Category Archives: Culture

Home run: ‘Brockmire’ finds humor in specificity

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When you’re a cord-cutter like me who depends on streaming services and borrowed passwords to stay current with television, some shows inevitably slip past you. Some…

Something real: ‘Master of None’ remains ambitious and relevant in season two

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I could have finished “Master of None” weeks ago, but I didn’t because some shows are too good to binge. The Netflix series, created by Aziz…

The language of art: Carving Studio Members’ exhibit

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Some artists say that their work speaks to them. A personal, unspoken language develops mysteriously between artist and subject. In painter Rita Fuchsberg’s case, it…

If it ain’t broke…: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ brings more big laughs in season three

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once described his show as having a “rubber-band reality” — one which could be stretched to the point of…

Cold comfort: The ‘Fargo’ formula continues to work in season three

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In criticism, “formulaic” is usually a negative term. It indicates a piece of art that is predictable, rote, or lacking in creativity. “Fargo,” however, demonstrates how…

This just in: NBC’s ‘Great News’ is great fun

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent If “Great News” looks and feels familiar, it’s no accident. The new NBC sitcom is the latest from executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the…

Too real: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is visceral glimpse at a possible future

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Near the end of episode three of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s a flashback scene of a protest where police officers open fire on the crowd. In…

Out of this world: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ has found a successful formula

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the guiding principle of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the sequel to Marvel’s 2014 surprise hit space…

Second acts: After six seasons, ‘Veep’ still delivers

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “Veep” first premiered on HBO, Washington insiders howled at how much the political sitcom about a fictional vice president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, mirrored real…

‘Steel Magnolias’: The hearts of the south

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For these ladies, beauty is more than skin deep. In a town where you don’t leave the house without full hair and make-up, and Lycra…