What Variety said: Barbra Streisand becomes the latest to join the growing ranks of performer auteurs with "Yentl," a large scaled but intimate musical she has been nurturing ever since she became a film star 15 years ago. Carefully and lovingly done in every respect, pic starts out well but ultimately bogs down due to repetitious musical numbers and overly methodical telling of a rather predictable story. Streisand's legion of fans, undoubtedly hungry after not having seen her in a fullblown leading role for more than four years, will surely flock to see this, and the sizable middle aged public that occasionally emerges for the right film also reps a possible target audience. Given her longtime superstar status and meticulous, demanding reputation, it is not surprising either that Streisand has made the move into the director's chair, or that the result is so thoroughly professional.
The final sequence in Alan Ball's show about death delivered a sobering emotional wallop, flashing forward to depict how all of the key characters finally met their maker. Set to Sia's haunting “Breathe Me,” it brought the term “closure” to a whole new level.
Running 2 1/2 hours, the last "MASH" is perhaps as celebrated for what it accomplished commercially as what unfolded on screen. But as usual, the finish -- despite its bloated length -- mixed drama (Hawkeye's breakdown, and the tragic reason why) with comedy and warmth.
Another hugely watched event, the show achieved what programs built around a quest often don't get the chance to do: Allowed the hero, Richard Kimble, to catch the one-armed man and vindicate himself. And if you've never seen it, David Janssen really is one of the underappreciated stars of his time.
The final season wasn't the strongest in the show's five-season run, but the finale perfectly captured the tone of hopelessness, the vicious cycles, inherent throughout David Simon's for-my-money-best-ever series.
A near-perfect ending to an astonishingly good show, filled with warmth and humor and the notion of a fresh start. In this case, full hearts really couldn't lose.
Easily one of the most clever series finales ever – like “St. Elsewhere,” essentially erasing the entire show you just spent several years watching, but doing so through the use of a brilliant call back to Bob Newhart's earlier show.
Not perfect — that group hug went on a little too long — but memorable and touching, most for the moment where Ed Asner's Lou Grant tearfully tells his longtime colleagues, “I treasure you people.”
Ending with a whimper, instead of a bang, proved an ideal choice to wrap up this groundbreaking cop drama. Where's hell for Vic Mackey? Behind a desk, naturally.
Not a great finish, necessarily — the show had lost a bit of its fastball by the end — but an unbelievably prescient one, inasmuch as it predicted a presidential election that came down to a moderate, older Republican senator from the west against a young minority Democrat, with the latter winning.
A lot of people loved this finale, whose orbit brought the show back to an appropriate – if, in my view, too predictable – landing pad.
To be fair, I have never considered myself a true “Buffy” acolyte, but an apocalyptic, casualty-ridden battle with the fate of the world hanging in the balance? At least nobody had to tell the producers to “raise the stakes.” Pun intended.
FuseChicken.com | $30: Accessory maker Fuse Chicken has created this unusual snake charmer of an iPhone stand that attaches Apple's smartphone (including the new 5S and 5C) to a sturdy, bendable USB
cable that can power up a phone when connected to a computer or hold it upright. The flexible cable, which was originally funded on Kickstarter, also includes a car kit.
nendo.jp/en | $79: Created by Japan's Nendo studio, the sleek headset, named after the French word for ballpoint pen, takes a different, more modern approach to the typical Bluetooth headset: It's slim,
lightweight and comfortable to wear. The Stylo is available in six colors and can be purchased online from a variety of e-tailers.
bunkr.me | free: The PowerPoint presentation just became a breeze to create using the Web-based Bunkr app, which easily integrates images, videos, articles, notes, quotes and website links through a collectible database that resembles Pinterest. Google Images and YouTube videos also can be searched via the app, and added to presentations, which can be exported to PDF or PPT.
Room77.com | free: For those looking for a deal on a hotel room, Room 77 takes some of the pain out of searching. Results are well priced for major properties, and similar rooms offered through rival sites are also featured, along with room details like square footage, bed type, proximity to the elevator and "Room View," showing what's outside using Google Earth.
Blackberry.com | price not yet announced: Maybe the fourth time's the charm for BlackBerry?
The company's revealed the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, which boasts a five-inch screen (the company's largest), impressive speakers and battery life (25 hours of mixed use), with a faster processor powering an updated operating system.
The keyboard is now virtual, but with few smartphones on the market featuring a physical qwerty keyboard, buttons to press are less of a demand these days.
BlackBerry's Q10 failed to excite when it was released in April, seeing little to no demand. But the Z30, Blackberry's new flagship phone, is worth considering.
It's the fourth phone BlackBerry has launched this year, including the Z10, Q10 and the cheaper Q5, all powered by the new BlackBerry 10 operating system -- and many consider the devices a last-ditch effort to save the company before splitting up its divisions, including its messenger service.
The new phone features an attractive design and powerful processor. But to succeed, it will need to steal some attention away from Apple's, Samsung's, HTC's and Nokia's new handsets, and unfortunately for BlackBerry, those companies have deeper pockets for marketing campaigns.
Customers in the U.S. will have to wait for the Z30, which is being rolled out in the U.K. and the Middle East before hitting more markets this fall. That assumes that BlackBerry stays in business; last week it announced it would lay off 40% of its workforce.