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Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Dark Horse and “Copper: Season One”

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Dark Horse

The protagonist (Jordan Gelber) is a doughy, middle-aged man-child living with his parents and his action figures in this darkly perceptive suburban comedy from the director of Welcome to the Dollhouse. Todd Solondz is masterful at thrusting audiences into uncomfortable situations many of us have experienced—or at least witnessed from a safe distance. Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow co-star as the parents and Selma Blair plays the reluctant love interest in this oddly moving tale of dysfunction.

“Copper: Season One”

The BBC series picks up where Gangs of New York ended—in the Big rotten Apple of the Civil War. Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) prowls the Irish neighborhoods, dispatching cutthroats with Dirty Harry aplomb and defending the vulnerable, including African Americans and homeless children. Muddy, stinking Five Points is a suitably gritty backdrop in this unique police procedural from a time when procedure meant shoot first and shout “Police!” second.


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