Margaux and I head back to the Minnesota tundra to discuss Fargo. Trevor: So rather than my usual introductory rambling, I’d like to just jump right in and start talking about Carrie Coon, who is an immensely talented actress who I’ve loved in things like The Leftovers and Gone Girl. She has some huge snow boots to fill, in the wake of strong... Read More | Share it now!
Margaux and I discuss last night’s Better Call Saul and the wonderful character it (re)introduced. Trevor: So I’ve said before how much I love the look of this show, which isn’t exactly a trenchant insight, because everyone loves the look of this show. But one thing I’m really starting to admire, which I just noticed, is how much of... Read More | Share it now!
Best Picture: All Quiet on the Western Front The Other Nominees: The Big House; Disraeli; The Divorce; The Love Parade The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has always loved war films. When All Quiet on the Western Front took home the Best Picture trophy, fully two-thirds of that award’s winners were war films (the other being Wings).... Read More | Share it now!
“One last try. I’m giving life one last try.” Some TV finales aim for huge and impactful and fall short (looking at you, The Walking Dead). Some stay true to the show’s spirit and deliver thoughtful, talky installments that might not be thrilling in concept, but work beautifully given the skill in front of and behind the... Read More | Share it now!
“I’m sorry, mom. I’m not at liberty to discuss it.” “Tape 6, Side B” is one of the most plot-heavy episodes of 13 Reasons Why, and at its best it’s damn near spellbinding. A lot happens here, but it’s never confusing, and never feels rushed, due to the talent of the ensemble and the careful staging and... Read More | Share it now!
Margaux and I discuss last night’s tense, brilliant Better Call Saul. Trevor: We’ve spoken in the past about the long (sometimes excruciatingly long) sequences in Better Call Saul, which show a patience with the material that has kind of become the show’s trademark. I think “Witness” is a perfect example of this technique. It’s slow... Read More | Share it now!
“One more bad decision.” It’s no secret that 13 Reasons Why has been building up to Clay’s tape for a long time now. One of the show’s – and, I guess, the book’s – smartest moves was to not make it first or last; this gave all the other tapes a sense of tension instead of suspense. The tapes are about... Read More | Share it now!
“It’s what you do next that counts.” “Tape 5, Side B” begins with what might be 13 Reasons Why‘s bluntest but most effective visual metaphor. There’s a car crash – it was easily avoidable, and there were several contributing factors, and one party is dead. It’s stupid, senseless, and grotesque,... Read More | Share it now!
“That girl had two chances that night. But we both let her down.” “Tape 5, Side A” is the first episode of 13 Reasons Why to start with a graphic content warning. It becomes easy to see why. This episode is a hard watch, and it doesn’t play nice. It’s bold, and upsetting, and by the hour’s end, it seems as... Read More | Share it now!
“It must be possible to swim without becoming water yourself.” Most people on 13 Reasons Why have been deliberately cruel to Hannah – Justin shared a compromising photo, Tyler took yet another one, Zach stole notes from her compliment box. But sometimes cruelty is borne of negligence, or of self-centered single-mindedness. Which... Read More | Share it now!