May 5, 2022 at 7:06 pm #1204943591
Released today on HBO Max. Currently 79 on Metacritic with 24 reviews. Starring Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, & Dane DeHaan. Directed by Antonio Campos.
Trailer link here:
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, “The Staircase” explores the life of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen (Toni Collette) after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their North Carolina estate, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed.
braydenfitzsimmonsJoined:May 3rd, 2015Topics:Posts:May 6, 2022 at 5:40 pm #1204944906
Not sure if this counts as a spoiler since it’s a true story, but it’s so funny how this is based on a documentary, and the making/filming of a the documentary is a plot point from episode 2 onwards.ReplyCopy URL
VilleneuveJoined:Apr 8th, 2020Topics:Posts:May 7, 2022 at 10:04 am #1204945438
My god this show is just incredible, hope it gets the viewers it deserves! Everybody is bringing their A game especially Collette and ColinReplyCopy URL
methaddictionJoined:Aug 1st, 2017Topics:Posts:May 7, 2022 at 11:21 am #1204945481
That scene with Collette in episode 2 was so disturbing..ReplyCopy URL
ReisJoined:Jun 17th, 2014Topics:Posts:May 8, 2022 at 8:49 am #1204946066
Colin Firth and Antonio Campos’s directing are great, best parts of the show. Episode 2, ‘Chiroptera’, was brutal and very intense.ReplyCopy URL
kat_ebbsJoined:Jun 10th, 2021Topics:Posts:May 8, 2022 at 9:21 am #1204946109
Colin Firth and Antonio Campos’s directing are great, best parts of the show. Episode 2, ‘Chiroptera’, was brutal and very intense.
Geez that final shot. I had to take a break between that and starting episode 3. Stayed with me.ReplyCopy URL
lorelei lorJoined:Dec 20th, 2017Topics:Posts:May 8, 2022 at 2:01 pm #1204946346
Not me not recognizing Sophie Turner until the third episode 👀
probablyROBJoined:Jul 7th, 2012Topics:Posts:May 8, 2022 at 9:05 pm #1204946569
Watching the opening scene of this show: He totally killed her lolReplyCopy URL
ReisJoined:Jun 17th, 2014Topics:Posts:May 12, 2022 at 9:44 pm #1204950702
Why HBO choose Time Travelers Wife to occupy the last sunday spot of the season when we have a series this good? Episode 4 was incredible. I hope its doing good numbers because if it had a good audience, Staircase will be really competitive in every limited category.ReplyCopy URL
Sean CJoined:Jun 8th, 2014Topics:Posts:May 13, 2022 at 2:58 pm #1204951298
Why HBO choose Time Travelers Wife to occupy the last sunday spot of the season when we have a series this good?
They didn’t choose one over the other; this was commissioned as an HBO Max exclusive.ReplyCopy URL
Choice ChayawatJoined:Jul 2nd, 2011Topics:Posts:May 14, 2022 at 2:34 pm #1204952065
The actor playing Dennis Rowe looked so familiar here. Looked him up on imdb and turns out he is Morgan Henard who used to be a user on this website!ReplyCopy URL
MysticMagixJoined:Feb 23rd, 2017Topics:Posts:May 14, 2022 at 6:48 pm #1204952177
Amazing show. amazing writing and editingReplyCopy URL
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~ MYSTICJuly 2, 2022 at 1:41 pm #1205002375
Started on the first episode today (“911”). The Michael Peterson case was a huge scandal around here, and from the docuseries to the podcast and everything else, it’s such a well-worn story that’s so lurid and disgusting that it’s hard to watch fictionalized. However, I think it will be a major Emmy contender this month, so I had to at least see the premiere. It’s directed well by Antonio Campos. Feels very of the 2000s era without overdoing it too much with the production design or costumes, mostly a bunch of 9/11 & Bush references. Editing was all over the place with the time jumps, but maybe that franticness will right itself in the coming episodes. All of the extended family members were confusing to keep track of. I was extremely skeptical of Colin Firth’s casting, b/c he looks nothing like Peterson, for starters, and I wondered if he could bring life to such a seedy role like this that he’s never done before. Peterson’s so inscrutable in general, so I guess it works out. Strong accent work at first listen. Flat and nondescript “British style” that can be eye-rolling, but Peterson’s voice kind of lends itself to that versus a stereotypical Southern drawl. It looks like Toni Collette will get more to do than I previously thought, but we’ll see if her lead placement is justified. I’m bracing myself for what’s coming, with all the trial shenanigans, the documentary crew, the death reenactments, and that damn “owl theory” defense, ugh. But this looks extremely bingeable, so there’s that, at least.ReplyCopy URLJuly 3, 2022 at 5:06 pm #1205003043
Through episode 4 (“Common Sense”). Compulsively watchable and bingeable, which is a plus. The story is more lurid than I remember it from the docuseries. Many twists and turns throughout, but I question its rewatchable factor with audiences. It’s very “this happened, then this happened, and then…,” which is a staple in true crime series and procedurals in general, but the Emmys are another matter. The limited series doesn’t don’t seem to aim for anything grander or operatic scope in a “Mare of Easttown” sense. Maybe that earns itself points for knowing what it is and delivering the goods straightforwardly, but that’s left for the viewer to decide. Michael Peterson is such an indecipherable sleazeball, and that might hurt Colin Firth’s Emmy win chances. Who’s to say what the hell happened to poor Kathleen in the end? Multiple scenarios are being presented, and the real doozy explanation is forthcoming. Toni Collette’s borderline, but I guess lead placement is fine. She’s a continued presence for obvious reasons whether being onscreen or offscreen. The emergence of the documentary crew was done well. Parker Posey’s a lively presence, but she’s really hitting the Southern accent hard, even by her standards. Not a good first impression of Juliette Binoche either, which is really surprising. Brits, Americans, French, & Australians! There’s room for everyone apparently lol. I hope to see more of RoseMarie DeWitt in the coming episodes. More of Kathleen’s perspective through her family would be welcome moving forward, but now we have Michael’s appeal and retrial to deal with. Sigh.ReplyCopy URLJuly 3, 2022 at 8:19 pm #1205003115
OMG, episode 6! They actually made a valid case for the owl theory. Wow. Having to see Kathleen die in THREE different and very gruesome ways is extremely gratuitous and distasteful. This woman suffered so horribly. Sad to think about. Toni Collette has more than put in the effort for an Emmy nomination this year, and in lead even.ReplyCopy URLNot now
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