A brief quasi-review-let of Sex/Life on Netflix: It is ridiculously oversexed, suburban porn but dammit I can’t stop watching because these troubled impossibly beautiful people are starting to feel surprisingly human to me. No surprise to see that the credits for the first two episodes screened include the great director Patricia Rozema (Anne With an E, Tell Me You Love Me, Mansfield Park, When Night Is Falling, and from the way back, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing go find it and watch it). Will I stick around for the non-Rozema episodes? Stay tuned. Or tell me what you’re watching in these long hot summer days? email@example.com or in the comments below. And now, more new(ish) stuff.
Sunday June 27
A Discovery of Witches (Season 2 premiere 6pmCT/7ET on AMC) “In Madison, Satu, Knox and Gerbert arrive at the Bishop house to find that Matthew and Diana have disappeared. The couple arrives in 1590’s London and are confronted by a face from Matthew’s past. Diana realizes 16th-century Matthew is different.”
Monday June 28
The Holy Game (doc premiere Crave) “From directors Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary) and Chris Kelly (The Slowest Show, This Is That), THE HOLY GAME offers an exclusive look at an officially sanctioned Vatican soccer tournament for priests. Beyond the Vatican walls, there is a soccer championship like no other in which young priests in seminary from around the world gather to play in the Clericus Cup. The film explores religion, sport, and tradition, and examines why people around the world still sacrifice so much to become a priest.”
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989 doc premiering 7pmCT/8ET on TCM) “A documentary that tells the stories of five people who died from AIDS and how their loved ones came to terms with their loss through participation in the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The huge quilt, made by friends and relatives of people who have died of AIDS, has traveled throughout the United States to raise money for AIDS research. The documentary makes use of interviews with families and friends, plus photos and home movies.”
Tuesday June 29
The Legend of the Underground (doc premiere 8pmCT/9ET on HBO, Crave app) “In 2013, Nigeria enacted the anti-LGBTQ law, the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill (SSMPA), and in the years since, it has been used to harass, imprison, extort, and commit violence against anyone seen as not conforming to Nigerian societal and cultural norms. Directed by Nneka Onuorah and Giselle Bailey, THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND explores the struggle against rampant discrimination in Nigeria today, as seen through the lens of several bold and charismatic, non-conformist youth who fight to live out loud.”
Wednesday June 30
Prime Time (movie premiere Netflix) “New Year’s Eve 1999. Twenty-year-old Sebastian, armed with a gun, hijacks a TV studio and takes two hostages—a famous TV presenter and a security guard. His plan? No one seems to know, including Sebastian himself. His demand to deliver his message, whatever that may be, via live broadcast is repeatedly thwarted by an uncertain police force and an egotistical network chairman. As the night wears on, Sebastian and the hostages bond in unexpected ways, while those in power fumble to restore order.”
America: The Motion Picture (movie premiere Netflix) “In this wildly tongue-in-cheek animated revisionist history, a chainsaw-wielding George Washington assembles a team of rabble rousers — including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and a very pissed off Geronimo — to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution. Who will win? No one knows, but you can be sure of one thing: these are not your father’s Founding… uh, Fathers.” Cast includes Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn, Bobby Moynihan, Judy Greer, Will Forte, Raoul Max Trujillo, Killer Mike, with Simon Pegg and Andy Sandberg.”
See ya Thursday.