It was the biggest, most ambitious, most diverse, and best decade in television history. And these were my 50 favorite shows.
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KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)
The Unenthusiastic Critic is contemplating divorce—not for the first time—as we sit down for her first viewing of Robert Benton's Christmas-tangential classic on its 40th anniversary.
THE APARTMENT (1960)
A serious comedy about loneliness, infidelity, predatory men, workplace harassment, and attempted suicide? Sounds like the perfect Christmas movie for The Unenthusiastic Critic.
WATCHMEN 1×07: "AN ALMOST RELIGIOUS AWE"
Past, present, and future collide as Watchmen sets up for the endgame and heads into the blue.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
The Unenthusiastic Critic is making first contact with Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, and asking the question: Is it about a space-age prophet, or just an intergalactic deadbeat dad?
WATCHMEN 1×06: "THIS EXTRAORDINARY BEING"
In one of the best episodes of TV in many years, Watchmen brilliantly explores black anger, the insidious conspiracy of pop culture, and the poisonous nature of nostalgia.
WATCHMEN 1×05: "LITTLE FEAR OF LIGHTNING"
A contemplative episode of Watchmen locates the roots of white supremacy in the fears and fragility of the white American male.
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (1982)
This week we're discussing "Magical Negroes," and The Unenthusiastic Critic is eyeballin' Taylor Hackford's 1982 romantic military melodrama.
WATCHMEN 1×04: "IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY STORY WRITE YOUR OWN"
The arrival of the mysterious Lady Trieu starts to bring Watchmen's endgame into focus.
THE BIG SLEEP (1946)
The Unenthusiastic Critic is celebrating #Noirvember with Bogie & Bacall in Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler's classic detective story.
WATCHMEN 1×03: "SHE WAS KILLED BY SPACE JUNK"
Wanna hear a good joke? The great Jean Smart, playing a familiar face, descends on the world of Watchmen like a brick to the head.
In honor of the great John Witherspoon's passing, we're f–ing up the rotation this week, as Nakea introduces Michael to a '90s comedy classic.
WATCHMEN 1×02: "MARTIAL FEATS OF COMANCHE HORSEMANSHIP"
Nothing is what it seems in the second episode of Watchmen, as we begin to question who everyone really is, and what their role is in the larger play.
THE LOST BOYS (1987)
Sleep all day, party all night, never get old, never die. It's good to be the Unenthusiastic Critic.
WATCHMEN 1×01: "IT'S SUMMER AND WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF ICE"
In a textually dense, stunning debut episode, HBO's WATCHMEN announces its ambitious agenda of tackling the narratives of white supremacy in America.
The Unenthusiastic Critic is bugging out, as our Halloween Movie Marathon continues with Dario Argento's weirdest movie.
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