This weekend, I have… 10 minutes, and fight! Fight!
‘State of the Union’
Watch when: Now, on SundanceNow and AMC+.
The new installment of this short-form bickering play, written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears, Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson play a married couple on the verge of divorce. Each episode takes place 10 minutes before their marriage counseling session, and it’s easy to see how they’re locked into old habits; she’s still wearing a pink pussy hat, and he says the caveman obsession hasn’t frozen yet.
“Union” is like a play – specifically the first part of the play, when you quietly panic and begin a clumsy prayer of despair. “I hope this turns out well soon; I hope I catch whatever’s going on; If this doesn’t start to feel more real, I’m in for a terrible night. “
But then it happens, and the rushed relief is worth twice the price of admission. “Union” shines at its weakest, and it moves through a surprising array of dynamics in each short. Your best bet is to watch all 10 in a row, appetizer for dinner, “Mermaid” style.
… Half an hour, and I want to change the pace.
‘Painting with John’
Watch when: Friday at 11 p.m., on HBO.
Musician, actor, and artist John Lurie returns for a second season to deliver upbeat, crooked philosophy lectures while painting. Think of this program as the opposite of listening to a podcast at 1.5 speed; it magically lacks urgency and focus but still leads to enlightenment. Lurie mused about her own experiences, about nature, about compliments.
In the fourth episode, he stares into the camera and says, “adahbahdeewah. ” After a while, he said that he hoped the closed caption writers had grasped his terminology correctly. “Adahbahdeewah means absurd, but in an optimistic way,” he explains, “like, “The picture with John” is adahbahdeewah.” “Exactly.
… A few hours, and I want to feel the emotion.
Tig Notaro co-created and stars in this loosely autobiographical comedy, which ran from 2015 to 2017, about a comedian who returns home to Mississippi after her mother’s death and stays longer. plan. Though the show deals with sad and heavy themes, “Mississippi” is likable and loveable, poignant in ways that are gentler than jarring. If you loved “Somebody Somewhere,” or if you were dazzled by Sheryl Lee Ralph in “Abbott Elementary” (her character from this series will appear in Season 2 and it’s amazing), or if you just dreaming of spring, Or watch today.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/arts/television/state-of-the-union-painting-with-john.html How much watch time do you have this weekend?