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Crisis In Six Scenes Amazon, streaming from September 30 An early scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan neatly summarizes Crisis in Six Scenes: Isaac, a TV writer, ceremoniously quits his sketch show gig: “It’s embarrassing, antiseptic... there’s not a laugh in there!” Unless it’s a ball game, Allen isn’t partial to television, and while Amazon’s digital arena permits opportunities not granted on airwaves, his interest in heading a series was prompted less by creative exercise than by...
High Maintenance Season 1, HBO, Fridays through October 21 High Maintenance’s season premiere, its first for HBO following a hit run on Vimeo, begins with a transaction. It’s the first of many within the six-episode arc, but it’s not The Guy (Ben Sinclair), the weed courier appearing throughout, making a delivery to one of his many clients: he’s getting a haircut. He jokes with his barber, who’s had a hairstyle in mind for him, even though...
The term “cult cinema” seems like too broad a blanket until you discuss Andy Milligan, an abrasive trashmonger who made shoddy 16mm endurance tests that played in ye olde exploitation theatres. Watch one of his films and wonder, “Just who could possibly comprise this audience?” The picture quality, even after a digital transfer, is blotchy and coarse, even if the scene wasn’t hideously lit; it’s almost as though the content doesn’t want to be...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Directed by David Green Opens June 3 Despite my base nostalgic impulses, I can’t admit the 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy is wholly worth lionizing. The original film’s strengths—effective hand-to-puppet combat; authentic murky tone; compensation of technical limitations with okayish character development; inclusion of actual teenagers—dwindled with later entries. Between the films, toys, cartoons, and video games, my memory of iconography overtakes actual moments. Crazily enough, I’d be...

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