Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Chance’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

‘CHANCE’ (HULU) “Chance” is one of those curiosities of the streaming television era. Conceived as Hugh Laurie’s triumphant follow-up to “House,” big things were expected and Hulu signed it for two seasons to start. By the end, things hadn’t worked out the way everyone expected, and Hulu formally announced in January there would be no […]

Viewer’s Discretion: “Collateral” and “Mercury 13”

‘COLLATERAL’ (NETFLIX) The modern detective series has become for many writers an opportunity to address something beyond the mystery it features. Murder remains the primary crime committed, but what leads to the murder, that has become a very individual concern. In the four-part series “Collateral,” the murder involves what is in the title — the detritus of […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘My Happy Family’ and ‘NW’

“MY HAPPY FAMILY” (NETFLIX) For having such a high level of drama and despair lurking under the surface, the Georgian film “My Happy Family” manages to keep its tone as under control as its lead character’s demeanor, painting a picture of a dysfunctional family that comes from a different place than usual. Manana (Ia Shugliashvili) […]

Natasha Bowdoin @ Mass MoCA

In her new paper-cut collage mural in the Hunter Hallway at Mass MoCA, Houston, Texas-based artist Natasha Bowdoin brings all of her influences into a large-scale swirl of flora and fauna that, as she says, is “like something you have to face up against.” Bowdoin’s piece, called “Maneater,” after the Hall and Oates hit in […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Alias Grace’ and ‘Clair Obscur’

‘Alias Grace’ (Netflix) Margaret Atwood had already made a splash on television earlier this year with “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which imagines a dystopian America where women are second-class citizens whose entire being is defined by their usefulness to men. It was excellent viewing, but the obvious question remains — do you really have to imagine such a […]