TV Recap: May 8-14, 2022

BINGEING
Evil – Season 2 (A- average)
The show got even better in Season 2, even if there were times where I had no idea what was going on with Christine Lahti’s character. “S Is for Silence” immediately joins the pantheon of all-time great single episodes. It was so much more than just a gimmicky hour.

Ozark – Season 4, Part 2 (B- average)
I’m still trying to figure out why I dug the first half of this season so much more than the second half. I think it has to do with Episode 8 being a solid wrap-up for Ruth, getting her revenge and leaving the Byrdes scrambling. But then there were six more episodes, with the writers finding one more corner to paint Marty and Wendy into, spinning their wheels and bringing back old characters for what, exactly. The last moment was pretty good, but then it resolved in a pretty unsatisfying way.

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20 After 20: 2001

Thanks to the world getting to some place approaching normal in 2021, I went back to the activities I loved that didn’t cause me to stay cooped up. Alas, that meant I didn’t devote as much time as I should have to this project. Thus, it’s late by a month. But that did give me the opportunity to revisit some films I hadn’t seen in 20 years, many of which revealed deeper worlds within, which my adolescent brain couldn’t quite appreciate at the time.

20. Vanilla Sky (dir. Cameron Crowe)
Cameron Crowe is one of our country’s most sincere filmmakers. On paper, his style should clash with this unforgiving sci-fi remake. But he guides his Jerry Maguire star through hell and back with impeccable needle drops and disturbing images. As the biggest hit of his career, I wish he would have continued down this path instead of making increasingly syrupy family dramas.

19. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (dir. John Cameron Mitchell)
Unapologetically brash and emotional, this rock musical goes deep on gender identity, betrayal and resiliency. Mitchell adapts his own musical, giving the film vibrancy and lived-in authenticity. There are still too few films like it.

18. Audition (dir. Takashi Miike)
One of the most terrifying films ever made, Miike’s breakout film in the U.S. holds off on its scares for a good hour of the film. And then… a phone call. After that, all bets are off, and it’s a delirious, hellish nightmare.

17. Donnie Darko (dir. Richard Kelly)
Whether you prefer the original or the less ambiguous Director’s Cut, it’s hard to deny the power of Richard Kelly’s debut feature. Bleak, disturbing and wholly original, it’s an important film for any Millennial. While the film has been memed and Kelly has yet to make anything nearly this good again, it endures for its dark beauty.

16. The Man Who Wasn’t There (dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen)
Foolishly considered a lesser entry in the Coen Brothers’ sterling filmography, their black-and-white noir is one of their best. Billy Bob Thornton – who had an incredible year with this, Bandits and the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball – stars as a Ed, bored barber who blackmails and kills his wife’s lover (James Gandolfini) and gets away with it. But fate makes sure he’s punished, first with his wife (Frances McDormand) arrested for the murder, then with Ed implicated in the death of his shady business partner (Jon Polito). With typically lush cinematography from Roger Deakins and pitch black humor, this is one worth rediscovering.

15. A Knight’s Tale (dir. Brian Helgeland)
Aside from one film later on this list, this is the most rewatchable film of 2001. Though hardly a success at the time of its release, it was not found wanting in the years after its home video release. The sheer star wattage of Heath Ledger could have powered the entire state of California during their energy crisis, but it’s Paul Bettany who steals the show with his energetic take on Geoffrey Chaucer.

14. Moulin Rouge! (dir. Baz Luhrmann)
The last time the Australian director’s maximalist style worked. (Though we’ll see if his Elvis biopic can recapture the charm. I have my doubts.) It’s dazzling, heartbreaking and over-the-top by design. You’re either on board with Jim Broadbent doing backflips to Fatboy Slim and Nirvana in a period musical, or you’re no fun.

13. Amélie (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Until 2001, Jeunet was known for his tactile and often disgusting sci-fi films (including a much-maligned Alien sequel). Who knew he was hiding such a big heart under there? Audrey Tautou, who somehow didn’t get nominated for Best Actress, is luminous as our heroine, who travels Paris searching for ways to make people happy. She succeeds in putting a big smile on the face of the audience, too.

