Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code & The Plot To Save Socrates; his LPs Twice Upon A Rhyme & Welcome Up. His nonfiction including Fake News in Real Context, The Soft Edge, & Digital McLuhan have been translated into 15 languages.
Review of 'The Weekend Away'
I caught The Weekend Away on Netflix the other night. The movie is based on the 2020 novel by Sarah Alderson of the same name (which I haven't read). I'll begin by saying don't expect a sleeper by Hitchcock, but The Weekend Away is nonetheless a pretty good thriller with some nice twists.
Review of 'Bridgerton' 2
Bridgerton is a little off the beaten track of the science fiction/fantasy and detective/police fiction I usually review here, but as I pointed out in my review of the first season, Bridgerton is a kind of alternate history, and besides, it's superb television anyway.
Review of 'Slow Horses' 1.4
Well, I was glad to see that Slow Horses continued its streak of flatulence by Lamb in episode 1.4, up the other day on Apple TV+, with Lamb advising that some lamb dish he ate earlier would be making a "reappearance". Ok, this was not flatulence per se, it was just an allusion to it, but it gets a boost as a mention with someone named Lamb talking about lamb.
Review of 'Outer Range' 1.1-2
The hybrid of science fiction/fantasy with the western (contemporary or historical) genre has long been sought after, touted as a natural, powerful combination for a television series, for as far back as I can remember. But it's seldom been realized, and off the top of my head, I can't think of a single successful example. Last year's Invasion on Apple TV+ took a shot with a lead-off episode out West, with no less an actor than Sam Neill in the lead -- but it was the weakest episode segment in an otherwise top-notch series. My wife suggested Westworld as an example that achieved the elusive goal, and yes, it did, but only partially, because the heart of its narrative was not western.
Review of 'Stream this Next'
I've been saying at least since 2015 that streaming -- in particular the capacity it gives viewers to watch as much of a television series as they like, at one time, as if they were reading a book -- constitutes a third golden age of television (the first being what TV broadcast networks began to bring us in the 1950s, the second being the cable revolution which I take as beginning with The Sopranos on HBO in 1999). Indeed, I watch a huge amount of television -- I find it quite good for my brain -- and I'd estimate more than 80% of the dramas and comedies I watch are via streaming (all the live news I watch is on cable -- mostly MSNBC, with a little CNN, in case you'd like to know).
Review of a Review
I don't usually write reviews of reviews -- in fact, I'm pretty sure I never have -- but Joel McKinnon, whose views on science fiction, music, and the world at large I've found invariably worthy, strongly recommended that I read Ian Leslie's lengthy review of Peter Jackson's lengthy masterpiece The Beatles Get Back ("Knowing how much you loved Get Back I think you'll love this beautiful essay about it," Joel told me), so I did, and he was right.
My phone rang. I put it to my ear. “Professor Klein?” “Yes?” I had just taken off my coat, put on the water for tea, and the last person I wanted to hear from was Lauren from the office, as much as I generally liked her and her hardworking attitude.