Category Archives: Culture

Doing the work: ‘Lady Dynamite’ delivers a strong second season

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent A couple weeks back I wrote about how Tig Notaro has elevated the confessional style of standup comedy by delivering something more honest and selfless than…

Sound and fury: ‘Justice League’ is an unremarkable superhero film

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Remember Hydrox cookies? Just like Oreos, but not quite. They have the key components — chocolate wafer, creme filling — but when you eat one you…

Tig is big: ‘One Mississippi’ continues to charm in season two

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Blame my tardiness in reviewing “One Mississippi” on friction — that is, the digital barrier created when streaming platforms like Amazon are not easily available on…

Rusty DeWees’comedy returns to Rutland

By JANELLE FAIGNANT THE ARTS Two years ago, actor Rusty DeWees was onstage with musician Patrick Ross, singing and improvising lines, the way DeWees does, when Ross suddenly jumped on…

Thumbs up for the Upside Down: ‘Stranger Things’ cracks the sequel formula

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In season two, “Stranger Things” demonstrates just how well it understands the milieu in which it lives. The popular Netflix series, about a gang of kids…

Thunder struck: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a blast

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Another season, another Marvel movie. While these films have become as predictable as the seasons, “Thor: Ragnarok” is a delightfully weird and funny surprise. This is…

Criminal intent: ‘Mindhunter’ is a disturbing, compelling dive into the past

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s always a delight when a TV show comes out of nowhere and completely takes me by surprise. I was unaware of “Mindhunter” before it appeared…

X marks the spot: ‘The Gifted’ is a promising addition to the X-universe

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adaptations of X-Men comic book properties have been a fraught exercise. From the lows of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” to the highs…

Nothing to fear: ‘Ghosted’ doesn’t live up to its potential

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Sometimes you want a show to be better than it actually is. Maybe it’s got a winning cast or a proven creative team that you want…

Discovering beauty in simplicity: Joe Davidian brings his jazz home to Vermont

By TOM HUNTINGTON THE ARTS Now based in New York City, Vermont-born jazz pianist and composer Joe Davidian has performed all over the world and played with a litany of…