Dog Gone – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – March 2017

Recently a movie named A Dog’s Purpose flickered through the multiplexes. It hasn’t fared well. Critics across the country panned it. The New York Times’ reviewer got right to the […]

City of Stars – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – February 2017

La La Land, a cinematic love letter to classic movie musicals, just won a bunch of Golden Globe Awards. Seven, in fact—the same number it was nominated for. You can […]

“Pressure” – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic, December 2016/January 2017

“Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you…” ~Queen/David Bowie

Whew! Well, that’s over. We finally can relax, knowing that the incessant pressure exerted by an endless flow of shrill […]

The Magnificent Twenty-One – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – November 2016

One of our edicts is: “Don’t remake Hollywood’s great classics; remake the movies that had the potential to be great but were screwed up in some way.” Cases in point: […]

It’s only forever, not long at all… The Anniversary of Labyrinth – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – October 2016

Thirty years ago, three master entertainers joined forces to create the fantasy film Labyrinth: director Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets), producer George Lucas (the man behind Star Wars), and […]

The Television Show on the Edge of Forever – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – September 2016

Brace yourself. The cultural phenomenon known as Star Trek is about to turn 50. In the coming weeks, you’ll likely hear a lot about the celebratory gatherings taking place. But […]

TV, or not TV – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – August 2016

It was lunchtime. The café was jumping. We stood near the entrance, enjoying the air-conditioning while quietly awaiting an available table. Across the room, a gentleman stood to leave. As […]

A Glorious Cycle of Song – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – July 2016

It’s official: Teddy Abrams loves a challenge. Now entering his third season as the Britt Orchestra’s music director, Abrams is challenging himself, the musicians from whom he will coax each […]

The Air is Filled with Speeches. And Vice Versa – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – June 2016

Step right up, folks, for the most captivating show of the era. It’s everything a big-budget entertainment should be: edgy, unpredictable, alternately hilarious and horrific. Yes, it’s that character-driven competition […]

Something for everyone. – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – May 2016

Once upon a time, categorizing popular music was simple. Musicians stayed in their lane, playing either “Country/Western,” or “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” or “Folk,” or “Easy Listening.” Radio programmers would adopt […]