Listen and subscribe to David’s newest podcast Culturally Relevant. Check out Jeff Cannata’s D&D show Dungeon Run. Listen to David’s other podcasts The Sweet Smell of Succession with Tara Ariano and Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill. Listen to Devindra’s podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 by Ethan Anderton
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out how the visual effects unit gives Saturday Night Live the tools they need to pull off some high-tech sketches in an insanely truncated timetable. Plus, take a closer look at the brilliant editing of David Fincher‘s serial killer series Mindhunter on Netflix, and watch as Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes create their own edition of Hot Ones. Read More »
Thoughts and Prayers: My Personal Connection to “Son of Sam” Made ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Even More Unsettling
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 by Jamie Righetti
The first time I heard the name David Berkowitz I was a bored pre-teen, tucked into an uncomfortable wooden pew at my parents’ church, mentally counting down the minutes until I could duck out into the sunshine and salvage a few minutes of my Sunday. Growing up a born-again Christian meant Sundays and several weeknights were dedicated to multiple church services, tedious affairs that lasted hours and whittled away at precious free time.
But on this particular Sunday, there was something slightly more interesting to do than flip through the tissue-paper thin pages of my bible until landing on some of the raunchier bits hidden in the poetic Song of Solomon verses. On that day, I was being given one of my first serial killers. With a catch, of course.
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 by Rob Hunter
The second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter may have taken two years to arrive, but those of us who’ve already burned through all nine episodes know that it was well worth the wait. Sure, the subplot involving Bill Tench’s (Holt McCallany) adopted hellspawn feels out of place, and yes, Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) gets shafted on screen time and relevance, but the series as a whole remains a mesmerizing watch. Sharp writing and fantastic performances are a big part of the show’s success, but as is often the case with visual mediums the direction is key.
David Fincher returns as one of the show’s driving forces – he directed four episodes of the first season, three this time around, and is responsible for setting the show’s precise late 70s tone – and he’s joined by Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) who helms two. The season’s final four episodes, though, are directed by Carl Franklin, and while his work aligns with Fincher’s (and show creator Joe Penhall’s) series vision, it also shows a filmmaker working with concepts and conceits already well established within his filmography.
‘Mindhunter’ Director Carl Franklin on the Show’s Classical Style and Its Noir Influences [Interview]
Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 by Jack Giroux
Director Carl Franklin is no stranger to the crime genre. Before shooting four episodes of Mindhunter season two and his illustrious career directing television, Franklin helmed two of the best damn crime movies of the 1990s, One False Move and The Devil in the Blue Dress. He’s an old pro when it comes to crafting exceptional tension, which there’s no shortage of in his episodes of the David Fincher-produced series.
Mindhunter isn’t the first time Franklin and Fincher have collaborated; the Out of Time director first worked with him on House of Cards. As he explained to us, Fincher was more involved this time around on Mindhunter. Franklin, who thankfully has a movie brewing he might direct soon, talked to us about his time working with Fincher, the unique style and stars of the acclaimed series, and a nice memory about the late, great Bill Paxton. At the time of the interview, we had yet to see the episodes he directed before the interview, so it’s a broader discussion about the Netflix series.
Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
Netflix has yet to renew Mindhunter for a third season – because they like to toy with our emotions. But if all goes according to plan we could be in for five seasons total – at least according to producer David Fincher. Star Holt McCallany recently revealed that Fincher is hoping for five seasons total, which would mean even more serial killers – like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy – would be heading our way. (Not literally; that would be terrifying.)
Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
As was the case during the first season, many real-life killers are characters in Mindhunter season 2. Some of these figures – Charles Manson, Son of Sam – will likely be well known to viewers. Others will be a bit more obscure. Below, we provide a Mindhunter season 2 guide to the nefarious killers that figure into the latest season of Netflix’s acclaimed serial killer drama.
‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Spoiler Review: A Chilling, Brilliant Continuation of the Best Show on Netflix
Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
Note: This Mindhunter season 2 review contains spoilers.
“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?” asked FBI Agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in season 1 of Mindhunter, the superb serial killer drama that might just be the best thing on Netflix. The answer to that question in that first season involved Tench and fellow agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) talking with, and studying, killers to try to gain insight into their methodology. The move seemed controversial at first, but Tench and Ford made real progress. Through their talks with notorious murderers, it appeared light was waiting at the end of the tunnel. In Mindhunter season 2, however, Ford and Tench are reminded that that light can always be snuffed out by darkness. Sometimes there’s just no way to get ahead of crazy.
Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
Note: This is a spoiler-free review of the first three episodes of Mindhunter season 2. We’ll have a full spoiler-filled review of the entire season next week.
After a long hiatus, Mindhunter returns for an all-new stylish season – one overflowing with doom, lit by flashlight beams cutting through clutching darkness. One gets the sense of escalation here – the more the FBI’s blossoming Behavioral Science Unit studies the serial killers, the more serial killers there seem to be. As if the very act of trying to understand these individuals is inadvertently spawning more of them. And there’s no end in sight. After a murder is uncovered close to home, Nancy Tench, wife of FBI agent Bill Tench, comments: “This sort of thing doesn’t happen here.” “It happens everywhere,” Bill replies. The darkness is spreading.
Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2019 by Hoai-Tran Bui
It’s been two years since the first season of Mindhunter debuted on Netflix to rave reviews, and the timing couldn’t be better for the highly anticipated second season of David Fincher’s serial killer series. Jonathan Groff‘s FBI Agent Holden Ford, Holt McCallany‘s Agent Bill Trench, and Anna Torv‘s Dr. Wendy Carr return, this time to investigate the racially charged Atlanta Child Murders of the late ’70s and come face-to-face with Charles Manson, played by Damon Herriman…who also plays Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s recently released Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Watch the official Mindhunter season 2 trailer below.