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8 items from 2016


‘High Maintenance’ Review: The First Great Web Series Is Now HBO’s Best New Show

16 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There wasn’t much competition for quality among web series when “High Maintenance” launched on Vimeo in 2012, but the show went beyond raising the bar to invent a whole new set of expectations. The self-distributed effort by couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair provided a freewheeling mirror into the ironies and contradictions of modern New York, with a beautiful command of several tones that it juggled with ease. The appeal of this sprawling urban portrait, in which an amiable bearded weed dealer known only as The Guy (Sinclair) provided the only connective tissue, stemmed from the sense that anything and anyone could become a part of its ever-expanding universe.

Blichfeld, Sinclair and their army of close-knit collaborators developed a tapestry of small moments that spoke to a larger vision — a city that was funny, ridiculous, sweet and sometimes a little bit sad. Like the drug sold to new clientele in each episode, »

- Eric Kohn

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‘High Maintenance’ Review: The First Great Web Series Is Now HBO’s Best New Show

16 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There wasn’t much competition for quality among web series when “High Maintenance” launched on Vimeo in 2012, but the show went beyond raising the bar to invent a whole new set of expectations. The self-distributed effort by couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair provided a freewheeling mirror into the ironies and contradictions of modern New York, with a beautiful command of several tones that it juggled with ease. The appeal of this sprawling urban portrait, in which an amiable bearded weed dealer known only as The Guy (Sinclair) provided the only connective tissue, stemmed from the sense that anything and anyone could become a part of its ever-expanding universe.

Blichfeld, Sinclair and their army of close-knit collaborators developed a tapestry of small moments that spoke to a larger vision — a city that was funny, ridiculous, sweet and sometimes a little bit sad. Like the drug sold to new clientele in each episode, »

- Eric Kohn

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Film Review: ‘Equity’ Tells a Story of Women in High Finance

14 August 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The key moment in “Equity” is early in the film. The main character was asked at a seminar why she got into high level finance. She paused for a second, and said “money.” The gals can be just as greedy as the guys, and their stakes in that greed can be just as exploitable.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

But this isn’t about greed as much as the madness of financial pursuit. It is portrayed as an addictive high, hard to let go of no matter how much has been added to the bank account. And there are always rivals, and at that level they’ll stop at nothing to get advantage. This is a human story created by women, and not so much a cautionary tale but a lesson in the status quo. The pacing of this story is deliberate, to a fault, yet the humanity is true. There is no evolution in competition, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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High Maintenance: HBO Releases Season One Episode Descriptions

9 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Take a deep breath. HBO has released episode descriptions for the entire first season of the upcoming High Maintenance TV show. The new pot delivery comedy is another hit of the Vimeo web series of the same name, from married writer/director couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, who executive produce with Russell Gregory.Sinclair also stars as "The Guy." Also featured in season one of the High Maintenance TV series are: Max Jenkins, Heléne Yorke, Shazi Raja, Lee Tergesen, Amy Ryan, Ryan Woodle, Yael Stone, Kristen Hung, Clem Cheung, Stephen Lin, Peter Friedman, Bridget Moloney, Paul Thureen, Ismenia Mendes, Greta Lee, and Michael Cyril Creighton. High Maintenance premieres Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00pm Et/Pt.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Outcast episode 4 review: A Wrath Unseen

28 June 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Robert Kirkman's Outcast is back to bleak business as usual in its latest episode, A Wrath Unseen…

This review contains spoilers.

1.4 A Wrath Unseen

Now that felt like the kind of episode a series can be built on.

Outcast’s previous episode diverged from its continuing story to set up a procedural template that shifted focus away from our developing cast of characters and to some extent, derailed its momentum. This week spent the entire hour familiarising us with the residents of Rome, Wv and was much stronger for it.

Megan and Mark’s All-American household now feels as if it’s populated by real people we want to know more about instead of just a meathead cop and a fusspot with an unhealthy interest in the relative consistency of her adopted brother’s stools.

Megan’s development even played satisfyingly on our prejudiced assumptions about her character. »

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Outcast episode 3 review: All Alone Now

21 June 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Outcast certainly looks the part, but underneath the tasteful visuals, is it really the quality horror it announces itself to be?

This review contains spoilers.

1.3 All Alone Now

The synopsis for Outcast’s third episode reads: “Kyle and Anderson confront an unusual possession”. You need only substitute Mulder and Scully or Dean and Sam for those names to see how this show could take a turn towards the procedural. All Alone Now’s freak-of-the-week structure could form a pattern for future episodes: a cold open introduces new characters and a new demon, then Kyle and Anderson arrive to daub the possessed with holy water and aggressively punch them in the head. Get the central double-act right and it’s a formula that could run and run.

A gloomier answer to Supernatural though, is a step down from what Outcast initially promised to be. Its design, direction and »

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Fox Networks Group to Air ‘Outcast’ Debut Episode via Facebook Live in Europe, Africa

19 May 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Global entertainment channel Fox is set to become the first broadcaster in Europe and Africa to showcase a new drama on Facebook Live. On Friday, episode one of horror story “Outcast,” created by “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman, will debut exclusively through Facebook Live across the region.

The episode will be seen simultaneously in 61 countries, including in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Germany, Sweden and Turkey. The pilot will give fans their first taste of the thriller before its series bow the week of June 3 on Fox across the region. Fox will show every episode of “Outcast” weekly across the globe within hours of the U.S. transmission on Cinemax.

Diego Londono, COO, Fox Networks Group, Europe and Africa, said: “Thanks to ‘The Walking Dead,’ Robert Kirkman has created an army of fans throughout the region… By partnering with Facebook, we are giving the fans »

- Leo Barraclough

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Ioan Gruffudd’s Forever: The Complete Series Arrives Tuesday

14 January 2016 11:49 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Once again, Warner Archive Collection rewards fan loyalty with the release of a much-beloved series – Forever: The Complete Series comes to DVD on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

Fresh off its single-season run on ABC in 2014-2015, Forever: The Complete Series includes all 22 episodes as well as additional never-before-seen deleted scenes from many of the episodes on a 5-disc DVD set. Creator and Executive Producer Matthew Miller (Chuck, Human Target, The 100) is thrilled the series will live on through its DVD release.

“We’re so proud of this series and the way it resonated with fans,” Miller says. “I’m excited for the fans that we’re not only able to release all 22 episodes on DVD, but include previously unseen footage. It’s another chance to breathe new life into the show for both devoted fans and new viewers.”

The series’ premise struck an »

- ComicMix Staff

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