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Brian F. O'Byrne

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  • Film Review: 'Medeas'

    A primal tragedy rendered with exquisite imagery and very little dialogue or exposition, Andrea Pallaoro's "Medeas" is a striking debut feature that will fascinate some viewers and exasperate others. This tale of an isolated Southern California ranching family mutely dealing with a crisis -- literally so, in the case of a deaf wife and mother played by Catalina Sandino Moreno -- is as mannered as it is minimalist in all things save visual beauty. Strong critical support would be needed to put this rarefied item into theatrical circulation; home-format exposure is likelier, but also less advantageous, since the pic has much to gain from being seen on the bigscreen.
  • Brian F. O'Byrne Joins ABC Drama 'Exposed'

    Brian F. O'Byrne has signed on to the ABC drama pilot "Exposed." The Universal TV project from scribe Charles Randolph revolves around a dogged investigative reporter who is open to making questionable alliances in pursuit of stories. Pedro Pascal ("Game...

    Raising Cain: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce' goes by the book

    When trimming a household budget, premium cable is an easy expense to cut. Hold on to your HBO, though. Its "Mildred Pierce" miniseries, premiering March 27 and spread out over three Sundays, is worth it. Kate Winslet turns in a sublime performance as...

    Reviews: Forget 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Prime Suspect' is remake to watch

    Reviews: Forget 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Prime Suspect' is remake to watch
    Two new series premiering Thursday try to reinterpret iconic detective shows—with completely different results. “Prime Suspect” (9 p.m. Sept. 22, NBC; 3 stars), an adaptation of the British series that made Helen Mirren an international...

    Maria Bello nails the 'Prime Suspect' while helping the poor

    Much has been made that Detective Jane Timoney of NBC's Thursday drama "Prime Suspect" deals with venomous sexism on the job. Often, it's men noting this inequality. Perhaps women, like the show's star, Maria Bello, know that though it's more obvious...