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The Knick, Ep. 1.05: “They Capture the Heat” builds confidence for a strong first year

13 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 1, Episode 5: “They Capture the Heat”

Written by Jack Amiel, Michael Begler & Steven Katz

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8Pm Est on Cinemax

Sometimes it’s the simplest things which bring us the greatest of joys. This is the recurring theme that echoes through The Knick as we reach the halfway point for its first season. From a first bike ride to a cold beer with a co-worker, it is the most basic of life’s pleasures that get our characters through another tough week at the Knickerbocker Hospital.

Thackery’s first scene, wherein he awakens just long enough to tell someone he doesn’t know to “go to hell”, serves as a stark counterpoint to the whimsical and optimistic moments that follow. We next see him smiling wistfully as Nurse Elkins cruises by on her shiny blue bike. Though the rest of the episode »

- Mike Worby

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The Knick Ep.1.04, “Where’s the Dignity”: No dignity here in the show’s strongest episode yet

6 September 2014 8:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 1, Episode 4: “Where’s the Dignity”

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8Pm Est on Cinemax

The episode asks the title question in just about every scene. Consider the opening jaw-dropping opening scene featuring Cleary dumping a bag of rats in a ring to be stomped on, all diegetic sound muted with only Cliff Martinez’s bonkers and wondrous score playing over it, making it all the more haunting. Where’s the dignity?

The last episode I reviewed, “Mr. Paris Shoes”, was absent of any of the dark humor of the pilot, so it’s been great to see the show implement moments of pitch black comedy over the past few weeks, and especially in this episode. Consider when Thackery threatens to stab Edwards with his father’s Union sword if the patient dies. Edwards replies, “Union? I would have thought Confederate. »

- Dylan Griffin

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The Knick Recap: Next Time, Kick the Man Instead

6 September 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The only time I saw Michael Cimino’s film maudit Heaven’s Gate (1980) — as a teen, with an adventurous friend, off of laser disc — I found it a bloated bore that I hoped to never again experience. (Now that time has passed and bias has mellowed, I feel like it’s due a rewatch given the many impassioned defenders, several of them friends and colleagues, who helped pave the way to the film’s recent Criterion Collection canonization. Someday…someday.) One of the few things that stuck with me from that single viewing, probably because it jolted me out of the tedium, was a violent cockfighting sequence, which lore has it was staged for real, and resulted in several decapitated fowl and the firing of bit player Willem Dafoe.I thought back to that scene during the opening of this week’s episode of The Knick — “Where’s the Dignity, »

- Keith Uhlich

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Eve Hewson Talks The Knick, the Gory Surgery Scenes, Steven Soderbergh, and Her Love of E.T.

6 September 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics.  Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium.  While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Eve Hewson (who plays fresh-faced nurse Lucy Elkins) talked about what led her down a path to acting, how she came to be a part of The Knick, why she decided to »

- Christina Radish

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‘The Knick’ Ep. 1.03: “The Busy Flea” ups the stakes dramatically

23 August 2014 7:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 1, Episode 3: “The Busy Flea”

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays on Cinemax at 8Pm Est on Cinemax

While the new Cinemax series, The Knick, has had a promising run thus far, one would be hard pressed to deny the fact that it has been a bit uneventful. All of that has changed with the highly charged third episode however.

Beginning with Thackery receiving a visit from an old flame, “The Busy Flea” quickly sets the stage for a different kind of story. For one thing, Thackery’s former lover is not dropping by the Knick to catch up, but for a favor; the kind that only a surgeon can provide. The viewer knows right from the outset that there’s something amiss about this woman from the reaction of the admitting nurse. Soderbergh plays with the audience for a moment »

- Mike Worby

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TV Review: The Knick: Season 1, Episode 2: Mr. Paris Shoes [Cinemax]

22 August 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Cinemax‘s The Knick Mr. Paris Shoes TV Show Review. The Knick: Season 1, Episode 2: Mr. Paris Shoes is officially off (to the races) — Jack Amiel and Michael Begler’s script unfolded effortlessly with installment 2 of Cinemax’s new series The Knick. The pacing perfect, strategic…completely compelling. Cinematographer Peter Andrews (Steven Soderbergh) [...]

