What To Watch: 03/15/2022

At the top of our selection pile today we have a documentary that shows people were right to be afraid of Marilyn Manson, but were doing it for the wrong reasons, a special by a unique stand-up who blends comedy and cabaret with the spirit of… Anna Delvey? and The Rock running for President in a year 2032 that does not look like a total hellscape? Well, dare to dream.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Phoenix Rising [HBO, 9p}
This two-part docuseries from Amy Berg follows Evan Rachel Wood as she transitions from a survivor of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse to an activist and successfully lobbies for passage of The Phoenix Act, legislation that extends the statute of limitations for domestic violence cases in California.

JASON’S PICK:
Catherine Cohen: The Twist? She’s Gorgeous [Netflix]
If you are a fan of either musicals or cabaret and stand-up comedy, you’ll probably love Cohen. As an actress, she’s had minor, but often memorable roles in many Screen Scholars favorites (notably she was Sheila the Siren who seduced Colin Robinson on What We Do in the Shadows), but by night(?) she’s been running two shows across the country–one of them is this one. Cohen alternates between unshakable overconfidence and self-deprecation before spontaneously combusting into song. 

BRAD’S PICK:
Young Rock [NBC, 8p]
It’s almost time for the 2032 election and The Rock considers what it means to be a father. As he reflects he remembers as a youngster trying to compete for his dad’s education and a teenage Dewey arrives in Nashville. Let’s face it, The Rock seems to be a good guy and you root for him as you watch him grow up. Harmless fun.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • It’s public servant night on NBC as the Ted Danson comedy Mr. Mayor gets another chance to be more funny. The film was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and boasts a fantastic supporting cast including Bobby Moynihan, Holly Hunter, and Vella Lovell, and has had moments of chuckles, but has never found its voice the way classics like 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt did.
  • Two psychological inmates create a real-life restaurant in the slapstick–and very likely offensive–Netflix Brazilian import flick Marilyn’s Eyes.
  • Meanwhile, Netflix’s newest Japanese import Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation seems like a mix of anime, Haruki Murakami (he’s not involved), Cool World, J-pop, Cake (the FX half-animated show) and Hayao Miyazaki (also not involved). It’s by an artist named Eve about the Adam & Eve creation myth/story.

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