StreamFix: 'It's Always Sunny,' 'Airplane!' and 14 More New Streams on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Crackle
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (Season 9)
I'd hate to burden you with a reminder about injustice during this Election Day, but it must be noted: It is insane that Kaitlin Olson has gone eight seasons without garnering an Emmy nomination for this show. Have you heard this woman dry-heave? It is sensational.
Did you know? Arnold Schwarzenegger > Colin Farrell, at least in terms of dystopian thriller heroism. I wouldn't want to see Arnold attempt Farrell's role in "Saving Mr. Banks" or anything like that though.
This documentary gives an incisive, insightful look at Robert Altman, whose best movie is not "Nashville" or "Gosford Park" or "MASH" or even "The Player." Nope. It is "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," Julie Christie smokes you with Western flair, and Warren Beatty has never been better.
"The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"
"Interstellar" means the renaissance of Anne Hathaway, but if you're looking to fuel your bitter rage against the "Les Miserables" Oscar winner one last time, crank up "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" for maximum schadenfreude. Julie Andrews does not want to talk about it.
If this isn't the finest comedy in American history, I'd like to hear nominations for what is. "Airplane!" has more laughs per second than any movie I've ever seen. Robert Hays is deadpan and slyly bizarre as plane-saving everyman Ted Striker, Julie Hagerty is daffy as stewardess Elaine, and Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, and even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar land this amazing movie with the most unsmiling goofiness ever put on film.
"The Addams Family"
This is a movie that is funnier than it has any right to be. You can thank pitch-perfect casting choices (Anjelica Huston as Morticia is simply divine), a commit to "Airplane!"-style deadpan comedy, and some of the sharpest one-liners of the '90s. My favorite, from Morticia to Gomez: "Last night you were unhinged. You were like some desperate, howling demon. You frightened me. Do it again."
You'd think Steve Martin and Michael Caine would team up more. Very ideal pair from one of the absolute best years in comedy, 1988. "Working Girl," "A Fish Called Wanda," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," "Big," "Beetlejuice" -- are you applauding yet?
"The Conversation" is one of the grayest movies of all time. Yes, grayest. Dour, dim grayness everywhere here. "The Conversation" is bleak, it is twisted, and it has that "Rosemary's Baby" mystique where you're not sure how far from reality the protagonist is veering. Also like "Rosemary's Baby," this is an essential and totally memorable movie featuring a dynamite performance. Gene Hackman soars as a man studying a single piece of footage featuring (who else?) Cindy Williams from "Laverne and Shirley."
"American Horror Story" Seasons 1 & 2
Now these are the "AHS" seasons worth watching. Remember when we barely knew how chilling Jessica Lange could be? Revisit that. "Murder House" is still the series highpoint.
"Saturday Night Live" with Chris Rock and Prince
I keep debating whether Chris Rock's monologue was funny or just loud. His Boston Marathon jokes weren't exactly timely, but it was good to hear from him again? I think? I don't know. Prince, meanwhile, was exceptional with his seven-minute set.
"Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (November 6)
The new season of Jerry Seinfeld's dad-pleasing chatfest includes Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and Jimmy Fallon. And that opening shot of fresh-brewed coffee that makes me need coffee immediately.
Damn, I love this movie. There was a time when Ethan Hawke and Mark McGrath were sort of circling each other with their vulpine features figuring out how to be two separate entities. Hawke garnered three Oscar nominations for acting and writing. McGrath went to "Extra." There's a moral here.
"The Razor's Edge"
Oh, I'm not talking about 1946 adaptation of Somerset Maugham's novel with glowering stud Tyrone Power and "All About Eve" trickster Anne Baxter in an Oscar-winning performance. I'm talking about Bill Murray's remake of that movie, the one he insisted on making as part of his deal to star in "Ghostbusters." It is really something. Take a look, if only because "7th Heaven" doyenne Catherine Hicks is good.