Roadies Snoozily Sprouts Up in Vinyl's Place, Present-Day Nostalgia for Rock Firmly Situated

Throughout Vinyl’s first—and now final—season, my opinion changed ever so slightly from when I first wrote about its debut episode. Vinyl remained absurd, overly nostalgic, ahistorical and evenly lionizing of men, but at the very least, the effervescent Juno Temple got to shine a little and, even better, the “getting…

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Penny Dreadful Has Been Taking a Gloriously Misandrist Left Turn

Penny Dreadful is a slow-burning and terrific show, one that for the last three seasons has taken iconic literary figures—Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Dracula—and used them to explore the pathos behind monstrosity. It’s also pitch-perfect at capturing the gloom of 19th century London, the tenor of Victorian horror,…

Tower Records Doc Confirms There's Historical Precedent for Condescending Male Record Store Clerks

All Things Must Pass is director Colin Hanks’s documentary about the history of Tower Records, which in 1960 became the first store in America to sell records exclusively, and which incomparably shaped youth culture and music consumption until its bankruptcy in 2006. It came out last October in limited release, but…

The Affair's Tragic, Screwed-Up Characters: They're Just Like Us!

The Affair moonlights as a mystery, the question of who hit and killed wayward junkie Scott Lockhart with their car threading through and unraveling the whole of the show, which wrapped its second season Sunday night. (As a plot device, vehicular manslaughter also propelled a show that, without it, would consist…

Showtime's The Affair Reflects Real Marriages More Than You Think

On Showtime’s hit series The Affair, premiering October 4th for a second season, Dominic West plays Noah Solloway, a man who seems to have it all: Happily (and faithfully) married to his first love Helen (Maura Tierney) for seventeen years; four healthy children; financial stability; a newly published novel; and a…

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