This week’s question: In honor of “The Trip to Spain,” what is the best movie trilogy?
Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker
Far be it from me to choose between Antonioni’s non-trilogy “L’Avventura,” “La Notte,” and “L’Eclisse” and Kiarostami’s explicitly-denied “Koker” trilogy of “Where Is the Friend’s Home?,” “Life and Nothing More,” and “Through the Olive Trees” (and I’m tempted to make a trilogy of trilogies with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Day of Wrath,” “Ordet,” and “Gertrud”), but if I put Kiarostami’s films first, it’s because he puts their very creation into the action. Reflexivity isn’t a
When the Golden Globe-winning series began in Season 1, its daring approach to splitting the characters’ points-of-view created a unique approach to drama, opening itself up to plenty of discussion about subjective versus objective truth, especially when it comes to how men and women might see things differently.
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Over the course of the first season, as viewers followed the story of Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson), the series very much felt split down the middle, with equal balance between the show’s dual perspectives. However, this left other supporting characters out of the mix. When Season 2 began introducing the perspectives of Helen (Maura Tierney) and
Season 3 picked up three years after Noah’s (Dominic West) shocking admission of guilt at his murder trial and introduced a fifth perspective in Irene Jacob’s Juliette Le Gall. Noah attempted to restart his life, but the damage wrought by his past decisions has made him a ghost of his former self. Alison (Ruth Wilson) has been raising daughter Joanie alongside Cole (Joshua Jackson) and Luisa (Catalina Sandino Moreno) in Montauk, but Alison’s past continues to rear its ugly head as Cole and Luisa attempt to build their own future.
For Helen (Maura Tierney), life appears to continue on, but just below the surface of a successful business and a bustling home lies uncertainty
This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum in conversation with Sarah Treem, co-creator and executive producer of Showtime’s “The Affair,” now in its third season. She reveals what’s in store for the rest of the season, as well as the upcoming finale, which is shooting in Paris.
When she pitched the idea of heading to France to Showtime, “I don’t know if they thought I was serious for a while,” she says with a laugh. “But I think a lot of it comes down to money at the end of the day, and weirdly enough, it turned out to be cheaper to shoot in Paris.”
And, she adds, with a tease, “There’s something about being in Paris that feels right for this season’s story
By Alex Simon
French-Swiss actress Irène Jacob cemented her status as one of her generation’s greatest talents through her work with legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Double Life of Veronique (1991, for which she was awarded Best Actress at Cannes) and the final chapter of his Three Colors Trilogy, Red (1994).
Jacob comes from an accomplished family: her father Maurice was a renowned French physicist, her mother a successful psychotherapist, and her three brothers are composed of two scientists and a musician. After making her film debut in Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants in 1987, Jacob has literally not stopped working. Her latest film, written and directed by her co-star Arnaud Viard, is Paris Love Cut, Viard’s semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker trying to balance his personal life, career and sanity in an increasingly shifting landscape. Jacob is delightful as Viard’s very patient (and very pregnant) fiancée.
The Affair‘s near-flawless navigation through a seismic, necessary genre shift – one that outstandingly reshaped this initial romantic drama into a crime thriller of sorts at the onset of season 2 – unequivocally jumpstarted the show’s faint pulse following the conclusion of its first, inimitable season. The most notable alteration was its expansion from an exclusively dual Pov narrative in season 1 to the inclusion of an additional, important pair of character perspectives in its second season. These appendages unlocked a sea of possibilities for The Affair, most important of which was a range that extended beyond the confines of its embryonic storyline. Now, a season on from the preliminary tinkering, The Affair has once again modified for the better.
What once felt like a modern re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet (complete with feuding families), in season 1, has dissipated. The similarities between Shakespeare’s tragedy
The series has always functioned largely as an ensemble drama, led by Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as Noah and Alison, two people who imploded their respective marriages for newfound passion. But while the first season very formally balanced the show’s switchoffs in points-of-view between Noah and Alison (occasionally switching the order in which we saw them), in many ways the show has always felt oddly driven by Noah in particular.
And that leads us to the central question of the episodes made available to critics prior to Season 3’s premiere. With three episodes to evaluate, theoretically
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, NatGeo heads to “Mars,” Lady Mary is on the run and MTV bravely tackles rape culture. Plus, Shondaland’s ABC shows wrap up with their midseason finales.
“Mars,” NatGeo, Mondays, 9 p.m. (Critics Pick)
“Mars,” a hybrid documentary/space opera from National Geographic executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, explores what it positions as an essential task for humanity — the pilgrimage to the red planet, both as a scripted story of intrepid explorers in 2033 and a documentary investigating where we currently stand in the quest to jump planets. By pairing fact with fiction, the program cannily makes literal the essential tension of science fiction, using
Starting today, Showtime subscribers will be able to view the Golden Globe-winning series’ premiere on Showtime on Demand, Showtime Anytime and showtime.com. For those who don’t subscribe to the cable network, you can watch the TV-14 rated version for free now on YouTube (below) and Sho.com. The episode is also available for download as a free video podcast on iTunes.
Read More: ‘The Affair’ Season 3 Teaser Trailer: The Past Continues To Haunt Everyone
The third season picks up three years after Noah (Dominic West) admitted being responsible for Scott’s death. The first episode is told from his perspective as he attempts to restart his life. He soon finds that it’s harder than he imagined, but thanks to his new love interest,
The third season picks up three years after Noah admitted being responsible for Scott’s death. As he attempts to restart his life, he finds that it’s harder than he imagined. But thanks to his new love interest Juliette Le Gall, portrayed by Irène Jacob, she helps him process the trauma from his past and understand himself a little better.
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As for the other characters, Alison’s (Ruth Wilson) been raising her daughter Joanie alongside Cole
Set to the dulcet tones of birdsong and classical piano (Bach and Debussy especially), the
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But his magnum opus is “Dekalog” (or “The Decalogue”), a series of ten one-hour films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Originally made for Polish television, the series focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland whose lives become intertwined as they face a variety of emotional dilemmas. The films grappled with complex existential questions about life, death, and everything in between. The series was acclaimed by critics worldwide,
The actress will star in and executive-produce a film in development at the cabler about Griselda Blanco, aka “The Cocaine Godmother,” our sister site Variety reports.
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Lopez will take on the lead role of Blanco, who revolutionized the U.S. drug trade during the 1970s and 1980s and became the most powerful female cartel member of all time.
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* Chloe Bridges will return to Pretty Little Liars this season, reprising the role of evil swimmer Sydney Driscoll,
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