhi illuminates some interesting questions about the post-New Age, yoga and Eastern-obsessed American middle-class. Why has there been such a large movement toward a

Master of None (2015)

I gave up on TV a long time ago, especially network TV. Parks and Rec, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and the like are not on the viewing schedule. Occasionally HBO gets it right (Eastbound and Down, Bored to Death, Silicon Valley), but for the most part sitcoms are a dead art (except for

Léon: The Professional (1994)

1994 was a good year for film, both inside and outside the mainstream: Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Heavenly Creatures, Shawshank Redemption, Natural Born Killers, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Forest Gump, Ed Wood, etc. At this point, the US independent movement that begun in the mid to late 1980s had become successful enough for Hollywood to

Black Books (2004)

Who would have thought that a show about an irate, alcoholic, Irish bookstore owner drinking, smoking, reading, and being terrible to people would be so damn funny? The owner, Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), is a more intelligent (or at least more well-read) UK version of the man-child protagonist which has come to dominate American comedy.