What To Watch: 12/06/2022

We’re all about true stories and our recs for this Tuesday come from two of our favorite worlds: music and food. However, they fall in three genres of documentary: the concert film, the travelogue, and the true crime mystery.

BRAD’S PICK:
Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22 [Paramount+]
The mercurial Gallagher has been the subject of documentaries before. Full disclosure, i’m not sure if this concert-adjacent doc has anything to add. That said, it will accompanied by a stream of the concert (Liam returns to play the festival solo that defined Oasis in 96). Has age made him calmer and wiser? Probably not, but we will find out.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Who Killed Jenni Rivera? [Peacock]
This series examines the “still undetermined causes” of the 2012 plane crash that killed superstar Jenni Rivera. It also promises intimate footage of the beloved singer.

JASON’S PICK:
Paul Goes to Hollywood [Cooking Channel]
As with singer-songwriter Kurt Vile, Paul Hollywood is one of those names I was shocked to find out was a birth name. The UK celebrity chef known as the one consistent force behind The Great British Baking Show travels overseas to America in a side show that, in spite of its home network, promises to not entirely about cuisine. 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Sebastian Maniscalco, one of the OG’s/prolific voices of stand-up, returns with his latest Netflix hour-long. The curmudgeonly 49-year-old comedian channels the spirit of another era with his dapper aura and affably aggressive throwback joke structure on Sebastian Maniscalco: Is It Me?, his 106th or so special.
  • It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good bodyswapping comedy… will Homebody break that streak. The indie flick about a young boy who channels his spirit into his teen babysitter Melanie’s body barely qualifies for this feature by showing up on the streaming site Fandor (in addition to theaters and PPV).
  • Given the Senate race fiasco we just had in Pennsylvania, we’re a bit wary of Oprah-adjacent television doctors, although Dr. David Agus seems sincere as he chats with celebrity patients like, well, Oprah, as well as Ashton Kutcher, Amy Schumer, and Jane Fonda, among others, on his new Paramount+ show, The Checkup with Dr. David Agus. But, Dave, pal, buddy, please please please don’t endorse shaky supplements or run for the Senate. Also, go Raphael Warnock!
  • With its adherence to philosophies like the prosperity gospel, megachurches have always felt pretty indistinguishible from cults. The HBO doc Unveiled: Surviving La Luz Del Mundo looks into the titular church and its set-up which seems akin to what Warren Jeffs was doing in Arizona, but with multiple generations of leaders engaging in the abuse.
  • Who knew the voice of Alec Baldwin coming from a be-suited infant would be so durable. The latest from the franchise The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus debuts on Netflix today.
  • No new Christmas movies from Lifetime or Hallmark, but that does not mean the L-HV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex) is entirely closed. Netflix has the evocative titled Delivery by Christmas debuting tonight. The Polish film follows a courier whose co-worker sabotages her… and on Christmas… but neither snow nor sleet nor filmic villain will curtail her appointed rounds to spread Yuletide cheer to boys and girls of all ages on her route. And with that, we say “ho ho ho” and disappear into the December 6th night leaving you with only ths sound of psychedelic pop of the ’20s… the early ’20s… because it would be weird if we brought you music recorded in the future.

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