Tuesday 30th May 2017,
Televisual

review

I Know, You Tried to Watch ‘Treme.’ Try Again.

I Know, You Tried to Watch ‘Treme.’ Try Again.

I hated the first season of Treme. I didn’t know what I was watching and didn’t care to find out. I found the show plotless and plodding. I wrote about that. I found Steve Zahn’s Davis McAlary annoying. I wrote about that too. I thought it inevitable Treme, a drama about how individuals and communities survived [...]

January 9, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

2013’s Best Drama Web Series

2013’s Best Drama Web Series

2013 was a big year for web TV. Netflix and Amazon released great (and good) shows, and the indie space has never been more exciting and diverse. Why should you care about indie TV? For one, because cable TV is getting more expensive after channels like FX and AMC started using original shows to argue [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

2013’s Best Comedy Web Series

2013’s Best Comedy Web Series

What were the best web series in 2013? The major guilds have already weighed in. The Writers Guild is honoring “Husbands” and “Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective.” The  Producers Guild recognized some of the most popular series this year in “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries,” “Burning Love,” “Video Game High School” and “Epic Rap Battles of History.” The International Academy of Web [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

‘House of Cards’: Has Netflix Created A New Anti-Hero?

‘House of Cards’: Has Netflix Created A New Anti-Hero?

Spoilers ahead. There’s a tradition for launching a new network with a original programming. The idea is to give audiences something they can’t get elsewhere. On cable creating new original shows often leads to casting, or making shows about, minorities. It’s a remarkable trend. Look at the early scripted dramas and comedies for cable networks, [...]

February 5, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 5

What You Missed: 2012’s Indie Web Television

What You Missed: 2012’s Indie Web Television

Television is so awash in great shows no one can watch them all. And yet most TV fans can name the best new show of last year — technically, it’d have to be Girls — and best show overall — take your pick of Mad Men, Treme, Breaking Bad, etc. Online, nobody knows what’s good. There’s too [...]

January 10, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

Vengeance Is Boring And Better On TV

Vengeance Is Boring And Better On TV

Spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk. In the very last moment of Django Unchained Hildy grabs a rifle.** The movie follows her husband, Django (Jamie Foxx), on his quest to save her. Saved, Hildy (Kerry Washington) must learn to save herself, and/or her husband. But we have to imagine that future, because Django is a movie about [...]

January 3, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

At one point in José Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a police officer confronts local gang members in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, asking for his share of their drug revenue. The police are corrupt, but their illicit money supply has been cut off by their own belligerence: a massacre at a prison temporarily [...]

April 1, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

In Search of Indie Cosmic

In Search of Indie Cosmic

Originally posted at Splice Today. Indie film tends toward realism. It’s not hard to understand why: on a low-budget, the special effects necessary for fantasy and science fiction are hard to achieve. Creative filmmakers aren’t afraid of a challenge, though. In recent years, and especially 2011, a handful of art house movies ventured into the [...]

January 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

NBC’s ‘Prime Suspect’ Reinvents ITV’s Restrained Jane Tennison

NBC’s ‘Prime Suspect’ Reinvents ITV’s Restrained Jane Tennison

Anticipating the premiere of NBC’s remake of the British ITV series Prime Suspect, I’ve been watching the original, starting from the first series in 1991. Americans watch UK TV for a lot of reasons, but one of them is to revel in British austerity, their infamous reserve in tense situations. Watching Helen Mirren imperfectly make [...]

September 22, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

‘Potter’ Embraces, Then Fights, The Darkness

‘Potter’ Embraces, Then Fights, The Darkness

Thanks to Deep Research for linking! The Harry Potter series is a strange phenomenon: this week, 10 years into its run, it stands as one of the most profitable, popular and critically adored movie franchises in history. And yet, aside from a harrowing coming-of-age tale, it has never really been able to communicate a clear sociological message, [...]

July 14, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1