In a bloody season finale, Godless loses its own final battle

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Godless’s season finale is not without merit, though you’ve got to dig deep beneath the mountain of corpses it’s perched on to find it. From the start, creator-writer-director Scott Frank has wielded the bright sun of the show’s Western setting like a gunslinger of light and shadow, and he puts that talent to work…

Despite flashbacks and Frank Griffin's softer side, Godless is still just good enough

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Never mind the title,“Fathers & Sons.” This episode of Godless’s present-day action nor the suite of flashbacks that complement it pertain to that relationship. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there’s a single father-and-son moment depicted at all. This just one episode after “Wisdom of the Horse,” which at times…

Godless offers a solid, sunlit, star-studded take on the Western's rough comforts

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Godless has two major factors in its favor: the sun and the stars. The former glares into the mud-caked eyes of Sheriff Bill McNue (Scoot McNairy), a lawman who’s secretly going blind, then shines down on a field where he collects flowers to place on his late wife’s grave with a brightness that echoes his still-warm…

Jeff Daniels and the cast of Godless aren’t sure why we romanticize the Old West

Netflix’s Godless is set in the Old West and follows notorious criminal Frank Griffin (played by Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws on a mission of revenge. It’s the latest entry in Hollywood’s long history of television and film set in the Old West. In the video above, we asked the cast of Godless—Jeff Daniels,…

Jeff Daniels leaves the speeches to someone else in 1st trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Godless 

The last time Jeff Daniels led a TV series, he was given to all kinds of pontificating (well, his character was, and even then, those were just Aaron Sorkin’s words). But in the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank’s Godless, Daniels is all searching looks and wordless threats. Unfortunately, this…

Halt And Catch Fire returns with an assured, graceful two-part premiere

If there’s a lingering criticism to be made of Halt And Catch Fire’s storytelling going into this fourth and final season, it’s that the show’s underlying schematics aren’t always gracefully integrated into the drama. I’d say it’s “programmatic,” if you’d allow a computer pun this early in the season. Still, in…

A naturalistic Schwarzenegger can’t save Aftermath, a drama on autopilot

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In his heyday as a global movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger usually played characters with super generic Anglo names—a Gallic shrug on the matter of onscreen credibility, since it was a given that he could only ever look and sound exactly like an Austrian-born former bodybuilder. Even in Kindergarten Cop, which for…

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