For the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles, John Powers reviews the Criterion DVD release:
"In the unmistakable alchemy of their sound – and in their authentic laughter as they run from shrieking fans during the film’s opening credits – The Beatles embodied the hope and vitality the world was looking for then and still loves to this day. Like Louis Armstrong, they created music that, even when sad, is bursting with joy. All those hard days and nights paid off, for more than any band I can think of, they captured the yeah-yeah-yeah of happiness."
TV critic David Bianculli reviews two new horror shows: a remake of Rosemary’s Baby set in Paris andPenny Dreadfulset in Victorian England. While both attempt to “revisit old works of literature in the horror and suspense genre, and adapt them with new approaches for a new generation, Rosemary’s Baby "barely justifies the attempt." Here’s what he says about Penny Dreadful:
"I can recommend Penny Dreadful, which starts Sunday on Showtime, a lot more enthusiastically. John Logan, screenwriter of the movies Hugo and Skyfall, sets this new series in London, in 1891. Timothy Dalton, who once played James Bond, plays an intrepid explorer looking for his missing daughter. Eva Green, star of Tim Burton’s recent remake of Dark Shadows, plays Vanessa Ives, a strikingly stunning woman who dresses in black and has her own hidden agendas – and powers. They combine forces on a mission that takes them deep into London’s underworld, a place less natural than supernatural. And in the premiere episode, after seeing a traveling Wild West show, Vanessa visits the star sharpshooter, played by Josh Hartnett, to try and enlist his services. He’s eager to flirt, but she’s all business.”