Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon appears in the following:

'Wonder Woman 1984' And The One-Villain-Too-Many Problem

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman is bright, entertaining, frequently funny — and overstuffed with villain backstories that crowd out the action.


NPR Critics Pick Their Favorite TV From A Strange 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020

If you could watch it at home in 2020, it's here — four NPR critics give their picks for the best in streaming or broadcast TV in a year when current events turned the industry upside down.


'Wolfwalkers' Is A Rich, Densely Packed Visual Feast

Friday, December 11, 2020

The story is simple, the themes surprisingly complex, and the hand-drawn animation is stunning in this stylish tale of a young girl yearning for freedom.


In 'Sound Of Metal,' Sudden Hearing Loss Sends A Drummer Reeling

Friday, December 04, 2020

Riz Ahmed gives a quiet, intense and profoundly unsentimental performance as a rock drummer who suddenly loses his hearing and stubbornly refuses to accept it.


From 'Dash And Lily' To Dolly Parton: These Holiday Specials Will Bring On The Cheer

Friday, November 27, 2020

Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour talk about their favorite 2020 holiday TV specials.


'Uncle Frank': A Melodramatic Meal, Undercooked And Over-Seasoned

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A great cast and good intentions can't overcome Alan Ball's rushed, thin story about a closeted gay man returning to his South Carolina hometown in 1974.


A Tale Of 2 Star Wars Holiday Specials: 2020 (LEGO) Vs. 1978 (Oh, No)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The new LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special gently satirizes the franchise, but the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special nearly killed it.


'Moonbase 8' Scrubs The Mission

Sunday, November 08, 2020

The Showtime comedy series about three NASA astronauts-in-training at a mock moonbase in the desert vibrates on its own singular wavelength, but never generates laughs.


'Truth Seekers': Comedy-Horror Haunted By Ghosts, Gags And Satisfying Reveals

Friday, October 30, 2020

Nothing's as it seems in this Amazon series, which (sort of) re-teams Nick Frost and Simon Pegg for a gently funny and sometimes scary tale about a team of paranormal investigators.


A Flat 'Rebecca' Remake For Netflix Is Haunted By The Ghost Of Hitchcock

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Netflix's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's swooning gothic novel strips it of subtext — and sex — and tacks on a ending that misunderstands the "romance" at its center.


Damned If You Do: Hulu's Less-Than-Marvelous 'Helstrom'

Friday, October 16, 2020

A surfeit of subplots and secondary characters — and a complicated production history — take a minor Marvel occult hero on a journey that turns out to be a dead end.


Creepy Kids, A Dark Mansion And '80s Fashion: 'The Haunting Of Bly Manor'

Friday, October 09, 2020

The follow-up to Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House series may not be as spooky, but it does manage to wrap up its story in a more satisfying manner.


FOX's 'NeXt' Is Pretty Chill For A Techno-Thriller

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

A tech CEO (John Slattery) blows the whistle on his own in A.I., which has gained sentience and set out to destroy the human race in FOX's agreeably cheesy techno-thriller.


'The Boys In The Band': Raging Gracefully

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Netflix's adaptation of Mart Crowley's 1968 play about a gay birthday party that goes off the rails features hard liquor, sharp tongues and broad types.


NPR's Fall TV Preview: 23 Suggestions For What To Watch Next

Monday, September 28, 2020

It feels like a minor miracle that there are so many high-quality shows coming to the small screen this season. Four NPR critics share their picks to keep you entertained during a challenging year.


Amazon's Violent, Cynical 'Utopia' Just Wasn't Made For These Times

Friday, September 25, 2020

The US adaptation of a 2013-14 British series about comic book nerds attempting to save the world from a viral pandemic dials back the humor and cranks up the violence.


In The Lively 'Enola Holmes,' Sherlock's Little Sister Goes Sleuthing

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

This bright and breezy Netflix adaptation of a YA novel finds Millie Bobby Brown starring as the brilliant, fourth-wall-busting little sister of Sherlock Holmes.


In Teen Drama 'We Are Who We Are,' We're Still Figuring Out Who We Are

Monday, September 14, 2020

Director Luca Guadagnino brings his searching, emotionally intimate sensibility to HBO with this series about two American kids on a military base in Italy.


In 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things,' A Couple Gets Stuck In A Dreamlike Limbo

Friday, September 04, 2020

In writer/director Charlie Kaufman's latest, a couple spouts pat, pseudo-intellectual bromides. But stay with it — because that's a clue to what's really going on in this tense, surprising film.


In Hanawalt's 'I Want You,' Youthful Yearnings And Anthropomorphic Anxieties

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Before working in TV animation (Bojack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie), Lisa Hanawalt chronicled her obsessions in a funny, filthy minicomic series that's been reprinted — with a wry update.