Mr. Angel

dvr this On DVD and Netflix Buck Angel is arguably the most fascinating porn star alive, and it is not only because he is a rough muscle daddy who is a transman who decided not to have bottom surgery. That is what makes him a curiosity to some and extremely hot to others. But he [...]

Orphan Black

dvr this Amazon Instant Video for the first season BBC America, Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. BBC America, Saturday, April 26, 6 p.m. The second season of last year’s breakout sci-fi series premiered April 19, and the first season is finally available to stream. Get on it. This Canadian series is about a collection of [...]

Fargo

dvr this FX, Tuesday, April 15, 10 p.m. The Coen Brothers’ 1996 film Fargo is one of my favorites, featuring Frances McDormand’s epically funny, pregnant sheriff and an insanely, off-kilter snow noir screenplay, both Oscar winners. I’m not sure how Noah Hawley convinced the Coens, but they allowed him to make a series based on [...]

Game of Thrones

dvr this HBO, Sunday, April 6, various times The international phenomenon about warring factions in a land somewhat like medieval England features bloody sword fights, a great deal of sex and dragons. It’s brilliant fun and often sublimely well-made and even profound. The acting, particularly by Peter Dinklage (as the dwarf Tyrion Lannister) and Maisie [...]

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

dvr this Turner Classic Movies, Saturday, March 29, 3:45 a.m. The original Godzilla movie was recut and dubbed for American audiences, and it is wonderfully creaky, silly fun, with weak, even for the era, special effects, poor lip-synch, and spliced-in scenes of Raymond Burr as an American reporter to make the movie more palatable to [...]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

dvr this On multiple Fox and National Geographic networks at various times Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking PBS series that Americans watched en masse 35 years ago. Tyson, arguably America’s greatest living public intellectual, is a brilliantly charismatic host and educator, and the narrative he and his producers craft to [...]

Shampoo

Turner Classic Movies, Saturday, March 15, 9 p.m. In one of Warren Beatty’s great roles (which is saying something), he plays George, a hair stylist to the more wealthy and fabulous women of Beverly Hills. He also spends of good deal of time sleeping with them, both the married and single ones, and he’s basically [...]

True Detective

dvr this HBO, Sunday, March 9, 9 p.m. The season finale of this television season’s inarguably great drama is this weekend, and if you haven’t been watching, now is your time to catch up either on HBOGo or through other, less legal ways. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are detectives with the Louisiana state police [...]

Star-Crossed

dvr this The CW, Mondays, 8 p.m. While the CW is best known for soapy teen dramas, often with a supernatural twist, the also-ran network is not known for high quality. But it should be. The new sci-fi shows on TV this year have huge budgets on ABC and Fox, but they’re better written and [...]

Philadelphia

dvr this Turner Classic Movies, 2:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 Endlessly debated when it was released in 1994, Philadelphia is both an AIDS story sanitized for the masses and yet revolutionary in its depiction of the gay experience. Jonathan Demme’s direction is smooth and restrained, and Tom Hanks’ performance is legendary: so moving, so empathic [...]

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