• Jessica Jones: 1.13 AKA Smile Review

    Jessica Jones’ dark, moody first season comes to an end in a finale that’s disconnected, undecided, but strangely satisfying. In one fell swoop, Jessica saves Luke and defeats Kilgrave, but this ending isn’t a clean, cathartic victory. After bravely saving herself and dozens of people from a terrible villain,...
  • Jessica Jones 1.11 AKA I’ve Got the Blues / 1.12 AKA Take a Bloody Number Review

    The word “hero” gets thrown a lot on Jessica Jones, but I don’t think this is a show about heroism. When people say “hero” on Jessica Jones, it’s usually just to emphasize how difficult or impossible or inadequate “heroism” is for them. Jessica can’t seem to say the word...
  • Jessica Jones: 1.09 AKA Sin Bin / 1.10 AKA 1,000 Cuts Review

    Jessica corners Kilgrave, Simpson heals up in the hospital, Trish contemplates murder, and Hogarth gets in way over her head. As Jessica Jones’ first season nears its climax, everyone is struggling to gain control of their fates, to contain or redirect or master their problems. In “AKA Sin Bin”...
  • Jessica Jones: 1.07 AKA Top Shelf Perverts / 1.08 AKA WWJD? Review

    Jessica Jones is a genre mashup within a genre mashup, a superhero-noir-detective-drama. But in “AKA Top Shelf Perverts”, it turns into a full-blown horror movie. And in “AKA WWJD?”, it turns into an unsettling domestic psychodrama… make that unsettling domestic superhero psychodrama. In episode 7, the camera tracks toward...
  • Jessica Jones: 1.5 AKA The Sandwich Saved Me / 1.06 AKA You’re A Winner! Review

    Like all of his victims, Jessica Jones feels that Kilgrave has irreversibly contaminated her: “There’s before Kilgrave, and after Kilgrave.” For many people, that’s exactly how PTSD feels. The trauma splits life into two parts: time before and time after. There’s no “moving past” the trauma, because it so...
  • Jessica Jones: 1.3 AKA It’s Called Whiskey / 1.4 AKA 99 Friends Review

    As Jessica commits to her quest to take down Kilgrave, Jessica Jones doubles down on her insecurity and paranoia. In “AKA It’s Called Whiskey” and “AKA 99 Friends,” the photograph and window motifs introduced in the first two episodes are everywhere. Jessica confronts Kilgrave in a glassy multistory penthouse...
  • Jessica Jones: 1.01 AKA Ladies Night / 1.02 AKA Crush Syndrome Review

    (Note: I’m going to keep this review generally spoiler-free. I’ll talk about the plot in reasonably general terms and try to avoid being specific about any big twists or reveals. But my future reviews will be pretty spoilery, so consider yourself warned!) Trigger Warning: Mentions of rape and PTSD....
  • Beasts of No Nation Review

    “God…are you watching what we are doing?” – Agu   There’s a haunting lyricism to Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation that stays with you long after the film ends.  The way Fukunaga adapts the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala lends itself to a sort...
  • Orange is the New Black Review: 3.13 Review

    Take a deep breath and accept that, alas, season three of Orange is the New Black has come to an end. The aptly titled “Trust No Bitch” serves to tie up some loose ends from throughout the series, such as closure on the seemingly endless Norma Christ storyline, as...