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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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The Jinx, Serial: When did true crime become so cool?

16 April 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A year ago, if someone had mentioned that they were a fan of true crime, you might have sneered. You might have had images of cheap books in an airport Wh Smiths with gaudy titles, or perhaps of shoddily made TV programmes somewhere low down the Epg pecking order.

And then everything changed.

You couldn't move at the end of last year for people grabbing your arm and asking if you'd listened to the latest episode of Serial, a podcast investigating the 1999 murder of teenager Hae Min Lee and the ensuing case against her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was later convicted and imprisoned. Suddenly, true crime was cool again.

Now, there's a new player in the world of true crime. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - which has already aired to great acclaim in the Us - broadcast its first episode in the UK on Sky Atlantic »

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We Were All Suckered by 'The Jinx' -- and That's Ok

20 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd think people would be happy with the finale this past Sunday of HBO's docu-series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Not only did the six-episode true-crime drama end with the kind of neat apparent-confession that real life seldom drops into the laps of journalists, but the episode was preceded by less than 24 hours by the actual arrest of its subject on a murder charge related to the crimes discussed on the show. Viewers got a bang-up ending, and the victims' families finally get to see the alleged killer face a court of law. Everybody wins, right?

And yet, there's been nothing but handwringing over the ethical questions raised by the conduct of filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and the fortuitous timing of the arrest. Jarecki and Smerling taped Durst's seemingly self-incriminating remarks ("What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.") during a 2012 interview, »

- Gary Susman

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We Were All Suckered by 'The Jinx' -- And That's Ok

19 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd think people would be happy with the finale this past Sunday of HBO's docu-series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Not only did the six-episode true-crime drama end with the kind of neat apparent-confession that real life seldom drops into the laps of journalists, but the episode was preceded by less than 24 hours by the actual arrest of its subject on a murder charge related to the crimes discussed on the show. Viewers got a bang-up ending, and the victims' families finally get to see the alleged killer face a court of law. Everybody wins, right?

And yet, there's been nothing but handwringing over the ethical questions raised by the conduct of filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and the fortuitous timing of the arrest. Jarecki and Smerling taped Durst's seemingly self-incriminating remarks ("What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.") during a 2012 interview, »

- Gary Susman

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Ryan Gosling on Robert Durst: ‘He’s a Complicated Guy’

16 March 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

As the press and fans alike react to the surprise ending to the HBO documentary, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, in which Durst himself mumbles “he killed them all” in the privacy of a bathroom, Ryan Gosling reflects on playing a fictionalized version of the real estate heir.

News: Robert Durst Says 'He Killed Them All' in Final Moments of HBO Doc

At SXSW promoting Lost River, Gosling was asked about portraying Durst in the 2010 film, All Good Things, which was directed by Andrew Jarecki -- the same filmmaker behind The Jinx. "He’s a very complicated guy,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

News: Why 'Serial' Fans Will Want to Watch 'The Jinx'

“Oh, boy. How can you know? You can’t," he said when asked if he thought Durst was responsible for the disappearance of his wife Kathleen and the murders of Susan Berman and Morris Black. "He either »

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Interview: 'The Jinx' director Andrew Jarecki on the origins of his HBO series

13 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hopefully you checked out last Sunday's premiere of HBO's "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which I gave an A- review and said had the potential to be the year's best new show. Director Andrew Jarecki's second attempt at unraveling the mysteries surrounding Robert Durst, including the three murders he's been linked to over 30 years, began as a slow-burn building to the revelation that, after seeing Jarecki's "All Good Things," Durst agreed to sit down with the filmmaker.  This Sunday's episode relies heavily on Durst's recounting of his own biographical details, but also gradually shifts that focus to the "character" of Durst's wife Kathleen McCormack, missing since 1982. Even in her absence, Kathleen McCormack looms almost as large as Durst and, in an important role, Jarecki himself. I got on the phone earlier this week with "Capturing the Friedmans" director Jarecki to talk about the structure and narrative direction of "The Jinx, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Watch: HBO's Robert Durst Documentary Series 'The Jinx' Now on YouTube

