12th May2017

Nerd Buy: Star Wars Mystery Minis

by Phil Wheat

At long last Star Wars comes to the Mystery Mini collection… The series includes Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, C3P-O, Grand Mof Tarkin, Hammerhead, Snaggletooth, Chewbacca, Greedo, Death Trooper, Obi Wan Kenobi, Jawa, Stormtrooper, Ponda Baba, and Darth Vader. Like everything Funko touches, expect this to be HUGE! And no doubt look for many […]

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19th Apr2016

‘Vinyl 1×10: Alibi’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Whatever happens tonight, I remain confused.” Vinyl closes its first season by cutting back and forth between Richie and Zak across a crowded room. It’s meant to remind us that the two men share a few too many secrets, and that the burden of guilt on Richie’s shoulders is far from lifted. It’s also almost completely […]

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12th Apr2016

‘Vinyl 1×09: Rock And Roll Queen’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Stop covering your cock!” A fistfight in an elevator, a rock ‘n roll threesome, an indoor bat hunt, and some literally balls-out photography gave ‘Rock And Roll Queen,’ this week’s swing-for-the-fences episode of Vinyl, more than its share of lustful life. It’s an episode that bucks blandly traditional band narratives, tossing aside the dull idea of […]

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06th Apr2016

‘Vinyl 1×08: E.A.B.’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“That’s a skeleton. Everybody’s got one.” There’s a good show buried somewhere inside the increasingly clunky heap that is Vinyl, a program currently wasting what has to be the steeliest performance of Olivia Wilde’s career in between leaden celebrity lookalikes and unexceptional scenes of rock ‘n roll bravado. ‘E.A.B’ has moments of fun, from a great opening […]

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28th Mar2016

‘Vinyl 1×07: The King and I’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“One must be like water.” ‘The King and I’ is a fucking frustrating episode of Vinyl, which is turning into a fucking frustrating show. There’s that Elvis cameo, lightning from a clear sky, and to either side of it are fields of mayonnaise. Events play out like someone’s checking off squares on a prestige drama bingo card. […]

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22nd Mar2016

‘Vinyl 1×06: Cyclone’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“The logo looks like a toilet.” Bobbie Cannavale and Olivia Wilde are spitting blood, soul, sweat, and venom into this show. With a strong supporting cast (aside from a few weak links like James Jagger) working around them, they form an energized dynamo of human dysfunction that beats and thumps at the heart of the show. For […]

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15th Mar2016

‘Vinyl 1×05: He In Racist Fire’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Inside every man is another version of himself.” Julie’s just running up to firing Clark when he says it, but his bullshit bit about dopplegangers doubles as a cruelly insightful observation on what’s going on all around him. Clark begging his way into a job as a gofer to avoid his father’s belief that he’s a […]

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08th Mar2016

‘Vinyl 1×04: The Racket’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Put it into the couch, not your marriage.” ‘The Racket’ is loud, angry, and fucking hilarious. It begins with Richie taking his anger out not on his and Devon’s relationship but, at his glacially calm therapist’s suggestion, on the couch. With a tennis racket. His subsequent golden-boy claim that he’s worked out his shit is […]

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01st Mar2016

‘Vinyl 1×03: Whispered Secrets’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“You know that’s actually Devon in the portrait?” Looking in the mirror and realizing you don’t know who’s looking back, and that no one else knows either, sucks. ‘Whispered Secrets’ ends with Richie staring at a hole in the world where his wife’s portrait used to be, its pale spot on a wall a blocky […]

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22nd Feb2016

‘Vinyl 1×02: Yesterday Once More’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Who you are ain’t gettin’ signed.” Richie wants to believe that, like Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, his skills amount to more than a good ear and a practiced mind. His return to the arms of addiction has him convinced that what he heard when the New York Dolls brought that building down was a […]

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17th Feb2016

‘Vinyl 1×01: Pilot’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“You’re all hearing this the same way?” It’s 1973, and the streets of New York are swamped with the morning upchuck of a hungover sexual awakening. Vinyl, brainchild of Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, and Rich Cohen, climbs deep into the world of record production in the skin-submersible of one Richard “Richie” Finestra, protagonist and (briefly) narrator. […]

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