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The Bingeworthy™ Breakdown is an occasional look at new TV shows. An estimated 500 scripted seasons of TV will air in 2017, and to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to give you the lowdown to help you work out whether it’s worth tunin…

Like the air we breathe, the influence of Steven Spielberg on contemporary film is so pervasive that it’s difficult to step back and analyze. It’s a commonplace to assert that Spielberg-inflected cinema has become the norm since he broke through with the paradigm-shifting success of “Jaws” in 1975 and while that’s broadly true, it does a disservice to the true range of Spielberg’s undeniable talent. Director Susan Lacy’s new documentary “Spielberg” takes a deep dive into the life and career of America’s most popular director, assisted by the forthright recollections of the man himself and a cast of collaborators whose very breadth and talent is itself a testament to Spielberg’s career. Continue reading ‘Spielberg:’ The Craft and Evolution Of An American Icon [NYFF Review] at The Playlist.

There are few talents we need in the world right now as much as Armando Iannucci. The Scottish writer and director has been a familiar comedy face in the UK for a long time (helping to create the seminal “The Day Today,” which launched the careers of Chris Morris and Steve Coogan), but he really broke through in the U.S. with his political sitcom “The Thick Of It,” the Oscar-nominated film spin-off “In The Loop,” and the America-set spiritual sequel “Veep.” All three share qualities — a docudrama-ish quality, brilliant comic performances across the board, some of the greatest swearing and insults in the history of the English language — but more than that, they skewer the low-key incompetencies, egos and absurdities of the political world like few others, and in ways which both capture their times, and prove oddly prescient. Continue reading New ‘Death Of Stalin’ Trailer Hits As Armando Iannucci Sets Up New HBO Show at The Playlist.

A master filmmaker (and no, this isn’t an argument), director Steven Spielberg has been turning out modern movie classics for decades and has contributed dozens of unimpeachable treasures to cinema. Movies will be unimaginably poorer the day he is gone. Opinions may vary on just what film is the best Spielberg film, from the landmark action adventure film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to pictures that have reinvented the way “monster movies” are presented with “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” to his more dramatic and weighty films movies such as “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” “Bridge of Spies” and “Lincoln. Continue reading ‘Spielberg’ Trailer: The Master Filmmaker Goes In Front Of The Camera at The Playlist.

Redemption must’ve tasted pretty sweet for Damon Lindelof. After being kicked around for the diminishing returns of “Lost,” he hit a homerun with “The Leftovers,” not only delivering three excellent seasons, but helping to create a finale that will go down as one of the all-timers. That should hopefully ease the wariness some “Watchmen” fans have been feeling ever since it was announced that Lindelof would be adapting the iconic graphic novel for HBO. Continue reading HBO Orders Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ at The Playlist.

After Martin Scorsese‘s very expensive “Vinyl” failed to connect with the critics and audiences, HBO swiftly — after flirting with a possibly retooled second season — canceled the series. Which made it all the more surprising when they went ahead an pursued “The Deuce,” another show set in the ’70s, but instead of tackling the music industry, the show takes on the seamy underbelly of the world of pornography. Continue reading HBO Renews ‘The Deuce’ For Season 2 at The Playlist.