• james feinberg

    Survivors

    At the movies: Stronger

    September 30, 2017
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    Let’s just get this out of the way first: David Gordon Green’s new film Stronger is an inspirational drama. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who loses his legs in the Boston marathon bombing in 2013. His mother (Miranda Richardson) is overbearing. His family is loud. His on-and-off girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany) is […]

    Back in the Saddle

    Watching BoJack Horseman season four on Netflix

    September 14, 2017
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    At the end of the third season of BoJack Horseman, the titular anthropomorphic horse/washed-up TV star seems at the end of his rope. Having indirectly caused the overdose of his former co-star, destroyed his relationship with his only loyal friend, and bottomed out on the artificial bravado that sustained him through a short-lived career renewal, […]

    Trouble with the Curve

    watching brockmire on IFC

    April 20, 2017
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      There isn’t anything particularly special about Brockmire, the new series that premiered April 5th at 10 p.m. on IFC, except for the fact that Hank Azaria is in it. The Simpsons star hasn’t been a cast member on a live-action television series since 2011’s flop Free Agents. But he’s one of the great TV […]

    Looking Back

    Letter from New York: Sunday in the Park with George and The Price

    April 6, 2017
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    Seeing Sunday in the Park with George at this point in history is less a theatergoing experience than an act of worship. If the well-to-do Broadway set or bourgeois theater maniacs, immortalized in another Stephen Sondheim piece, “The Ladies Who Lunch,” had their own version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sunday would probably be it. […]

    Funny Girl

    Watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

    March 28, 2017
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    The first half of the new series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now on Amazon Video as part of their free “pilot season,” is pretty much what you’d expect from a venture by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The production design is fantastic, the talking is fast, the characters are cartoonish, and what plot there is […]