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2017
Nov
26
 
 
If you wrote the Patty Hearst story as fiction, no one would believe it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
25
 
 
Tonight in prime time, Cinemax presents a double feature by writer-director John Hughes, presenting two of his most famous teen films. The opener is 1985’s The Breakfast Club, a character study about a Saturday in high school detention with various familiar stereotypes: Ally Sheedy the outcast, Judd Nelson the rebel, Anthony Michael Hall the nerd, Emilio Estevez the jock, and Molly Ringwald the popular girl. The Breakfast Club peeks behind the stereotypes to find angst in everyone, and mad
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
25
 
 
This 1941 film is a romantic, very funny movie by Preston Sturges, who directs and co-wrote this breezy story about card hustlers on a cruise ship who target an unsuspecting but wealthy herpetologist (that’s the study of snakes, not herpes). One of the hustlers is a fast-talking, faster-thinking woman who decides to target him more than once, and in more ways than by gambling. And the way she and this movie scores is by the casting: the hustler is played by Barbra Stanwyck, who’s per
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
25
 
 
This is an especially appropriate movie to show on Thanksgiving weekend, because this farewell concert by Robbie Robertson and The Band was staged, and filmed, on Thanksgiving night in 1976. The venue was Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, and the occasion was the final appearance by the original Band roster of Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, and Richard Manuel. The director is Martin Scorsese, whose corps of brilliant cinematographers included Vilmos Zsig
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
25
 
 
Dirk and Todd are lost somewhere – and, more to the point, somewhen – in Wendimoor, where they’re up against evil knights, bad days, and a episode so weird, its title is “This Is Not Miami.” Given the accompanying photograph, no kidding.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
24
 
 
Amazon’s new Vials is low-tech TV that delivers high quality...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
24
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Jon Alpert has been making nonfiction films since 1980, including the unforgettable 2007 HBO project, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, which was hosted by James Gandolfini, who conducted interviews with veteran soldiers who were lucky to be alive. For even longer than he’s been making movies, Alpert has been visiting Cuba, and his new film, Cuba and the Cameraman, distills his footage and interviews from 45 years’ worth of occasional trips to the long-out-of-
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
24
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is Season 2 of this period action piece, a co-production of Canada’s Discovery Channel and Netflix. It’s about the fur trade of the 1700s in North America, and how one determined outlaw – Declan Harp, whose heritage is both Native American and Irish – continually challenges and thwarts the economic dominance of the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade. And the reason there is a Season 2 of Frontier, basically, is because of the rising
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
24
 
 
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and all through the house, the networks already are beginning to roll out Christmas specials like a landslide of holiday perennials. That’s not so much because TV wants to distract us from Black Friday – if you watch any television with advertising, quite the contrary – but because there’s such a backlog of Christmas specials that unless the networks begin showing them immediately after Thanksgiving, they’ll never have time to
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Nov
24
 
 
This Christmas special from the same decade – specifically, from 1969 – isn’t as good, and isn’t on my list of favorite TV Christmas specials. The writer, Romeo Muller, expands the popular holiday song into a passable narrative, as he had with another early TV holiday special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But face it: Neither of those is A Charlie Brown Christmas. But at least Jimmy Durante narrates, which counts for something.