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- Eden Tirl

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The Noteworthy: "88:88", The Films of Joaquim Pinto, Photogénie #2

20 August 2014 11:39 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

Above: a sneak peak of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, via our Tumblr. A wealth of content from the Melbourne International Film Festival's newly launched Critics Campus has been published here and here. For Rolling Stone, filmmaker James Gray writes on Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now on the occasion of its 35th anniversary: 

"The film is indeed self-consciously mythic, and with its transcendent imagery, it enters the cosmic realm. Captain Willard is an enigmatic hero, and we need the narration (written by Dispatches author Michael Herr) to help us know him. Surely the man has his dark side: he kills a wounded Vietnamese woman and hacks Colonel Kurtz to death. But by the end, Willard retains enough of his soul to protect the innocent, childlike Lance (Sam Bottoms), and here we see that the human connection endures. The film's experience expands in this moment, »

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‘The Knick’ Ep.1.02, “Mr. Paris Shoes”: The stitches might be coming apart

16 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 1, Episode 2: “Mr. Paris Shoes”

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8Pm Est on Cinemax

What’s striking about The Knick so far is that it’s not the sum that hooks you, but the way all the parts add up. One of the benefits of building a world — especially a period piece — on TV rather than in a film is that, in this case, Soderbergh has 10 hours to make it stick, whereas in a 2 hour film, every element must be given at once in an attempt to swallow the viewers’ imagination. Soderbergh gets to take the time to dole out little snippets of 1900s New York, opting for grimy streets rather than soaring overhead shots. TV is giving him the freedom to let the audience live in the world, rather than visit it.

For example, the opening of “Mr. »

- Dylan Griffin

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The Knick Review: Mr. Paris Shoes (Season 1, Episode 2)

15 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In light of the events of the last week, the second episode of The Knick, “Mr. Paris Shoes,” makes for an unfortunately timely examination of people’s relationship with death and discrimination. While certainly present in the premiere, these themes were only touched on in the hurry to get through all the expositional heavy-lifting required of a TV pilot. Knickerbocker Hospital itself is the title character of the series, but Thackery was our point of ingress to the world of The Knick. To be a series, The Knick will require a  fully engaging ensemble, which “Mr. Paris Shoes” does a nice job of laying the groundwork for.

Thackery is another prime example of the cable drama White Male Antihero, the popular blueprint for a protagonist that’s designed to wed audience sympathy with moral ambiguity. Thackery abuses drugs, his subordinates, and himself, but he’s a genius that can keep people from death’s door. »

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Clive Owen on The Knick: “I knew it was something I had to do”

15 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Steven Soderbergh’s latest foray into television, The Knick, is now airing Friday nights at 10/9Ct on Cinemax. Essentially a 10-episode feature film — gloriously acted, beautifully shot and chock-full of fascinating characters crafted by the veteran writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael BeglerThe Knick is the sort of series that begs for binge-watching. And it doesn’t take more than a few episodes to understand why the series has already been renewed for a second season. Clive Owen stars as Dr. John Thackery, chief surgeon of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital — and yes, there really was one, though … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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The Knick Ep 1.01: ‘Method and Madness’ is a subdued but promising start

11 August 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 1, Episode 1: “Method and Madness”

Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays on Cinemax at 8Pm Est on Cinemax

It’s sometimes remarkable to note how much the world has changed in just the last century alone. In a first-world society where technological advances often occur yearly, if not monthly, it’s easy to forget that our progenitors of a mere two or three generations lived in a reality very much different than our own.

The Knick is another in the recent trend of gritty period pieces intent on reminding us of this simple, yet easily forgettable, fact of life. Very much in the tradition of shows like Boardwalk Empire, Cinemax’s new series wishes to take us back to a time that most of us know very little about, but rather on a smaller scale, vying for the world of medical »

- Mike Worby

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Creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler Talk The Knick, Getting Steven Soderbergh Involved, How Much of Season 2 Is Already Mapped Out, and More

8 August 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics.  Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium.  While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers/writers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler talked about what led to the creation of this show, how this was a period of massive transition in America, how Steven Soderbergh ended »

- Christina Radish

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8 Reasons You Need to Watch Cinemax's The Knick

8 August 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | TVGuide.com - Features | See recent TVGuide - Features news »

Do you ever sit in your doctor's waiting room, impatiently sighing and checking your watch? Cinemax's new drama might just give you an attitude adjustment.

Set in New York in 1900, The Knick takes a bloody, unflinching look at the birth of modern medicine. Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and elevated by the slick direction of (not-so-retired) Steven Soderbergh, the medical drama stars Clive Owen as Dr. John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon at The Knickerbocker Hospital who spends his days shooting up liquid cocaine and his nights sleeping in an opium den. That's probably because, despite Thackery's gifts, most of his patients die on his operating table as he and his fellow doctors experiment with what today are basic surgical procedures. (And all without wearing gloves!)

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But the show has more on its mind than creating a whole new batch of hypochondriacs. »

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8 Reasons You Need to Watch Cinemax's The Knick

8 August 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Do you ever sit in your doctor's waiting room, impatiently sighing and checking your watch? Cinemax's new drama might just give you an attitude adjustment.

Set in New York in 1900, The Knick takes a bloody, unflinching look at the birth of modern medicine. Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and elevated by the slick direction of (not-so-retired) Steven Soderbergh, the medical drama stars Clive Owen as Dr. John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon at The Knickerbocker Hospital who spends his days shooting up liquid cocaine and his nights sleeping in an opium den. That's probably because, despite Thackery's gifts, most of his patients die on his operating table as he and his fellow doctors experiment with what today are basic surgical procedures. (And all without wearing gloves!)

