Watch List Weekly Recap 10/21/22

Bad sisters, lost actors, and necessary history lessons highlight this week's postings.

Watch List Weekly Recap 10/21/22

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The midweek post had me parsing the slightly problematic season finale of Apple TV+’s excellent “Bad Sisters,” as well as linking to a short doc about a short-lived movie star (John Cazale, above with then-partner Meryl Streep), and a quick paean to the art of sleazy pulp novel cover art.

"Bad Sisters," So-so Ending
**WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON FINALE OF “BAD SISTERS” AHEAD** My wife and I returned Sunday night from a weeklong sojourn up the Maine coast – scheduled for this past August but postponed when her father went into his final decline – and ended our…

Catching up on new movies in theaters and on VOD (with still more coming next week), I reviewed two galvanizing premieres, “Till” (⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2) and “The Banshees of Inisherin” (⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ ), as well as “Raymond & Ray” (⭐ ⭐ 1/2), a so-so Apple TV+ drama with above-average performances, and “Descendant” (⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ ), a moving dive into a crucial pocket of US history on Netflix.

Mother Courage
There‘s a cinematic subgenre I think of – we all think of – as the Good For You movie: a film on a worthy but difficult, even unpleasant subject, or a recreation of a part of our history that’s uncomfortable to face. (In America, that defaults to 403 years of racism, institutional and otherwise.) These movies o…

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