A Very Rooster Illusion Christmas Special

Let me start off by saying that the title of this post is incredibly misleading. It is, one might even say, a lie. “Christmas Special” suggests that you’ll see familiar characters—i.e. the writers on this blog—celebrating the holidays or Learning an Important Lesson. This isn’t that. You could also be forgiven for thinking that the…

TV on Netflix: ‘Black Books’

Black Books (2000-2004): The Premise: Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) is the alcoholic, misanthropic owner of a book shop in London. Probably his only friend is Fran (Tamsin Greig), the equally alcoholic but somewhat less misanthropic woman who owns the gift shop next door. When Bernard’s accountant goes on the run, he hires former accountant and…

Netflix Review: ‘Melancholia’

Since I didn’t make it to the movies this week, I thought I’d fall back on the time-honored tradition of finding the good stuff on Netflix. Melancholia got a fair amount of critical acclaim when it came out, and then praise from people in my Film Theory class. Since most of what I’d heard made…