SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you’re not caught up on season five.

Parenthood

Parenthood continues to be the best family show on television in season 5 of its run on NBC. Regular viewers of the family drama also know that instead of popcorn, what you’ll be reaching for is that box of tissues you need to keep handy when spending time with the Bravermans.

The head of the Braverman clan, Zeek and Camille get a chance to shine this season in a look at how a marriage changes and where it goes in those later years when a couple who has raised a family has to decide how they want to spend their remaining years. Will Zeek and Camille sell their home and start a new adventure or is there still plenty of excitement left right in their own backyard? As the two contemplate this question, it’s a heartwarming pleasure to watch the reflection, negotiation and compromise at work in a long-term marriage that’s still evolving. Continue reading »

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you’re not caught up on season three

Revenge_Eps308_Emily_VictoriaLoyal Revengers had to suffer through a convoluted and worse—boring season two that was taken over by super annoying characters no one cared about (Padma anyone?) and the ridiculous initiative which resembled a leftover failed idea from an Austin Powers movie. The only fun moments were when Emily (Emily VanCamp) donned her Ninja black hoodie to kick some butt, which wasn’t nearly often enough.

Proving that good things do sometimes come to those who wait, Revengers who stuck around have been treated to a rebooted season three—call it Revenge 3.0. Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Emily are at it again with a vengeance complete with looks that can kill, equally killer outfits and conniving maneuvers that involve more twists and turns than Emily’s Pandora’s box can hold. Continue reading »

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you’re not caught up on season three

Person of Interest Photo By: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Person of Interest Photo By: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

When Person of Interest premiered back in 2011, the stylish procedural hybrid about an all knowing machine that spits out the social security numbers of potential crime victims hooked me and viewers with its timely storyline, intriguing characters and cinematic tone. My only concern at the time was whether the show’s ‘number’ of the week convention would grow tiresome as the series progressed.

Now in season 3, it’s clear that fear was unfounded except for a random lackluster episode here or there. With each season, Person of Interest has grown more riveting, its characters continue to develop and reveal layers, and the backstory has unspooled at a steady and absorbing pace.

One of the show’s unexpected and greatest strengths has been the introduction of strong and compelling female characters. Taraji P. Henson as the dogged, no nonsense Detective Carter is an original cast member and since then she’s been joined by Amy Acker as tech genius, machine whisperer Root, Sarah Shahi as borderline sociopath, ex-government assassin Sameen Shaw and Paige Turco as recurring character Zoe Morgan, a fixer with connections in high places and smoking hot chemistry with John. Continue reading »

12_Years_A_Slave12 Years A Slave documents the ordeal of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a free Black man from Saratoga Springs, New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.

Solomon’s story represents the experience of every slave who was brought to the United States in chains, born into bondage, separated from family, beaten, sold and raped. Yet, the fact that Solomon had always been a free man serves as a stark illustration of the complete injustice and insanity of enslavement because he has lived as a productive citizen who is the equal, if not better, of any man.

Solomon, a highly intelligent and educated man who plays the violin is forced to hide the fact that he can read and write in order to survive as it’s forbidden for slaves to have such knowledge. Determined to be reunited with his wife and two children Solomon resolves to do whatever it takes to stay alive and refuses to give into desperation despite the relentless cruelty of his circumstances.

The brutality on screen in 12 Years A Slave seems unreal, at times so harsh that it’s difficult to process or comprehend. Yet this is the violent history of our country that still resonates today. Continue reading »

Gravity is an all enveloping, physical and emotional experience that catapults you into space and leaves you grasping for air until the last pulsating frame.

Sandra Bullock is medical engineer Ryan Stone and George Clooney is veteran astronaut and mission commander Matt Kowalski. The two are part of the Explorer space shuttle crew. Except for the fact that they are in space, it’s an ordinary expedition until disaster strikes. The shuttle is hit by satellite debris, which detaches Stone from the Explorer and sends her tumbling into space. Kowalski, in a jetpack, manages to reach Stone but when the two get to the Explorer they find it is destroyed. Together they must find a way to survive the loss of their ship and all communication with Houston.

George Clooney is perfectly cast here as the charming and in control Kowalski, a man who lives life to the fullest and isn’t afraid to let go. Sandra Bullock makes you feel every heart pounding moment of fear, desperation and longing for home that Stone experiences during her ordeal. Continue reading »

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