9 items from 2016
The ending of HBO’s much-praised murder mystery “The Night Of” left plenty of hanging threads about the fate of key characters. Actor Paul Sparks, who played the creepy Don Taylor, thinks he has a pretty good idea of what happened to the smarmy stepdad of murder victim Andrea Cornish.
“He got the $10 million. I think he sold that house. I think he kept dating women in their mid-to-late 60s,” Sparks told Variety on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, where he is nominated for guest actor in a drama for his work on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” “I think that’s his jam. Maybe he opened a gym.”
Sparks couldn’t say enough about the experience of working on “The Night Of” with co-star John Turturro and director Steve Zaillian. And he loved the nuances of the character he played — a physical trainer with a habit of marrying older women who had plenty »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Night Of's compelling pilot left everyone with one big question: did Nasir Khan kill Andrea Cornish? For a grueling eight episodes, the show danced around the answer by presenting viewers with evidence that could prove both his guilt and his innocence. Several other suspects were also tossed into the mix to further complicate the case. But at long last, thanks to the finale, we know who killed Andrea - and it wasn't Naz. While viewers don't get to see Andrea's killer confess or get thrown behind bars, all signs point to - drumroll, please - Raymond Halle. Ray, Andrea's (and previously her mother's) financial adviser, is briefly introduced at Andrea's funeral, where he gets into an argument with her stepfather, Don Taylor. Lawyer John Stone later questions Ray, who shifts the blame to Don with convincing statements about Don's threats and claims that Andrea told him Don would »
- Ally Bautista
A review of The Night Of finale coming up just as soon as I forget my hat... "Who did it?" -Stone The Night Of was, in no particular order, a murder mystery; a legal procedural; a drama about the way the gears of the criminal justice system can grind on cop, criminal, and family member alike; a harrowing portrait of how a civilian survives behind bars; and a black comic character study of the low-rent attorney who finds himself in the middle of it all. These are not incompatible kinds of stories; you often see many of them comfortably overlapping in the same production (even if John Stone's eczema was unique to Criminal Justice and this remake). But as The Night Of moved along, it became clear that Price and Zaillian were better at — or simply more interested in — certain aspects than others, excelling whenever the focus was on »
- Alan Sepinwall
Some thoughts on tonight's The Night Of — and on my hopes for next week's finale — coming up just as soon as this is for Law & Order... "Did I raise an animal?" -Mrs. Khan The first installment of The Night Of was among the most vivid, engrossing episodes of television I've seen in a long time. It's not that the larger story was all that new, but Price and Zaillian's attention to detail and ability to inject enormous amounts of dread into seemingly innocuous moments made it feel fresh and alive and different. The series has had no choice but to become a bit more conventional with each ensuing hour. There are still peculiarities unique to it and its characters (though Stone's eczema remains under control, the scene where he visits one of Don Taylor's former sugar mamas makes sure to dwell on the woman's manicured bare feet) and each »
- Alan Sepinwall
A review of tonight's The Night Of coming up just as soon as I tell you why not to put sailors on the jury... "But maybe I did kill that girl. That's what you're thinking." -Naz Naz's trial finally begins in "Samson and Delilah," as The Night Of continues to introduce or elaborate on alternate suspects even as we get more and more signs that the defendant was capable of committing the crime of which he's accused. With Duane Reade in the wind, Chandra and Jack alternate playing Nancy Drew this week, with Chandra getting to know Mr. Day, the funeral director who showed an unusual level of interest in Andrea when Naz stopped at the gas station, and Jack chasing down more information about Andrea's stepfather Don Taylor. The former encounter is disturbing in the extreme, with Day's particular brand of misogyny and religious fervor presented so coldly and »
- Alan Sepinwall
The HBO crime drama’s second episode reveals the truth will not set you free.
In the second installment of HBO’s crime drama The Night Of, “Subtle Beast”, suspected murdered Nasir “Naz” Khan (Riz Ahmed) is trapped and has nowhere to go. This episode goes past the streets and courtrooms on The Wire and Law & Order to delve deep into the dark trenches of the American prison system and what it’s like to be stuck inside it. The show paints a harrowingly realistic picture of the criminal experience through the eyes of a young brown man.
We open on the morning after the night of and Naz is still being held at the station for possession of a deadly weapon. He hasn’t been charged of any crimes yet but already he feels helpless and desperate for someone to believe that he is telling the truth. But as Stone (John Turturro) explains to him, it »
- Paola Mardo
.They are all going to suffer the consequences of that night..
*** Slight spoilers ahead, but nothing that should take away from your viewing entertainment***
Picking up where we left off, Nas (Riz Ahmed) is still replaying the events of his night that have landed him in a cell. The police officers have given their statements of the arrest that lead to the discovery of the knife, and Nas is anxious to tell his side of the story. Jack Stone (John Tuturro) doesn’t care what the truth is, and would prefer to not to hear it until he has to. He wants to be “flexible” and after watching Detective Box (Bill Camp) work, we get an understanding for why.
- Tyler Richardson
A review of tonight's The Night Of coming up just as soon as this blog is like Jeopardy... "The truth can go to hell, because it doesn't help you." -Jack Where last week's premiere understandably spent most of its time on Naz, "Subtle Beast" more evenly splits things between lawyer and client, allowing us to really get to know the man who's going to try to keep Naz from going to prison for the rest of his life. It's a simultaneously funny and poignant running gag throughout the episode that everyone Jack encounters — cops, lawyers, judges, even his ex-wife — instantly recognizes that he must have stumbled into a case this big, even as they all seem to be rooting for him. Whatever ambition he may have once had in life has long since given way to his life as a bottom-feeder, handing out "No Fee Till You're Free" business cards »
- Alan Sepinwall
This is one of Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor's best, written and directed by the classy MGM team of director Vincente Minnelli and writers Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. It inspired a decade's worth of TV family sitcoms and set the benchmark for weddings for generations. Great fun and solid sentiment without mugging or exaggeration. Father of the Bride Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 93 min. / Street Date May 10, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Moroni Olsen, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Rusty Tamblyn, Tom Irish, Frank Cady, Carleton Carpenter. Cinematography John Alton Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music Adolph Deutsch Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter Produced by Pandro S. Berman Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
There's almost no point in reviewing Father of the Bride, as one doesn't need insights, »
- Glenn Erickson
9 items from 2016
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