Monday, February 24, 2014

Downton Abbey: Season 4

They've handled the Mary heartbreak very well. Not sure I can say the same about the remainder of the characters.


A strange 24 hour juxtaposition: finish proofing the Turing book and then go see a movie about AI.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

House of Cards: Season 2

Fortunately, those with an "if I just ran the world..." mentality aren't also psychotic.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Captain Phillips

Greengrass = a man who can accurately and calmly provide a thriller. He also really gets what shock is all about.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dogtown and Z-Boys

Great soundtrack, avant-garde choices (burned filmstock!), helter-skelter content, can't lose.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cutie and the Boxer

This was nominated because it's the only documentary not about war. (Well, war of the heart, I suppose.)

The Armstrong Lie

A not-surprising spotlight on the consistent denials, without the needed discussion of delusional tactics.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay solely on the strength of the car conversations, I believe.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blue Jasmine

Blanchett succeeds in making us feel for her poor little rich girl act.

The Hunt

The difference between Mads Mikkelsen in this year's Danish Oscar entry and last year's is about 40 trillion kilometers. (Original title: Jagten)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Being Human (UK series): Season 5

I suppose I should be grateful for 5 seasons of this eloquent show. (I'm also quite keen on that absolute last shot.)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

More geek cool here ("no soy soy latte?") but it doesn't quite reach the level of the first endeavor.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sherlock: Season 3

Proving that Steven Moffat still knows how to write. Pick better other writers, though.