All the Way on HBO

Well, this is becoming a comfortable little niche for director Jay Roach. Years past his “Austin Powers” trilogy heyday, Mr. Roach has directed a solid trilogy now, of political stories for HBO. And they were all first broadcast during Presidential Election years. 2008 saw “Recount”, based on the tumultuous Bush vs. Gore 2000 race for […]

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief on HBO

It’s pretty awesome, and it will be interesting to see if this has any effect on Tom Cruise’s career come this summer, with the big July release of “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation”. My initial guess…it won’t impact him at all. Cruise has survived a lot of flack, and even though the audience for this […]

HBO’s “Going Clear”…I can barely wait!

Talk about must-see television. In 2013, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, unleashed his new non-fiction book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief”. What a gutsy move, I thought at the time. The Church of Scientology is notorious for starting legal proceedings against just about anyone that challenges the legitimacy of their “religion”. […]

The 50 Year Argument on HBO

You know, I really admire the celebration of intellectualism in “The 50 Year Argument”, HBO’s documentary about the creation and sustainment of the New York Review of Books, from co-directors Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi. So, I regret to quibble a bit when reporting that, although it’s consistently engaging and compelling, it never quite rises […]

Theatre on Video: John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown on HBO

Somehow, all three of the Theatre on Video reviews that I’ve written(so far)have been on one-man shows. This has not been by design, just the luck of the draw. But this one is easily the most ebullient and exciting of the trio, because John Leguizamo is such an energetic and diverse performer. He had me […]

Theatre on Video: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on HBO

It honestly¬†was¬†my intention to utilize this category much more frequently when I first announced it over a year ago. Unfortunately, this is only the second time a filmed theatre piece is getting a review here on the blog, so far(so much to see, so little time). A coincidence that both are one-man shows? Yeah, kind […]

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight on HBO

The smartest move director Stephen Frears makes, with this earnest HBO film, is letting Muhammad Ali be the star of it. Oh, the Parkinson’s afflicted, now septuagenarian, former 3-time heavyweight boxing king doesn’t actually perform in the finished product. But neither is there an actor enlisted to portray the great champion. However, this depiction of […]