2 items from 2016
Released in the bleak aftermath of John Lennon’s murder, The Fan, with its story of a deadly celebrity stalking, hit a little too close to home to be a hit, in spite of the high pedigree of its cast including Lauren Bacall, James Garner and Maureen Stapleton. The film boasts a typical Pino Donnagio score, an unnerving blend of romance and horror. Director Ed Bianchi went on to produce HBO’s Deadwood.
- TFH Team
Midway through the initial run of Netflix's new '70s hip-hop drama The Get Down, one of the show's young heroes makes a new friend who wants to hear his group's emerging sound. "Not yet," he's told. "We're still decoding it." For a bunch of black and Puerto Rican teenagers in the Bronx in the summer of '77 with precious little money or experience, taking a while to decode the next big thing is totally reasonable. For a $120 million behemoth of a television show, with all of Netflix's seemingly infinite resources thrown at bringing co-creator Baz Luhrmann's vision to life, the fact that The Get Down isn't even close to decoded through the end of its first six-episode batch (debuting a week from today; the other half of the first season will drop early next year) is more troubling. The Get Down is a mess. At times, it's a thrilling mess, »
- Alan Sepinwall
2 items from 2016
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