The Televisionist

Netflix pix: revenge!

Is there anything more satisfying than watching a character take a just and righteous revenge on someone who has smugly screwed them over at some time in the past? Not in this writer's book. I love the cinema of revenge, and Netflix Instant happens to have a crop of Revengers that includes some of the best ever made.

Netflix pix: 'Kumare'

With Easter just passed, I've been thinking a lot about faith — why we need it, what purpose it serves, and just how devout many of the people who claim to be religious really are. It's a question for the ages, and will probably be debated until the sun goes supernova or language finally devolves into a series of squeaks and grunts, whichever comes first.

Netflix Pix

Hidden gems from Netflix Instant.

Now on Netflix

We're watching a lot of Netflix Instant these days, but it seems like we spend most of our time endlessly flipping through one awful-sounding choice after another.

Redneck security

On 'Small Town Security' and 'The Regular Show.'

Exes and Louie

Yes, it's come to this. Now, just the act of being somebody who was once married to somebody famous who you later kicked to the curb (or kicked you to the curb, as the case may be) is enough to warrant a starring role on your own reality TV show.

TEDTalks and Jesse Owens

Though we supposedly live in The Information Age, with all the knowledge of mankind at our fingertips at the click of a mouse, the problem of the Internet is not one of quantity, but of quality.

Dan Savage sinks the Titanic

If you're not reading sex advice disher Dan Savage's "Savage Love" column every week, stop what you're doing right now, go to the blog of the Seattle's The Stranger and start reading.

Review: Clinton docs

Worth watching.

When doomsday comes

Plus, Kevin Smith in 'Comic Book Men.'

WM3, Portis and jail

If you're from Arkansas, and you haven't read the works of Arkansas novelist Charles Portis, do so. Do it now. Blow off work, drive to your nearest bookstore and buy "True Grit" or "Norwood" or "The Dog of the South" and spend the rest of the day reading in your car in the parking lot.

'American Stuffers' saves your pets for posterity

One of the saddest things in the world is that every bit of love you get from a pet is tempered with the knowledge that it's all going to come to an end sooner rather than later. With cats and dogs, you get 10 good years at best, and that's if they don't run out into the street and get creamed by a passing car.

On Pearl Jam and 'Work of Art'

It's hard to put into words how much a band can mean to your life. I'm not just talking about just any band. I'm talking about that special band; the first band whose music really makes you think differently about the world and your place in it, whose songs serve as the soundtrack to a significant chunk of your life. For me, born in the mid-1970s so that I wound up situated squarely in the middle of Generation X, that band is Pearl Jam.

A trio of new shows

On 'Weed Wars,' 'Virgin Diaries,' 'The Layover.'

Turkey coma special

"Walking Dead" marathon,"A Very GaGa Christmas" and "Edward Scissorhands"

On 'All-American Muslim'

I've often been heard to call TLC "The Freak Show Channel" in this space, owing to its tendency to peek in the back door of rather odd American subcultures.

On 'Monster-in-laws'

Most folks who are married have a mother-in-law, and sometimes it works out well. That said, I know there are those mother-in-laws who seem like the spawn of Satan.

Beavis and Butt-head return

It's time to dig your Nirvana t-shirt out of the closet and get that case of OK Soda you've had aging behind the water heater, because "Beavis and Butt-head" is back.

'American Horror' story the most WTF-inducing show on TV

With shows like "Sons of Anarchy" and "Rescue Me," FX has proven itself to be one of the groundbreaking networks when it comes to pushing the dramatic envelope. Now comes what might be their most edgy and WTF-inducing project to date, the sexy, spooky and sinister "American Horror Story."

Pop-Up Video returns