April 30, 2012 |
As soon as Cesare Borgia's nun lover was found murdered in Sunday night's “Stray Dogs,” I just knew the cardinal and Showtime's “The Borgias” were going to take viewers on a thrill ride. And thanks to a superb performance by Francois Arnaud as Cesare, it was a fascinating trip into the dark corners of a vengeful mind and hurting soul. The ride started when Cesare's chief henchman Micheletto (Sean Harris, also wonderful) rounded up Rome's stray dogs - a group of soldiers for hire - to attack the French with less-than-honorable weapons and tactics.
August 20, 2012 |
It's always enjoyable when you get a fine example of the absurdities, comic and tragic, of closed societies operating under the scrutiny of authoritarian forces and organized religion. However, I'd also note that it sucks to practice art in a free society where the right of speech is, for the most part, sacrosanct. Case in point: the Russian band Pussy Riot (yes, I'm ashamed I wasn't the first to think of some kind of joke about that being my high school nickname), which filmed a semi-lewd but mostly weird video in a Russian Orthodox Church where they criticized...
January 14, 2013 |
Details of the West Memphis 3 investigation can only be described as ridiculous. “They had one guy say that I looked at him and made him levitate. And this is in police records,” says Damien Echols, who in 2011 was freed from prison after 18 years on Death Row. “To me it's not the misinformation that's so unbelievable, it's the fact that people took it seriously … It was all made-up crap.” As chronicled in the “Paradise Lost” documentary series and the new doc “West of Memphis” (opening Friday)
June 19, 2013 |
Writer Keith Huff talks "Mad Men," "House of Cards" and his world premiere noir comedy play at Lookingglass He won a Writer's Guild Award for "Mad Men," wrote for the first season of "House of Cards" and is currently working on a new SyFy show called "Helix" with executive producer Ron Moore of "Battlestar Galactica" fame, but lifelong Chicagoan Keith Huff is first and foremost a playwright. His drama, "A Steady Rain" - in which two Chicago cops make a career-ending domestic disturbance decision - debuted in 2007 at Chicago Dramatists and earned a Broadway run starring...