Time sure flies by; it’s already June and 2014 has been bombarded with major releases. While there’s still much to look forward to for the rest of the year (Inherent Vice), the first couple of months have been very strong with television, plus I’ve seen a few very strong new movies.
In a post-Breaking Bad TV landscape, I predicted that the golden age of television drama that’s been around since The Sopranos started has come to an end. Fortunately I was wrong. Louie, hands down the best sitcom on television, is also the best drama of the year so far, showing its strength with the magnificent “Elevator” series of episodes. Fargo also is the year’s brightest new show, with the black humor and philosophy of the Coens’ classic movie without being derivative. I can also applaud The Americans, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones for their excellent seasons as well as Archer, Veep, Silicon Valley, and Community for making me laugh. I also have to give much praise (which I will talk more about within the next few days) about Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which has quickly found its voice and has cemented a firm status next to the top-notch satire of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
As for film, I haven’t seen many current pictures. The Grand Budapest Hotel though was an absolute treat and like all We Anderson movies will certainly improve during a second viewing. I also very much enjoyed the documentary Tim’s Vermeer as well as the monster-romp Godzilla, whose characters never really come alive on screen but has some exciting action to make up for its faults.
But what has been a highlight of 2014 for you so far?