#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

Behold all the seasons and shows I’ve missed for various nonsensical reasons giving me another opportunity via another season. It remains to be “seen” if I’ll watch. That’s the nice thing about tv…you often get a second chance even if you don’t deserve it.

Sunday, March 31
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series, Netflix

Barry: Season 2 (10 p.m.) HBO
Gratefully Barry returns for Season 2 which is impressive since so few people watched Season 1 (is it considered irony when a show about a hitman isn’t a hit?). The dark show is so much fun: it’s got real violence and it’s got real comedy (it’s that weird tone in we’re currently seeing in tv shows like Atlanta and Orville). Bonus? Fonzie is in it and he’s incredible. Highly recommend this show: especially since Bill Hader is a fine nerd like all of us.

Smell Ya Later: SMILF. Frankie Shaw’s show ends its run after two seasons. (10:30 p.m.) Showtime

Monday, April 1
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (9 p.m.) CW
I Am Richard Pryor, Crave
ULTRAMAN: Season 1, Netflix
All The President’s Men, Netflix
Punk (10 p.m.) Epix (Nirvana, Religion, Green Day and L7, etc., on the conclusion of the four-part docu-series)

The Twilight Zone, CBS All Access
In Toronto this third Twilight Zone reboot will air on Thursday April 4 (not April 1st!!) on City TV at 9pm. It’ll be a 2-hour premiere: Nightmare at 30,000 Feet (which can’t improve on the original! Nightmare At 20,000 Feet is Richard Matheson, Richard Donner and Rod Serling. Jordan Peele can’t surpass that. It’s Impossible. We all know this because Nightmare was remade in the 80s. So you wanna do it again? Why?) & The Comedian with Kumail Nanjiani. We’ll see. I’ve been through these reboots before…plus the movie and while they’ve all been “submitted for your approval” none of em have a lingering hold on pop culture like Serling’s original scintillating vision (which you can happily still enjoy on Space!).

Tuesday, April 2
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, Netflix
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (8 p.m.) PBS (Kehinde Wiley, yo!)

The Last O.G.: Season 2 (10:30 p.m.) TBS
Let’s stick with tv shows that were surprisingly renewed Alex. Did anybody watch the first season of The Last O.G.? Did you? I honestly meant to get around to it: Tracy Morgan is hilarious but I…ah took a nap. Truly I spend my days mystified at what gets renewed; surprised at what’s cancelled.

Wednesday, April 3
Suzzanna: Buried Alive, Netflix

Brockmire: Season 3 (10 p.m.) IFC
Brockmire
got up to season 3?! Granted this is a baseball-themed comedy and baseball is America’s pastime still season three? If you noticed a pattern here…I dig Hank Azaria (dude’s still killing it on The Simpsons!) and I had good intentions to watch the show but I…ah went out for brunch. 3 seasons is too deep; might be too late for me but save yourselves.

Thursday, April 4
Unspeakable (9 p.m.) SundanceTV
In The Dark: Season 1 (9 p.m.) The CW

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger: Season 2 (8 p.m.) Freeform
Cloak & Dagger did not live up to its name people clearly discovered it and enjoyed it. That’s good news for these “Runaways.” I had positive intentions to watch the show but I…ah went out to pick up a pastrami sandwich and I missed the whole season. I’m gonna try again with Season 2.

Friday, April 5
Warrior: Season 1 (10 p.m.) Cinemax
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2, Netflix
Into the Dark: I’m Just Fucking With You, Hulu
The Tick: Season 2, Amazon Prime Video
Unicorn Store, Netflix
Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas: Season 2 (11 p.m.) HBO
I Love You, America, Season 1-2, Crave

Doom Patrol: Season 1 (9 p.m.) Space
I enjoyed Doom Patrol‘s appearance in Titans. Like Titans Doom Patrol first appeared on the DC Universe streaming service. (We’re supposed to be getting Swamp Thing later this year and I cannot wait for that.) However in a weird quirk of streaming and rights and other online nonsense Doom Patrol is airing in Canada on Space and Crave. And James Bond is public domain here. I don’t understand what’s happening anymore. So rather than figure all that out let’s just watch Doom Patrol and call it a day.

