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Gov. McCall Cullen
Grey Haired Man
Alderman Lalo Mata
Plays out at on an operatic level that would satisfy all but the most bloodthirsty fans of The Sopranos.
Excessively lurid. Kane's family life begins with cliche. His marriage has deteriorated to the point where his wife (Connie Nielsen) is just political window dressing... Like Kane, Boss is dangerously close to losing control.
Boss rarely takes its foot off the accelerator and the filming style, with frequent lingering closeups of eyes or lips, magnifies the intensity.
Boss is electric with self-importance, and that is in itself is a hoot, given its particular combination of thematic pomp and expressionistic pulp.
The script is tight and ambitious, as it attempts to anatomize corruption in the big city.
Boss can be a little over-cooked or even half-baked at times in its depiction of time-honored Windy City corruption. But it's got a great big bite to it, with never a dull moment or badly shot scene.
The pilot of Starz's new series Boss is impressive: very strong cast, a plethora of powerful moments throughout, and wonderfully directed by Gus Van Sant.
Perhaps the best show on television right now... Mortality, corruption and politics have come packaged together for ages, however the way Boss uses conventional ideas of gender as a vessel for these negative traits is compelling.
Boss isn't pretty, but it's certainly powerful, the kind of drama that's so grim, even the weather seems to play along.
In a gross miscalculation of how much cynicism can be tolerated, and ultimately believed, Boss oversteps its boundaries and sometimes finds itself wallowing in its own preposterousness.
An exceptionally well-crafted show. But it's grim. And it's dour. And it's about as depressing to watch as a show can get. If only the characters smiled now and then.
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