Top related persons:
Top related locs:
Top related orgs:

Search resuls for: "John Anderson"

25 mentions found

‘D.I. Ray’ Review: Policing One’s Own
  + stars: | 2023-07-07 | by ( John Anderson | )   time to read: 1 min
Steve Oram, Parminder Nagra and Maanuv Thiara Photo: HTM (DI RAY) Ltd. In his new book, “The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia,” reporter-historian Paul Moses writes about the NYPD officers who fought the extortion racket known as the Black Hand during the early part of the 20th century—and did so from a position of ethnic familiarity. Immigrants fighting immigrants, Italians battling Italians, crime fighters operating from within the community that was being preyed upon.
Persons: Steve Oram, Parminder, Maanuv, RAY, , Paul Moses Organizations: Mafia, Immigrants
Peter MacNeill in ‘Moonshine’ Photo: Michael Tompkins/Entertainment OneThe kernel of the conflict stirring the mixed nuts of “Moonshine” is that hippies had kids. Ken and Bea Finley-Cullen ( Peter MacNeill and Corrine Koslo ) have for years operated the ever-so-ramshackle Moonshine lake resort in fictional Foxton, Nova Scotia, where they reared their barefoot brood and watched them grow into various varieties of delinquency. Statistically, one of the many kids was bound to turn out “normal,” and the rest of the sibs resent her. It is a clever concept for a dysfunctional family dramedy, despite its echoes of “The Munsters.”
Persons: Peter MacNeill, Michael Tompkins, Ken, Bea Finley, Cullen, Corrine Koslo Organizations: Entertainment Locations: Foxton , Nova Scotia
Shane Campbell-Staton and Dan Lewis Photo: Nathan Dappen/Days Edge ProductionsBy most reports, not including a firsthand inspection by this reviewer, there is no congregation of alligators currently infesting the New York sewer system. It is a resilient urban myth. What’s not a myth at all are the abandoned Burmese pythons (and their offspring) currently depleting the mammal population of the Florida Everglades and representing one of the more disastrous examples of people introducing animals where they don’t belong.
Persons: Shane Campbell, Staton, Dan Lewis, Nathan Dappen, What’s Organizations: Edge Locations: York, Florida
“No,” says Ryan, to a collective gasp. The agency has so many rogue operations, so many black-ops agents at large, so many unexplained entries on its books that I don‘t know what is going on, he says. The entire intelligence landscape is befogged. I’ll be your patriot, he says. But I won’t play your games.
Persons: John Krasinski, Michael Kelly, Wendell Pierce, Jonny Cournoyer, Jack Ryan, , Ryan, I’ll Organizations: CIA Locations: Nigeria
Rock Hudson Photo: Lee Garlington/HBOThe seismic tremors generated in 1985 by the news that Rock Hudson was dying of AIDS may be hard to comprehend now, partly because Rock Hudson himself is such an artifact. The late-era product of a studio system that would mold a star and manicure his image, Hudson was a creation, one who emanated a certain sense of plenty—in looks, talent, charm and modulated machismo—that fit America’s sense of itself. That he was gay was simply too much for some people, though as made very clear in “Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed,” that fact was among the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood.
Persons: Lee Garlington, Hudson, Rock Hudson Organizations: Hudson Locations: Hollywood
‘Average Joe’ Review: Common Man, Uncommon Crimes
  + stars: | 2023-06-23 | by ( John Anderson | )   time to read: 1 min
Malcolm Barrett and Michael Trucco Photo: BET+In the other-than-biblical “Average Joe,” the sins of the father are visited upon the son—and his wife, their daughter, their three best friends, a passel of Russian mobsters and a guy who makes organic peanut butter. It never spreads itself too thin. And the story never slows down.
Persons: Malcolm Barrett, Michael Trucco, Organizations: BET
Jharrel Jerome Photo: Pete Lee/Prime VideoA blend of screwball comedy and socioeconomic outrage, “I’m a Virgo” might have been written by the team of Harpo and Karl Marx , though it is basically a fairy tale—about a 13-foot-tall black man, cloistered his whole life and then unleashed upon the world. Or, rather, the world is unleashed upon him.
Persons: Jharrel Jerome, Pete Lee, , Harpo, Karl Marx
Liv Ullmann Photo: ViaplayOne hears the term “Bergman’s muse” several times regarding the subject of “ Liv Ullmann : A Road Less Travelled,” which is no surprise—the Liv Ullmann-Ingmar Bergman partnership was one of the most important collaborations in 20th-century cinema; that Bergman is known as a director of close-ups was in no small part due to the fact that his focus was so often on Ms. Ullmann’s emotionally fathomless face.
Persons: Liv Ullmann, , “ Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman, Bergman, Ullmann’s
Roger Allam and Shaun Evans in ‘Endeavour’ Photo: Mammoth Screen/MASTERPIECEThe game is afoot Sunday night on PBS, a contest of good vs. evil as prosecuted by brilliant, eccentric and/or tormented detectives. There is a considerable legacy of English crime fiction on our public television, though we ought not look for much innovation in either the first season of “Ridley” or the final season of “Endeavour”: Ever since Poe wrote “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” the sleuths have been slightly off, like major-league pitchers or fly fishermen. The question is how the oddness solves the case. Each show follows a different lead.
