Alibi V.28 No.32 • Aug 8-14, 2019 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 8

“The Naked Director” (Netflix streaming anytime) This Japanese comedy-drama is based on the nonfiction novel Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den by Nobuhiro Motohashi. It follows the various attempts of infamous director Toru Muranishi to reform the notoriously restrictive Japanese porn industry in the ’80s.

“Wu Assassins” (Netflix streaming anytime) This action series stars Indonesian actor/stuntman Iko Uwais (The Raid) as a Chintaown chef who is given “enhanced martial arts skills” following an encounter with a mystical spirit and must use them to recover superpowers from five modern-day criminals threatening to destroy the world.

“Chasing the Cure” (TNT 7pm) This live, weekly medical show features a panel of top doctors working alongside the global audience to “help people who are suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medial mysteries.”

Friday 9

“Free Meek” (Amazon Prime streaming anytime) Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s 2017 arrest for probation violations made him a poster child for criminal justice reform. This documentary investigation explores the allegations of police corruption that prompted the case.

“WE Day” (KOAT-7 7pm) This annual series of stadium-sized youth empowerment events is organized by a Canadian charity to celebrate the impact that tens of thousands of students have made on local and global issues. Neil Patrick Harris, Selena Gomez, Natalie Portman, Chance the Rapper and Bill Nye are among the special guests giving kid activists a big thank you.

Saturday 10

“Manson: The Women” (Oxygen 8pm) Hot on the heels of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, Oxygen takes a deep dive into the psyches of the women who formed the Manson Family.

“Two Sentence Horror Stories” (KWBQ-19 8pm) The CW turns another popular internet meme into a TV series, this one a modern horror anthology.

Sunday 11

“Teen Choice 2019” (KRQE-DT2 7pm) Performers include Bazzi, Blanco Brown, Mabel, CNCO and HRVY. I’m not 16, so I have no idea who those people are.

“Curse of Akakor” (Facebook streaming anytime) Six investigators head into the Amazon jungle looking for a lost city of gold in Facebook’s newest nonfiction series. This quest didn’t work out so well for Sir Walter Raleigh or Coronado, but they didn’t have docureality shows.

Monday 12

“The Terror: Infamy” (AMC 7pm) The first season of this eerie supernatural drama tackled author Dan Simmons’ imaginative take on the fate of the (real) Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost polar expedition of 1845. This second season jumps forward in time to explore the ghosts of a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

Tuesday 13

“Mysteries Decoded” (KWBQ-19 8pm) The CW gets in on that sweet unsolved/supernatural/cryptozoological mystery action. Although no TV series in the last 60 years has solved the Mothman or UFOs or Bigfoot, this one undoubtedly will.

Wednesday 14

“Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America” (HBO 6pm) Apparently 2018 was the first year more people chose cremation over more traditional (and more expensive) burial options. Now HBO looks at the changing face of America’s death industry and the “non-traditional end-of-life options and remembrances” people are now choosing—from green burials to extraterrestrial burials.