Monday, September 30, 2013

My favorite show right now

OK, It’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but nobody needs to read about that one.  25 million people watched the premier.  The other TV show I won’t miss right now is The Story of Film, An Odyssey, airing on turner Classic movies, Monday nights.  It is a complete course in movies.  You should get college credit for watching this program.

The 15-episode series played on BBC two years ago.  Directed and narrated by Mark Cousins, the project began as a book in 2004 and became documentary slowly thereafter.  He pretty much devoted five years of his life to the work and it shows.  I love this show because it doesn’t dwell in the abstract.  Cousins does talk about mood and nuance, but he shows actual clips of actual developments.  When he gets to Hitchcock for instance, he doesn’t just say he’s great.  He gives you five solid reasons and backs them up with clips illustrating his point.

The other reason to watch is exposure to stuff you very well may never have seen before.  This is not a Hollywood-centric film.  Like any odyssey worthy of the name, he covers great distances.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is pretty damn cool, too.

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