John Slattery

Television that Home Video Forgot: Jack & Bobby (2004)

There are so many shows that get cancelled even though they are made with great quality and for the most part these shows are able to find their audience and gain cult status. Great shows like My So-Called Life or Freaks and Geeks are often considered to be amongst some of the best cancelled series, and they truly are, but as far as shows that really do not get enough attention I would consider Jack & Bobby to be one that is often left out of the conversation. The problem has to be that there really is no official venue for this series to be viewed and build a cult audience. It’s a show that has truly fallen through the cracks of television history and this should not be. Hopefully, one day there will be a way to watch this series in HD quality because this is definitely a show that should be preserved for audiences to discover and maybe then it will find its proper place among the ranks of great television.

FNC 2013: ‘Bluebird’ is a stunning debut about loss and hope

Borne out of the current economic crisis, Bluebird is set in an obscure and isolated logging town in Maine. Coated in snow that seems to be barely ever cleared, there is a lingering fear that the mill will close and the town will fade even deeper into the past. Lost in the rituals of daily life, it is only through accidental tragedy that a true sense of malaise and hopelessness comes rising from below the surface.

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