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Nico Muhly, wunderkind, comes home

It would be nearly impossible to summarize everything Nico Muhly has accomplished since graduating high school in Providence in 1999 — though, certainly, plenty have tried.
High Note
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 28, 2012

Down the Tubes

Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.
Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 22, 2011
Bill Hicks BBC documentary

Telling the story of comedic genius Bill Hicks

Some people throw parades for firemen. Others wave flags at Marines: "Thank you for your service." But for those of us who live to subvert authority — and who have sensed a strange hilarity emanating from this shitty planet since before puberty — the lat
Wild ride
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011

Jane Eyre redux

Jane Austen has been a movie and television icon for some time now, and yet the Jane that both big and small screens just can't get enough of is the "poor, obscure, plain, little" heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.  
Cary Fukunaga and Mia Wasikowska hold forth
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2011
Soul Clap do BBC's Essential Mix

Soul Clap do BBC's Essential Mix

So this is pretty fucking sweet cure-all to those goddamn Monday blues. As you may already know from Nolan Garwon's excellent feature in this week's...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  March 07, 2011

James Blake | James Blake

James Blake is a tough nut to crack. After a string of three 2010 EPs that primarily used chopped R&B samples and slo-mo piano dub to turn some serious heads, he opted to stretch his vocal cords and lead this release with a delicate cover of Feist's
PID (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 04, 2011


Review: MTV's ''Skins''

MTV has rated its new Skins TV-MA LDS - which in plain English means teenagers smoking weed, popping pills, fucking each other, and having emotional breakdowns in a scripted show that MTV would like us to think is designed to be viewed by adults.
MTV attempts an American do-over
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 28, 2011

Interview: Christian Lander

With his first book, Stuff White People Like , and his blog of the same name, Christian Lander poked savage fun at the urban bourgeoisie. He hit a nerve and the bestseller list; it all culminated in an appearance on Conan .
Beyond the pale
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 21, 2011

Review: My Dog Tulip

A must for the mutt-obsessed, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's animated adaptation of the beloved memoir by J.R. Ackerley (1896–1967) is a skillfully told man-dog love story.
Good dog!
By  |  October 09, 2010

Bloody good

As the media run amok with supernatural heroes (and anti-heroes), it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell one fanged leading man from another.
Being Human is another kind of shapeshifter
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 23, 2010

Nothing beats nothing

Jerry Seinfeld held out on a Seinfeld reunion till last year, when he finally found a way to do a comeback that wasn't really a comeback. He and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David resurrected the greatest sit-com of the '90s as a show-within-a-show on D
Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais return
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  March 05, 2010


Spy ware

Hitchcock fans will feel right at home with the DVD box of the 2008 BBC production that's making its American debut this Sunday on Masterpiece Classics .
PBS does The 39 Steps
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010
Movie filmed by chimps to air on BBC

Movie filmed by chimps to air on BBC

Undoubtedly you've said to yourself at some point, during a film, or while watching George Bush in office, 'A chimp could do a better job...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 25, 2010

Review: Pirate Radio

A rusty, red-painted trawler bobs in the waves of the North Atlantic. Inside is a claustrophobic warren of rooms: tiny, brine-smelling bunks, a well-stocked bar, and, crucially, a broadcast booth, its shelves crammed with the latest 45s and LPs, its turn
Richard Curtis’s boat rocks
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2009

Madcap laffs

Come with us now, on a journey through time and space to the world of the Mighty Boosh.
The Mighty Boosh comes to DVD
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 17, 2009

Interview: Russell T Davies

"I certainly knew from Queer as Folk that gay male stories attract a lot of women viewers."
Who are you?
By ROB TURBOVKSY  |  July 17, 2009


Middling earth

At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
Too much talk spoils the images
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2009

Review: MI-5

When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
Breaking new ground with old tools
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 31, 2009

Hard times

When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  March 24, 2009

Andy Warhol: Denied

Andy himself would love the to-do concerning his mountains of left-over work.
A wry, amusing bit of art-world sleuthing
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 25, 2008

Belle and Sebastian | The BBC Sessions

Call ’em twee or call ’em bookish (after all, they did take their name from a French children’s book), but don’t call Belle & Sebastian anemic.
Matador (2008)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 18, 2008