A few times each year, certain films
challenge me on a deeper, primal level. They rattle the critical cage,
issuing a call that necessitates a response from more than the safe
sanctity of the intellect. They demand a blood offering from the heart.
Following Dexter is Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan(10
p.m. Sundays), starring Liev Schreiber as a man with a messy job — one
we’ve seen before. But that familiarity doesn’t make it any less
With certain directors, every new release
takes us back to the first time we experienced their work. We remember
the visceral thrills, the powerful sensuality or the intellectual
austerity that captivated us and we want relive those sensations, which
means we set the bar at a level so high that only a talented few can
Based on a true story, Orange Is the New Black
(now available on Netflix) follows Piper Chapman (played by a very
convincing Taylor Schilling) as she trades in her Brooklyn yuppie life
with a loving fiancé for 15 months in lock-up and a prison wife.
Aselton’s latest, Black Rock,
raises the stakes yet again. Written by Aselton’s real-life husband Mark
Duplass, the narrative opens as three young ladies — Sarah (Kate
Bosworth), Abby (Aselton) and Lou (Lake Bell) — embark on a camping trip
on a small deserted island off the coast of Maine.
The Way, Way Back starts right off
with that signature scene from the trailers. Duncan (Liam James), a
slightly awkward 14-year-old, sits in the back of an old station wagon
that belongs to Trent (Steve Carell), the new boyfriend of his mother
Pam (Toni Collette).
Fresh off of wrapping Copper in Toronto, Essandoh recently chatted with CityBeat
about playing his groundbreaking character on the show, his brush with
an Internet death rumor and some of his own television obsessions.