FRANK MENGARELLI PUTS HBO’S VINYL ON THE DECK
Television continues to be the New Cinema, it seems! Heck, even DANIEL CRAIG appears to be set to do a tv show, thereby possibly delaying (but NOT removing) another stint in the 007 tux. MARVEL seem as devoted to promoting DAREDEVIL season 2 as to any of their cinematic efforts. THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE has been a HUGE hit for AMAZON PRIME. And so on.
Of course, it is cyclical. Television , when it first emerged as a medium, was deemed a threat to Cinema full stop. There is always an uneasy co-existence between the art forms. Film relies on television for advertising and television, in turn, picks up visual and other cues from the blockbusters of the day (how many tv dramas now try to be some cross between Bourne, Dark Knight and Girl With..).
But the ongoing champion of BOTH entertainment forms? Without a doubt: HBO. And so, without further ado, here is FRANK MENGARELLI giving us a glimpse of VINYL..
VINYL is everything I have ever wanted from a television show and more. Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter are the creative talents behind HBO’s new flagship show that is as electrifying as it is seminal Scorsese.
Bobby Cannavale headlines as Richie Finestra, a shitty coked out record producer who is self indulgent and narcissistic in the most glorious Scorsese-esque way possible. He’s the perfect culmination of Hank Moody and Tony Soprano.
The pilot was two hours long, introducing us to colorful characters made up of HBO players as well as new and old Scorsese favorites. Cannavale, who has flown under the radar most of his career, turning in memorable performances in Eric Red’s 100 FEET, BLUE JASMINE, DANNY COLLINS, NURSE JACKIE, and the third season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE finally gets his own vehicle to show off his supreme talent.
Ray Romano, Bo Dietl, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, and Andrew Dice Clay are perfectly cast in what I think will be HBO’s next sensational hit. The music is powerful, the sex and drug use is outrageously glorious, and the women are gorgeous. I cannot even wait for the rest of this wild ride.
ABOUT FRANK MENGARELLI:
Everybody relax, Frank’s here! After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank’s favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Steve McQueen and Spike Lee.
Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT (1992), THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS.