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The Wizard of Lies HBO Review

June 29, 2017

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Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man) puts forth an impressive and thrilling story in this recent HBO original drama film The Wizard of Lies, which tells the true story of the aftermath of Bernie Madoff (Robert De Niro)’s infamous Ponzi scheme.

De Niro is perfectly cast as the slimy Madoff, in a role that will likely earn him an Emmy nomination (if not a win). The film introduces his character already locked in prison for his crime.

Here we see a New York Times reporter interviewing Madoff about the events surrounding his scheme. This serves as a framing device for the non-linear story which they present through flashbacks.

The story here is presented well. The film goes all out with the realism by using actual archive footage of TV journalists and comedians reporting and commenting on Madoff’s pyramid scheme.

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A little later, we get to see a bit of Madoff’s extravagant lifestyle before he got caught. We see him as the kind of person who views himself as superior to others. The thing is, at times, the film attempts to portray him as somewhat sympathetically.

It’s similar to 2015’s The Big Short where they try to portray it like he didn’t really know what he was doing and how much harm it would cause. It was effective in that film and it works pretty well here too.

Then about half-way through the film, we get a particularly emotional scene where something big happens. This scene is expertly elevated by its use of ironic music. This is easily the strongest part in the movie. Speaking of music, Levinson makes good use of an intense score coming from composers Evgueni and Sacha Galperine.

There’s a lot of powerful, well-directed, well-filmed and well-acted scenes here that make this TV film a real treat to watch. For instance, one clever scene a little later into the film uses drums to play with diegetic vs. non-diegetic music.

Overall, this movie is definitely worth seeking out if you haven’t seen it yet. It gets an 8.5 out 10 from me.

2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

August 25, 2014

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The Emmy Awards is an extremely tough awards show to predict. You think you see an obvious winner among the nominees, but then they totally throw you for a loop and pick a winner that may seem completely random. But I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

  • Comedy Series: Veep
  • Drama Series: Breaking Bad
  • Variety Series: The Colbert Report
  • Miniseries: Fargo
  • Television Movie: The Normal Heart
  • Lead Actor-Comedy: Don Cheadle-House of Lies
  • Lead Actress-Comedy: Amy Poehler-Parks & Recreation
  • Lead Actor-Drama: Matthew McConaughey-True Detective
  • Lead Actress-Drama: Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey
  • Lead Actor-Miniseries/Movie: Mark Ruffalo-The Normal Heart
  • Lead Actress-Miniseries/Movie: Cicely Tyson-The Trip to Bountiful
  • Supporting Actor-Comedy: Tony Hale-Veep
  • Supporting Actress-Comedy: Mayim Bialik-The Big Bang Theory
  • Supporting Actor-Drama: Aaron Paul-Breaking Bad
  • Supporting Actress-Drama: Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
  • Supporting Actor-Miniseries/Movie: Colin Hanks-Fargo
  • Supporting Actress-Miniseries/Movie: Julia Roberts-The Normal Heart

2014 Primetime *Creative Arts* Emmy Awards Predictions

August 14, 2014

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Yes, this post is for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. These winners are announced separately and earlier than the main awards. So without further ado, here are my predictions for the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (or at least the ones that i care about).

 

  • Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
  • Guest Actor – Comedy: Bob Newhart-The Big Bang Theory
  • Guest Actress – Comedy: Uzo Aduba-Orange is the New Black
  • Guest Actor – Drama: Paul Giamatti-Downton Abbey
  • Guest Actress – Drama: Allison Janney-Masters of Sex
  • Children’s Program: One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp
  • Animated Program: South Park (Episode – “Black Friday)
  • Short-Format Animated Program: Adventure Time (Episode – “Be More”)
  • Character Voice-Over Performance: Harry Shearer-The Simpsons
  • Main Title Design: True Detective
  • Original Music & Lyrics: “Day is Gone” – Sons of Anarchy

Stay tuned for my predictions for the regular Emmy Awards.


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