Daredevil (Episodes 1-4)

Less of a binge watch, more of an IV drip approach to entertainment, but there’s plenty of room on the bandwagon … Netflix’s Daredevil series is an interesting exercise in TV storytelling.  A show meant to be binge-watched unfolds more like chapters of a novel, rather than interconnected but self-contained short stories, the way most shows would. Daredevil (2015) Created by Drew Goddard Starring: Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vondie Curtis-Hall Review (Eps 1-4, collectively): 3 stars (of five) While a standard TV pilot tries to cram in everything the show hopes to...

The Age of Adaline

Too often lately, I find myself engaged by the actors on the screen or by the sure hand of the director, while the story itself drags the film down. Such was the problem with last week’s debut of True Story, and such was the case when I recently streamed the Wong Kar-Wai epic The...

True Story

What True Story has going for it is its actors and its directors.  Well-shot, well-acted, it’s a film you really want to like, but the story doesn’t hold together in a satisfying way.  Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones give excellent performances–Hill’s a...

The Grandmaster

[Badmouth On Demand:  Occasional reviews of films on DVD/streaming services.] 2013’s The Grandmaster is a recent manifestation of director Wong Kar-Wai’s striking visual sense, but it might be a hard film for Western audiences, at least, to connect with. The Grandmaster (2013) Directed...