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#1 Spooky

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Posted September 04, 2010 - 09:00 PM

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Premiers September 19, 2010 on HBO

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Synopsis: From Terence Winter, the Emmy Award winning writer of 'The Sopranos' and Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese comes a new HBO Original Series.

Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. The show is adapted from Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos. The show is being executive produced by Martin Scorsese who also directed the first episode.

The series will detail the life and exploits of Nucky Thompson who is based on the real life person Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, the "boss" of the Republican political machine that controlled Atlantic City from 1911 to 1941. The amazing cast includes Steve Buscemi, Gretchen Mol, Michael Shannon, Michael Pitt, Michael K. Williams and Dabney Coleman.



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"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, Sept. 19): I had hoped to get to a movie or two like I usually do when I'm out at TCA, but a good chunk of my free time was devoted to watching the six hours of this period gangster drama about Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition. With a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese (and later episodes directed in very Scorsese-like fashion by Tim Van Patten and others), lead writing by Terry Winter (David Chase's right-hand man on "The Sopranos") and an incredible cast including Steve Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Michael Pitt and Michael K. Williams, "Boardwalk Empire" is clearly the best new show of the season, maybe the best new show I've seen in several seasons (and certainly stronger out of the gate than some of my other recent favorites like "Breaking Bad" and "Sons of Anarchy"), and well worth not having seen "Inception" yet.
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/press-tour-the-best-new-shows-i-saw


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I may be in love. It's tough to say yet. "Boardwalk Empire" and I have only known each other for six episodes. You have to be cautious nowadays about giving yourself over to a serialized drama, especially one as ambitious as this. There are so many ways your relationship with a TV drama can all fall apart.
I should start at the beginning. You hear HBO is doing its second New Jersey organized crime series and your ears go up. Then you hear it's set in the 1920s, Atlantic City, during Prohibition, and Martin Scorsese is producing the series and directing the pilot. You have this vision in your mind what that TV show could ideally be.
"Boardwalk Empire" is remarkably close to what you imagined.
And its success comes despite a seemingly a crucial weakness.
Steve Buscemi, as the main character, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a Boardwalk crime kingpin, is a bit … off. It's as if he's reading lines that were originally written for another actor, somebody of more earthy gravitas.
There's another issue too. The Boardwalk itself is a sprawling set constructed with shops on one side, and a green screen on the other (where the ocean is digitally added). There's a dreamy, unreal, strolling-around-the-deck-of-1999's-"Titanic" quality to these scenes.
So wait, you say: Both the main character AND the Boardwalk set are less-than convincing? How can this show be any good?
Because everything else in "Boardwalk Empire" is terrific. And there's a whole lot of "everything else."
The cast is sprawling. Pretty much every character works. There's little about "Boardwalk" that feels like a TV show. It's rich and cinematic (many shots remind you of "The Godfather" trilogy), heightened with unique period music. There's so much more to the show than Nucky and the Boardwalk, particularly after the first episode (directed nicely by Scorsese, his camera prowling around, though his style stays out of the way of the story). It's almost like the network watched the pilot, then decided to expand the show's scope so Buscemi didn't have to carry the whole production himself.
The scripts are well researched, perhaps past the point of showing off. The research is utilized in interesting ways -- one detail will make you feel nostalgic, another will make you laugh, and still another will leave you horrified (such as a woman using Lysol as a contraceptive after sex).
Oh, and did you know that by the fourth episode, half the show takes place in Chicago? And that the Chicago storyline is, if anything, more compelling than the action in Atlantic City? (It's taking me every ounce of my anti-spoiler convictions not to say more about this subject ... though I suspect everybody will know all about it by the time the show debuts).
Period pieces have a tough time drawing audiences. "Rome," "Deadwood," "Mad Men." As good as they were/are, attracting big numbers is a challenge. "Boardwalk Empire" might be able to break through. Not only is this an excellent organized crime drama, but the female characters are diverse and well done. That's a crucial element for any TV show to draw a large rating, and a rare quality in this particular genre (usually you have the one feisty heroine and an assortment of mob floozies … here, even a mobster's squeeze who's portrayed as colossally stupid, gorgeous, spoiled and cruel manages to generate unexpected empathy).

