Crashing shows us how Holmes’s innate sweetness and affability carries him through the awkwardness and indignities of being a working comedian.
The more we hear Jane Fonda’s homilies about needing to be “whole” and “self-actualize” the more her personal journey sounds more like a succession of carefully calculated branding exercises.
One of Barry’s strongest attributes is its brand of dark, surreal, and unexpectedly witty satire.
What we don’t learn very much about is Elvis’ inner life, his motivations, and his deeper ambitions.
Gary Shandling’s life and art are both given the redeeming appreciation they deserve.
What we want is for Al Pacino to convey something deeper, something illuminating about the fall of the hero from the highest reaches of the gods.
To the end of his life, David Bowie was excited about creating innovative sounds and collaborating with new musicians.
Mavis Staples’ voice and stage presence still exude power, still plumb emotional and spiritual depths.
The creator of the series, Mike Judge, and his team have gone to great lengths to sweat the details of the corporate landscape of San Jose and its environs. Right from the start Silicon Valley rang true.
Most of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” is a pretty decent adaptation of the 1985 stage script, with some good things added, including an effective pre-credit section set on Fire Island in 1982.