| Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Premiering just a few weeks after the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Showtime’s “Homeland” brings to television a political terrorist drama that realistically explores issues that feel current and relevant to Americans. Claire Danes is at her best as a complex, not wholly likable CIA officer who believes that a recently released POW (Damian Lewis) may not be the war hero everyone thinks he is. Is she just trying to protect the United States from a potential traitor and terrorist attack? Or is she infringing on a psychologically scarred citizen’s rights?
It’s that time of the year again. That weekend when you can dress up as your favorite cartoon character, movie star, musician, and yes, even your favorite cereal, and no one can say anything about it. “Mean Girls” famously pointed out that it’s the one time of the year when girls can dress really skimpy and no other girls can say anything. Over the years countless costumes have become easy — Pac-Man, Catholic school girl and Teletubbies to name a few. This year is the year to step it up and embrace the blood and guts part of Halloween. Let’s see who can be almost as freaky as Lady Gaga.
The pint-size son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale is perhaps even more stylish than his superstar parents. From walking in the finale of mom’s fashion line, L.A.M.B., to strutting down the streets of London in Harry Potter-style glasses and leopard jeggings, Kingston is the epitome of little kid cool. He’s been seen dressed up in everything from pirate garb to plaid pants, but like his parents before him, it never seems too stuffy. Keep on rocking it out, Kingston.
With the season nine finale looming, it’s bittersweet to know that fan-favorite Anya won’t be a Thursday night fixture for much longer. The remaining designers are relatively well-matched and going into fashion week it’s anyone’s game. In the last episode, Victor pulled out a cohesive Spring collection with the most intricately designed motorcycle jacket the show has ever seen and Kimberly’s escalated urban collection was an effortlessly fun testament to New York City. While this season may be drawing to an end, true fans still have the upcoming “Project Runway: All-Stars” season to look forward to.
“American Horror Story”
“American Horror Story,” created by Ryan Murphy of “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee,” is possibly the most disturbing show on television. It centers on a family who moves to California, into a house with a sordid history of murder. The house receives frequent ghostly visitors, and in true haunted-house fashion, has a horribly terrifying basement. If you can get past the sometimes-gratuitous violence, nudity and disturbing images, this show will become a Halloween favorite. “American Horror Story” airs Wednesdays on FX.