After the obligatory deconstruction of Sunday night's disaster at the Oscars Dork Shelf's TV critics Susan Stover and Peter Counter talk about action and violence in television.
The two hour series premiere of HBO's Vinyl is nirvana for any Martin Scorsese fan.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with I Origins director Mike Cahill and star Michael Pitt in Toronto earlier this month.
This week's instalment of Boardwalk Empire brought us a heaping portion of the old ultra-violence that we so cherish. It's Veteran's Day in Atlantic City, a city “built to help people forget” says Nucky in his speech to the throngs gathered to commemorate the occassion, “but today is for remembering.” Is it ever. Nothing in this episode seems to be forgotten or forgiven – every past slight is remembered and every debt paid for.
What a crazy episode. The tide has clearly turned in Nucky's favour in Atlantic City: his lawyer has an ingenious plan, Owen Slater is good at blowing things up, Chalky is out of jail, and the conspirators are vulnerable as a result of the ███████████████████. By the episode's completion, Nucky has exacted some costly vengeance against Jimmy, while Gillian violently slaps around a ████████...
With the exception of Nucky's confrontation with the Commodore and Jimmy in the restaurant, the third episode of Boardwalk Empire's second season is the least eventful of the episodes we've been treated to so far. Titled “The Dangerous Maid” for Katie, Margaret's maid, who at this point “knows too much,” the episode is preoccupied with Nelson's functional imprisonment of Lucy and fully fleshes out her resultant desolation, but otherwise, it's a table-setting episode.
The fourteenth episode of Boardwalk Empire is a busy one, centered around the growing conspiracy against Nucky and his imminent rally; a rally that is sure to be buttressed by his live-in girlfriend Margaret Schroeder. Mistaken identity abounds as Nucky is released from jail, Jimmy heads to New York to "lay some ground work" for the planned takeover in Atlantic City bootlegging, and Chalky find himself in a revealing bottle episode.
Boardwalk Empire – the star-studded prohibition era drama from HBO - returned to our television screens with a bang this past weekend. The show seems to have found its footing right out of the gate, and is at its well-acted, violent, multi-faceted best in this season's opening episode – titled “21” for the year portrayed (1921).
Actor Michael K Williams was in Toronto this week - and we were lucky enough to sit down with him to talk about Boardwalk Empire, his upcoming role on NBC's Community, and his love for Game of Thrones.
Despite what your grandma might say to try and trick you into watching reruns of Perry Mason, the true 'Golden Age' of television is right now and 2010 was an especially good year. Returning favourites like Mad Men and Dexter continued their hot streaks while AMC's new drama The Walking Dead kept us on the edge of our seat and prepared us all for the impending zombie apocalypse. In comedy, FX's Louie made us laugh AND think while Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC kept us all in stitches. That was a comedy, right?