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From the first time I saw it until this moment, two days before what might just be the most important, potentially resonant (for good and ill) American presidential election since the days of the Civil War, no other movie has expanded in my view more meaningfully, more ambiguously, with more fascination than has Robert Altman’s Nashville. We often hear of movies which “transcend” their genres, or their initial ambitions or intentions, and often built into that alleged transcendence is a condescension to said genre, or those ambitions or intentions, as if the roots were somehow corrupt or unworthy, in need of reconstruction. If the form of Nashville transcends anything, it’s the shape and scope of the multi-character drama as we’d come to know it in 1975, which was dominated at the time by disaster movies and their jam-packed casts filled with old Hollywood veterans and Oscar winners. But »
- Dennis Cozzalio
David Hayward Simon Brew Jul 8, 2016
The poster for Pulp Fiction, as a Zx Spectrum loading screen? We've got 22 movie posters right here...
Because it’s Friday, we figure we’re allowed to do this. That said, any piece for the site that could overlap the beloved Zx Spectrum with movies is always something we’re likely to be fair game for. But we'll stick with the Friday excuse for now.
Many of us on the site were children of the Zx Spectrum (metaphorically speaking, lest you feel we’re low rent versions of what happens – spoiler – at the end of Superman III). And one of the charms of the Spectrum home computer was the loading screen that it took 30 seconds or so to draw, while you were waiting for Daley Thompson’s Decathlon to load.
This being the era of the modern internet, it turns out that you can now »
Novelists Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz have joined the writing team for “The Deuce,” the upcoming HBO drama from David Simon and James Franco. Abbott and Lutz join current writers Simon, George Pelecanos and Richard Price.
Set in the ’70s and ’80s, “The Deuce” tells the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square. It explores the rough-and-tumble world that existed there before the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence. The show is inspired by twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, porn-industry players who fronted for organized crime. Franco will play both characters. Maggie Gyllenhaal is also set to star.
Abbott is the author of the books “Dare Me” and “The Fever.” Her next novel, “You Will Know Me,” is scheduled for release in July.
Lutz is the author of nine novels, »
- Daniel Holloway
3 items from 2016
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