Week In Sloth

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Thursday 3

Robert Osborne Birthday Tribute (TCM 6pm) TCM pays tribute to late, great movie host Robert Osborne, starting with a sit-down interview he conducted with Alec Baldwin in 2014. At 8:30pm Osborne introduces the 1936 romance Dodsworth. At 9:30pm it’s “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute,” recorded in 2015. Osborne introduces the 1944 mystery Laura at 10:30pm. The night rounds out with interviews featuring Liza Minelli (12:15am) and Ernest Borgnine (1:15am).

Friday 4

Last Flag Flying (Amazon streaming anytime) Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Boyhood) directs this nicely amusing and surprisingly emotional comedy-drama about a trio of old Vietnam vets who are reunited when one of their sons is killed in the Gulf War.

“A Little Help with Carol Burnett” (Netflix streaming anytime) Comedy icon Carol Burnett comes back to TV (sort of) to host this game show featuring precocious kids. … Kinda disappointing, really. But the lady’s 85. Let’s give her a break.

“The Rain” (Netflix streaming anytime) How do you make Scandinavian noir even darker? Set it in the post-apocalyse. Here a couple of Danish teens try to survive after deadly acid rain kills most of society—leaving behind the usual collection of trigger-happy looters fighting over dwindling food supplies.

Saturday 5

“Diablo Guardián” (Amazon streaming anytime) Based on the novel by Xavier Velasco, this action drama centers on a young girl (Paulina Gaitán) who runs away from her home in Mexico with a sack full of money to live one wild and crazy life in New York City. There, she falls under the wing of a writer obsessed with finding a story worth writing.

“The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Introduction Ceremony” (HBO 6pm) Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe are this year’s inductees.

Sunday 6

“Sweetbitter” (Starz 6:02pm) A young woman lands a job at New York’s hottest restaurant in this adaptation of Stephanie Danler’s best-selling novel, often described as “the Kitchen Confidential of our time.”

Monday 7

“E! Live From the Red Carpet—The 2018 Met Gala” (E! 7:30pm) No, you can’t actually go inside this exclusive fashion industry event. But you can stand outside on the red carpet with E! and ogle people’s clothes.

Tuesday 8

TCM Spotlight: Tarzan (TCM 6pm) Turner Classic Movies gets into the swing of things with a marathon of jungle action, including 1932’s Tarzan The Ape Man (6pm), 1934’s Tarzan and His Mate (8pm), 1936’s Tarzan Escapes (10pm), 1939’s Tarzan Finds a Son! (11:45pm), 1941’s Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1:15am) and 1942’s Tarzan’s New York Adventure (2:45am).

Wednesday 9

TCM Spotlight: Tarzan (TCM 4am) Oh, it keeps going! Starting bright and early, we’ve got 1943’s Tarzan Triumphs (4am), 1943’s Tarzan’s Desert Mystery (5:30am), 1948’s Tarzan and the Mermaids (6:45am), 1949’s Tarzan’s Magic Fountain (8am), 1950’s Tarzan and the Slave Girl (9:15am), 1951’s Tarzan’s Peril (10:45am), 1952’s Tarzan’s Savage Fury (12:15pm), 1953’s Tarzan and the She-Devil (1:45pm), 1955’s Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle (3:15pm) and 1957’s Tarzan and the Lost Safari (4:30pm). There’s a Jungle Jim movie marathon after that—but I might actually be jungled out.
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