Posts by Sean Fennessey
Catching Cards on the River: ‘Mississippi Grind’ Solves the Poker Movie Conundrum
Poker never quite feels real onscreen. Until now.
The Icon Factory: Apple Music, Beats 1, and How to Make a Superstar You Can Own
Can Apple help make Halsey an icon? And what would that mean?
Prescription Filled: Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’ Is Bold, Busy, and Unexpectedly Radical
A look back is the only way forward for the good Doctor.
The Shape of R&B That’s Come: Elijah Blake, Leon Bridges, Miguel, Kali Uchis, and a New-Old Sound in Four Parts
Four artists using the past to look to the future.
Surf’s Up: Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, and the Cresting Tide of Utopia Rap
What ‘Surf,’ ‘At Long Last A$AP,’ and Kendrick Lamar mean for the future of rap.
Cultures Weren’t Opinions: Could a Band As Loud As Nirvana Ever Be Popular Again?
Metz, Girl Band, and a rising noise in indie rock.
Thought Experiment: What If HBO Had Picked Up ‘Mad Men’?
Just imagine the possibilities. Don Draper would definitely not be played by Jon Hamm.
Crank: The Unexpected Return of Charles Grodin, an Irascible Comic Genius
In praise of a long-gone curmudgeon.
The Full Measure: ‘Better Call Saul,’ the Origins of Mike Ehrmantraut, and a Side Man’s Shine
A utility player rises on ‘Better Call Saul.’
Oscar Second Opinion: 2014 Was a Bad Year for Actresses, Unless You Were in ‘Gone Girl’
It’s Rosamund Pike’s show, but all the female characters in David Fincher’s movie shine.