THE CROWN: The Ladies Not For Turning (Season 4 – Review)

The fourth season of The Crown revolves around three of the most powerful, beloved and divisive women in 20th century British history: Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales. That makes Season Four of Peter Morgan’s half-century-plus spanning political, dramatic opus perhaps the most anticipated year of the series to date. FilledContinue reading “THE CROWN: The Ladies Not For Turning (Season 4 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Having established the base foundation of Season Three, Alias is free to begin assembling the building blocks in A Missing Link, the first episodeContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Reunion’ (3×03 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Reunion is a classic example of Alias on auto-pilot, delivering the kind of throwaway hour of the series filled with scenes and moments mostContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Reunion’ (3×03 – Review)”

Book Review: WHEN THE MOVIES MATTERED – THE NEW HOLLYWOOD REVISITED (edited by Jonathan Kirshner & Jon Lewis)

Eric Gilliland with a review of When the Movies Mattered: The New Hollywood Revisited… When the Movies Mattered is a collection of ten essays edited by Jonathan Kirshner and Jon Lewis that reassess the New Hollywood years that spanned from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. As this period in American movies drifts further fromContinue reading “Book Review: WHEN THE MOVIES MATTERED – THE NEW HOLLYWOOD REVISITED (edited by Jonathan Kirshner & Jon Lewis)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Succession’ (3×02 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… While in one respect Succession is the unofficial second part of Season Three’s introduction, it works to engage in Alias’ tricky new mission statementContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Succession’ (3×02 – Review)”

Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY

Following the sad loss of Sean Connery at the age of 90, A. J. Black talks about what the legendary Scottish actor meant to him… We all have them. They’re all different. They all mean something unique. The childhood hero, the person in the public eye who inspires you, is a special and personal thingContinue reading “Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘The Two’ (3×01 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… You could make a strong argument that Alias peaked at the tail end of its second season, and from The Two onwards the journeyContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘The Two’ (3×01 – Review)”

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: a hot, glorious mess of cosmic horror, social justice and Afro-futurism (Season 1 – Review)

Where do you even begin to start when examining Lovecraft Country? Misha Green’s series feels like an apogee of black-fronted genre television, a show which throws everything but the kitchen sink at its audience. One recurrent aspect of Lovecraft Country across the ten episode run (which has felt like twenty given how much Green andContinue reading “LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: a hot, glorious mess of cosmic horror, social justice and Afro-futurism (Season 1 – Review)”

New Affiliated Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Season 6 / The Official Archives / Albuquerque’

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of The X-Cast, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney touch base on several pieces of X-Files related business… – What we think of the new The Official Archives book. – The news about the Albuquerque spin-off series, and what it means for the franchise. – What’s coming forContinue reading “New Affiliated Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Season 6 / The Official Archives / Albuquerque’”

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA should be everyone’s dilemma

You will almost certainly find many viewers decry Netflix’s eye-opening documentary The Social Dilemma as hysterical polemic; an over the top rebuke of our Information Age. Like everything else around us right now, the content will polarise. It is an extension of arguments that thinkers and writers such as Shoshana Zuboff (who appears here asContinue reading “THE SOCIAL DILEMMA should be everyone’s dilemma”