OK, true confessions. I haven’t even watched last week’s Sunday recordings, never mind all the regular weekday stuff. We’ve been partying with lots of friends and have eaten and drunk more these past few days than I care to recall. I am still feeling the effects of my St. Patrick’s Day special Paddywack cocktails, so from out of my alcohol induced haze, here are some recommendations:
On the Big Screen
Beauty and the Beast is not to be missed. Lush, romantic and full of wonderful songs, this movie couldn’t have been any more enjoyable. Even if you don’t have a child or grandchild to accompany you, treat yourself to this lovely experience. It’s beautifully cast, has gorgeous costumes and spectacular sets. Enjoy!! By the way, the audience broke into spontaneous applause at the end. Stay for the closing credits, as you will be amazed at the talent behind this film: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, etc. Magical!!
New on Netflix
Iron Fist debuted this weekend. Starring Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones), and continuing the Marvel series tradition of heroes with mad martial arts skills, Danny Rand is a young man bestowed with mad martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist. Try it, you might like it!! I just binged on the first 4 episodes and I am totally hooked.
Hotel Beau Séjour debuted on Netflix recently. A noir series that begins when a girl wakes up in a hotel room and she finds her own dead body in the bathtub. She tries to solve her own murder but realises that nobody except 5 people can see her. She unravels a web of secrets in her seemingly tranquil village. From Belgium with English subtitles. Here’s what John Doyle had to say about it:
New on Hulu
Shut Eye is a 10 episode miniseries about the world of gypsy fortune tellers and con artists. Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) plays Charlie Haverford, a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and contracts, who works for a Roma family (headed by Isabella Rossellini) that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client’s angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new “clairvoyant,” and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. Loved the first couple of episodes!! Addictive. Here’s a great article from the NY Times:
Tickled is a documentary from New Zealand. Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction. This is a true spellbinder that reveals how difficult it is to make a documentary film in the face of extremely hostile subjects.
A Note about PBS
In checking the TV Guide, tonight’s regular PBS lineup (Masterpiece Theatre, Masterpiece Mystery, etc.) is being preempted by the usual array of fundraising specials. Now, more than ever, PBS needs your support. If you enjoy their excellent lineup of children’s programming, scripted dramas, evening news, public affairs programs, etc., you may want to think about making a donation or at least letting your voice be heard with your elected federal representatives to let them know how important funding the Corporation for Pubic Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts is to you. These are very worrisome times for those of us who have come to depend on programs like Downton Abbey. Please support your local PBS station.
Regular Recommendations and shows you might want to catch
Please check last week’s recommendations for regularly scheduled programs.
I did manage to watch the new John Lithgow mockumentary on NBC Tuesdays, Trial and Error, and found it a bit lame and silly, but will give it another chance this week.
If you haven’t caught Riverdale on The CW Thursday (Archie comics revisited), see if you can find it on demand. Very clever and funny.
American Crime on ABC Sundays has returned with a season about human trafficking. This show is incredibly well written and acted and the series stars a repertory company made up of incredibly powerful actors like Felicity Huffman, Regina King, etc. This season focuses on an undocumented Mexican worker who discovers modern servitude thriving in an agricultural community; a woman who learns the shocking truth behind a family’s wealth; a social worker who wants a young prostitute to testify against her pimp in court.
Colony on USA Thursday nights, couldn’t be more timely in its depiction of a world colonized by extraterrestrial tyrants and their human surrogates who carry out their bidding.
Outsiders on WGN Tuesdays (produced by Paul Giammatti) is a great series about poor Appalachians fighting big coal.
Underground on WGN Wednesdays has returned for its second season and continues the search for freedom by slaves headed North.
Imposters (Bravo on Tuesdays) is a dark comedy that focuses on a female con artist who marries men and then disappears with their money. This terrific new show is very entertaining as her victims band together to hunt her down.
Some Closing Words
I started this blog for my friends who frequently asked me what they should be watching. Imagine my surprise when I found this fantastic article by an entertainment writer who is frequently asked for TV recommendations. I love her choices:
Our time here in Florida is coming to an end. We have visitors coming during our last 3 weeks here, so it will be very busy. In the meantime, enjoy beautiful spring weather if you’re in the north (I believe tomorrow is officially the last day of winter, despite the occasional March snowstorm) and for my Florida friends, enjoy our incredibly beautiful endless summer.