Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne on "Revenge"

I quickly became addicted to Revenge, a soapy thriller for the digital age. But, I had one misgiving when I reviewed the show back in November of 2011 and that was how far the revenge storyline could go. “Once Emily dispatches her list of victims or is found out, what’s left? Where do the characters and story go from there?” It seemed like my fears had been confirmed when the storyline took a dive for a couple of episodes toward the wind down of season one with Emily behaving uncharacteristically unninja-like, a boring murder trial, and the random appearance of a lover from Victoria Grayson’s past.

Not to worry. I’m happy to report the creative lull was short-lived and the writers have regained their senses. Revenge not only ended its freshman season in a literally explosive fashion but also delivered one of the best season endings ever with a closing montage set to Florence and the Machine’s “Seven Devils” that is a study in perfect leave them wanting more suspense. Continue reading »

Take Shelter is a haunting movie that will either stay with you for days or frustrate you with its deliberate pace. I can understand why some viewers would lose patience with this film that keeps you guessing until the end about whether Curtis, a devoted husband and father is losing his mind or is a modern day Noah who can see what everyone else around him cannot. I like the suspense of not knowing if Curtis’s nightmares and hallucinations are real or imagined and this story burrowed into my psyche.

Curtis, played by Michael Shannon, seems to have a good life. He has an attractive, loving wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain), a house, and a well-paying job. The only wrinkle in the picture is that daughter Hannah (Tovah Stewart) is deaf but the family appears to have adjusted to this and is happy.

Soon, though Curtis starts experiencing strange dreams of yellow rain pouring down from the sky and violent lightning storms that eventually spill over into his waking hours. He becomes convinced that his family is in danger and decides to expand their existing storm shelter into a fortified bunker where they can live should disaster strike. At the same time, he’s afraid the schizophrenia that drove his mother into a mental facility years ago may be manifesting itself in him. Curtis’s continued uncertainty and strange behavior threaten his job, his safety, and his marriage. Continue reading »

Person of Interest, John opens his birthday gift

John’s past is the jump off for this week’s episode. It starts with an idyllic time with his girlfriend Jessica and then flashes to the moment he was shot by Stanton and later to him on a bus in New Rochelle, NY.

Cut to present day New York where John is waiting for Finch at the “office.” Finch greets John with the news that they don’t have a new person of interest and surprises him with a birthday gift. It looks like Finch has a secret of his own though as he pulls up a computer file on what looks like a new number, Karen Garner.

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