TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 22, 2018
If you're a fan of Al Pacino, the only way to see him act anymore is in HBO Original Movies. From Angels in America and You Don't Know Jack to Phil Spector and now Paterno, Pacino does his best work when confined to the small screen playing men who kept their rage tightly concealed from the public.
It's baffling to me that Pacino can constantly find himself in garbage theatrical movies—88 Minutes, Righteous Kill, Jack & Jill, Manglehorn—yet every time he's on HBO, it's a home run. It's absolutely baffling to me. Are they the only ones holding him accountable? Is HBO the only place that anyone's telling Pacino he can't simply rely on screaming and hoo-hah-ing his way through everything.
Paterno looks like it could be another excellent performance from a guy you used to count on to deliver one every time he was in a movie. The excitement of Pacino or DeNiro appearing in a movie is over. Mostly when I see them now, I hope they just don't embarrass themselves. Paterno doesn't have an official release date yet, just vaguely listed as premiering on HBO "This Spring." It does make me wonder, however, just how far away we are from this...