All posts by Sheldon Wiebe

The May Sweeps: Goodbye, Old Friends [This Time, for Sure!]

Well, it looks like it’s the end of the road for six very good “”Friends.”” I know I’ll be watching the finale – if only to make sure that the series, which has long since slipped into self-parody, is really over. Besides, it should be fun watching the pre-game show [at near-Super Bowl ad rates, this is not a mistake] to see clips from when “”Friends”” rocked.

The May, 2004 Sweeps are not a hothouse of exciting television. Maybe that

Tube: Taking This Train Could Be Hazardous To Your Health

Korean auteur, Woon-Hak Baek made a splash in North American a few years ago with “”Shiri”” – a political thriller that grabbed the viewer and would not let go. With “”Tube,”” he does it again – think “”Speed”” – but on a train, and with a bad guy who has a genuinely good reason for being as bent and vicious as he is.

“”Tube”” is orchestrated almost like a symphony: the opening five minutes is a violent set piece that introduces the villain, the hero and the female lead [who is not quite a romantic lead]