Persons: Roger Allam, Shaun Evans, “ Ridley ”, Poe Organizations: PBS Locations: Rue
Tom Holland Photo: Apple TV+In addition to its subtleties, subversions and some very red herrings, “The Crowded Room” presents a paradox: If you are aware of “The Minds of Billy Milligan ,” and know that the Daniel Keyes book was the basis of this 10-part Apple series, you will be aware how deliciously roundabout this very loose adaptation is—without, sadly, becoming a blissfully ignorant “victim” of creator Akiva Goldsman ’s devious storytelling strategy. If you don’t know the book, you won’t appreciate in real time how deftly you’re being navigated from point A to Z, though you will want to get there. Call it a win-win, with trade-offs.
Persons: Tom Holland, Billy Milligan, , Daniel Keyes, Akiva Goldsman ’ Organizations: Apple
Lee DeWilde Photo: The HISTORY Channel‘Do not attempt this yourself,” warns the opening title of “Game On,” the first episode in the latest season of the popular survival series “Alone.” Not a problem: The Superman suit I got when I was 7 warned me I couldn’t fly, and I had no more intention of trying that than I plan on schlepping to northern Saskatchewan to flirt with 43,000 black bears, angry moose, hungry wolves, minus 40-degree temperatures and starvation.
Persons: Lee DeWilde, Locations: schlepping, Saskatchewan
What to Watch: The 15 Best New Movies and TV Shows From AprilThis copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at 1-800-843-0008 or visit
Persons: Dow Jones
Bill Walton Photo: ESPN FilmsAmong the first things you notice during “The Luckiest Guy in The World” is that former basketball superstar and broadcaster Bill Walton has great teeth and terrible legs. The legs make sense: Mr. Walton was one of the NBA’s famously walking wounded during a storied, peripatetic career. But what you also get is the sense—as well as his outright insistence—that he really believes himself to be the luckiest guy in the world. Which makes him something of a pleasure to be around for the nearly four hours of this four-part series.
Persons: Bill Walton, Guy, Walton, Organizations: ESPN Films
‘Shooting Stars’ Review: Before LeBron Was King
  + stars: | 2023-06-02 | by ( John Anderson | )   time to read: 1 min
Mookie Cook as LeBron James Photo: Oluwaseye Olusa/Universal PicturesLakers superstar LeBron James is now at the “will he/won’t he” stage regarding his hinted-at retirement at the ripe old NBA age of 38. But the fact that it is a question at all puts a more nostalgic spin on “Shooting Stars,” the tale of Mr. James’s upbringing, his emergence as the country’s top high-school prospect, and the friends with whom he grew up.
Persons: Mookie Cook, LeBron James Photo, Oluwaseye, LeBron James Organizations: Universal Pictures Lakers
Little Richard in 1972 Photo: Alamy‘He went both ways,” an old friend of the singer Little Richard says during “Little Richard: King and Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and the meaning is as clear as one of those upper-register “wooooos” on “Tutti Frutti.” But the life addressed by this “American Masters” documentary is all about ambiguities—identity crises, moral conflicts, and a man whose sense of himself was about as straightforward as awop-bop-a-loo-bop-awop-bam-boom.
Persons: Little Richard, , Richard, King Locations: bam
Donna Summer Photo: Peter MuhldorferIn addition to the disco rhythms, glitzy fashions and alarming hairstyles, “Love to Love You, Donna Summer ” might strike a nostalgic nerve with how natural, funny and forthcoming its subject is. Even at the height of her career, as the “Love to Love You” sex-dance-club diva of the ’70s, Donna Summer was funny, clever and off-the-cuff. And what happened to her later might help explain why celebrities of today are so suffocatingly scripted.
Matt Dillon and Patricia Arquette Photo: Apple TV+‘High Desert” establishes itself right away as a feel-good series, because you feel so good that you aren’t Peggy Newman. When we meet her, federal drug agents are raiding her Thanksgiving, traumatizing the family party as her husband ( Matt Dillon ) tries to jam the evidence down the drains à la Lorraine Bracco in “Goodfellas.” A long 10 years later, Peggy is still kicking around Southern California, still trying to kick drugs, and working as an actress/re-enactor in an Old West theme park called Pioneer Town. Her mother, Rosalyn (Bernadette Peters), is dead. And she gets her way mostly because people want her to go away.
Randi Williams and President Barack Obama Photo: NetflixIn 1974, the oral historian Studs Terkel published “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” which was acclaimed for several reasons, one of them being the attention paid to something previously taken pretty much for granted: Work.
Brian Tyree Henry Photo: FX NetworksHollywood and its offspring have cozied up to the FBI—often to their mutual satisfaction—since “G-Men” of 1935. Under fire for its catalog of gangster films, Warner Brothers simply flipped the script: James Cagney went from public enemy to federal investigator, J. Edgar Hoover ’s infant agency got the star treatment, and the studio looked righteous while raking it in. Class of ’09 Begins Wednesday, HuluYes, the relationship has had its ups and downs—suspicions, infidelities, trial separations. But there’s always a reunion, with the FBI being portrayed as an agency in which wayward people are an aberration, and the stalwart agents of fiction keep the faith. It may be a problematic symbiosis, but it never seems to totally collapse, not even in “Class of ’09.”
