This Sunday, AMC will be running a marathon of the entire first season of Rectify, which is a much more productive way to spend your precious weekend than dumping another hour of half-attention into True Blood. And it has already been picked up for a second season, so your time investment could pay off again down the road.
Writer and director Ray McKinnon (also an actor; he played Reverend Smith on Deadwood) initially intended this story of Daniel Holden, a man freed by DNA testing after 19 years on death row for a rape and murder he may or may not have committed, to be a film; in fact, with its moral ambiguity, its gauzy, Leica-lit shots of Southern summer air and obligatory wheezing cameo by a theater legend (Hal Holbrook, with too little to do), Rectify could have played in Park City in any of the last 20 years. This is not meant as faint praise: The two-hour pilot is assuredly cinematic and equal parts disconcerting and alluring, particularly when the truly brilliant Abigail Spencer (Don's teacher fling in Mad Men Season 3), as Daniel's free-spirited sister Amantha, shakes her unblinking brother like the hot wind through a Georgia oak.
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