Thursday, March 30, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks (TV Edition): Period Dramas
For the fifth and final week of March of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into the world of TV period dramas. A genre of television that allows actors to wear costumes and play roles from a period in time that is probably foreign to them. It allows audiences to watch something on TV for a number of seasons to showcase a time period which would evolve in the course of a few years.
1. Boardwalk Empire
From HBO is one of the finest mob series set during the period of Prohibition in the 1920s in this fictionalized story about Enoch “Nucky” Thompson who ran Atlantic City as if it was a kingdom. It’s a show that is really unlike a lot of mob series where it’s rich in its imagery and has an amazing ensemble cast led by Steve Buscemi as well as standout performances from Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol, Kelly MacDonald, Michael K. Williams, and Stephen Graham as a young Al Capone. It’s pretty much one of the finest shows HBO has ever produced.
2. Masters of Sex
A show that just recently ended due to a lackluster fourth season that kind of ran out of steam is about Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson in their exploration of human sexuality in the 1950s and 1960s. While it’s really a fictionalized story of what Masters and Johnson discovered, it is still a fascinating show thanks in parts to its two leads in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as well as an excellent supporting cast in Caitlin Fitzgerald and Annaleigh Ashford. Especially as it has a compelling story about the world of sex and what kind of led to the sexual revolution in the second half of the 20th Century.
3. Magic City
A show that is just really style over substance as it didn’t have enough of the latter to really become a show that people could enjoy. Despite some strong work from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, and James Caan for its second season. It’s a show that is all flash and no gas as it is set in the late 1950s/early 1960s in Miami about a guy trying to run a hotel but stupidly borrows money from a mobster. It’s a show that’s really known more for gorgeous and nude women as well as young yet uncharismatic actors who never have anything to offer. It’s a show that had a nice idea but fails in its execution.
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