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NBC is billing The Slap as a mini-series so it doesn't seem like there's any danger of the series being cancelled. However, if the ratings are bad enough, they could certainly pull it before all eight episodes have aired. Conversely, if the ratings are really good, they could figure out a way to bring the characters back for a second season. What will happen? Stay tuned.
On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: February 12, 2015 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not ended
Performers include: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
TV show description:
This series is based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian television series of the same name. It's an unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact.
Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is a public servant, husband, father and valued friend who's on the cusp of his 40th birthday and not comfortable with it. His beautiful and intelligent wife is Aisha (Thandie Newton). She's planning his party filled with his very boisterous Greek family and friends like television writer »
This review is based on the first two episodes of season one, which were provided to us for review purposes prior to broadcast.
One of the most brilliant aspects of The Slap‘s crackerjack opening hour – one, among many – is its structure. Built in a similar manner to its Australian counterpart (and, for that matter, the book all of this is based off), NBC’s The Slap presents eight hours of TV, told from separate character perspectives of a singular event: the titular slap. Of the two hours seen, the pilot excites the most. Its most lofty claim to thrill is perhaps a middle-aged man’s thoughts – only thoughts, mind you – of an affair with a younger woman. And yet, as you painstakingly wait for the inevitable shoe to drop – studying the intricate dynamics of a woefully dysfunctional New York family – it’s one of the most visceral, thrilling and »
- Mitchel Broussard
I loved Terry Gilliam’s Brazil when it first came out 30 years ago, but tried watching it again and didn’t feel it aged well at all. To me, the film now seemed bloated and unnecessarily complex, pushing self-indulgence to the limit. Gilliam’s newest film The Zero Theorem is the Gilliam film most akin to Brazil, another surreal comic take on Orwell’s 1984 focusing on a bureaucrat in a retro-future world. While Gilliam’s troubles with studio interference regarding Brazil are the stuff of legend (and even the subject of a book), it at least received a wide theatrical release. The Zero Theorem had a spotty release, screening in St. Louis just two nights at Webster University, but it makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray from Well Go USA on January 20th.
Explaining the plot of The Zero Theorem is kind of pointless. Something about a computer hacker »
- Tom Stockman
4 items from 2015
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