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2019
Nov
28
 
 
And once the Thanksgiving turkey has been carved and ingested, it’s time for two other holiday traditions: pumpkin pie, and TV’s first Christmas specials. And right on time, Starz presents an 8 p.m. ET showing of 2009’s Disney’s A Christmas Carol, showcasing the voices of Jim Carrey (no Mickey, no cartoons: what the Dickens?), shifting the focus from Thanksgiving to the next major holiday, not counting Black Friday. Pumpkin pie not included…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
For years, I misunderstood the genesis and development of this outstanding Wolfgang Petersen WWII drama, told from the German point of view by staying with the crew of a claustrophobic U-boat. I used to think Das Boot began as a German TV miniseries, then was cut down into the shorter movie form that was distributed internationally to great acclaim. Nope. Turns out the movie was edited and released first, in 1981, followed four years later by the much-expanded miniseries version, enhan
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
And now for something completely similar: Tonight at 8 ET, IFC presents a double feature of two Monty Python films, which share the same delight in comic anarchy and irreverence. With 1979’s Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the irreverence of this alternative biblical tale culminates with a musical number sung by men hanging from crucifixes (pictured). Then, at 10 p.m. ET, IFC follows that with 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a movie financed almost sin
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
Tonight’s a very good night for movies on TV, on a night when lots of families are gathered together. Want a cinematic epic? Watch TCM. Want comic lunacy? Watch IFC. Want a heartwarming romantic comedy? Watch this 1989 movie, on Showtime, and watch director Rob Reiner’s mother react to Meg Ryan’s faked orgasm at Katz’s deli by telling the waiter, “I’ll have what she’s having.” Billy Crystal co-stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
In this 1962 epic film directed by David Lean, Peter O’Toole, as the title character, is a Lean, mean fighting machine. O’Toole plays T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who led the divided, often warring Arab tribes during World War I in a war against the Turks. Try to translate all that to today’s political and geographic landscape, and your head will spin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
So long as Paul Simon is shown singing “Still Crazy All These Years” while dressed in a turkey suit, in a vintage SNL clip from 1976, I’m happy with this annual special… and I’m there.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL: This hour on ocean pollution, and other effects of non-biodegradable plastics, comes from the PBS NewsHour team, and comes armed with enough images and statistics that it attention should be paid. Here’s just one statistic I can’t shake: by some estimates, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. I don’t know whether that’s by number or tonnage – but either way, it’s dead wrong. Check local listing
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
If you want to keep the mood light over holiday dinner, skip the PBS Thanksgiving Eve special on plastic waste...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
27
 
 
On this day in 1980, ABC introduced the sitcom Bosom Buddies, which served as the first significant role for actor Tom Hanks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Nov
26
 
 
On this day in 1956, NBC debuted the game show, The Price is Right...