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VINYL: “The Racket”

VINYL: “The Racket”

One of the many strengths of HBO programs is their unapologetic nature. Vinyl has been no exception to this, and while there are aspects of the show that border a little past absurd, it still manages to strike a harmonious chord of narrative flair, nostalgic bravado, and nuanced social familiarity. Use the last episode and this one as case in point.  “The Racket” continues the shows main storylines in a fairly roundabout fashion as it transitions from a soulfully poignant Otis Blackwell’s “Please Help Me Find My Way Home” into the vaguely comedic funeral of Frank ‘Buck’ Rogers (Andrew Dice Clay). Zak, Scott, and Skip (Ray...

The Brink Season One – The Aftermath

The Brink Season One – The Aftermath

My first impression of The Brink (you can read it here) was a little less than favorable, but you could clearly see the potential of the show. Now that the show’s first season has finished and we know for sure HBO will be doing a second season, the question is, is that the right decision? The Brink has a lot going for it. With a truly wonderful supporting cast including John Larroquette, Erick Avari, Geoff Pierson, Meera Syal and Marshall Manesh, along with the undeniable star power of Black and Robbins, and the support of a network that cares less about ratings than getting people talking, it was almost inevitable that HBO would...

Ballers Season One – Post Game

Ballers Season One – Post Game

When Ballers first aired, it was not what one might call, a runaway hit. The dialogue was cliché, the plots trope, and the characters felt like the guys from Entourage had bulked up and moved to the other side of the agent’s desk. Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry had fairly good on-screen chemistry. Omar Miller kind of felt like Private Edward Garlick in Good Morning, Vietnam (played by Forest Whittaker), and John David Washington sounded so much like Denzel that I needed to watch The Pelican Brief again. But, HBO decided to pick up a second season before the 3rd episode even aired, and with good reason. After you get past the initially...

The Brink: First Impression

The Brink: First Impression

HBO has long been a leader, a trend setter if you will, when it comes to amazing television and they have rarely cared all that much about ratings, so long as people were talking. In the last decade we have seen HBO utterly dominate this new “Golden Age” of television, winning enough awards to pave Richard Plepler’s (HBO CEO), very long driveway with Emmys! HBO has such a sterling reputation for quality and excellence that it’s sometimes hard to notice when they miss. So powerful is the HBO Brand, that even Sunday nights lack luster debut of “The Brink” barley registered. It’s a proven fact that networks can throw money and...

The Fall and Rise of Rome

The Fall and Rise of Rome

The Fall and Rise of ROME? HBO is littered with wonderful, brilliant, and engaging shows that were cancelled before their time. Production costs, controversies, and countless other factors resulted in shows like Carnivàle, Life’s Too Short, Luck, and Deadwood to be lost to the annals of time (and the wondrous bounty of HBOGO and DVD). But few shows have left the gaping, sucking chest wound of sorrow created by the cancellation of ROME. In the 7 years since the series ended, HBO has worked tirelessly to replace the dramatic epic. Of course we have Game of Thrones, and no one is complaining, but ROME paved the way for George R.R....

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