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Peter Brook is best known for his work in theatre, but his 1963 screen adaptation of William Golding’s English Lit classic is no quaint repertory effort. Made relatively cheaply (the opening plane crash is literally a photograph of a plane spinning around) with non-professionals in the roles of the children, it’s a remarkably raw and brutal telling of a fable which may be as relevant now as ever before.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, this wartime story concerns a group of evacuating public schoolboys who are stranded on a remote island after their plane crashes. At first it’s all fun and frolics as the kids look forward to their freedom. They nominate a leader, Ralph (James Aubrey). Alpha male Jack (Tom Chapin) isn’t happy about this, and he »
- Rupert Harvey
When Bones signs off on Tuesday night, after 12 seasons on Fox, it will do so as the network’s longest-running scripted drama, having solved -- according to finale promos -- 275 cases in 246 episodes. And that prolific conviction rate may not even be the most impressive thing that the series accomplished.
Because Bones -- which was based on the life and works of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs -- did more than just stay on the air, leapfrogging more than 20 different time slots in its 12-year run. In a television landscape populated with morose antiheroes and sarcastic protagonists that often poke fun at the earnestness of cops-and-science procedurals like Bones, sometimes directly by name (see: American Dad, Bojack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers and more), the show was a champion of justice and evidence, science and guts, “brains and heart.” It told new stories every week, while at the same time unfolding its central characters little by little, making »
Although an excellent and well-crafted hour, I had mixed feelings concerning Bones Season 12 Episode 11.
Obviously, they wanted the penultimate installment of the series to be intense, emotionally fraught, and drama filled, and with that in mind, the episode should be considered a success.
But there’s a large part of me that wished that Cam and Arastoo’s wedding could have simply been a happy affair, where we got to see all of the characters we love coming together and enjoying one another one last time.
Instead, I spent the entire wedding reception with this horrible sense of dread because it was so obvious that something horrible was about to happen.
And even though I was delighted to see Avalon back one last time, I was a bit disappointed that her visit was shrouded in such doom and gloom.
I know Bones is a crime procedural at its core, but »
- Christine Orlando
3 items from 2017
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