(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) New year, new foreign movies and shows to add to your ever-growing queue! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more cultured, then look no further than Pop Culture Imports, where I recommend all the best titles you can watch with subtitles. But it’s not all European arthouse films — this week we have an array of movie and TV shows of all genres, including Guillermo del Toro‘s masterful dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, a harrowing and human political drama about a former Uruguayan president’s years in prison, a wacky video game anime, a lavish K-drama set in Spain, and a quiet Estonian-Georgian anti-war film. Now let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming. Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming Now Pan’s Labyrinth – Netflix Country: Mexican/Spanish Genre: Dark fantasy … [Read more...] about Pop Culture Imports: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ An Uruguayan Political Drama, a Throwback Video Game Anime, and More
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There's a job waiting for David Simon when he finishes the third and final season of The Deuce for HBO. He's so perfect for this new series, because it has the chance to be The Wire 2.0, a game-changer of enormous foresight and such urgency that it can't wait to exist — a series that takes place in the streets and towns of America, involves local law enforcement and reaches up to the White House, a web of historically important storytelling that will be as culturally and sociologically transformative as Simon's The Corner and The Wire put together. And yet, in a perfect world there are going to be dozens of talented, visionary writers lining up — starting last week if there's an actual God in this world — to pitch this story to HBO or FX or Netflix or Amazon in a time-frame that can't wait for The Deuce to be finished; it's the most important story in America right now. That series? The fictional version of the … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: The Next Great TV Drama of Our Time Is Right Under David Simon’s Nose
A GRIZZLY new period drama is about to burst onto British Netflix. Here's all you need to know about the hot new crime show The Alienist. What is The Alienist about? The Alienist is a murder mystery series set in 1986 New York City. It follows a Dr Laszlo Kreizler, an early criminal psychologist, as he and a rag tag team of journalists and cops try to catch a serial killer murdering rent boys in the city. The series, which is based on the book of the same name by Caleb Carr, takes its name from the term used for psychologists in the fields early days. The opening title states: "In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists." Who stars in The Alienist Daniel Brühl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler - A criminal psychologist, or alienist, working in New York City Luke Evans as John Moore - A journalist investigating a string of murders Brian Geraghty as Theodore … [Read more...] about Is The Alienist based on a true story and was Theodore Roosevelt New York Police Comissioner before becoming US President?
It's a frustrating time of year for TV fans, because in about six weeks, the broadcast networks will officially announce their fall schedules -- but in the meantime, there are plenty of shows in limbo as executives consider their fate.Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," currently in its fifth season, is one of those shows. Deadline Hollywood recently reported the police comedy is "heavily on the bubble," although the network is apparently encouraged by an uptick in ratings since it switched from Tuesday to Sunday nights."Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of those shows with tons of critical acclaim (including a Golden Globe award for best comedy in its first season) and a passionate online fanbase, though it has never been a ratings powerhouse. In that sense, it's impressive that Fox has stuck with the series this long. However, even if the show does get the ax in May, it aired a pretty perfect send-off Sunday night, guest-starring "This Is Us" breakout actor Sterling K. Brown.While the comedy still … [Read more...] about If ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ gets canceled, the Sterling K. Brown episode was a perfect send-off
Ryan Murphy isn't the only one scrapping scripted projects about Monica Lewinsky. Hours after The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported that the prolific showrunner had scrapped plans for a Lewinsky-themed season of FX anthology American Crime Story, History has done the same with its Bill Clinton impeachment drama. Picked up straight to series in September, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton was set to be a six-part scripted series from Emmy winner R.J. Cutler (Nashville). The project was poised to be based on Peter Baker’s New York Times best-seller The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton. Described as a political thriller, the series was to offer a detailed account of how the Lewinsky scandal unfolded, taking viewers inside the war rooms on both sides of the political aisle, the clashes among the president's advisers, the secret negotiations between the White House and Congress and the pressure from both sides … [Read more...] about Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama Series Scrapped at History