TNT's Alienist Swoops Us Into Gilded Age New York

A review of the first two episodes of The Alienist. Screener provided by Turner Broadcasting for review purposes.

The Alienist is TNT’s new alluring mystery set in gloomy 1896 New York. Though it’s interesting to piece the mystery together week by week, TNT’s historical drama, based on Caleb Carr’s novel, would be a future binge-watcher’s favorite. Alienist has lots of atmosphere, doesn’t spare us the cruelty of the Gilded Age, and has main characters who fill the needed personality trait checkboxes but may break out of being two-dimensional in later episodes.

Sometimes The Alienist gets bogged into familiar serial killer mystery stuff, but it’s a show I’ll find a way to watch to the end. I want to know how this version of New York City functions. I want to get to know the city’s inhabitants. How deep down the strange rabbit hole will our sleuths (played solidly by Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning) go? Where’s our memetic badass version of Teddy Roosevelt? Continue reading “TNT’s Alienist Swoops Us Into Gilded Age New York”

Neutrality of That Net!

Clarence’s personal appeal on why net neutrality matters now and forever.

Media outlets will tell you that democracy dies in darkness or freedom is under threat, but my personal motto is that Internet discourse is dying under the light. Loss of net neutrality is a loss for anyone doing any consuming Internet and maybe a loss of innocence for our love of random cat pictures. Continue reading “Neutrality of That Net!”

The Atoning Review

The filmmakers provided a screener for review. This review avoids mentioning major spoilers.

The horror-suspense film The Atoning, directed by Michael Williams, gives a distorted view of an American family. The first act of the movie show this family, mother Vera, father Ray, and son Sam going through the motions inside of their home. Witnessing routine after routine is odd enough until the family sees strange visions of other people. Later, the movie shows who has to do some actual atoning, including confronting some coal-black demons, and why. Continue reading “The Atoning Review”