While I have been keeping you apprised of my books and music (well, at least my own music), I have been remiss in sharing my TV habits with you. In no particular order:
Only Murders in the Building/Hulu
They had me at Steve Martin and Martin Short. And they didn’t lose me at Selena Gomez. Intrepid podcast murder hounds do an Angela Lansbury on a building in Manhattan that seems to have a Cabot-Cove like rate of murders per capita. Hysterically entertaining.
Lessons in Chemistry/Apple
The book was amazing, the TV series is even better (and probably won’t be back for a second season, says the creator). If you think women are treated like shit now, get a load of 1952.
The Holdovers /Amazon
Another great Alexander Payne movie, this time featuring Paul Giamatti at his most Paul Giamatti-ish. Fantastic, entertaining, moves right along. If you hate predictability, this it the movie for you. A 50% unsatisfying ending, very odd for an American movie, but that in itself was refreshing.
If you’re not already watching this, let me help you pick the wallpaper pattern for the cave you’re living in. I suggest starting with season one if you haven’t seen any yet.
The Original 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special/You Tube
I haven’t watched it yet, but after years of references in the Sally Forth cartoon strip, I am anxious to see it, as you should be too.
A Murder At The End Of The World/Hulu
A version of a locked-room mystery with a billionaire, and all the snow Iceland (either real or on a Hollywood back lot) you could ask for.
Life On Our Planet/Netflix
Planet Earth III /Amazon
You pays your money and takes your chances. Morgan Freeman or Richard Attenborough.
Schmicago Apple TV
Extremely impressive pastiche parodies in the style of various eras in the Broadway musical.
The Patient/ FX on Hulu
There’s a term for this: a two-hander. The series consists almost entirely of Steve Carell―in a career defining role―trying to calm down a patient who has locked him in a basement in order to force him to provide therapy. The ending is not obvious until the very last moment. From the people who brought you The Americans.
Galaxy Quest/Apple TV
And then two of the greatest movies ever, which I have written about so often that I feel they need no introduction. Just a reminder to watch them again and bask in their perfection.