5 items from 2017
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The Sopranos), Jack Bauer (24), Gregory House (House), Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire), Don Draper (Mad Men), Walter White (Breaking Bad), Frank Underwood (House of Cards) — to cite but a few.
Most have been men (with notable exceptions like Damages' Patty Hewes and Weeds' Nancy Botwin) whose generally respectable circumstances in life hide darker tendencies — ranging from »
- Scott Feinberg
Midway through the “Girlboss” premiere, Britt Robertson’s Sophia Amoruso walks down the street, tears pouring down her face, angrily shouting into her phone. She just got fired, and it first appears as though she feels the dismissal unjust. But then, just as she’s about to tick off a third reason her boss sucks, Sophia stops herself, and says, “Why am I such an asshole?”
It’s a question that had been building throughout our introduction to Sophia and asked in a moment that feels primed for self-discovery. In the span of 15 minutes, she’s been inexplicably cruel to her father, invited herself into a free, semi-permanent residency with a stranger, and made herself unreasonably late for work. She was fired not just for being perpetually late, but also for taking a personal phone call on company time, stealing her boss’ lunch, and unapologetically eating it in front of her. »
- Ben Travers
The retrospective Frank Capra, The American Dreamer is showing April 10 - May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom.Frank CapraFrank Capra has fallen badly out of fashion in recent decades. While still well-known for the extraordinary Depression-era purple patch that produced It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the critics have rarely been kind. His work is routinely derided as “Capra-corn” for its perceived sentimentality and “fairy tale” idealism while the man himself is written off in favour of contemporaries Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch.Elliot Stein, writing in Sight & Sound in 1972, attacked Capra’s “fantasies of good will, which at no point conflict with middle-class American status quo values”, arguing that his “shrewdly commercial manipulative tracts” consist of little more than “philistine-populist notions and greeting-card sentiments”. Pauline Kael found him “softheaded,” Derek Malcolm a huckster hawking “cosily absurd fables.” To an extent, »
Niche subscription video on-demand (Svod) services have become a major trend over the past year, and for American consumers, it is time to another another name to the list of platforms that offer hyper-specific content to viewers. Walter Presents, a UK-based Svod service that specializes in international drama, has announced its plan to launch in the Us.
The Walter in Walter Presents is Walter Iuzzolino, an Italian TV producer who curates his service’s library. To choose the Walter Presents lineup, Iuzzolino reportedly watched 3,500 hours of television, ultimately picking a handful of dramas and comedies from Europe and Latin America to distribute to his subscribers. The select few include Spin, a series described in a press release as the “French House of Cards,” as well as Blue Eyes, which counted more than a million viewers in its native Sweden.
Walter Presents’ expansion into the Us is emboldened by the service »
- Sam Gutelle
In our peak television age, National Geographic hasn’t made much of an impact. It seems that they’re hoping to change that, however, with Genius, their first dramatic series starring Geoffrey Rush as none other than Albert Einstein. The anthology drama follows the world’s greatest innovators one season at a time, and viewers can now get a glimpse at what season 1 holds in store with the show’s newest trailer.
Adapted from Walter Isaacson’s acclaimed biography Einstein: His Life and Universe, along with some of Einstein’s personal letters, Genius hopes to become what Mad Men was for AMC and what House of Cards became for Netflix. It’s a high-profile new dramatic series and the network certainly isn’t slouching, even bringing in Ron Howard to direct the pilot. Go big or go home, right?
The new trailer is brief and not-very-revealing, but it does promise something bold and distinctive, »
- Will Ashton
5 items from 2017