12. Gosford Park (dir. Robert Altman)
I didn’t appreciate Altman’s sprawling dramedy at the time. It was too dry for my taste, despite having some great moments. Now it feels like the perfect marriage of director and writer (Julian Fellowes). I never got into Downton Abbey, despite it being on in my house constantly. The class satire that faded in that show and its two movies is still brilliant here.

11. In the Bedroom (dir. Todd Field)
This tiny independent drama shocked a lot of folks when it wound up with five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. But anyone who’s seen it knows they were all richly deserved. A quiet but exquisitely directed film, it deals with a lot of raw emotions without tipping over into melodrama. The ripple effects of a tragedy reveal deep sadness and pent-up frustrations in a seemingly perfect family. Field’s script and the cast’s performances are so perfectly calibrated that every character choice is understandable, if not exactly justifiable.

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Streaming Picks: May 2022

FILMS
Top Picks
Black Dynamite – Paramount+ 5/1
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Hulu 5/1
Top Secret! – HBO Max 5/1
Walk Hard – Peacock 5/1
There’s a lot of awful shit going on in the world, so here’s four comedies that are guaranteed to make you laugh and forget your troubles, if only for 90 minutes.

Other Recommendations
13 Going on 30 – Peacock 5/1
500 Days of Summer – Prime 5/1
The A-Team – Hulu 5/1
About a Boy – Peacock 5/1
The Addams Family (1991) – Paramount+ 5/1
The American – Peacock 5/1
American Gangster – Peacock 5/1
Armageddon – Peacock 5/1
Back to School – HBO Max 5/1
A Beautiful Mind – Hulu 5/1
The Best Man (1999) – Peacock 5/1
The Big Sleep – HBO Max 5/1
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – Prime 5/1
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Prime 5/1
Billy Madison – Hulu 5/1
The Blues Brothers – Peacock 5/1
Bottle Rocket – HBO Max 5/1
Bound – Paramount+ 5/1
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Prime 5/1
The Breakfast Club – Hulu 5/1
Brown Sugar – Peacock 5/1
Cabaret – Paramount+ 5/1
Chungking Express – HBO Max 5/1
The Color of Money – Paramount+ 5/1
Con Air – Peacock 5/1
Constantine – Peacock 5/1
Corpse Bride – Netflix 5/1
Crazy Stupid Love – Netflix 5/1
Creepshow – Peacock 5/1
Cyrus – Hulu 5/1
Days of Heaven – Paramount+ 5/1
Dazed and Confused – Hulu 5/1
Den of Thieves – Netflix 5/1
Despicable Me – Hulu 5/1
Devil in a Blue Dress – HBO Max 5/1
Die Hard – Peacock 5/1
Die Hard 2 – Peacock 5/1
Die Hard with a Vengeance – Peacock 5/1
Dodgeball – Hulu 5/1
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood – Prime 5/1
Drag Me to Hell – Hulu 5/1
Dude, Where’s My Car? – Hulu and Prime 5/1
Easy A – Hulu 5/1
Elizabethtown – Paramount+ 5/1
Enemy of the State – Peacock and Prime 5/1
Eraser – HBO Max 5/1
Fargo – Prime 5/1
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Peacock 5/1
Field of Dreams – Prime 5/1
The Fifth Element – Paramount+ 5/1
The Fighter – Paramount+ 5/1
Footloose (1984) – Paramount+ 5/1
Forrest Gump – Netflix 5/1
Frida – HBO Max 5/1
The Fugitive – HBO Max 5/1
Fun with Dick and Jane – Hulu 5/1
Funny People – Hulu 5/1
Galaxy Quest – Paramount+ 5/1
The Gentlemen – Netflix 5/1
Grease – Paramount+ 5/1
Groundhog Day – Paramount+ 5/1
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – Hulu 5/1
Hot Fuzz – Hulu 5/1
Independence Day – Peacock and Prime 5/1
Intolerable Cruelty – Peacock 5/1
Jackass: The Movie – Netflix 5/1
Jarhead – Peacock 5/1
John Q – Netflix 5/1
The Land Before Time – Peacock 5/1
Land of the Lost – Peacock 5/1
A League of Their Own – Prime 5/1
The Legend of Zorro – Hulu 5/1
The Little Rascals – Peacock 5/1
Live Free or Die Hard – Peacock 5/1
Marathon Man – Paramount+ 5/1
Marie Antoinette (2006) – Hulu 5/1
Mean Girls – Paramount+ 5/1
Menace II Society – Netflix 5/1
Milk – Peacock 5/1
The Missing – HBO Max 5/1
Mission: Impossible – Paramount+ 5/1
Mission: Impossible II – Paramount+ 5/1
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Paramount+ 5/1
Mr. Mom – Paramount+ 5/1
The Namesake – Peacock 5/1
Nebraska – Paramount+ 5/1
The New Guy – HBO Max 5/1
The Odd Couple – Paramount+ 5/1
Office Space – Prime 5/1
Open Range – Prime 5/1
Out of Sight – Peacock 5/1
Paper Moon – Paramount+ 5/1
The Peanut Butter Falcon – Peacock 5/1
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – HBO Max 5/1
Platoon – Prime 5/1
Pleasantville – Hulu 5/1
The Professional – Paramount+ 5/1
Public Enemies – Peacock 5/1
A Quiet Place Part II – Prime 5/1
A Raisin in the Sun (2008) – Hulu 5/1
A River Runs Through It – Netflix 5/1
Road to Perdition – Netflix, Paramount+ and Prime 5/1
The Rundown – Peacock 5/1
Saving Private Ryan – Paramount+ 5/1
Scary Movie – Paramount+ 5/1
Scary Movie 2 – Paramount+ 5/1
Schindler’s List – Peacock 5/1
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Peacock 5/1
Shrek – Peacock and Prime 5/1
Shrek 2 – Peacock and Prime 5/1
Sicario – Peacock 5/1
Sideways – Prime 5/1
Sleepy Hollow – Paramount+ 5/1
Snatch – Peacock 5/1
Star Trek (2009) – Paramount+ 5/1
Steel Magnolias – Paramount+ 5/1
Still Alice – Hulu 5/1
Stuart Little – Hulu 5/1
Sweet Home Alabama – Peacock 5/1
Taken – Hulu and Prime 5/1
The Talented Mr. Ripley – Peacock 5/1
Tangerine – Prime 5/1
Terminator 2: Judgment Day – HBO Max 5/1
Tombstone – Peacock and Prime 5/1
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – Peacock 5/1
War of the Worlds (2005) – Netflix and Paramount+ 5/1
When Harry Met Sally – Netflix 5/1
White Men Can’t Jump – Hulu 5/1
Wrath of Man – Prime 5/1
Zero Dark Thirty – Prime 5/1
Halloween III: Season of the Witch – Peacock 5/5
They Live – Peacock 5/5
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Prime 5/6
The Matrix Resurrections – HBO Max 5/10
Allied – Paramount+ 5/11
The Lincoln Lawyer – Netflix 5/13

