Saturday, August 22, 2009

The reason to watch.....is D'Onofrio's performance

Degree of poetic justice in television crime drama
The Star Phoenix
Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service, 8.22.09

Law & Order: Criminal Intent has always been treated like the unwanted stepchild of the Law & Order universe, even though it features one of TV's most eccentric and oddly hypnotic performances.

The brainchild of Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and Montreal native Rene Balcer, a former Concordia University English major and one-time staff writer for the (now-defunct) Montreal Star, early episodes of L&O: CI played like an updated version of Columbo, in which a dishevelled-but-brilliant detective, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, plays cat-and-mouse games with ingenious criminals (almost) as smart as he is.

In recent seasons, as Balcer left the show -- to help revive the original Law & Order -- L&O: CI has adopted a more melodramatic tone. Tonight's repeat, from June, is loosely based on the infamous Madeleine McCann case, in which a three-year-old girl vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal while her parents were dining in a restaurant just metres away.

In the L&O: CI version, Goren and his partner, Det. Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe), are investigating a hotel robbery when they learn a toddler has been abducted at the same time a thief was allegedly breaking into people's rooms.

Here, similarities to the McCann case end -- there's a jaw-dropping twist at the end that feels more like the product of a TV writer's imagination than something that could happen in real life -- but the reason to watch, as always, is for D'Onofrio's performance.

He has a way of burying himself in the role of a brilliant but damaged sleuth. The performance is made all the more surreal in tonight's episode by the seeming continuity problems: D'Onofrio's beard, which was shaved in subsequent episodes, is full one minute, a 5 o'clock shadow with whiskers the next, semi-shaved the moment after that and then back to the full ZZ Top. Full article

CI episode "Folie a Deux" airs tonight on NBC 8pm.

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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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