The Big Sick
Finds that laughter-through-tears sweet spot, often in the unlikeliest of places.
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The best of the 2016-17 TV season in Emmy ballot form.
A review of the new season of "Better Call Saul" on AMC.
A TV critic's picks for the best TV of 2015-16.
A review of season two of AMC's "Better Call Saul."
A column on the latest on Blu-ray and DVD, including Criterion editions of Code Unknown & In Cold Blood, The Man From UNCLE, Meru, Ant-Man and more!
What should be nominated for Emmys this year? Let us guide the way.
Your bi-weekly guide to the latest and greatest on Blu-ray and DVD.
An excerpt from the March 2015 issue of "Bright Wall/Dark Room" on "This is Spinal Tap".
A review of AMC's Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean.
An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.
An interview with Larry Blamire on the "Lost Skeleton" trilogy.
The cast of the Oscar-favorite film, "Home for Purim."
"For Your Consideration" -- Christopher Guest is blessed with the finest comedic stock company since the heyday of Preston Sturges. Guest, Catherine O'Hara (Goddess of Funny), Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Michael Hitchcock, Paul Dooley, Jim Piddock, Larry Miller... I get a thrill just seeing them share screen space in various combinations (and this time they've added Ricky Gervais and Sandra Oh to the mix). Every few years when they get together (the last time they were together was "A Mighty Wind" in 2003), it's like seeing old friends for whom you will always harbor a deep and abiding affection. Here's hoping they keep reuniting for many movies to come.
In "FYC," the subject isn't so much the movie industry (Guest already made the best American dissection of the contemporary film business back in 1989 with "The Big Picture") as the awards and publicity industry. We join a film in production -- a kind of kosher Tennessee Williams melodrama about a Jewish family in the South during the war, called "Home for Purim." Somebody on the web (or the "World Wide Internet" as the typically clueless HollyLuddites call it) claims the lead actress (played by O'Hara), an '80s sitcom star who's been virtually forgotten by the public and the industry, may be giving an "Oscar-worthy" performance, and a rumor is born that (as in "The Big Picture") takes on a life of its own.