Michael Cera has gotten a lot of attention for his growth as an actor. But his adaptation of a Jewish short story shows that his real strength is directing.
‘Princesses: Long Island’ is a much sadder, darker show than Eitan Kensky ever thought it would be. But he says ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ is the most inventive sketch show on TV.
The opening scene of ‘Blazing Saddles’ says it all about Mel Brooks’ serious comic genius. It is side-splittingly funny, but also tells us plenty about our culture.
‘Mad Men’ can be superficial and awkward when it tries to deal with historical events. It’s better when characters explode with the angry desire to live lives that matter.
There’s something very strange about Joan River’s Internet talk show, ‘In Bed with Joan.’ Maybe it’s odd that it exists at all. Or it could just be the wallpaper and duvet.
Eitan Kensky learned a thing or two about anxiety by watching the season finale of ‘Girls.’ You’re never quite sure if it’s a gift or a curse.
Is David Mamet’s HBO film about the music impressario (and convicted killer) great art? The idea of Al Pacino playing Spector is so engaging that it may not matter.
Billy Eichner is tall, gay, Jewish, and from Queens, with a disappearing hairline. All of these qualities help fuel his viral brand of comedy.
At this year’s LABA project, fellows who are food writers, artists and even a baker, study Jewish texts and allow them to influence their work. The results are fascinating — and tasty.
It’s not giving anything away to say that Lifetime’s new movie “Twist of Faith” ends with its mismatched romantic leads back together, embracing on the threshold of her home. Nor does it reveal anything to note that Music and the Power of Song connect Toni Braxton’s Black Gospel singer with David Julian Hirsh’s doubting, erstwhile cantor. And it certainly doesn’t spoil the movie to mention that “Twist of Faith,” which Lifetime calls an “interfaith love story,” begins with the horrific murder of the cantor’s wife and children on an ordinary bus, on an ordinary day, in an indeterminate part of Orthodox New York. This is a Lifetime movie: love conquers all and violence expresses the persistent vulnerability of women. None of this makes watching “Twist of Faith” any less surreal.