True crime has become such a staple of modern programming that the best entry in the genre is actually a spoof of the entire phenomenon. Despite the hilariously ridiculous crime at the center of its narrative—a high schooler might be wrongly accused of drawing penises on 27 cars in the faculty parking lot—the series was so spot-on in its recreation of the tropes, filmmaking style, and tone of the true crime genre that many viewers didn’t realize it was a fictional satire until they had already binged several episodes. The series might sound juvenile, and, sure, dick jokes figure heavily into the plot. But it’s far more sophisticated than most of us gave it credit for at first blush. … [Read more...] about The Best and Worst TV Shows of the Fall
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"I think the whole story about Aaron is really unfortunate because you don't know what drove him to do these things," the former offensive lineman declares. "You know, if he was able to be himself and have some of these negative things not in his life, what kind of difference would that have made?" … [Read more...] about The eight most striking details from the Aaron Hernandez series on Netflix
Nicolas Cage is a national treasure, and his action-movie trifecta of The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off remains the best genre run of any bullet-riddled hero in recent memory. Thanks to his twitchy, outré performances, like that time he ran around punching witchy women in a bear suit in The Wicker Man, Cage has transmogrified into a phenomenon; a beloved, borderline mythological figure in the pop-culture consciousness. And in Mandy, Panos Cosmatos’ batshit-insane fever dream of a revenge film, Cage Rage is turned up to 11 after his goddess of a wife (Andrea Riseborough) is brutally murdered by a pack of raving Jesus freaks. Armed with a custom scythe and crossbow, Cage stalks the wilderness in search of the cult members—as well as the trio of heavy-metal demons who aided them. He encounters one of these hellspawns in a living room watching ‘70s porn while doing cocaine. As I wrote, “He lunges at the creature, who then flips Cage onto the ground before stabbing … [Read more...] about The Very Best of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival: Blood, Sweat and Plenty of Tears
We wrote most of this stuff a year ago. Then things start to happen and I’m sure in some cases people will go, “Oh my god, you did that!” We’re like, well, we thought it would be funny and then, oh my god, it happens. It’s been really weird that as people are just talking about the possibility of a brokered convention or Bloomberg talking about being a third party candidate, people were writing editorials about how it could go to the House of Representatives or the Senate. It’s not exactly a tied electoral college, but it’s basically that version of things, where they’re writing about the possibility that we thought we were making up. It’s just baffling. We’re always inspired by the real world, first of all. … [Read more...] about Can Veep Keep Being The Funniest Show in America?
📰 Not a subscriber yet? Try the first month for just 99¢ Colorado lawmakers want to stop employers from firing people for using weed in their personal time Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use, there has been a “glaring gap” in state law, House Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, said. Melton has introduced a bill to prevent businesses from firing employees for partaking in legal activities, like using marijuana, in their own time. Read more from from Saja Hindi. … [Read more...] about Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Jan. 13 – 19