michael mann

HBO aired a preview of the season premiere of Luck, which is officially going to premiere in late January.  This TV Review of Luck is a non-spoiler review of the premise of the new series from HBO.


For me, Luck on HBO has a certain draw due to the setting of the horse racing industry, and any serious fan of the sport recognizes Santa Anita, in Arcadia, California from a mile away.

Luck has an all-star cast,  with Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Dennis Farina, Michael Gambon and more… and the premiere episode was directed by Michael Mann, from creator David Milch (Deadwood).

But this season premiere seemed more steeped in the technicalities of horse racing than they were the details of the many characters this premiere episode of Luck introduced.

The non-fan in my household with me was confused with the story developments.  And this fan found a few beautiful and confounding points to the season premiere.

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INCEPTION L-R Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan

L-R Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan on the set of Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio is making a huge name for himself in the entertainment industry and I’ll explain why I’ve said this, in this quick Personality Focus!

The first time I took notice of Leonardo DiCaprio, was in James Cameron‘s 1997 movie, “Titanic.”  Whether that was THE launch project that put him in the limelight or any of the 11 previous hit movies he was in that helped launch him there, I’d say it was the cumulative effort on his part.  But if there’s one thing for me, he’s cemented his iconic status in Hollywood with Christopher Nolan‘s Inception!  Regardless it’s curious to see that he’s had a true Hollywood beginning, as Leonardo DiCaprio was born November 11th, 1974 in Hollywood, CA.

Leonardo DiCaprio in TITANIC

Leonardo DiCaprio in TITANIC

You might remember him from the 1990 TV series “Santa Barbara” in the 5 episodes as the Young Mason Capwell, or as Luke Brower in the 1991 TV series “Growing Pains.”  But from TV, he seemed to focus purely on movies.  His first credited movie is “Critters 3,” landed his “Growing Pains” role just after that and since then, he’s been seen in 20+ movies.

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