Making a Murderer Episodes 7 and 8: An Ending With No Resolution

While the first few episodes of Netflix’s Making a Murderer are marked by confusion, the emotions you feel watching eps. 7 and 8 are more certain — but also more hopeless. The evidence doesn’t seem to hold up, and the closing arguments, verdicts, and reactions from the Avery family are both gripping and painful to…

Stepping Beyond the Police Tape of Making a Murderer

Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries opens with a homecoming. Steven Avery’s hair is buzzed, his white beard is long and wiry, and he feels wonderful — or so he says. His mother hugs him hard. He smiles shyly. But the scene’s exuberance belies both the brutality and the downright strangeness of the complicated case…

Was the Dexter Series Finale Bloody Enough?

All long-running serials experience creative ups and downs, but perhaps no series' merits have been more passionately debated — and called into question — than Showtime's Dexter. There's no denying the show's powerful early seasons...or is there? After last year's, uh, controversial series finale, the whole series was…

No Need to Fly to Tokyo to Learn (Some) of Jiro's Sushi Secrets

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a foodist’s wet dream. The documentary features more than an hour of breathtaking shots of raw fish, sliced and prepared so meticulously that it makes all the sushi you’ve ever consumed seem like worthless mush. It’s truly glorious. It is also a document of one man’s peerless skill and…

Did a Single Episode of Sherlock Change the Whole Show's Trajectory?

It's no surprise BBC's Sherlock has taken off the way it has: the mysteries are delectable, the setting simultaneously sleek and cozy, and the bromance simmering. The show's viewers have gone from fans to having super-fans, to mega-fans, over the course of its run, that is, until the series two finale when things,…

For All Mankind Gives You Even More Reasons to Love Mick Foley

Mick Foley — also known as Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love — was a prolific wrestler, commissioner of the WWE (from 2000-2001), and is now a formidable philanthropist (and die-hard Tori Amos fan). If you love Mick Foley, you know all this already. But do you know the most endearing aspects of the nicest man in…