NEW SHOWS & SPECIALS
Top Picks
Hacks (Season 2) – HBO Max 5/12
The Kids in the Hall (Season 1) – Prime 5/13
Hacks was one of last year’s most pleasant surprises, and earned Jean Smart a long overdue Lead Actress Emmy. Hannah Einbinder made a remarkable debut as her feisty joke writer. Now that the odd couple are firmly friends, the tricky work of still making incredible jokes continues.

And speaking of comedy legends, the Canadian quintet returns to TV (sort of) with a reboot for Amazon Prime. Based on the trailer, it doesn’t look like any of their weirdness has been toned down with age or working for an evil corporation.

Other Recommendations
Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known – HBO Max 5/3
Eurovision Song Contest – Peacock starting 5/10
Stranger Things (Season 4, Volume 1) – Netflix 5/27

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TV Recap: Apr. 24-30, 2022

NEW SHOWS
Barry – “Forgiving Jeff” (A) / season premiere
It’s six months later, and everyone seems to be on an upward trajectory, except for Barry and Gene. So it’s no surprise that their reunion is among the most thrilling and intense moments the show has ever done. But no, they didn’t forget to be funny either. This season looks to be the darkest yet. But Bill Hader and his team are continuing to thread the needle between comedy and tragedy. They haven’t slipped yet.

