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Mr. Rogers’ Quiet Revolution

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood ran on television from 1968 to 2001. At first on the local Pittsburgh station where it originated and then for 30 years on PBS. I never liked it. Not for a second. I found it square. Boring. I thought Mr. Rogers was…

The Life And Times Of Tab Hunter

The peak of Tab Hunter's career was brief. The 50s icon's stardom barely outlasted the decade in which it shot forth. His resume is slim when it comes to quality work. He never won any major awards. He was an idol, but like many idols, he…

Reframe: Out of Sight

It might be hard to remember that when Out of Sight came out almost 20 years ago to the day that the careers of both director and star were at a crossroads. George Clooney's transition from E/R heart throb to film star was bordering on…

Review: In Defense Of Yellowstone

Yellowstone may not be perfect, but it’s pretty damn good. Better than that even. It has a chance to be great. It wasn’t supposed to go this way. Paramount’s Yellowstone was set up to be the calling card of their new network. They had a…

Remembering Roger

I learned about art from Roger Ebert. I say this even though he was that one critic who gave Cop and a Half, starring low-point Burt Reynolds, a positive review. In fact, if I ever took issue with Roger, it was that I thought he was often…

Emmys :Consider ‘The Chi’

David Phillips asks Emmy voters to consider Showtime's The Chi When Showtime's The Chi premiered in January, the expectations were high. A show from the ever-hot Lena Waithe centered on the turbulent city of Chicago and featuring a large…

Hereditary Is The Other Kind

It’s fair to say that in recent years horror films have improved greatly. Even modestly ambitious movies like Lights Out and Don’t Breathe manage to deliver the goods, if not the resonance. Hereditary is the other kind. There’s a lot…

Reframe: Peter Weir’s Fearless

I have sobbed only twice in a movie theatre. Oh, I’ve teared up, felt my eyes get wet and whatnot, but break down? Only twice. Once was near the end of Philadelphia when Denzel adjusted Tom Hanks oxygen mask. I don’t even think Philadelphia…

The Summer Of Glover

If you think about it, Donald Glover has been on the come for a good long while. His first breakthrough - of a sort - was his role as the meta-jock Troy on Community starting in 2009. A part that allowed him to be goofy and cool at the same…

Making Hedy Whole

"Lamarr had a secret life though. One that was far more interesting than her films. She was an inventor. Frustrated by her career, and wanting to do something for the war effort, she set out to create a secure transmission system to be used…