Day: January 29, 2021

Let’s celebrate the very worst

We spend a lot of time talking about good shows, so it’s time for the opposite.
Let’s consider a show that is really, truly awful – but in a fun way that’s worth watching: “Plan 9 From Out Space” (shown here) has its primetime moment, at 8 p.m. ET Monday (Feb. 1) on Turner Classic Movies.
“Plan 9” is a 1959 film that jumped to fame in 1980, when the book “Golden Turkey Awards” proclaimed it the worst movie ever. Since then, it has shown up at bad-film festivals and more. Read more…

Best-bets for Jan. 31: Dramas ponder slavery and sexism

1) “Masterpiece: The Long Song,” 10 p.m., PBS. Here is Jamaica in the 1830s, offering visual beauty and emotional pain. Hayley Atwell – thoroughly transformed from her work as Peggy Carter in the Captain America films – plays an empty-headed plantation-owner, with Tamara Lawrence as her slave. Then a man (Jack Lowden, shown here with the women) arrives with news. This three-week story veers toward soap-opera turf, then evolves into a nuanced drama – beautifully filmed, skillfully acted and, at times, wrenching to watch. Read more…