9 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO is giving all non-subscribers quite a treat by making the first chapter of their new documentary series, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," available to stream for free on YouTube. The episode can be viewed in its entirety below and will be available through Wednesday, March 4. "The Jinx" hails from acclaimed filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling ("Capturing the Friedmans") and explores the tumultuous life of the reclusive Robert Durst, the offspring of New York’s billionaire real estate family who has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years. Durst has never been convicted, nor has he ever spoken publicly until now. Made with the cooperation of Durst himself, the groundbreaking six-part series uncovers the long-buried information the filmmakers discovered during their seven-year investigation. Watch Chapter One below and catch all new episodes of "The Jinx" every Sunday at 8pm through March »

- Zack Sharf

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Review: HBO's 'The Jinx' is a top notch true-crime drama

6 February 2015 9:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Perhaps a good way into reviewing Andrew Jarecki's HBO docu-mystery "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" is through its title. Unless there's a more direct articulation later on, the title comes from a quote in the second episode.  New York real estate heir Robert Durst is musing on why he didn't want to have kids with his first wife Kathleen. "Somehow I thought I might be a jinx," Durst tells Jarecki. Durst has spent three decades linked to Kathleen's disappearance, as well as several other murders, including a colorful 2001 case in Galveston, Texas that begins "The Jinx." A jinx, indeed. This brings me to Serial, the podcast that's likely to be mentioned in every single review of "The Jinx." In the final Serial episode -- Spoiler alert, but not really -- Sarah Koenig's colleague Dana Chivvis raises the specter that in order to accept the innocence of Adnan Sayid, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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TV Review: The Jinx Is a Real-Life Interview With the Vampire

6 February 2015 7:31 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Jinx, the latest from Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki, is being sold as an HBO series rather than a documentary. That's a sensible decision, but it also hints at why it's such a irksome piece of work. The miniseries retells the story of accused murderer Robert Durst, part of the Durst clan of Manhattan real-estate moguls. That in itself isn't noteworthy. Anyone who's fascinated by true crime probably knows at least some of the details. The first installment, which airs Sunday, rehashes the 2001 murder and dismemberment of Galveston, Texas, resident Morris Black, and the 1982 disappearance of Durst's then-wife Kathleen McCormack, who had warned friends that Durst was a cold, controlling, frightening person. It avoids getting into another murder that some have attributed to Durst: the 2000 shooting in Benedict Canyon, California, of Durst's friend Susan Berman, who was on the verge of telling New York Police what she claimed »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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TV Review: ‘The Jinx: The Life and Deaths Of Robert Durst’

5 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Given the frenzied response to the podcast “Serial,” HBO’s true-crime docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” could hardly be better timed. Moreover, “The Jinx’s” backstory — how the reclusive Durst, suspected of three murders but never convicted, agreed to an interview with filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, who dramatized his life in the movie “All Good Things” — is practically a show unto itself. Gripping and slightly unnerving, Durst’s impassive demeanor ensures this six-part series will be widely discussed, trumping some artistic choices that, like Durst’s account of events, can easily be second-guessed.

The premiere begins by revisiting 2001 and what sounds like a New York Post headline: a headless torso found floating in Galveston Bay, Texas. Police eventually connect the dismembered body (one of them grotesquely recalls fishing it out with his hand) to Durst, a privileged heir to a Manhattan real-estate empire, who had turned up in Texas, »

- Brian Lowry

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Indie Film Talents Buoy HBO's Provocative 2015 Lineup

9 January 2015 9:15 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Bessie,” an HBO Films production directed by Dee Rees (whose “Pariah” premiered at Sundance in 2011), “Togetherness,” a comedy series from filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass (“The Puffy Chair,” “Baghead”) and “Sinatra,” a two-part documentary from Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) are new examples, joining hit series “Girls,” from Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), about to launch its fourth season and just renewed for a fifth. Also introduced was a six-part documentary series from Andrew Jarecki (“Capturing the Friedmans” “Catfish”), called “Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” based on the incredible true-life murder cases involving Durst, scion of a family that made a fortune in New York real estate development. The network also announced that “Citizenfour,” the documentary about Edward Snowden and his revelations about the National Security Agency, considered a front-runner for the Oscar, will air exclusively on HBO beginning Feb. 23. And the lines »

- Amy Dawes

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