TV – House of Cards: Season 2: B+

house of cards season2B+

The first episode was a master strike. It took everything you assumed would happen this season and threw them aside, while also highlighting the aspects that make the show so appealing. Then the rest of the season promptly ignored that and just went with more of the same. Even the ending was disappointingly similar. Minor characters from season 1 became major ones, while only one new character managed to be interesting. Spacey and Wright continued to impress of course, but the series’ shine has diminished to a dull glow.


TV – House of Cards: Season 1: A

house of cardsA

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright could not be better. Their machinations manipulate the audience as much as the characters themselves. I absolutely love the asides Spacey delivers to the camera, especially the non-verbal looks of acknowledgement. The language can get a little cliche at times, but I still ate it up. The only unsatisfying part was the ending, which felt as though it was intentioned to be a cliffhanger, but instead just left things unresolved.

Movie – State of Play: A

I saw this in the theater when it came out but I don’t remember enjoying it as much. It had several of the good kind of plot twists. You know, the kind that make you say, “of course!” instead of, “wait, what?” Plenty of good acting, and from actors I like. I must have been tired or something the first time.

Movie – Moneyball: B-

All sports movies should be underdog stories, and most are. They make the films easier to watch for those not incredibly interested in the sport. Additionally, if they’re using the sport as a backdrop for a more important issue, it’s even more poignant. (Especially racism a la Remember the Titans and Invictus.) Moneyball was a baseball movie about stats and economics. Baseball, stats, and economics are each far from exciting. The screenwriter and actors put up a valiant effort to make these subjects interesting. They didn’t quite succeed.