July 29, 2008
July 28, 2008
In conjunction with the Museum of the Moving Image’s symposium on HBO’s The Wire, the museum commissioned a series of video essays for its online magazine, Moving Image Sou…
May 24, 2007
Those looking for definitive answers from their television viewing have probably long given up on Lost. No show seems to derive more satisfaction out of turning even the most innocuous…
May 17, 2007
Lost, as both a show and cultural phenomenon, is indebted to so many different sub-genres of popular fiction that it’s to be expected viewer enjoyment will fluctuate from week-to-week d…
May 10, 2007
The specter of death has long hung-over the inhabitants of Lost but rarely has it struck as brutally or with the frequency it did in last night’s episode, “The M…
May 3, 2007
As it enters the home stretch of a wildly uneven third season, there’s a sense that Lost is finally back to the point where it’s comfortable with both its…
April 26, 2007
At its worst, Lost is guilty of employing its flashback structure to draw simple conclusions and character development by proxy. It uses contrived real-world parallels to tie up its themes…
April 19, 2007
I’ve long contended that the writers of Lost use the show as the world’s most expensive message board, employing its very text to address fan concerns and critiques, oft…
April 12, 2007
Another episode of Lost, another con-artist in our midst.
One of the more persistent criticisms of the series is that almost half the plotlines involve some a protracted con, either…
April 5, 2007
A common knock against Lost is how much of a boy’s club the show is.
With a production staff heavily comprised of men in their thirties and forties, Lost h…
March 29, 2007
“The universe has a way of course correcting and—and I can’t stop it forever.“—Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick)
March 22, 2007
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the ad-hoc approach to long-form storytelling.
March 15, 2007
Yesterday, Dr. Doh! & The Diatribe posted an article on the long and continuing legacy of neglectful or absentee fathers on Lost, an especially prescient piece of writing in light…
March 8, 2007
Call it television Stockholm Syndrome: After two and a half years watching Lost, much of which has been spent scrutinizing every twist in detail, I’ve finally begun to sympathize w…
March 1, 2007
Coming off of what’s widely regarded as one of the worst episodes of its two and a half-year-run there seems to be more Lost doubters than usual these days. W…
February 22, 2007
It was inevitable that after two consecutive strong outings, Lost would backslide into more familiar and frustrating territory.
The show has created such skepticism among its fan base that even…
February 16, 2007
Almost halfway through its third season, Lost has established such an ironclad and unvarying format that even the most casual viewer can probably anticipate its movements with ease. Each week…
February 8, 2007
When Lost last aired back in early November, I identified what I felt were the show’s two most damning faults: the inability of the characters to raise even the m…
December 15, 2006
Apocalypto finds Gibson working in the same nyuk-nyuk vein that’s sustained him for over 25 years, proving that, if nothing else, the guy still has retained his sense of humor.
December 5, 2006
The Rosenbaum riff you cited is hysterical on many fronts, first of all because it reveals, once again, that nothing gets J. Ro rolling like an opportunity to shovel dung onto a fresh corpse.