I’ll keep this brief, but I do think it’s worth mentioning that many of the most memorable films I saw in 2021 were films that re-affirmed the power of human tenderness and beauty in a world where noise, violence, and chaos increasingly tends to drown those things out (“Drive My…

A note:

These are by no means the “best” shows of 2021, whatever that means. I don’t even know how you qualify what the “best” of anything is. These are my opinions. That’s it. Just my opinions!

As always, thanks for reading.

SPOILERS AHEAD. You’ve been warned. — NL

10. “We Are Who We Are” (Luca Guadagnino, Paolo Giordano, Francesca Manieri, Sean Conway)

One of my least favorite viewing experiences of last year was “Euphoria,” which turned out to be a tawdry piece of Youth-Gone-Wrong trash that was lethally bogged down by a self-consciously aggressive visual style, not to…

Adam’s Rib,” Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Directed by George Cukor.

“Adam’s Rib” effectively kick-started a currently-ongoing love affair with the glamor of old Hollywood, particularly screwball and romantic comedy classics. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin’s dialogue is sharp enough to draw a blood, and yet “Adam’s Rib,”…

All things considered, 2018 was quite a year at the movies. I heard a lot of my film-nerd friends griping toward the beginning of the calendar year that there wasn’t enough quality stuff gracing the big screens, but any year where we get new work from the likes of Barry…

It’s that time of year again, folks: time for another Best-of-the-Year list. I sincerely hope that your favorite show pops up on this list somewhere. Happy reading.

10. “Better Call Saul(Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould)

Here it is, people… my end-of-the-year movie list! Hopefully you saw a couple of the ones I’ve included here and hopefully you had a great time at the movies this year, even if everything else seemed hopeless. See you in 2018 — NL.

What a terrible year it’s been for our planet. I don’t fancy myself a hysterical individual by any means and I try to maintain a healthy distance from the outrage-perpetuation machine of modern social media. Still, when things are this undeniably terrible, what else is one to do but panic…

Nicholas Laskin

Movie and T.V. Reviews

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