Notorious perfectionist David Fincher doesn’t like it when foreheads move

David Fincher is a notorious perfectionist. Any actor who has worked with him will tell you that the man likes to do a lot of takes and there are dozens of video essays on YouTube that can attest to the precision of his cinematography. But, in a recent group interview at Vulture Fest, the cast of Netflix’s Mindhunter…

The Mindhunter cast says that the show doesn’t glorify serial killers

The new Netflix drama Mindhunter explores the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, as investigators interview imprisoned serial killers in an effort to understand their motivations. In the video above, star Holt McCallany explains how the show tries not to glorify or romanticize serial killers, instead…

The cast of Mindhunter thinks it's cool you watched the show in 2 days

Netflix’s new drama Mindhunter explores the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, as investigators interview imprisoned serial killers in an effort to understand their motivations. As is common for Netflix shows, Mindhunter seems to breed endless discussion and debate. The A.V. Club recently sat down with…

A disappointing finale brings Mindhunter's first season to an inconclusive end

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The final episode of Mindhunter’s first season depicts a pyrrhic victory. Holden Ford, the Behavior Science Unit’s boy wonder, gets a confession out of a man who raped and murdered a 12-year-old girl and becomes a media sensation overnight. But the fallout from both the attention the case brings on the BSU and the…

The "serial killer" is born in a Mindhunter that shows the team at their best—and worst

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For the Behavioral Science Unit, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The penultimate episode of Mindhunter Season 1 shows the team operating at the peak of their powers, working in in tandem to create the term for which they’ll go down in history: “serial killer.” It also depicts faultlines forming…

The pleasure principal: Mindhunter's Agent Ford learns about power from a killer, then goes outside the system to wield it

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For Mindhunter to succeed, its investigations have to be successful too. That doesn’t mean Holden, Bill, and Wendy need to solve every case or understand every unique pathology they encounter. It simply means that the temperament and technique that help them produce their best work — the blend of curiosity,…

Building a mystery: The Mindhunter team creates the science of serial killers

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Twitter is a portal straight into hell, but every so often a li’l angel of insight manages to spread its wings and fly out of its maw. So I offer a sincere thank you to the twitter user who put into words something I might not have been able to put my finger on otherwise: The more like a procedural Mindhunter becomes,…

The boys from the Bureau make a breakthrough—and gain a partner—as Mindhunter's hunt continues 

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Two out of three episodes of Mindhunter have begun with brief, decontextualized scenes starring the man who will become the infamous BTK Killer. Two out of three episodes have not concluded or reached a climax so much as just…stopped, at the end of a scene that feels like it could have fallen anywhere within the hour…