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TV Review: “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl Photo via IMDb.

On the heels of The People v. O.J. Simpson’s success, NBC is attempting to throw their hat into the ring with the exceptionally long-titled, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

Unfortunately, in this new “historical true crime” genre, The Menendez Murders pales in comparison. First of all, the Menendez case lacks much of the lingering public interest that the O.J. Simpson trial has. Second, The Menendez Murders feels cheap and thrown together. It is drowning in sea of bad wigs and lame writing.

The series is stretched out to the max at eight hour-long episodes,

Read more at: http://www.columbusunderground.com/tv-review-law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-ms1

TV Review: “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders …

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl Photo via IMDb.

On the heels of The People v. O.J. Simpson’s success, NBC is attempting to throw their hat into the ring with the exceptionally long-titled, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

Unfortunately, in this new “historical true crime” genre, The Menendez Murders pales in comparison. First of all, the Menendez case lacks much of the lingering public interest that the O.J. Simpson trial has. Second, The Menendez Murders feels cheap and thrown together. It is drowning in sea of bad wigs and lame writing.

The series is stretched out to the max at eight hour-long episodes,

Read more at: http://www.columbusunderground.com/tv-review-law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-ms1

Mindhunter review: Netflix’s David Fincher drama rethinks the cop …

A new way to do a cop show where most episodes see the characters solve a new case — often dubbed a “crime procedural” — is the holy grail of TV development. At this point, there’ve been so many slight variations on the detective template that something like “a stage magician helps the police solve crimes” is an actual show coming to your TV sometime next year.

But I never expected a legitimately new take on the crime procedural to arrive courtesy of Netflix, which is, um, not known for doing case-of-the-week shows.

Mindhunter, a new series with big names like Charlize Theron and David Fincher among its producers, puts a surprisingly compelling spin on the very basic idea of two cops partnering up to solve crimes. We don’t see gruesome acts of violence — outside of the occasional crime-scene photo — and

Read more at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/10/14/16474370/mindhunter-review-netflix-fincher

Blu-ray Review: THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES Chills

Out today from our friends at Scream Factory comes the eagerly awaited home release of The Poughkeepsie Tapes. This film has been hovering at cult status for years, ever since its 2007 Tribeca Film Festival screening, where it was bought by MGM. We’ve never really been told why MGM pulled the film’s theatrical release from its 2008 slate, but the cast and crew seem to think it had to deal with a disastrous screening in Austin. We may never know why the film was yanked, but finally, here it is for collectors to enjoy at home.

Directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, As Above, So Below, No Escape), The Poughkeepsie Tapes centers on the home video collection of hundreds of VHS tapes left behind by a serial killer for police and the FBI.

This

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‘Dirty John’ Podcast Review: LA Times Series an Eerie Story …

The mere fact that “Dirty John” exists proves that John Michael Meehan is not the man we hear that he claimed to be. It’s part of the true crime series dilemma, knowing that the very fact that this story is being told means that trouble is on the way. But rather than approach the lives and times of “Dirty John” in a by-the-book manner, this long-form hybrid is another worthy addition to the ranks of true crime obsessions.

Meehan is the subject of the seven-part podcast feature series, produced by the LA Times and distributed by Wondery, that looks at an unsettling past through the lens of his relationship with Debra Newell, a successful interior designer who made her home at different locations across southern California before and after meeting Meehan. As the story of Meehan’s past unfolds, the audience learns the truth along with

Read more at: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/10/dirty-john-podcast-review-la-times-series-true-crime-1201883445/

‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’: TV Review

The story of Erik and Lyle Menendez has gripping elements, but the first two hours of Dick Wolf’s NBC miniseries are full of filler and wigs.

On Aug. 20, 1989, Lyle and Erik Menendez murdered their parents in the den of their comfortable Beverly Hills home.

Advertisements for NBC’s Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which premieres Tuesday, boast that it was “the crime that shocked America.”