REWATCH
Seinfeld – Season 6 (B+ average)
The show’s basically on cruise control at this point, and there are quite a few filler episodes, which is not unexpected at this point in a broadcast comedy’s run. But it’s also capable of churning out classics like “The Race,” “The Beard,” “The Jimmy” and “The Fusilli Jerry.”

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TV Recap: Apr. 17-23, 2022

NEW SHOWS
Better Call Saul
“Wine and Roses” (A-) / season premiere
“Carrot Stick” (A)
The season begins with perhaps the most masterful montage the show has ever done (which is quite an accomplishment) and finds our nominal heroes making all the wrong decisions. The second episode is one of the most thrilling hours of television I’ve seen in a while. I was on the edge of my seat, whether Saul was trying to not to get caught with his pants down – which he does figuratively by pulling his pants down literally – or Nacho was trying to escape with his life.

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TV Recap: Apr. 10-16, 2022

NEW SHOWS
Killing Eve – “Hello, Losers” (D) / series finale
I was still a defender of this show, even last season when the shine had worn off. The Season 3 finale would have been the perfect place to end, but the allure of one last ride proved too tempting, I guess. They should have left it alone. The entire driving engine of this season – hunting down the Twelve and recruiting Pam – never felt compelling or even interesting. The last two episodes especially indulged in unearned fan service and “shocking” kills that had zero impact because I’d stopped caring by then. Even a last-minute “twist” wasn’t enough to delight or enrage me. What a shame. A waste of a season, and a complete destruction of serious goodwill.

Abbott Elementary – “Zoo Balloon” (A-) / season finale
A solid ending to a spectacular season. Unlike many shows, this one didn’t need time to figure out its ensemble. It was great from the jump and only got better. It’s the best new show of the year, the best pure comedy of the year, and the best show on network TV in nearly a decade. Give it all the Emmys.

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TV Recap: Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2022

NEW SHOWS
94th Academy Awards (D)
An absolute disaster of a show, right up until an unscripted moment of insanity. Everyone will be talking about Will Smith’s outburst until the end of time. But it was the only interesting moment in an incredibly dull, unfocused, astonishingly unfunny broadcast.

REWATCH
The Simpsons – Season 9 (B+ average)
A bit more of a mixed bag than the glory days of Seasons 4-8, but I’ve finally come back around to thinking that “The Principal and the Pauper” is quite good. So feel free to take any other Simpsons opinions of mine with a grain of salt.

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Oscar Re-Do: 2011

You know the drill. Winners in bold, then we break it down.

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Should have won: The Tree of Life
Not even nominated: Take Shelter

There’s a long-running joke that no one remembers or cares about Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time. The same humorous logic could be applied to The Artist. No Best Picture winner since has won more Oscars (5), yet not a single winner has even been nominated again by the Academy, save costume designer Mark Bridges. It’s easy to see why voters went nuts: It’s a charming movie about making movies, with no spoken dialogue but plenty of lush filmmaking and strong performances. But it feels like a trifle compared to some of these other nominees.

In comparison, The Tree of Life is about as heavy as it gets, grappling with aging, family relationships and the divine. Everything else from this year pales in comparison.

Exploring similar themes, but in a much more intense way, Take Shelter deserved a nomination here (and for lead actor Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols’ script). That this acclaimed film blanked at the Oscars while Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – a film I have never heard anyone discuss favorably, if at all – is baffling.

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Should have won: Terrence Malick
Not even nominated: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

If you’re going to go nuts for The Artist, it only makes sense to similarly reward its creator. But there were a lot more imaginative films, including Drive. It was the coolest movie of 2011, but managed only one measly Sound Editing nod.

BEST ACTOR
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Should have won: Brad Pitt
Not even nominated: Michael Fassbender, Shame

Brad Pitt had a phenomenal 12 months between The Tree of Life and Killing Them Softly premiering at Cannes. But this was his only acting nomination in that rich period. As Billy Beane, he’s superstitious and anxious, but doggedly determined to change the way baseball teams are managed. But he somehow manages to make a man putting in a ton of effort feel effortless. It’s a true movie star performance.

And while there aren’t any duds in this category, it’s still shocking Michael Fassbender didn’t make it in with his astonishing performance as a sex addict in Shame. The explicit film may not work entirely, but Fassbender is riveting from first frame to last.

BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Should have won: Viola Davis
Not even nominated: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Oof. Yes, Meryl Streep is one of our greatest actresses. But holy fucking shit was this a bad call. It’s another imitation of a famous person with little in the way of embodiment. It also doesn’t help that The Iron Lady presents Margaret Thatcher – one of the worst politicians of the 20th Century – mostly as a hero. Anyone else would have been a better choice. The best of these is Viola Davis, whose performance is by far the strongest part of The Help, going well beyond a sometimes surface-level movie.

Let’s kick Streep out entirely and replace her with Kirsten Dunst, earning her first Oscar nomination a decade earlier. Lars von Trier’s end-of-the-world drama isn’t “enjoyable” in any traditional sense, but her performance as a deeply depressed woman who’s all to ready for Armageddon might be the finest of anyone this year, regardless of category.

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Streaming Picks: April 2022

FILMS
Top Picks
Saved! – Prime 4/1
Spartan – HBO Max 4/1
While there are some bonafide classics streaming this month, I wanted to highlight some underrated films from 2004. Saved! is a personal favorite, a gentle satire of Christian education that is absolutely spot-on. The entire cast is exceptional, especially Macaulay Culkin and Eva Amurri as a rebellious couple and Mandy Moore as the mean girl “filled with Christ’s love.”

Spartan is a top-notch thriller that combines the thrills of ’90s action movies with the deep cynicism of David Mamet. It’s arguably Val Kilmer’s finest performance (or at least No. 2 behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and one of the best movies of the 2000s.

