Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pioneers of Television: Breaking Barriers (Pt. 1)

This week on Pioneers of Television, the issue of race is addressed by interviewing some of the most important African American, Latino American, and Asian American actors in history and the manner in which they broke the mould of America’s bigoted past on the television screen. On the silver screen, there was black face, yellow […]

Pioneers of Television: Doctors and Nurses (Pt. 2)

When I entered film studies academia, I was not particularly interested in editing or cinematographic style, but rather the history of filmmaking. During my education, I’ve learned to love the unsung heroes of creating seamless or even jarring moments out of the narrative through editing and style. I feel I took many of the cinematic […]

Pioneers of Television: Doctors and Nurses (Pt. 1)

When a decent television series pops up on Netflix, I pounce on them like a famished tiger in fear of it being removed before I finish the show. This past month, a series I’ve always enjoyed but have seen too few episodes appeared on the Recently Added section and I leapt at the opportunity. House […]

Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom

On Tuesday night, Pioneers of Television delved into the world of standup comedians and the successful sitcoms that followed. Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement, Roseanne… names synonymous with 1990s long-running television series and they spawned from the stand-up careers of their lead actors (and actresses). There are many reasons to love Pioneers of Television, […]

Roseanne: A Pioneer of Television

I like to believe I’m a funny person. If not, at least I amuse myself, but I seem to make people laugh. My goofiness, well… I owe that to my mother whose impersonation of Joe Piscopo inquiring “I’m from Joisey! You from Joisey?” always makes me laugh; the quick-wit, that has gotten me into trouble […]

Biopics: That’s Entertainment (Pt. 2)

Yesterday, I wrote about the entertainment value of the biopic in opposition to its historical accuracy. Again, movies are like CliffsNotes next to the original story, do some research if learning or knowledge is your goal because Hollywood can (and will) exaggerate. For this blog, I’d like to dwell on the entertainment aspect of biographical […]

Biopics: That’s Entertainment (Pt. 1)

Biographical films or “biopics” grace the theatre multiple times in a year. They can be raving successes, such as The Social Network (2010), or complete duds, like Hitchcock (2012), based on their production quality and audience appeal. Devotees of a specific person or event will gnash their teeth as historical inaccuracies flit across the screen […]