Reviews from the Small Screen

Here’s what we’ve been watching on television.

Buckwild

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

  • Excerpt: MTV leaves the beach and dives head first into poverty porn.

Chris Hardwick: Mandroid

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Hardwick is funniest when he doesn’t seem to be trying to impress at all, like when he likens today’s MySpace to the Detroit of RoboCop as part of a bit on social networking. Too often, there’s a touch of awareness, as when he seems to subtly enjoy that his gently mean, not especially funny tweet about John Mayer supposedly struck a nerve.

Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Even though Spearhead From Space is only four episodes long there is an epic feel to it.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This isn’t a story: it’s a wibbly-wobbly fuzzy-wuzzy ball of Doctor Who goo.

Doctor Zhivago

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Sometimes in this movie-reviewing racket, you roll the dice and come up with a low number. You choose something like the 2002 British television version of Doctor Zhivago, nearly four hours of unrelenting mediocrity.

Elementary: You Do It to Yourself

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: You have an Elementary story that to my mind, comes as close as we’ve seen this series come to being almost straight from The Canon…

Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Even if “Life’s Too Short” may follow Gervais and Merchant’s winning playbook very closely, the variations and personnel changes are enough to welcome and retain interest through a short season of seven episodes, which, it recently was announced, will sadly be its only full season.

TCM Presents AFI’s Master Class: The Art of Collaboration Robert Zemeckis and Don Burgess

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Themselves tastefully framed, the two men sit in comfy armchairs in front of a small audience of AFI Fellows studying filmmaking at the AFI Conservatory. They take turns showing clips and commenting on them, spending about five minutes on each film excerpt.

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