Murder’s on our mind here at Screen Scholars — perhaps it’s mood matching with the depths of winter, or maybe it’s just the bleak-seeking nature of modern TV. In any case, almost this whole feature involves murder — this may even be the week Alec … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/31/2018
You could watch the world’s orangest guy saying words like “tremendous” and “bigly” with alarming frequency, and become more and more angry at one side or another, or you can cool off January-style with a surprisingly rich schedule of action and comedy. There’s an Evan … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/30/2018
Garfield (the cat or Bojack Andrew) doesn’t like ’em, way back in the ’60s, the Mamas & the Papas couldn’t trust ’em, one teenager hated ’em so much she tried to shoot the whole day down, but it took a boring schedule on one January evening … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/29/2018
Look at those happy island lifers — blissfully unaware that this is one of those Sunday nights when one event is sucking all the oxygen out of the TV universe. Of course, I’m talking about the NFL Pro Bowl, the most respected and beloved night of … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/28/2018
We have movies! There’s not much this week, which is fine, because we’re all trying to binge Oscar noms anyway.
Padman is a biopic about activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, whose mission was to provide sanitary napkin’s to poor women of rural areas. Awesome. I’m there.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the third, and thankfully final, movie of the teen franchise.
A Ciambra follows a young Romani boy who idolizes his older brother, who also happens to be a thief.
The Insult is a drama about an “insult blown out of porportion,” which brings a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee to court.
Please Stand By stars Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, and Alice Eve. Fanning is an autistic woman who runs away so she can enter her Star Trek fanfic in a contest. (One assumes it has a happier ending than Black Mirror.)
American Folk is a “pleasing” indie about two strangers who travel across the country by automobile when 9/11 grounds their plane.
And your Netflix trailers!
Released this week:
Todd Glass: Act Happy
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
One Day at a Time: Season 2
Trailers were not available for Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio… desde el bar, season six of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich, Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!, Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así, Acts of Vengeance, and Llama Llama.
The cliched cliche right now on screen is that we are in Peak TV; however, that is a bit of a misnomer as it implies we are thrusting our hips out, arms akimbo as we jab our country’s colors into the tippiest of tops of … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/24/2018
It’s a banner day for quirky comedy as a bunch of Screen Scholars-beloved shows return — from an anthology of soused stories to the avant-garde adventures of a down-on-his-luck Bakersfield clown. There’s also the second volume of a thrilling new superhero show and the latest … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/23/2018
In the middle of an ocean of true crime (including two programs with murder in the title) and feigned reality, two intriguing new scripted shows — from somewhat familiar sources — emerge alongside a tantalizing array of sweets. BRAD’S PICK: The Alienist [TNT, 9p] Take a … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/22/2018
It’s the NFL playoffs’ penultimate weekend – aka The Patriots Playground, and we don’t say that with any hint of love or veneration. More importantly, it’s another industry night as the Screen Actors Guild hands out its awards, as it has annually for as many … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/21/2018
After last week’s supercharged Friday of many debuts, this Friday reverts back to relatively normal, but with a couple gigantic returns, each focusing on different stages of life — but both likely to feature something mind-altering and green, albeit one a bit more than the … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/19/2018