10 Performances from the First Half that Oscar Must Remember
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10 Performances from the First Half that Oscar Must Remember

By Joseph Braverman on July 3, 2013

Clayne Crawford in The Baytown Outlaws (Best Actor):

It’s tough to get awards buzz when the film you participated in comes out so early in the year. Even more difficult is when that early release is universally panned and has such a brief theatrical run that it’s practically seen as a straight-to-video flick. The Baytown Outlaws doesn’t deserve the excoriation it’s received, but it’s not exactly high art either. And yet, who could have imagined that such a little-seen movie would showcase a stupendous performance by a young actor that’s yet to break out? Clayne Crawford has worked as a supporting player in several films and television shows for a while now, but director Barry Battle’s pulpy Western gives Crawford the reins to lead, and lead he does. Crawford exudes Southern Cowboy charm despite his seedy appearance and even seedier line of work. But what really impressed me was the sensitivity Crawford brought to his role as the leader of the deadly Oodie Brothers. Safeguarding a handicapped teenager (Game of Thrones‘ Thomas Brodie-Sangster) from gangsters that want to retrieve him for their boss, Brick Oodie proves to be a killer with a heart. Crawford imbues his protagonist with a kindness not seen in these ultra violent shoot-em-up films, increasing the taste level of this subgenre in the process. Crawford is one of 2013′s great discoveries, an Emile Hirsch meets Matthew McConaughey-type who deserves to star in high-profile films from now on. But for the time being, Crawford at least warrants some awards recognition for his fantastic performance in this year’s The Baytown Outlaws.

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Cool stuff on DVD today: ‘Rectify’ and more
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Cool stuff on DVD today: ‘Rectify’ and more

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Release o’ the week: Rectify. I can’t praise this Sundance Channel series enough, particularly for its ability to say so much with so few words — lead character Daniel Holden is not a talkative man — and to present the South in a non-stereotypical, non-campy way. The story focuses on a man who is released from prison after nearly 20 years on death row. Thankfully, it has been renewed for a second season; the first is only six episodes.

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‘Rectify’ Stars Dissect Sundance Channel’s ‘Emotionally Intense’ Drama
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‘Rectify’ Stars Dissect Sundance Channel’s ‘Emotionally Intense’ Drama

7:00 AM PDT 4/22/2013 by Philiana Ng

The six-hour effort from the producers of “Breaking Bad” explores the intricacies of a convict released into small-town America after nearly 20 years in prison.

Following Jane Campion‘s Top of the Lake, the Sundance Channel doles out its latest high-profile drama in Rectify.

A six-part series from creator Ray McKinnon and Breaking Bad producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, Rectify picks up when Daniel Holden, who was convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend, is released from prison after spending 19 years on death row and now returns as an outsider to a world he doesn’t fully understand anymore.

In a rousing review, The Hollywood Reporter‘s chief TV critic Tim Goodman called Rectify a “superb character study,” which “lets viewers bathe in what it must be like for a man to experience the shock of lost time and the wonder of a second chance.”

TV REVIEW: Sundance Channel’s ‘Rectify’

“It’s very much the story of how we as a society have gotten to a point where we have legitimized murder, and somebody escapes that through a series of legalities and is let loose in a world that has tried to shed him,” said star Aden Young at a recent luncheon. “In doing so, he brings everything that has defined this town back to the forefront of people’s lives and that frightens the s— out of everyone because people have made their careers on it and other people are skeptical of the possibility of his innocence.”

It’s fair to say Daniel’s release isn’t met with open arms. Clayne Crawford‘s character, Ted, Daniel’s stepbrother he’s never met, is one of those people unhappy about Daniel’s reintegration. “A lot of people feel threatened, and I think that’s just small-town America,” Crawford said. “Change is terrifying.”

Boarding the project seemed to be a no-brainer for those involved; some castmembers even noted that Rectify moves at a snail’s pace compared to that of AMC’s Mad Men.

“Reading [the script], it felt like a Faulkner novel,” Abigail Spencer, who plays Daniel’s younger sister Amantha, told THR.

For Young, there was something gratifying about diving into a role that relied so little on dialogue.

VIDEOS: Sundance Film Festival 2013: THR’s Video Diaries

“It’s a joy to play somebody so still,” he said of his character, who barely cracks a smile. “It’s a challenge to convey very little. The physical reality of living in a box and wearing shackles, your movement is limited to 18 inches or 12 inches really, and suddenly the world is opened right in front of you. You just feel like someone who has literally fallen to earth. There’s a paralyzing nature that you have to bring in.”

