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Happy Friday, everybody! Time for another Ask Alan, hitting up four topics: What makes a good flashback episode, whether Dennis Franz will ever un-retire, what TV musical scores I listen to when I'm not watching TV, and a return to the subject of TV loose ends that can frustrate. As always, you can watch the video at the top or bottom of this post, and you can send questions to email@example.com, or by tweeting @sepinwall with the hashtag #AskAlanDay. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Are you tired of all the comics-related movies this summer? I didn’t think so, but I do understand why some of the movie critics are. These poor bastards see a couple hundred movies each year, they have little choice over which ones they must review and after a couple years, the daily smell of hot popcorn must become cloying.
Still, a couple of these writers have become complete assholes about it. Fine, fine. It is a great tradition among the professional critic set to cast their noses so high in the air you’d think they’d drown in a drizzle.
Having just seen The Killing Joke in a real movie theater – that part was cool – I’m only a couple days away from seeing Suicide Squad at the New York City screening. I’ll be joining my friend, frequent-collaborator and fellow ComicMix columnist John Ostrander, creator of Amanda »
- Mike Gold
Last week, TVLine’s editor-in-chief Michael Ausiello tweeted out a provocative rhetorical question: What the eff happened to Matthew Fox?!? And it got the rest of us thinking, why is that a rhetorical question? Shouldn’t the Party of Five and Lost leading man be headlining another series right now? He was a big star, after all, and is a talented actor. And surely, by now, he’s exorcized the demons that reportedly got the better of him back in 2011-12.
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Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »
- Glenn Erickson
4 items from 2016
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