Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 5:13pm

In 2013, Tina Fey opened her Golden Globes monologue with the line, “Tonight we honor the television shows that have entertained us all year, as well as the films that have only been in theaters for two days.” It was a sly quip at awards season releases, how the December month becomes saturated with the next best film. But as a matriarch of television, Fey was also poking fun at a phenomenon she probably knows all too well: People don’t view television as “art.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 5:40pm

There is no shortage of television that takes place in New York City. I truly believe there should be an Emmy category titled “Outstanding Series Based in NYC.” It’s almost maddening when you think about it. Do the universes overlap? Has Jerry Seinfeld ordered coffee from Central Perk? Do Olivia Benson and Captain Holt occasionally pass by each other at NYPD events? Did Barney Stinson ever try something weird with Samantha Jones?

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 5:47pm

There are few eras more difficult in a woman’s life than adolescence. Within these years, every action she takes is analyzed and critiqued, not just by friends, parents and teachers, but by society as a whole. In the past few years, one common critique has been directed at young women: You’re basic. From Snapchat filters to song lyrics, “basic” has become a foundational slang term for young people of the 2010s. So what does the term mean? For many, calling someone basic recalls the Ugg boots-wearing, pumpkin spice latte-drinking girls of 2015.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 5:50pm

It would be dishonest to say that my decision to go to Sundance wasn’t at least mildly (okay, heavily) influenced by the fact that superstar Taylor Swift’s documentary, “Miss Americana,” would be screened at the festival before its Jan. 31 Netflix release. As the kickoff to the film festival, “Miss Americana” was one of the hottest tickets in Park City; its premiere saw lines wrapping around the block in the cold Utah winter, hundreds of people waiting for the chance to catch a glimpse of Swift and/or her movie.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 3:15pm

I make a habit of avoiding movie theaters. Among other more important reasons, I really don’t enjoy other people telling me how and when to react. Misplaced laughter and overzealous reactions ruin a movie experience for me, almost as must as cliches and far-fetched storylines. The experience of watching “Uncle Frank” was an unfortunate mix of all of these.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 3:08pm

The description of Eliza Hittman’s follow-up to 2017’s “Beach Rats” is fairly simple: A teenage girl from rural Pennsylvania travels to New York City to get an abortion. The film mirrors its descriptor’s straightforwardness — there is little dialogue, and nearly all of the scenes take place in a fluorescent-lit doctor’s office, on sickly public transportation or the rainy streets of New York City.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 3:06pm

“Black widow.”

This is what Sandra (Clare Dunne, “Cynthia”) whispers to her eldest daughter Emma (Ruby Rose O’Hara, “The Secret Market”) right before Sandra’s husband Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson, “Love/Hate”) throws her to the ground and beats her until her face is bloodied and her wrist is shattered. In between shots of Gary’s vicious aggression, Emma is shown running to a nearby store with an ornate container. Inside is a note which reads, “Call 999, my life is in danger.” 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 3:05pm

It can’t be Dec. 25 until I’ve watched the movie one, two, sometimes three times, with a mug of hot chocolate in hand, surrounded by the balsam scents and white lights of my living room.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 1:53pm

But some shows are more successful at this than others, and some theme songs will crumble from the public’s mind while others will be associated with their series forever.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 11:19am
Laura Dern in 'Big Little Lies'

The climate is changing — and? Even with all of the recycling, veganism and plastic bans in the world, nothing will truly be done about climate change until the government and corporations change the way they fundamentally run.