I just noticed Matt Roush’s comment in the June 22-28 issue of TV Guide. In his review of “True Detective”, Season 2, he writes, “… major stars… commit fully to their deeply broken characters, even when the lugubrious pretentiousness of the writing overwhelms and stalls the too-familiar narrative.”
It reminded me of a line loved and frequently quoted for laughs by my parents, a line by John Rosenfeld, the nationally known (back in the day) film critic of the Dallas Morning News. In his review of “Tender is the Night” back in 1962, he wrote of Joan Fontaine that “she stands revealed in the shallowness of her thespic art.”
Man, if I start using words like “lugubrious” and “thespic”, please leave a comment and bring me back to Earth, 2015!