Still Watching: Two Sides of Early Woody Allen

Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.This week I chose two films directed by Woody Allen. This was my first time seeing Annie Hall, one of Allen’s most iconic works. Thematically, it was standard fare for Allen. I usually enjoy his “small” storytelling, meaning he doesn’t tell epic stories of kings, but of ordinary people struggling through life, trying to find their way through their neuroses. In Annie Hall, though, Allen is constantly employing techniques such as br … [Read more...]

Still Watching: NYPD Blue

Lately I’ve been watching reruns of NYPD Blue. This long-running series (1993-2005) broke ground in the 90’s for its relatively graphic nature by primetime standards. Created by Stephen Bochco and David Milch, and starring Dennis Franz and a string of various actors as his partners in the 15th precinct detective squad, NYPD Blue has always drawn me with its strong characters and stories.Thanks to boxed sets of dvds and Netflix instant streaming, most of us tend to watch older television shows i … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Gallipoli

Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.This week, thanks to Netflix, I had the pleasure of watching an old favorite: Peter Weir’s Gallipoli. It had been years since I had seen it, and it held up well. If you have never experienced this film, or known of the World War I campaign for which the film is named, I recommend you do. The campaign was waged on the Gallipoli Peninsula, a part of the Ottoman Empire, where the United Kingdom, Australia and their allies were f … [Read more...]

Still Watching: I Want a Queue, Too!

Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.I’m taking a break this week from the Lost Re-Watch. I still plan to keep going through the series, deciphering what I can from it, for my own benefit as much as yours. But I also need time to explore some older movies and other television shows as part of the “Still Watching” column. I recently joined Netflix- nothing like being on the cutting edge of pop culture, right? It only took me years to get on that bandwagon. I don’t know … [Read more...]

Lost Again: Solitary

Welcome back to “Lost Again”, my weekly examination of the Lost series. I am re-watching the series and theorizing, based on the now-complete knowledge of the entire show, which plot lines were cohesive and well-developed throughout, providing amazing payoffs by the end of the series, and which ones were dropped, messed up, or flat-out busted.This week I will be looking at only one episode, because it is chock-full of material that needs to be addressed. Some nice groundwork is laid here for ma … [Read more...]

Lost Again: The Moth and Confidence Man

In Lost Again, Kristi Israel watches two episodes of Lost each week, examining them in light of the whole of the series.The Moth: Charlie is the focus of this episode. He struggles with his drug addiction, and Locke, at this point still caring at least a little about others, encourages him to go cold turkey. He somehow has found the drugs, and tells Charlie he will give him three chances to ask for his drugs back, and on the third time, he will give them to Charlie. The name of the episode … [Read more...]

Lost Again: White Rabbit and House of the Rising Sun

I’d like to address something quickly before diving into this week’s Re-Watch of Lost, which I am re-naming “Lost Again”, because Re-Watch isn’t really a word, and I get tired of the dash. I haven’t really expressed my overarching theory of storytelling, especially epic storytelling. There is much to be said of it, but I will skim the surface here, to establish a context in which to continue this project. Writing obviously works on a literal and figurative level, and I am a big believer in the fa … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Lost Re-Watch, Tabula Rasa and Walkabout

Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.Welcome to Week 2 of the Lost Re-Watch. This week I will be coverinng the third and fourth episodes of Season 1, and looking at them in light of any relevant knowledge which was revealed later in the series. The idea of this project is to see what coherent themesand plots structures run through the series, and where it makes us chase ghosts which never go anywhere. … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Lost Rewatch, Pilot Parts 1 and 2

Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.It is time to start the much-anticipated (by me) Lost Re-Watch. I hope there will be a few people joining me, anyway. I know by the huge Lost fan base active on Twitter that there is still great interest in the show, so here’s a chance for those who love it to try to make a little sense of it, since we now have as much information from the writers (usually referring to Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof) as we likely ever will. I wi … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Firefly Returns

If you will allow me a small delay in my expository re-watch of Lost, I would like to give another week for those who want to join in, but need a little extra time. You know who you are. I would also like to use the column this week to address some events which have been unfolding over the last few weeks. As a self-proclaimed Browncoat, or fan of the late, great television series, Firefly, I have been following with interest the latest fan-induced Firefly-related craze.The Browncoats have … [Read more...]