Unlike NBC, I’m not qualified to speak for “America,” only for myself, but I remember being only marginally shocked by the Menendez murders. Maybe I just never bought into the idea that wealth was insulation against horrible violence and therefore the “If this could happen to this rich family, it could happen to anybody” narrative never elevated the case for me, just as I never understood the special attention given to the JonBenet Ramsey case. It’s not that these aren’t tragedies, but

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Review: A ‘Law and Order’ Where ‘Whodunit’ Meets ‘Who Cares’

“Menendez,” written by Mr. Wolf’s longtime associate Rene Balcer, also borrows a tabloid murder case — that of Lyle and Erik Menendez (Miles Gaston Villanueva and Gus Halper), who were convicted in 1996 for the murder of their parents in 1989.

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But it’s more mechanical and less thoughtful, lacking a larger curiosity. Its first two plodding episodes play like the opening acts of a way-too-extended episode of the original “Law Order.”

The series, beginning Tuesday, opens on a lurid, slow-motion re-creation of the shotgun murder, then shifts into police-procedural mode. (We hear our first chung-chung! sound effect twelve minutes or so in.)

This means spending a lot of time with the investigators, Detective Les Zoeller (Sam Jaeger) and Detective Tom Linehan (Cliff Chamberlain) — who are so personality-free my notes distinguish them only as “Mustache” and “No Mustache”

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/arts/television/law-and-order-menendez-murders-review.html

‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Review: NBC Series Lacks Juice

There is a point in  Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders where the Eddie Falco-portrayed Leslie Abramson assures Gus Halper’s Erik Menendez that, as his defense lawyer, she won’t let him be rolled over by the cops and prosecutors for the killing of his parents. Unfortunately, with too many distracting wigs, monologues and a lack of drama, NBC’s latest outcropping of Dick Wolf’s empire that premieres September 26 does try to roll you, and that’s a real TV crime.

A clear attempt to capture some of the lightning in a bottle from FX’s 2016 Emmy-sweeping The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the eight-episode Menendez Murders centers on the sordid tale of brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez. Citing sexual abuse and more as a defense, the duo finally was found guilty in 1996 of the first-degree murder of their wealthy

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/09/law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-review-eddie-falco-josh-charles-dick-wolf-nbc-video-1202174702/

[WATCH] ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Review …

There is a point in  Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders where the Eddie Falco-portrayed Leslie Abramson assures Gus Halper’s Erik Menendez that, as his defense lawyer, she won’t let him be rolled over by the cops and prosecutors for the killing of his parents. Unfortunately, with too many distracting wigs, monologues and a lack of drama, NBC’s latest outcropping of Dick Wolf’s empire that premieres September 26 does try to roll you, and that’s a real TV crime.

A clear attempt to capture some of the lightning in a bottle from FX’s 2016 Emmy-sweeping The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the eight-episode Menendez Murders centers on the sordid tale of brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez. Citing sexual abuse and more as a defense, the duo finally was found guilty in 1996 of the first-degree murder of their wealthy

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/09/law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-review-eddie-falco-josh-charles-dick-wolf-nbc-video-1202174702/

TV Review: ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders …

The first time “Law Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf attempted to tell the story of the Menendez brothers, it was in the first-season episode “The Serpent’s Tooth,” which aired in March 1991. In the episode, wealthy squash aficionados Greg (Stephen Mailer) and Nick (Matt Hofherr) Jarmon are held on suspicion of murdering their parents, Evelyn and Karl, after the two are shot point blank with one of the family’s shotguns. The details were sanded off, but the voyeurist rush of peering into a scandal remained.

As is the case with many such “Law Order” episodes, the central moral quandary didn’t need to be solved because of a third act twist. In real life, Lyle and Erik Menendez killed their parents, confessed to the murders, alleged physical and sexual abuse at the hands of both parents and in 1996 were sent to prison without the

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/law-and-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-review-dick-wolf-1202564695/