Other Recommendations
Across the Universe – Paramount+ 4/1
Addams Family Values – Paramount+ 4/1
Ali – Paramount+ 4/1
Along Came Polly – Peacock 4/1
Apollo 13 – Peacock 4/1
Argo – Netflix 4/1
Armageddon – Prime 4/1
Armored – Hulu 4/1
The Bank Job – Prime 4/1
Baseketball – Peacock 4/1
Beethoven – Peacock 4/1
Beetlejuice – HBO Max 4/1
Benny and Joon – Prime 4/1
The Big Chill – HBO Max 4/1
Blade – Netflix 4/1
Blade II – Netflix 4/1
The Blind Side – Netflix 4/1
Bloody Sunday – Paramount+ 4/1
Blow – Netflix 4/1
Blow Out – Prime 4/1
Bonnie and Clyde – Netflix 4/1
Bowfinger – Peacock 4/1
Braveheart – Prime 4/1
The Break-Up – HBO Max 4/1
Brown Sugar – Prime 4/1
Bruce Almighty – Prime 4/1
Bull Durham – Prime 4/1
Burn After Reading – Peacock 4/1
Capote – HBO Max 4/1
Carrie (1976) – Prime 4/1
Cast Away – Prime 4/1
Catch Me If You Can – Paramount+ 4/1
Cedar Rapids – Prime 4/1
Chicago – HBO Max 4/1
The Color of Money – Prime 4/1
Con Air – Prime 4/1
Conspiracy Theory – Hulu 4/1
The Conversation – Paramount+ 4/1
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Prime 4/1
Dances with Wolves – HBO Max 4/1
Date Night – Prime 4/1
Definitely, Maybe – Hulu 4/1
Despicable Me – Peacock 4/1
The Dictator – Paramount+ 4/1
District 9 – Prime 4/1
Eagle Eye – Netflix 4/1
Elizabeth – Peacock 4/1
Eyes Wide Shut – Hulu 4/1
The Family Man – Peacock 4/1
Fargo – Prime 4/1
Field of Dreams – Peacock 4/1
The Fly (1986) – Paramount+ 4/1
Forrest Gump – Paramount+ 4/1
Friday – Peacock 4/1
Full Metal Jacket – Netflix 4/1
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) – Peacock 4/1
Funny Face – Paramount+ 4/1
Garden State – Prime 4/1
Get Him to the Greek – Hulu 4/1
Ghost World – Paramount+ 4/1
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) – Peacock 4/1
The Good Shepherd – Peacock 4/1
Hanna – Hulu 4/1
Her – Netflix 4/1
Hot Shots! Part Deux – Hulu 4/1
Hotel Artemis – Peacock 4/1
How to Train Your Dragon – Netflix 4/1
Hugo – HBO Max 4/1
Hulk – Peacock 4/1
I Love You, Man – Paramount+ 4/1
Inception – Netflix 4/1
The Incredible Hulk – HBO Max 4/1
The International – Hulu 4/1
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Prime 4/1
The Jerk – Peacock 4/1
The Legend of Zorro – Paramount+ 4/1
Liar Liar – Peacock 4/1
Limitless – HBO Max 4/1
Little Miss Sunshine – Paramount+ 4/1
The Long Goodbye – Paramount+ 4/1
Look Who’s Talking – Hulu 4/1
Looper – Hulu 4/1
Love Actually – Hulu and Netflix 4/1
Mallrats – Peacock 4/1
Man on Fire – Peacock 4/1
Man on the Moon – Peacock 4/1
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) – Paramount+ 4/1
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) – Peacock 4/1
Megamind – Peacock 4/1
Mercury Rising – Peacock 4/1
Minority Report – Peacock 4/1
Molly’s Game – Netflix 4/1
Moon – HBO Max 4/1
Mystic Pizza – Prime 4/1
The Negotiator – Hulu 4/1
No Escape – Peacock 4/1
Nobody’s Fool (1994) – HBO Max 4/1
The Nutty Professor (1996) – Peacock 4/1
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Prime 4/1
Office Space – Peacock and Paramount+ 4/1
On the Waterfront – HBO Max 4/1
Open Range – Hulu 4/1
Panic Room – Paramount+ 4/1
Paul – Peacock 4/1
Postcards from the Edge – Hulu 4/1
The Proposal – Peacock 4/1
Pulp Fiction – Paramount+ 4/1
Puss in Boots – Netflix 4/1
The Raid: Redemption – HBO Max 4/1
Rain Man – HBO Max 4/1
RED – HBO Max 4/1
Reign of Fire – Paramount+ 4/1
Revolutionary Road – Prime 4/1
A River Runs Through It – Paramount+ 4/1
Romeo + Juliet – HBO Max 4/1
Runaway Jury – Hulu 4/1
Rushmore – Prime 4/1
Salt – HBO Max 4/1
Saving Private Ryan – Netflix 4/1
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – HBO Max 4/1
Shanghai Noon – Prime 4/1
Sherlock Holmes – Netflix 4/1
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Netflix 4/1
Shrek – Hulu 4/1
Shrek 2 – Hulu 4/1
The Siege – Hulu 4/1
Signs – Prime 4/1
The Sixth Sense – Prime 4/1
Something’s Gotta Give – Netflix 4/1
Spy Game – Peacock 4/1
Sweet Home Alabama – Prime 4/1
The Tailor of Panama – Hulu 4/1
The Thin Red Line – Paramount+ 4/1
Titanic (1997) – Paramount+ 4/1
Tommy Boy – Paramount+ 4/1
Tootsie – HBO Max 4/1
The Truth About Charlie – Peacock 4/1
Unbreakable – Prime 4/1
Undercover Brother – Peacock 4/1
Vertical Limit – Hulu 4/1
The Wackness – HBO Max 4/1
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Hulu 4/1
Watchmen – Hulu 4/1
Young Frankenstein – Prime 4/1
Zero Dark Thirty – Peacock 4/1
Man of Steel – HBO Max 4/5
Chasing Mavericks – Disney+ 4/6
Let the Right One In – Hulu 4/8
The Night House – HBO Max 4/8
Nightcrawler – Netflix 4/10
In the Heart of the Sea – Hulu 4/23
The Godfather Trilogy – Paramount+ 4/28
The Blair Witch Project – HBO Max 4/30

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Leave of Absence

Hi all:

I’m dealing with a sudden, unexpected medical issue. I’m fine, but it can be debilitating. We still don’t know what’s causing it or how to treat it.

So that means that I won’t be publishing as frequently until it all gets sorted out. In the immediate future, my Oscar Re-Do column for 2011 and my Top 20 of 2001 will be delayed for now.

But I’ll be back and sharing my love of film and pop culture with you soon.

– Kip

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