http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/08/review-hbo-boardwalk-empire.html


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Posted September 04, 2010 - 09:13 PM

steve buscemi :rock:


looks great. definitely tempted to add HBO to my direct tv package and catch this(and entourage, and great movies)

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Posted September 05, 2010 - 01:24 AM

steve buscemi :rock:


looks great. definitely tempted to add HBO to my direct tv package and catch this(and entourage, and great movies)

HBO shows are always great. :yes:

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Posted September 05, 2010 - 01:25 AM

HBO shows are always great. :yes:


if only it wasn't an extra $15 a month i'd have it by now.

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Posted September 05, 2010 - 11:12 AM

HBO shows are always great.

+1

A shame more people don't know and or aren't well enough to afford it. ace mentioned entourage, don't forget 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' with the genius of Larry David, 'Eastbound & Down', 'Flight of The Conchords', 'Life & Times of Tim', some people like 'True Blood', 'Hung', Hard Knocks: Training Camp with (switches from season to season, this year the New York Jets), Boxing, etc.

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Posted September 05, 2010 - 02:10 PM

+1

A shame more people don't know and or aren't well enough to afford it. ace mentioned entourage, don't forget 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' with the genius of Larry David, 'Eastbound & Down', 'Flight of The Conchords', 'Life & Times of Tim', some people like 'True Blood', 'Hung', Hard Knocks: Training Camp with (switches from season to season, this year the New York Jets), Boxing, etc.

:yes: nothing but great stuff on HBO.

Don't forget The Wire, Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, etc..
There's something for everyone. I personally like almost every show on HBO except maybe sex and the city. :laughing:

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Posted September 23, 2010 - 09:47 AM

Bumping this to due to the show being awesome!

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Posted September 23, 2010 - 10:44 AM

Got this on my DVR right now.

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Posted September 24, 2010 - 05:38 PM

oh crap it started? what night of the week did it air?

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Posted September 24, 2010 - 09:23 PM

oh crap it started? what night of the week did it air?


Sunday's at 9pm.

I need to get around to watching it to. I missed the pilot.

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Posted September 25, 2010 - 03:26 PM

i'll watch the first episode tonight

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Posted September 27, 2010 - 08:42 AM

My boss needs to leave so i can watch last night episode.

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Posted October 12, 2010 - 09:46 PM

Seen all the episodes so far except for the first. Love Paz De La Huerta.

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Posted October 13, 2010 - 09:38 AM

The last one is really good. Peep it asap & prepare yourself for a facial.

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Posted January 01, 2011 - 03:25 PM

^ Looove that avi man, sick.

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 11:39 AM

^ Looove that avi man, sick.

He's a pretty cold dude. And he can be spooky the way he twitches/jerks slightly.

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Posted September 29, 2011 - 09:09 PM

It's back! Who's watching? Who saw episode 1 last Sunday of season 2? I think this season's gonna' be great. Have plenty of characters I enjoy, but my favorite is probably Nelson haha. Crazy crazy guy in such a unique (to say the least) way.

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Posted October 02, 2011 - 04:59 PM

It's back! Who's watching? Who saw episode 1 last Sunday of season 2? I think this season's gonna' be great. Have plenty of characters I enjoy, but my favorite is probably Nelson haha. Crazy crazy guy in such a unique (to say the least) way.


The shooting at the begging was raw as [expletive].

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Posted October 03, 2011 - 01:55 PM

Dam everyone's turning on Nucky.
Jimmy slit that guys throat ugly!

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 02:41 PM

i swear everyone dressed sharp as [expletive] back in the day...i feel like buying a bunch of suits lol

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