Watch List Weekly Recap 10/7/22

A Zen stooge for the paying subscribers and what some are calling the best movie of the year on Netflix.

Watch List Weekly Recap 10/7/22

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NOTE: The Watch List will be offline next week as we take the road trip we were going to take in August before my father-in-law got sick. I’m expecting the journey to be a cross between “Nomadland” and this:

For Larry Fine’s birthday, I repurposed a 2012 Boston Globe column on the intersection of slapstick comedy and Zen Buddhism. Was Baso (709-788 AD) the first Stooge? Is Larry really the Buddha? Soitenly!

Everything's Fine
Larry Fine, that most mysteriously guileless of Stooges, was born 120 years ago today, and to honor the occasion, I’m reprinting one of my favorite Globe pieces, originally published on April 8, 2012, for paying subscribers. It’s rare that I get to address my love of movies and Zen practice in the same article, but this one — pegged to a

An excellent one on Netflix — Romain Gavras’s tough, galvanizing “Athena” (⭐⭐⭐1/2)— and, in theaters, “Triangle of Sadness” (⭐⭐⭐), an enjoyably blunderbuss class-skewering (and spewing). Plus: Lena Dunham makes a Young Adult movie, and it’s pretty darned good, and horror movies are crawling out of every streaming platform this month.

What To Watch: "Athena" and "Triangle of Sadness"
The opening moments of “Athena” (⭐ ⭐ ⭐½ out of ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐), a new French film streaming on Netflix, are as electrifying as anything I’ve seen in a movie all year. In one long tracking shot that swivels and stretches for 11 jaw-dropping minutes, a police-department press conference following the death of a teenage boy in custody suddenly turns into a war z…

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