Jeff York

“Sharp Objects” Tells Its Murderous Tale as a Mood Piece

“Sharp Objects” Tells Its Murderous Tale as a Mood Piece

HBO’s “Sharp Objects” concluded its eight-episode run Sunday night with as many frightening moments as one might expect in a horror movie. It’s not of that genre, even though Jason Blum, the head of Blumhouse Productions and all their frightener franchises, was one of the limited series’ executive producers. Some may have even quantified the […]

 Jeff York

The “Westworld” Season Finale Opens the Door to a New World

The “Westworld” Season Finale Opens the Door to a New World

HBO’s “Westworld” series ended its second season June 24th with an enormous opportunity to chart completely new territory, as well as course-correct some of the problems that plagued this year’s 10 episodes. There is no question that the show remains one of TV’s boldest and smartest offerings, but its multiple timelines and fragmented narratives have […]

 Jeff York

The Modernity in “The Alienist” Made for a Timely Period Piece

The Modernity in “The Alienist” Made for a Timely Period Piece

Fans of Caleb Carr’s bestseller The Alienist waited 24 long years to see it finally visualized onscreen. The period thriller, published in 1994, and set in 1896, was novel in its time for being one of the first works of fiction to examine the serial killer mind, as well as blend history and fiction. At the time […]