HBO always plugs great music into their TV shows. It is impossible to watch the smash drama Big Little Lies without noticing the song from the opening credits. The song is "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka. It is a perfect choice for the show's theme music and a brilliant start to Big Little Lies.
There are few athletes more controversial than Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was a generational lightening rod. He was a two time war hero, an enemy of the press and the fans, philanthropist, and curmudgeon. He was also one of the best hitters ever. He is the perfect subject for a film, but no Ted Williams revue could come close to touching his life. Such is the PBS documentary American Masters: Ted Williams.
There is always the potential to see something you have never seen before at a baseball game. It could be a statistical anomaly that hasn't occurred since 1908. Saturday's game was my first Phillies postgame concert at Citizens Bank Park. A new-ish regular promotion, the gigs are a fun and relaxed way to spend a Saturday.
After a 13-year hiatus, Deadwood returned to HBO in the form of a film. The third season ended with some closure in 2006, but the lack of a series finale loomed over an otherwise-fantastic show's legacy. One of the best written shows to grace television brought back the vast majority of actors from the original series for a last hurrah. Finally, Deadwood: The Movie is a bittersweet conclusion to David Milch's Western.
Whether it is festivals, smaller gigs, or the Fourth of July spectacular on the Parkway, there are hundreds of shows in Philly from June to Labor Day. Here are some of the great places to watch concerts in Philadelphia this summer:
Booksmart is a hilarious high school comedy that will fly under the radar as one of the underappreciated releases of the summer. That is unfortunate. It wields razor sharp wit and features great performances from leads and supporting cast alike. The writing is flat-out funny and squeezes every ounce of adult humor from its R rating.
With Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins leading Philadelphia back into a pennant race, indulging in good Phillies baseball has never been this easy. Even during the 2007-11 run, the sheer number of blogs, social media feeds, and podcasts that we have at our disposal today were not available. To narrow down the top baseball podcasts for Phillies fans, different perspectives were considered. Included in this list are local shows from beat writers, national podcasts, and even ones from Hall of Famers from Philly.
Instead of the boys of summer, Billy Joel and The Who kickstarted the new season with an epic weekend of concerts at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies ballpark hosted shows headlined by each act over Memorial Day Weekend. The pair of shows provided a rush of nostalgia. Along with opener Peter Wolf, the two concerts combined for 57 songs steeped in Classic Rock history.
The Game of Thrones finale. Who would die? Who would survive? Who would sit on the Iron Throne? Before the Unburnt set King's Landing ablaze last week, this night was building up to be one of the most anticipated episodes in television history. After last week's episode, there was anger towards the writers and a stunning sense of apathy about the finale. The buildup was anti-climatic. The finale was similarly unsatisfying.