The series has settled into a relaxed middle age, and one of the pleasures of tuning in at this late stage is the comfort of the familiar.
Lars von Trier’s pretenses of self-interrogation and cross-examination avail themselves as especially useful when considering his work.
Michel Gondry’s squiggling animations—loaded with puns and cutesy-poo jokes—don’t really square with the subject.
What initially seems an obsessive-compulsive mash note to The Simpsons becomes a brain-teasing deconstruction of pop culture, theater, and nothing less than the storytelling instinct itself.
If there’s any consensus among the Slant staffers who’ve spent way too much time trying to peg the winner in this category, it’s that only two nominees can be safely ruled out.
Be crazy. And by crazy, I mean unhinged, unpredictable and inspired.
Picking the five best Simpsons episodes is well-nigh impossible.
Being a kid in the 1970’s had its advantages, the least of which was not being responsible for the horrific clothing your parents made you wear.