Saturday, April 6
Sickboy (9 p.m.) Fuse

2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament: The Final Four face off with the winners set to meet in the championship game on April 8. 3 and 5:30 p.m. CBS
The 2019 Zion Williamson sweepstakes is coming to an end. Even if Duke didn’t make it this far or is not the winner Zion is always going to be a winner because he’s going to sign some big fat checks. March Madness is a fantastic trailer for upcoming NBA seasons what kind of players we can expect. Especially these tight games towards the end of the tournament: they help us all get a better sense of the players. March Madness is a fantastic appetizer before the NBA Playoffs start on April 13th the real season. So let’s do this thing yo!

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

Behold all the seasons and shows I’ve missed for various nonsensical reasons giving me another opportunity via another season. It remains to be “seen” if I’ll watch. That’s the nice thing about tv…you often get a second chance even if you don’t deserve it.

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Trial By Trailer: Including….Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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My Heritage Minute Shame

Just had the most Toronto experience: got off at Bathurst Station where instantly that warm beef patty smell hits me (one of the best smells in the city!) but…I can’t have any.

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109 | Iris Kim & Tiana Chin (The Night The Kids Found Out)

My Summer Lair Chapter #109: What Happened The Night The Kids Found Out?

The premise according to the media release:
“In the small town of Faybridge, a star high school athlete disappears without a trace. Nico, an outcast just trying to get through senior year, catches onto a trail that leads her and her friends, Al and Riley, into a tangled mystery surrounding their biology teacher, Mr. Montgomery. With her future and friendships on the line, Nico devotes herself to discovering who’s behind the disappearance and saving her classmate, all before senior prom.”

And there it is right there! Teens, a mystery, a creepy high school…prom: yo as a child of the 80s those are all the hallmarks of a solid teen movie. I’m In!

Iris is the director and lead editor while Tiana is the creative lead for The Night the Kids Found Out. In this My Summer Lair episode, you can hear how much of a challenge it was to execute the vision for this story, and for the story they want to share with viewers. It’s infectious fun…I remember that happiness: we made this. And it’s good.

As you get older the best artists are the ones who close the gap between what they see in their head and what they put out into the world. I assume for somebody like Stephen King that gap is incredibly small. For these talented ladies relatively starting out, the gap is a bit wider but they’re clearly determined to work and make it smaller. They have stories to tell; experiences they want to communicate and it starts with The Night the Kids Found Out.

I suppose in a way that’s what they found out. For the rest of us…I wonder what happened to the high school athlete who disappeared. There will be a public screening on Monday, March 25 and then we’ll all find out. I cannot wait.

The trailer:


Night Kids Found Out Movie Poster.jpg

The Night The Kids Found Out @ WT F

Photography by Sammy Younan

Recorded: Sunday March 17, 2019 at 2pm at WeWork

Netflix Is 45 Not 23

How much credit should we give Netflix or rather their machine learning algorithm?

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Getting Dirty With The Dirt

As the Saints of Los Angeles Mötley Crüe warrants a documentary however for now The Dirt their biopic on Netflix is Straight Outta Compton for White People. (I haven’t see Bohemian Rhapsody…haven’t been on airplane for a bit…maybe when it’s on Netflix?)

The Dirt (while a deeply flawed movie…it’s not even good in parts) is a disheartening symbol of how sanitized and sterilized our pop culture has become. And is becoming! Remember when rock n roll (and comedy!!) were dangerous? Those were good times. Sigh.

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 24 to Saturday, March 30

This is one of those weeks where “we’re in the golden era of television” is a hard sell. Still undaunted I’ve found some television worthy of your VCR.

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Trial by Trailer: Including…John Wick: Chapter 3

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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We Need A Word For….#3

There needs to be a word for that devastating moment when you’re out with your girl maybe it’s Friday night; maybe at a party and a song comes on…THAT song comes on and you use your most upbeat sky punching tone to telegram “yes! oh this song yes!”

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