Watch List Weekly Recap 2/18/22

Romcom podcasts, high-tech thrillers, and a sweet little movie you should know about.

Watch List Weekly Recap 2/18/22

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Introducing Ty Burr’s Watchcast: The first in a series of podcast conversations on movies and more. In the Valentine’s Day-themed premiere episode, my friend and former Boston Globe colleague, “Love Letters” columnist Meredith Goldstein, talks with me about what makes a good romantic comedy — and what can sometimes make a bad one so good. (Pictured: “Maid in Manhattan”)

Isn't It Romantic: A Valentine's Day Podcast
Listen now (38 min) | I’ve been wanting to try a podcast since starting the Watch List last summer, as a way to converse with knowledgeable friends and colleagues about films, TV, and other matters pop cultural. Meredith Goldstein was an obvious choice to kick things off: For two decades now, the Boston Globe

”Kimi,” on HBO Max, prompted a mid-week meditation on the prolific, under-appreciated career of Steven Soderbergh, who’s made 33 feature films in 33 years — most of them pretty damn good. (Pictured: Zoë Kravitz)

Gimme "Kimi"
The Nut Graf: The latest made-for-streaming mousetrap from director Steven Soderbergh, “Kimi” (on HBO Max, ***1/2 out of ****) prompts an appreciation for one of the most underrated filmmakers currently working (and working).

There are new movies to write about (and I have brief reviews of two theatrical releases: “Dog” and “Strawberry Mansion”), but I’d rather tell you about a charming sleeper from two years back: “Driveways,” a fitting farewell to the late Brian Dennehy (below, with Lucas Jaye).

Local Heroes
The Nut Graf: It’s New Release Friday, but I feel like sharing a two-year-old gem: “Driveways” (2020, available for rent on multiple platforms, ***1/2 stars out of ****), with its fine farewell performance by Brian Dennehy. Dog lovers are directed (with reservations) to

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