Quirky animated comedy deftly mixes the bizarre with the sweet
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating A-
Documentary tells a compelling story, but hamstrung by narration
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating A+
I watched and reviewed almost all of ESPN's "30 for 30" films, but since the documentary series relaunched last year under the simpler ESPN Films banner, I have to admit I've lost track. I have DVDs of all of them, but "Fab Five" and "Catching Hell" were the only ones I actually found time for, unfortunately.
This weekend's "The Announcement" (tomorrow at 9 p.m.), though, deals with one of my favorite athletes of all time, and with the story that literally made me watch ESPN for the first time ever, so there was no way I was going to miss it.
And though, like several of the original "30 for 30" films, it gets hamstrung in spots by a particular filmmaking choice, the story itself is so strong, as are the recollections of the people who went through it, that I very much recommend watching.
Chloe Grace Moretz's return highlights an outstanding episode
Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson star in a very familiar take on the '08 election
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating B-
The second episode keeps the family stories interesting, but stumbles elsewhere
Sean Hayes interviews Leslie in the last episode before spring break
Which series will inherit the crown from "Chuck" this year?
March Madness for college basketball is almost here, and the science of bracketology is filtering its way into all sorts of corners of the pop culture universe. Grantland is running a 32-person bracket to determine the greatest "Wire" character ever (though both "Wire" fan Mike Schur and The Bunk himself have raised objections to the way it's gone). Vulture is asking experts to help determine the greatest TV drama of the last 25 years (today it was "The X-Files" vs. "The West Wing").
For the third year in a row, Hulu is running its Best in Show competition, in which TV fans get to vote on a bracket of 32 current series. And for the second year in a row, I'm serving as the special guest judge, but in a different capacity from last year.
The final entry in our series before the show returns to NBC next week
We are exactly one week away from the return of "Community" to NBC's primetime lineup, as the show starts all over again in its old Thursday at 8 timeslot on March 15. (Earlier that day, Hulu should be posting the archived stream of the "Community" PaleyFest panel I moderated, though I've already seen excerpts floating around on YouTube.) But since the show remains not on the air this week, it's time for one final installment in my weekly series on why I've missed the show during its absence.
Jane brainwashes Dave, while Max and Penny compete in a scavenger hunt
Bruce Greenwood takes center stage in a very strong hour