Category Archives: television

On The Tube: Green Planet

As you can see, our younger cat, Miranda, enjoys watching nature on tv. My wife has been catching her interest in the mornings with birds on YouTube. Apparently, David Attenborough and his new series The Green Planet is also prime cat viewing. … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Hanukkah on Rye

I admit I was tempted to pass on this one because of a horrific title. Maybe a play on “awry.” Or something. As the movie unfolded, my wife commented that it was like Crossing Delancey. I remember liking that movie, but … Continue reading

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On The Tube: National Treasure, The Next Generation

So, the white guys are disliking the streaming follow-up to the Nic Cage’s feel-good Americana movies. I’ve read a handful of reviews, and they balance between cute and harmless fluff, and the complaints of white privilege. As of this writing, … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Enchantment

After watching a piece of fluff on streaming, my wife asked why I didn’t like old movies. What gave you that idea, I asked. You keep skipping over them, she said. I landed my clicker on this one. She didn’t … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Rings of Power

Looking forward to this streaming event for some years now, I gobbled down episodes 1 and 2 in one sitting last night. It looks like a theatrical release. The visuals are sumptuous. But if a studio is pouring nine figures … Continue reading

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On The Tube Again: Purgatory

There’s a backlash against eulogies in many church circles. I don’t get worked up about it … unless they go much beyond a few minutes at a funeral Mass. I think I get the indulgence for it. Everybody knows a … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Faith, Hope, and Love

My wife was having a restless night earlier this week. I woke to find the other side of the bed empty and the living room tv running a streaming movie. It was the usual fare of family-oriented/Hallmark romance but it … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Night Sky

The title of the streaming series on Amazon Prime is a misnomer. There is one extraterrestrial vista through a window at the end of an underground passage in rural Illinois. However, this show unfolds entirely on Planet Earth. It begins … Continue reading

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On The Tube: More Star Trek

One season wraps up as another series begins. The second of three Picard seasons comes to a merciful and tattered ending. I commented on another social media platform, “What a relief!” Good characters and acting, visuals deserving of a Star … Continue reading

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Takes On Time

Time is a frequent theme in science fiction. Various authors have handled it well in different ways, and when they do it well, it reflects our desire for change, even change in ourselves. There’s a Christian contrition aspect in how … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Project Blue Book

This month’s streaming binge-o-rama involved the tv show, not the actual Air Force effort of the 50s and 60s. But the former is a History Channel (!) fictionalization of the latter. I wrote about the latter maybe 45 years ago … Continue reading

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Life In Color/Colour

David Attenborough is like the Walter Cronkite of nature documentary hosts. While outside whited itself out, inside there was color on the morning tube. Life in Color is the latest Netflix/Attenborough collaboration. It’s an excellent one. It has the advances … Continue reading

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The Crown and God

Still at home with virus symptoms, though not at home with them. Progressing through season three of the Crown, those moments with God Liam alluded to a few days ago. First in episode 2, was the experience of the 1966 … Continue reading

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On The Tube: The Crown

Home with the virus means I have hours to watch the fictionalized 50s of Elizabeth II as she deals with family, PMs, courtiers, and others on The Crown. I had avoided this series, though I’m not sure why. I confess being … Continue reading

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Our Planet

David Attenborough was scooped up by Netflix some years ago. I wondered why. To outdo the BBC? How could decades of extraordinary filmmaking be advanced? See the series Our Planet to find out. I’ve enjoyed nature documentaries since I was … Continue reading

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