VINYL (2016)

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Creators: Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese

Cast: Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne

Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) , an exec trying to sell his struggling company. Married to Devon (Olivia Wilde), Richie seems ready to get away from the catastrophe. His business is taking a dive so his is marriage. Using cocaine, drinking, women, and parties Richie is also trying to find the next big thing. But is he going to find it?

Now there is a great cast in their one big time Ray Romano , Max Casella, P.J. Byrne , and Juno Temple . Dam here we go. You get to be introduced to the characters and little by little young said to yourself damn! this was the 70’s and yes it is taking place in the 70’s but there is a twist later a few episode later Richie accepts help well you know from who after all it is a Scorsese series. At first you see Richie who love Devon and trying to do right by her but he is struggling for it, you begin to see who is really Richie.It is a monstrous paradox Vinyl and you will be as addicted after the two first episode. It is a wild ride and the costume and design of the 70’s here is dead on. Dam I remember those good old days. Party, muscle cars, and great women. Scorsese has done great  here recreating those time but unfortunately HBO has decided to pull the plug only 10 episodes and that is it. Have fun.

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THE GET DOWN (2016 – )

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Creators: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Baz Luhrmann

Cast: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola

This series is on Netflix and it is a comprehensive look at the art form’s true origins and an authentic evocation of late-’70s New York, that caldron of burning buildings, bankruptcy, cocaine and revolutionary forms of popular music.

The first episode is 90 minutes to introduce the characters, the colors are bright and glossy, the camerawork fluid, the editing smooth, the cast works well here. You through in the corrupt official, the gangster fighting over turf , the drugs trafficking, two teenager in love, disco at its best and rap music plus a grand master thrown in the mix. It does not avoid the clichés but who cares just have a good time with it. It is like Romeo and Juliette, Le moulin rouge, and West Side Story combine into one.

Giancarlo Esposito and Jimmy Smits play brothers, an indignant fire-and-brimstone preacher and a wearily corrupt local politician.Lillias White who owns the cotton club and is this major drug dealer. Smith and Shameik Moore are fine, in the roles of in the lead roles of Ezekiel and Shaolin Fantastic, the nascent M.C. and D.J. whose combustible relationship forms the show’s primary plotline. The best thing in many scenes is the comic relief provided by Skylan Brooks and Tremaine Brown Jr. as brothers who serve as a protective posse for Ezekiel. The series has six episode. It does remind me all those show black show in the 70’s .

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MONTY PYTHON FLYING CIRCUS (1969 – 1974)

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Creators: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese.

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam .

Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal,  uncompromising, tasteless, but inevitably hilarious.

I love the Monty Python series I remember seeing in the reruns it had a unique brand of humor, British humor that is. You can get it on DVD those days check out John Cheese’s best Upper class twit of the year, Rogue cheddar, Gumby brain specialist, sefl defense (against fresh fruits ) and many more. There were more skits like  Ministry Of Silly Walks, The Spanish Inquisition, The Piranha Brothers. You see back then there were anything like this, this kind of comedy was ahead of its time. They must odf have fun doing it getting paid to goof off must be nice. It is not like Saturday night live because it was not live but the jokes was plain genius if that, it was hilarious as hell. Difficult to do now those days. The Monty Python cast was as popular as the Beatles back then. Also they made movies later on that was as hilarious as well.

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