“Vinyl” Review: Sex, Thugs & Rock-n-Roll

“I’ve got a golden ear, a silver tongue, and a pair of brass balls.” This glib pronouncement is how we meet Richie Finestra (Bobby Canavale), the troubled record exec protagonist of HBO’s new drama Vinyl. But don’t let his initial tough-guy slickness fool you: Richie is on the edge of the precipice. His self-made label…

“The Hateful Eight” Review: All Words and Pointless Action

Over his twenty-plus year career, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as the director to seek if you enjoy watching the brutalization of women. In The Hateful Eight, no fewer than a dozen times does the audience witness its female lead punched, pistol-whipped, beaten, and blood-spattered, mostly for comedic effect. The saving grace of these moments…