Young added: “He’s very much afraid of feeling anything, because if he feels, something might break. Death might still be around the corner: Is it going to be today? Is it going to be next week? Is it five stays of execution? How many lives do I actually get? Is this real? That’s a question we pose.”

His biggest obstacle in playing the internal intricacies was maintaining Daniel’s truth. “I had to go to that place of rawness so I wasn’t lying to him about the human being. So much that we express on television and cinema is crap because we’re afraid of being touched, of tenderness, as if they’re talons,” Young said. “Ray wasn’t afraid of going to that world where tenderness exists, where sadness is a factor. You take that and you think how can you break that down? The reality is, you just be. Hopefully that is enough for an audience to become intrigued and empathetic.”

Young, who didn’t want to find out whether Daniel was guilty of the murder he was jailed for, argued that escapism in entertainment doesn’t leave a lasting effect. “The film or TV of quality, I think it should be about inviting you back into yourself as opposed to trying to get away from where you are,” he reasoned.

The stillness that McKinnon captured on-camera added another layer to the suspense, castmembers affirmed. “It feels like the seemingly mundane becomes much more suspenseful,” said Spencer. “The things we do that no one’s watching suddenly feel like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going to happen! Oh, he’s just going to buy water.’ ”

For Spencer, the awkward car ride between Daniel and Amantha following Daniel’s prison exit  was a moment that stood out, if only because it was a way into McKinnon’s mind. “What an interesting choice to go to the car scene [between Amantha and Daniel] leaving the prison. There’s not much going on but choosing that moment, I’m really drawn to ones Ray chose to explore because they were so thoughtful,” she said.

Filming in the South was a homecoming for Southerners Spencer and Crawford. So much so that the cast would often go roller-skating on the weekends, simply because there was nothing else to do. And though Rectify‘s subject matter is serious, the seasoned cast — whom Spencer dubbed “under the radar” — would often resort to humor and hijinks when moments got too tense.

“Most of the emotion happened during the takes because it’d almost be too much,” she said. “You could never go that far from the undercurrent because the whole season takes place in the first week.” Young echoed that sentiment, telling THR, “It was hard to shoot. It was emotionally intense for all of us, so we at times would be exhausted.” One day had the cast filming for 19 straight hours, he recalled.

The final thing that Young shot for Rectify was Daniel’s confession from 19 years previous. “We did 12 hours [worth] of interrogation for 45 minutes,” he recalled. “Ray and I sat in a little van where Ray was playing the sheriff and I was playing Daniel as a young boy; Daniel was high as a kite. The question of what happened that night [of the murder] is a foggy one.”

There were times during filming when Young found it difficult to separate himself from the grim reality Daniel faced.

“You lose the ability to manufacture reality away from the take and your brain stem starts saying, ‘You’re really sad,’ when you’re not. There’s nothing to be sad about except the performance that you’re playing is telling your body is really sad,” he told THR. “That confusion at times can be very exhausting.”

Rectify debuts as a six-episode series, but there could be a continuation to Daniel’s story should the opportunity arise.

“I think Ray has a pretty firm idea where he wants to go with the story,” Young told THR. “In the brief discussions we have had, there’s a whole landscape. Ray and I have talked, speculatively, about the idea of Daniel just getting on the train and going out to America. What would happen there if that were the case.”

Rectify premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on Sundance Channel.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

 

 

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.Netflix To Offer Canada ‘Rectify’ at Same Time as Sundance Channel in U.S.
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.Netflix To Offer Canada ‘Rectify’ at Same Time as Sundance Channel in U.S.

 

The online streaming giant gets exclusive broadcast premiere window rights to the series created by Oscar winner Ray McKinnon.

LONDON — Netflix and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked a deal giving the online streaming giant exclusive broadcast premiere window rights to original scripted series Rectify in Canada.

Netflix launched the first two episodes just days after the production premiered on the Sundance Channel in the U.S.

The rest of the series will roll out weekly in line with the U.S. broadcast, ITV and Netflix said.

VIDEO: ‘Rectify’ Stars Dissect Sundance Channel’s ‘Emotionally Intense’ Drama

Rectify follows the life of Daniel Holden upon his release from jail after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence disputed the state’s original case. Only 18 years old when convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old, he returns to his family and his hometown faced with many who still think him guilty.

Rectify stars Aden Young (Killer Elite) alongside Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, TV’s Mad Men) as well as Clayne Crawford (Justified), Adelaide Clemens (Lie to Me) and J. Smith Cameron (True Blood) and Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz).

The Sundance Channel U.S. original drama was created and written by Oscar winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant), who serves as executive producer, along with Gran Via’s Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad).

