Kevin James

Steven Spielberg-produced 'American Gothic' chokes on its own pretensions

Steven Spielberg-produced 'American Gothic' chokes on its own pretensions

Even after almost 100 years, many questions surround Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic.” Was it a rural American satire or a paean?  A portrait of mourning, small-minded oblivion or agrarian stoicism? Were the two figures a couple or a man and his daughter? And what was with the cathedral gothic windows?

All of which are mysteries far more compelling than the one presented in CBS’ new there’s-a-serial-killer-among-us series of the same title.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and choking on its own pretensions, Corinne Brinkerhoff’s “American Gothic” references the masters with the straight-faced, non sequitur...

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