Category Archives: Culture

You are what you eat: ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ is a charming, dark comedy

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ll be honest, at this point I’m pretty much over the zombie genre. “The Walking Dead,” with all its crushing nihilism and gratuitous violence has sucked…

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The audacity of pope: ‘The Young Pope’ is an unexpected, confounding treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I don’t know what to make of “The Young Pope.” The new Paolo Sorrentino series starring Jude Law premiered on HBO last month amid much ribbing…

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Don’t look away: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is a darkly comic treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adaptations of beloved books are tricky things. Expectations are high and the potential for disappointment is even higher. For better or worse, we are living in…

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This is it: ‘One Day at a Time’ is a relevant update of a TV classic

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s been a while since I’ve intentionally tuned in to a multi-camera sitcom. Years of single-cam shows have caused my multi-cam muscles to atrophy. The sound…

History lessons: ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is a slow yet gripping thriller

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In 2017, “The Man in the High Castle” — a Philip K. Dick novel about an alternate history where the Axis powers won World War II…

To the rescue! Checking in on TV’s superhero shows

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s a good time to be a fan of superhero television. Between ABC, CW and Netflix, it’s an embarrassment of riches, with a bevy of shows…

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Leo Kottke and Keller Williams: ‘Shut the Folk Up and Listen’

By George V. Nostrand Staff Writer Given a slightly longer deadline, I could easily write separate books on the careers and technical wizardry of guitar legends Leo Kottke and Keller…

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What lies beyond: ‘The OA’ is a half-baked mystery show

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “The OA” appeared in my Netflix recommendations queue in mid-December, I was excited. I recalled “Making a Murderer,” 2015’s end-of-year gift from the streaming video…

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Something to say: The best late-night comedy of 2016

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent As far as years go, 2016 was not great. From Brexit and Donald Trump to the war in Syria and ISIL — not to mention the…

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Last laughs: The best TV comedy of 2016

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent This week, let’s take a look at the best comedies of 2016. As with last week, keep in mind that this is by no means a…