‘Silo’ Review: A Sci-Fi World Within Brutalist Walls
  + stars: | 2023-05-05 | by ( John Anderson | )   time to read: +1 min
David Oyelowo, Geraldine James and Will Patton Photo: AppleTV+The day may come when creators of speculative fiction conjure a world in which humanity’s conflicts have been resolved, its needs met, its dreams realized. A day when viewers will be inspired to look forward to Earth’s destiny with hope rather than dread. A day when our imaginations will be piqued by the thought that light rather than darkness is at the end of the tunnel. But as the occupants of “Silo” would be apt to say, “We know that day . But “not this day.”
Ben Groh Photo: IFC FilmsThere’s nothing nostalgic, per se, about “God’s Time”—the characters walk and talk and bike and roll and spatter each other with vulgarities within a very contemporary New York; they shatter the fourth wall with impunity; they occasionally instruct the camera. God’s Time Friday, AMC+Mr. Antebi may have a very casual attitude about structured narrative, but there’s little room for formality in “God’s Time,” which the writer-director has clearly based on his exposure to 12-step meetings and the occasional windbag therein: Regina (the startling Liz Caribel Sierra ) holds forth regularly about her addiction and—more persistently—about her unspeakable boyfriend. And the apartment from which he evicted her. And her dog, which he appropriated. After vowing to kill him, she inevitably reverses course, saying she’s going to pray that Russel ( Jared Abrahamson ) gets what’s coming to him “in God’s time.”
India Amarteifio Photo: NETFLIX‘Bridgerton” isn’t exactly “Downton Abbey,” or Coca-Cola, but it is certainly a brand, one poised to provide ample opportunities for prequels, sequels, different flavors and, to judge by “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,” even a diet option, if storylines had calories. The original series, based on Julia Quinn ’s fanciful period novels, has thus far been Royalty Lite, but has included a colony’s worth of characters, many of whom could be the subject of their own spinoffs. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Thursday, Netflix“Queen Charlotte,” developed by star producer Shonda Rhimes , concerns the imperious sovereign (Golda Rosheuvel) who ruled over the first two seasons of the original “Bridgerton” and has reason to be tart: Her husband, George III , is mad. Her feckless son is running the country. And she distracts herself by manipulating the social hierarchy, atop which she presides with her outlandish headpieces aspiring further heavenward, like the spires on a cathedral.
‘Fatal Attraction’ Review: Not Another Potboiler
  + stars: | 2023-04-28 | by ( John Anderson | )   time to read: +1 min
Lizzy Caplan and Joshua Jackson Photo: Paramount+Adrian Lyne ’s steamy, scary, sordid “Fatal Attraction” was an era-defining film, a philanderer’s horror feature, an AIDS allegory and a palliative for those left reeling by campaigns for sexual equality. How were we supposed to read Glenn Close ’s Alex Forrest, after all, other than as the successful single woman as a knife-wielding monster, i.e., the end result of feminism? Fatal Attraction Begins Sunday, Paramount+It was a movie that got a lot more mileage out of controversy than quality, however, and while the new production of “Fatal Attraction” is part of a seemingly desperate effort by Paramount to remake its old theatrical titles for TV (“The Italian Job,” “Flashdance,” “The Parallax View”), co-developer and writer Alexandra Cunningham ’s first-rate reimagining is far more complex, engrossing and adult than the 1987 original. And it shows that there was much more to be mined out of James Dearden ’s Oscar-nominated screenplay than Mr. Lyne probably ever imagined.
Fenway Park at sunrise Photo: Boston Red SoxDavid Rubenstein —business leader, Washington insider, mover, shaker and a philanthropist of considerable renown—is too smart to imagine himself an electrifying TV personality. As host of “Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories With David Rubenstein,” he might best be described as endearingly colorless. Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories With David Rubenstein Wednesday, 10 p.m., PBSAs explored in the eight-episode series, the subjects are not the big-ticket, big-budget Ken Burns -style thematic launch points—jazz, or the Old West or the Civil War. But each chapter does represent something about America that is under-explored and worth exploring, if only because it is so sorely taken for granted. Or Fenway Park, the focus of episode 1.
‘Clock’ Review: Hulu’s Hormonal Horror Movie
  + stars: | 2023-04-26 | by ( John Anderson | )   time to read: +1 min
Is the hormonal urgency to go one way or the other something that can—or should—be “fixed”? Comedy contusions aside, “Clock” is a movie that finds horror in biology, as well as in peer pressure and the impulse to conform. Upon being asked, she immediately drifts into a reverie about her daily regimen—swimming, sex, cooking, work, volunteering, massages. “All women have a biological clock,” says her gynecologist ( Nikita Patel ). “Maybe yours is just broken.” An appalling thing for a doctor to say, perhaps, but Ella has been wondering the same thing.
Total: 25