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“There’s a moment of madcap nihilism in Vinyl’s pilot episode that’s up there with anything in The Wolf of Wall Street. The connection isn’t only tangential—HBO’s hugely ambitious new series, set in the drug-riddled cesspools and bearded extravagance of 1970s New York City’s vibrant music scene, is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, along with Mick Jagger, and is being overseen by Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire captain Terence Winter, along with Breaking Bad alum George Mastras. And, like a gift from HBO to the cinema gods, Vinyl’s 112-minute-long pilot episode is directed by Scorsese himself. That’s right, HBO has essentially delivered a new Martin Scorsese movie underneath everyone’s constantly-sniffing-for-scoops noses, a down-and-dirty one that’s replete with, well, characters sniffing for lines with their noses. It’s Scorsese with his gloves off and his grittier ‘80s mentality back in effect.” — Matt Barone

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