Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance

Oliver Cooper as David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam in Netflix's Mindhunter series.
Oliver Cooper depicted David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as Son of Sam, in the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’.

I’m famous in personal circles for rarely watching TV, but the Netflix series Mindhunter managed to capture my attention. Maybe it was because I was a young adult when horrendous crimes like those of Charles Manson’s ‘family’ occurred. Other reasons include some fine performances by the actors, and I have to say Oliver Cooper, who played the role of David Berkowitz known as ‘Son of Sam’, gave an exceptional performance. Berkowitz was the guy I found creepiest of all during the time he was at large, grabbing headlines on a daily basis. Continue reading “Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance”

David Spade gives late night talkie fans a new option: ‘Lights Out’

Long ago I stopped watching standard late night talk shows. They’re all the same—silly skits and political hit job jokes. I’m thinking Colbert never got over his sister’s loss in a congressional race. Now there’s a new option for the 11:30 time spot. David Spade’s new late night talkie launches Monday, July 29, on Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m. Will Spade follow suit in the political comedy sphere, or will he do something different? Continue reading “David Spade gives late night talkie fans a new option: ‘Lights Out’”

Game of Thrones books leave you hanging, annoyed by TV scripts

Warning: Spoilers are included here, so proceed with that in mind.

Once the TV series Game of Thrones ended, I decided to read the books. The novels took me two weeks, but I also read the chapters from the next book author George R.R. Martin had released on the Web. Blood, sex, and violence run as themes through all the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, even more so than in the TV series. Reading these books left me nearly blind from eyestrain and hoping for more because some of my favorite characters’ fates are left hanging. Continue reading “Game of Thrones books leave you hanging, annoyed by TV scripts”

HBO series Chernobyl: What’s fact, what’s fiction?

If you lived through the 1980s as an adult in the United States, you heard about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine (then in the USSR), the worst such acknowledged disaster of its kind at the time. Ronald Reagan was president of the US; Mikhail Gorbachev was general secretary of the ruling communist party. Despite widespread analyses, investigations, and reports, there is still an element of distrust about the impacts of the explosion and fires that blew a small part of the reactor core into the atmosphere. The HBO series is riveting so far—I’ve watched four of the episodes. If you read about Chernobyl and if you watch series like this, you may come away as I have asking yourself exactly what we can believe and trust. Continue reading “HBO series Chernobyl: What’s fact, what’s fiction?”

Football great has perfect take on GOT finale; author clears up rumors

My husband is still amused at my anger over the not so grand finale of Game of Thrones. After all these years of intrigue, war, and treachery, and after the incredible manipulation of fire-breathing dragons, how could the writers let us down in such an epic manner? I am now somewhat redeemed. Football great Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, had some things to say about the finale, and he perfectly summed things up. Yes, the finale was a giant bust, and not the kind of bust often bared or semi-bared in the iconic series. Continue reading “Football great has perfect take on GOT finale; author clears up rumors”

After Season 8, Episode 5, do we really know what happened to Cersei?

Dragons have long been part of myth and legend. This woodcut illustrates St. Michael fighting the dragon. Original work is by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), and is included in US Library of Congress digital prints collection.
St. Michael fighting the dragon; Albrecht Dürer,1471-1528, artist. From digital prints and photos/US Library of Congress.

Warning: There are spoilers in this article. If you’re sensitive about that, don’t read it.

Although TV is my least favorite form of entertainment, I have confessed publicly I get hooked on some series. Game of Thrones is one of them. I watched episode 5 of season 8 last night, eager to see Cersei get the fate she certainly deserved. Once the episode was over, I thought about a couple things, and one is a question. Did Cersei really die? Continue reading “After Season 8, Episode 5, do we really know what happened to Cersei?”

DID YOU MISS THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IN GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 3?

If fans agreed on one gripe about Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, it was the darkness. The Battle of Winterfell was awesome. Unfortunately, many of us had trouble seeing what was going on because of the way the episode was filmed. The screen was so dark it was hard to tell who was who and to see the faces of the White Walkers and wights. That’s one reason I wasn’t alone in missing one of my favorite musicians, a superstar, in the episode. This star isn’t the first to be featured in a cameo on the series. Continue reading “DID YOU MISS THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IN GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 3?”

HBO sets ‘Deadwood’ release date; most regulars return

If you’re a fan of the TV series ‘Deadwood’, you’ll understand enthusiasm for the forthcoming HBO film based on that series. I mentioned this film to my daughter this morning, and her response came across as your standard hallelujah. A cast of very talented actors converged to be part of the film, and if you check out the trailers, this looks like it will be vintage ‘Deadwood’ with an update set in the time after South Dakota became a US state. Continue reading “HBO sets ‘Deadwood’ release date; most regulars return”

Memoir confirms ‘Black Dahlia’ series on TNT a mishmash of fiction and truth

Fauna Hodel memoir
Fauna Hodel’s memoir bore little resemblance to the TV series it “inspired.” (Photo: Indie Art South)

After viewing the limited series I Am the Night on TNT, I was thoroughly confused.

It was hard to discern fact from fiction, and some of the events depicted in this “Inspired by a true story” production were simply too outrageous to believe. Having read the book the series was “inspired by”, I came to the conclusion the series was a mess.

I’d read about the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, dubbed “The Black Dahlia” by media of the day. The murder remains unsolved officially, although author and private detective Steve Hodel believes he has the answers. The series included the story of Fauna Hodel (aka Patricia Ann Greenwade) who was given away at birth in a private adoption. The TV series, in my opinion, was a mishmash of fiction and truth saved in part by some stellar acting performances by Chris Pine and Golden Brooks.

In hopes of making sense of the TV narrative, I purchased Fauna Hodel’s memoir, One Day She’ll Darken. Continue reading “Memoir confirms ‘Black Dahlia’ series on TNT a mishmash of fiction and truth”

Series inspired by Black Dahlia murder leaves viewer confused and curious

snip from I Am the Night trailer
Snip from trailer for ‘I Am the Night’. (tntdrama.com/i-am-the-night)

I Am the Night, the TV series touching on the brutal ‘Black Dahlia’ murder, left many questions unanswered. The TNT series featured Chris Pine as Jay Singletary, a composite character based on reporters who covered the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short.

Pine’s performance was exemplary, but overall, confusion arose because the series inspired by a true story presents much that is implausible. What’s true and what isn’t?

I still can’t answer that question. Continue reading “Series inspired by Black Dahlia murder leaves viewer confused and curious”