TV REVIEW: Sundance Channel’s ‘Rectify’

ITV Studios Global Entertainment svp, global digital media and home entertainment, Dan Gopal said: “We are delighted that Netflix is premiering the series in Canada, and offering their viewers the opportunity to watch Rectify in the same week as the U.S. audience. This illustrates both the international demand for this incredible series, plus our commitment to enable global audiences to enjoy new content as close as possible to the premiere market.”

Netflix vp of content acquisition Sean Carey said: “We are pleased to be the home for Rectify in Canada and pleased to make such a quality series available at the same time it airs in the United States.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Quote from: Slow-building ‘Rectify’ puts a new spin on an old story
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A couple of supporting roles deserve special mention as well. Crawford is very good as slippery stepbrother Ted Jr., a man who is conflicted by random impulses to do the “right thing” by the family he so obviously loves, but he is also deeply worried about how he is going to keep the family auto parts business out of Daniel’s hands, a business the Talbot men took over when Janet remarried after the death of Daniel’s father.

Source: Cape Breton Post

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Rectify Renewed by Sundance for Second Season
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Rectify Renewed by Sundance for Second Season

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May 1st, 2013

New York, NY – May 1, 2013 – On the heels of its critically lauded, highly anticipated premiere last week, Sundance Channel announced the renewal of the network’s first wholly owned original scripted series “Rectify” for ten new episodes slated to air in 2014. The haunting story of a man released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row, “Rectify” has been overwhelmingly well-received by critics when it debuted on Monday, April 22nd, including Matt Roush at TV Guide, who rated the series a “10 out of 10” and called it “TV’s most absorbing, unsettling new drama.” Jace Lacob, TV Critic for The Daily Beast dubbed “Rectify” “the best new show of 2013” and Mary McNamara at the Los Angeles Times said “’Rectify’ is a revelation that sets a new standard… a game changer.” “Rectify” is created and written by Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, “Deadwood,” “Sons Of Anarchy”), and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, the award-winning producers behind “Breaking Bad.” Season one will finale on May 20 at 10pm EST.

Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel President and General Manager, stated, “The response to ‘Rectify’ has been incredible. We feel as though this story has tapped into something truly unique, with both critics and audiences using their platforms to share such strong, personal reactions to this very distinctive TV series. There’s so much drama and character that’s been set up in the first season, it will be electrifying to see where Rectify goes in season two.”

“Rectify” tells the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who is released after serving nearly 20 years in complete isolation on death row, as he returns as an outsider to his family, to his COMMUNITY, and to the times. Somehow, he survived the mental and emotional strain of his imprisonment, but now the walls have suddenly come crumbling down and Daniel is set free in a world he no longer understands. He’s an outsider, lost in a once familiar world, struggling to navigate his new found freedom. Combined with two decades of technological and social changes to his small town and the larger world, everything he encounters is a puzzle. Daniel’s unexpected presence not only throws his family into disarray, it ripples out to all the people connected to his case – the prosecutor who rode the notoriety to become a State Senator, the Sheriff who pushed the boundaries of the investigation, and the entire town of Paulie, GA, that blamed him for killing one of their own. Like a deadly spark, Daniel’s release reignites the mystery, the power plays, and the questionable justice that condemned him.

Also starring in “Rectify” alongside Aden Young (Killer Elite, The Tree) as Daniel Holden are Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and Aliens, Mad Men,” Oz the Great and Powerful), who portrays Amantha Holden, Daniel Holden’s younger sister who believes completely in his innocence and has devoted her entire adult life to securing his release; J. Smith Cameron (“True Blood”, Margaret) who plays Janet Talbot, Daniel’s loving mother, who has been living with the impending death of her son for nineteen years and who long ago had made peace with the loss of her son, giving up on any hope for his release; Luke Kirby (Take this Waltz, “Slings and Arrows”) tackles the role of Jon Stern, Daniel’s lawyer who works for an organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted; Clayne Crawford (A Walk to Remember) portrays Ted Talbot, Jr., Daniel’s stepbrother whom he had never previously met; Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, The Great Gatsby) plays Tawney Talbot, Ted’s kind-hearted wife; and Jake Austin Walker (The Chaperone) plays Daniel’s half brother Jared.

“Rectify” is shot on location in Griffin, Georgia, near Atlanta. The second season will go back into production later this year.

 

Source: TV By the Numbers

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Gallery Update – Rectify, Graceland, and God’s Beach
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Gallery Update – Rectify, Graceland, and God’s Beach

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‘Rectify’ stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford on the gritty drama
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‘Rectify’ stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford on the gritty drama

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April 22, 2013

 

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Image Credit: James Minchin III/Sundance Channel

The Sundance Channel’s new show bows Monday night, boasting a very slow and emotional build over its six-episode arc. EW spoke to three of the show’s stars about the characters they play on the gritty, lifelike new scripted fare.

