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2017
Jun
22
 
 
Back in the 1980s it was best to put one’s brain in a headlock before succumbing to Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling on whatever local TV station carried it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
22
 
 
Based on the ’80s show GLOW, the new Netflix series of the same name uses fictional characters to tell the back story of struggling actresses (and others) who were cast and became professional wrestlers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
21
 
 
TCM is showing an evening of cult movies tonight, and most of them are films I watched in theaters the first time around – often at midnight showings. First up: 1971’s Harold & Maude, the Hal Ashby comedy starring Bud Cort as a seemingly suicidal teenager whose outlook on life is improved after he meets, and falls in love with, an 80-year-old free spirit played by Ruth Gordon. The musical soundtrack, by Cat Stevens, was an unexpected addition to the film, a temp-track guide that
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
21
 
 
The title of this documentary pretty much says it all – but doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch it, and take heed. I thought I thaw a documentary on Yellowstone and climate change. I did, I did thaw a documentary… Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
21
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Last Sunday, Carrie Coon, as Nora Durst on The Leftovers, was dead center at the final episode of that mercurial, unpredictable drama series. Tonight, as former police chief Gloria Burgle, she’s at dead center of another one. Can’t wait. And I’m worried about her, about Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Nikki Swango. I’m rooting for them both to survive this final episode of Season 3 of Fargo – but I’m afraid, on this bleak and boldly surprising s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
21
 
 
Rob Reiner directed this howlingly funny 1984 mockumentary, a parody of music documentaries about a wildly self-obsessed heavy-metal band. Band members, the central ones, are played by Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean. McKean, like Carrie Coon on tonight’s Fargo, just figured prominently in a memorable season finale – in his case, as Jimmy McGill’s brother Chuck on AMC’s Better Call Saul, whose final appearance of the season was positively incendiary.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
21
 
 
Paul Bartel both directed and co-stars, with Mary Woronov, in this 1982 black comedy – pre-Internet – about a couple that uses alternative-newspaper personal ads as a way to lure potential victims. Stefon from Saturday Night Live should review this movie, because it’s got everything: comedy, corpses, cannibalism, even some kinky sex.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
20
 
 
I know, it’s an afternoon showing – but this is one of my favorite comedy movies, so I’ll watch it – and recommend it – any chance I get. Cary Grant, in his most broadly comic role ever, plays Mortimer Brewster, a theater critic who discovers his elderly aunts have a macabre habit of inviting elderly old gentlemen to stay in their guest room, as a sort of FDR-era Airbnb, and poisoning them with elderberry wine laced with arsenic. Frank Capra directs this 1944 film v
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
20
 
 
Historian Michael Wood tells the story of China, modern and ancient, in this new PBS special. Perhaps he’ll reveal, finally, the little-known, seldom-mentioned, cost-conscious architectural plans for the original, less impressive Pretty Good Wall of China. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
20
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Part 1 of 2. This year’s iZombie season finale is called “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain,” and has Liv (Rose McIver) eating the brains of a woman who had a romantic history with Ravi (Rahul Kohli). Big mistake, because now Liv has unwanted and uncomfortably intimate visions of sexual romps with Ravi – and also has new zombie-brain urges of sexual promiscuity… with anyone.