April 3, 2014 |
"True Blood" begins its seventh season June 22, HBO announced Thursday. It's also your last chance to drink in new episodes of the vampire tale. The 10-episode season will be its last. Whether it will be worth watching has yet to be determined. But one thing has been cleared up already: Hot Norse vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will be back after sit appeared he burned up in the sun last season. HBO also announced that "The Leftovers," a new drama from Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta, will begin its 10-episode season at 8 p.m. June 15 after the Seoans 4 finale of "Game...
May 23, 2013 |
** (out of four) Imagine if Henry James were alive to hear that his 1897 novel had been adapted by writers whose previous work includes the “Dungeons and Dragons” movie and an episode of “Tales from the Crypt.” You can't make up this stuff. Something else that's hard to believe: Julianne Moore playing an irresponsible rock star with a young daughter, Maisie (Onata Aprile), whom Susanna (Moore) treats primarily as collateral in her war with her soon-to-be ex-husband Beale (Steve Coogan)
June 6, 2013 |
*** (out of four) At a glance, few actors intimidate less than Ellen Page. She's the size of an ottoman and sounds like a mouse that learned to speak. As part of an eco-terrorist group in the riveting, morally challenging thriller “The East,” though, Page and her colleagues transfer frustration toward unpunished, evil corporations into chilling acts of revenge. Unofficially led by Benji (Alexander Skarsgard), the resistance movement known as the East reasons that organizations who poison water and create dangerous...
June 13, 2013 |
I can't decide whether I love, hate or love to hate HBO's "True Blood" ( 8 p.m. CT June 16, HBO; 2 stars out of 4 ). With its many repeated plot points and an ever-increasing roster of supernatural beings, it doesn't seem to be aging as gracefully as its immortal vampires. But damn, it still makes me laugh with lines like this one from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis): "That was the sickest [bleep] I ever saw on TV. And I watch 'Dance Moms.'" The sixth season premiere, "Who Are You, Really?"
April 11, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) I'd say I'm of two minds about “Disconnect,” but I think it's more like my mind and my heart don't agree on this one. For starters: IMDB plot summaries don't get much drier than, “A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.” Come on, you don't want to see that movie. Especially when the poster says “look up” and features a bunch of people milling about. We know we're disconnected - you may have read a story about it earlier today, gazing at your...
May 14, 2013 |
Geek confession time! When the show True Blood first premiered on HBO, I wasn't a fan. Quite frankly, I felt as if the show was treading too closely to territory that belonged to my all-time favorite vampire series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " But as the show proressed and the characters developed, I came to really enjoy the world that Alan Ball crafted out of the "southern fried vampire" books by Charlaine Harris . Over 5 seasons, True Blood has been able to do things that couldn't be done on Buffy, exploring...