Aden Young, Abigail Spencer and Clayne Crawford opened up about the places they had to go and the emotions they had to portray as they dove headfirst into this depiction of a man who is released from prison into the uncertain world of a small Southern town — and the family who surrounds him.

Aden Young on Daniel Holden, the man who was recently released from death row

“You feel like a man who literally has fallen to earth,” Young said of his character. “There’s a sort of paralyzing nature of that world inside. He’s very much afraid of feeling anything because if he feels it might break.”

He said he explored the concept of moving a person from one extreme — limited space and no freedom — to another by releasing Daniel from prison.

“The subtext is, is this real?” Young said. “Is this world that we live in real? Can you bring a human being out of that terrible sadness and say ‘have a beer?’ It’s a story of how we as a society have legitimized murder and somebody escapes that through a series of legalities and is let loose in this world that has tried to shed him.”

Is there a method to getting into such a still, stoic character’s mind?

“Vodka,” he deadpanned.

Abigal Spencer on Amantha, Daniel’s sister who fought for 18 years to get him out of prison

Spencer was drawn to the character because of her unique name.

“I am from a really small Southern town and I had never heard that name before,” she said. “This is like next level Southern.”

She said there were many accuracies in the depiction of a small southern town — from the marshmallow creme in the pantries to the cultural wasteland of a town dominated by a Wal-Mart culture. The character was certainly a departure from her own nature.

“The first thing I did when I got to Griffin, I was like where are the hipsters,” Spencer joked. “I know they’re here. And we found them. It was kids who were in bands and had toured and lived life and then came back and were like “we’re going to bring the hipster to Griffin.”

Beyond her desire to explore counter-culture, Spencer also cited a big difference between she and Amantha.

“I am not a smoker,” Spencer said. “At the beginning I was smoking but then I was like I can’t do this, give me the fake stuff. Finding the way Amantha smokes and everything …  It was so good though, because it changes you chemically and Amantha has a way of smoking. It’s the motion of it and there’s a little bit … Ray said Amantha kind of smokes like Bette Davis, like she had seen a lot of movies growing up.”

Clayne Crawford on Teddy, Daniel’s step-brother who isn’t  sure how he feels about Daniel’s release

Clayne Crawford said a lot of his character’s uncertainty comes from the fact that Daniel’s freedom affects his livelihood and creates an uncertain future. Teddy inherited what would probably have been Daniel’s position in the family business and is unhappy about finding a new job.

“Teddy doesn’t like things to change,” Crawford said. “He likes things staying the exact same. I grew up in the south so for me it wasn’t a stretch at all – I knew these guys.”

Source: EW

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Sundance Channel’s ‘Rectify’ is the Best New Show of 2013 (spoilers)
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Sundance Channel’s ‘Rectify’ is the Best New Show of 2013 (spoilers)

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Sundance Channel’s ‘Rectify,’ which begins on Monday, is a weighty meditation on crime, punishment, beauty, and solitude. It is also insanely riveting television, says Jace Lacob.

Sundance Channel, the indie-centric network that is closely aligned with corporate sibling AMC, is quickly ascending to a place of prominence in an increasingly fragmented television landscape. For the longest time, the network was identifiable as the home of independent films, repeats of Lisa Kudrow’s short-lived HBO mockumentary The Comeback, and some forgettable reality fare. It lacked a cohesive programming identity and existed within the same hazy hinterlands as IFC.

 

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Adelaide Clemens as Tawney and Aden Young as Daniel in Sundance Channel’s Rectify. (Sundance Channel)

 

But in the last year, Sundance Channel has found itself in the white-hot spotlight normally reserved for AMC home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead—thanks to a slew of high-profile and critically acclaimed shows, like the gripping paraplegic unscripted series Push Girls, Jane Campion’s haunting mystery drama Top of the Lake, and now Rectify, a six-episode drama that begins Monday.

The network’s first wholly owned original series, Rectify, created by Ray McKinnon, is exactly the type of show that would have once aired on AMC. (Ironically enough, it was originally developed for the channel.) It’s a breathtaking work of immense beauty and a thought-provoking meditation on the nature of crime and punishment, of identity and solitude, of guilt and absolution. It is, quite simply, the best new show of 2013.

Sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) is released from prison after 19 years, when his original sentence is vacated, due to new DNA evidence that was overlooked at the time of his original trial. Thanks to the persistence of his headstrong sister, Amantha (a perfectly flinty Abigail Spencer), and his lawyer, Jon Stern (Luke Kirby), Daniel returns home to his mother (True Blood’s J. Smith-Cameron) and to a world he hasn’t seen since he was a teenager. In the small town of Paulie, Georgia, Daniel must rediscover a life forgotten and distant, while outside forces look to demonize him and swing the executioner’s axe once more.

 

With Rectify, McKinnon creates a world of light and darkness, and of heaven and hell, one that exerts a powerful gravity from which it is impossible to escape.

 

I watched the six-episode first season of Rectify with the sort of rapt attention one usually reserves for high-end television dramas these days, but with one distinct difference. Like Top of the Lake before it, I watched Rectify in two sittings, eagerly speeding through these six episodes with almost beatific devotion. I don’t want to call that “binge watching,” because binge has a rather negative connotation (it implies that you should, perhaps, feel guilt for overindulging). Instead, I see it as “holistic viewing,” attempting to judge the work on its complete form, rather than on just its individual parts.

 

In either case, however, Rectify embraces a gritty independent cinema feel, delivering installments (and a larger whole) that is both transcendent and weighty, and able to be enjoyed and felt on multiple levels. The twin overarching plots—Did Daniel commit this heinous crime and, if not, who did? How does Daniel readjust to life outside prison?—are merely a gateway for exploring a host of substantive issues, ranging from morality and religious belief to issues of connection and isolation.

 

After a two-decade stint on death row, Daniel emerges to a world that he does not recognize, and which largely sees him as a figure of scorn and hatred or, at the very least, curiosity and suspicion. Young delivers a dazzling performance as Daniel, a man metaphorically untethered from time and space. Daniel often feels as though he is still in high school, rather than a man in his late 30s; Young imbues a scene of him in the bath, staring at his reflection and the unfamiliar lines on his face, with a sense of wonder and dread. A DVD player becomes an emblem of time’s swift passage; an ancient video game console (and Sonic the Hedgehog) a connection to his lost youth.

Within Rectify, time itself seems fluid and yielding, as the action ricochets between Daniel’s reawakening to sensations and his time on death row, best embodied in his friendship with a fellow death row convict, Kerwin, played with immense compassion by Johnny Ray Gill. Here, in a virtual no-man’s land, Daniel finds himself trapped between an angel and devil, a sort of cinder block purgatory where, condemned to death, he awaits the final verdict. On the outside, Daniel finds himself adrift, and despite the well-meaning intentions of his family, he wanders, lost, in a vast wilderness. His saintly sister-in-law, Tawney (Adelaide Clemens, who could easily be a long-lost sibling of Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan), offers Daniel a tether, seeing her faith as a way of saving his soul.

 

Daniel himself seems to exist outside or above human emotion, exhibiting a sort of Zen calm that is at odds with his situation. Young speaks in a deliberately slow, languid style—one that echoes the show itself—as if he is relearning human language word by word. But despite the morose overtones, the show thrives in its depiction of beauty, which it finds in the natural world and in the unexpected connections between people. A grove of trees becomes something profound, a sunrise something majestic, an embrace an electric current. Everything Daniel encounters—including himself—is a puzzle to be solved.

 

Despite the intensity of the townspeople’s gaze and the palpable heat of their hatred, Young’s Daniel retains a sense of wonder about the world around him as he rediscovers what it means to be human. Daniel’s release from prison creates ripples throughout Paulie, and his presence has unforeseen consequences for all of his family’s members. Rifts form where there were none; the marriage between Daniel’s thorny step-brother, Ted Jr. (Clayne Crawford), and Tawney suddenly splintering under scrutiny. And when Ted Jr. trains his rancor onto Daniel, the results are startling.

 

Rectify deftly walks a wire-thin tightrope when it comes to Daniel’s guilt or innocence. What happened the night of Hannah’s murder remains a tantalizing mystery, one with clues sprinkled throughout the six episodes. While Daniel attempts to come to terms with his hard-earned freedom, others—including a venal state senator (Michael O’Neill) and a lazy sheriff (J.D. Evermore)—look to pin the blame for Hannah’s rape and murder back onWith Rectify, McKinnon creates a world of light and darkness, and of heaven and hell, one that exerts a powerful gravity from which it is impossible to escape. Still, there are glimpses of pure joy to be found here, moments of profound beauty and intensity that are unlike anything else on television. And when Amantha comes across Daniel dancing to Cracker’s “Low” on his ancient Walkman in the attic, and she can’t help but smile, it reminds us that, even in the valley of the shadow of death, the human spirit is unbreakable.

 

 

The Daily Beast

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