Games teach us life lessons, and so do
movies. But movies can strip away all of the metaphor and hidden
machinations, showing us the broad strokes of what happened, meaning we
get the highlights and the outcome — the shorthand version of the
In an undefined future-scape, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)
drifts along, penning personal letters for those who have trouble
expressing emotions, dictating them into a computer and then printing
them out as “handwritten” hard copies to be forwarded to loved ones.
HBO kicks off its 2014 programming this week with a new murder mystery anthology, True Detective (9 p.m. Sundays). The show follows Louisiana detectives
Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) over
the course of 17 years, with the story jumping across three time
Fitting for a film about a musician, the songs in Inside Llewyn Davis,
the new release from the Coen Brothers, sneak inside your head past the
images and actions onscreen, which is surprising because those frames
have a haunting quality of their own.
New year, new shows! After holiday
hiatus, primetime programs continue, new series begin and established
shows return with new seasons. Here’s a look at what’s to come, plus
additional premieres in this week’s listings.