Summer TV: Check out all the must-see new shows

But the show has more on its mind than creating a whole new batch of hypochondriacs. »

- Adam Bryant

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Cinemax' 'The Knick': What the Critics Are Saying

7 August 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Steven Soderbergh's The Knick is open for business. The Jack Amiel-Michael Begler series, premiering Friday night on Cinemax, pulled the director out of "retirement" to helm all 10 first-season episodes about the surgery wing in the Knickerbocker Hospital, set in New York in 1900. Clive Owen stars as Dr. John Thackery, a pioneering surgeon who has his share of self-destructive vices, and Andre Holland plays African-American Dr. Algernon Edwards, who returns to New York after studying and making a name for himself in Paris. The dark drama has already been renewed for a second season and may jumpstart

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- Ashley Lee

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The Knick Review: Clive Owen Leads Steven Soderbergh’s Gruesome But Immersive Hospital History

7 August 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The new Cinemax series The Knick, from creators/executive producers Jack Amiel and Michael Belger and director/executive producer Steven Soderbergh, takes a very old idea and gives it a new spin.  The irony is, it does so by going to the past.  The show focuses on New York City's Knickerbocker Hospital starting in 1900, a popular time period on television at the moment (Boardwalk Empire, Copper, Downton Abbey), as well as a popular subject for a series (that being a medical procedural).  But the pairing of the two makes The Knick's story something unique, and its singular artistic vision, under the direction of Soderbergh, illuminates the world beautifully.  Hit the jump for more. The Knick picks up at a time when the medical field is in the midst of great change.  As Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) says to his mentor Dr. J. M. Christensen (Matt Fewer) in a flashback, »

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TV Review: ‘The Knick’

6 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Knick” represents a creative stretch for Cinemax, which has thus far confined its original-series efforts largely to a boobs-and-bullets niche intended to resemble the kind of movies this HBO satellite regularly features. Yet while it’s easy to understand the channel’s attraction to the marquee pairing of Clive Owen and director Steven Soderbergh, it’s harder to fathom what drew them to a brooding, blood-stained drama set in a New York hospital, circa 1900. Yes, the barbaric nature of medicine — evolving though it was — remains grisly stuff, but once that point’s made (and made again), it’s tough to see what breakthroughs “The Knick” has left to offer.

Owen plays John Thackery, a brilliant and innovative surgeon who, along with his mentor Dr. Christiansen (Matt Frewer), chafes at the high mortality rates at the hospital (from whence the series derives its name). Yet if Christiansen finds his own escape, »

- Brian Lowry

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Review: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen go back in time with Cinemax's 'The Knick'

6 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Early in the new Cinemax drama "The Knick," Dr. John Thackery boasts of "the astonishing modern world in which we live," insisting that "We now live in a time of endless possibility. More has been learned about the human body in the last five years than in the previous 500." What is such an astonishing time to him is a very quaint one for us, since "The Knick" (it premieres Friday at 10) takes place in Manhattan in the year 1900. Viewed through a modern lens, Thackery's surgical techniques seem primitive, even barbarous, but in the context of his time — when a procedure we take for granted like an appendectomy is still considered dangerous and experimental — he and his colleagues are miracle workers. "The Knick" arrives in an era where the possibilities for television drama are as limitless as they were for medicine in 1900. It's a period where a Matthew McConaughey can commit »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Cinemax’s Terrific The Knick Is a Statement About the Past

5 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“A servant doesn’t talk back to his master,” a loan shark tells a debtor in the ­early-20th-century period drama The Knick, which is far and away the best thing Cinemax has ever produced. It’s just a throwaway line, but it comes close to summing up this series from creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and executive producer Steven Soderbergh, who directed every episode. The Knick is not merely set in the past; it’s a statement about the past, and a warning about how the past can reclaim the present if we’re not careful. Servants and masters (literal and figurative) are everywhere. Power dynamics are in the foreground of each scene.The show’s title is a nickname for New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, where Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), a cocaine addict and casual racist, has just been installed as chief of surgery following a sudden staff upheaval. »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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The Knick: Cinemax presents a lively look at race, sex and medicine in 1900s New York

1 August 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

At the turn of the 20th century, New York City’s Knickerbocker Hospital was deeply in flux. As the wealthy patrons that once filled its beds —and its bank account —fled its urban locale for loftier boroughs, replaced by a teeming brew of racial and cultural disparities, the doctors and nurses at the “The Knick”struggled to stay atop the city’s burgeoning medical community. This is the world from which director Steven Soderbergh’s engrossing new fact-meets-fiction Cinemax series The Knick emerges. Created by the veteran writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, the 10-episode drama sprung from Begler’s research into his own … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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