Eastbound and Down: Season One Kenny Powers is, according to Kenny Powers, "just an average guy … with exceptional hair." A former baseball superstar with a mullet and an appetite for drugs, Powers (the riotous Danny McBride) falls from grace and ends up back in his Southern hometown as a P.E. coach. He doesn't learn a single thing from the experience, but he thinks he's learning plenty. That's the brilliance of this HBO show helmed by Jody Hill (Observe and Report), David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Adam McKay: Throughout the six-episode, three-hour ordeal, Powers is given every opportunity to grow as a human being but his common response is a simple "Fuck all that noise." He could be considered an antihero, and if he ever learns what that means, he'll surely use it. (NR);;
Last Year at Marienbad Alain Resnais' impenetrable love story about a man who meets a woman and keeps insisting that they shared a stolen affair last year – while the woman insists she never met the man – is no more linear nor any less harrowing nearly 50 years after its big splash at the Venice Film Festival, but thanks to this restoration, Resnais' scope and attention to detail can be appropriately worshipped. (NR);;
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season One Featuring the only high school in which Milla Jovovich, Ozzy Osbourne, Kool Moe Dee and Donny Osmond populate the halls, Parker Lewis Can't Lose is one of the rare early-'90s teen TV shows that are still watchable. That's a credit to the writing of creator Clyde Phillips (now of Dexter) and the zany but grounded direction of a fledgling Andy Tennant (Fools Rush In, Hitch). What started as a cheap knockoff of Ferris Bueller's Day Off evolved into engrossing, lovable junk food by the end of this inaugural ; season. (NR);;
Two Lovers Mash together The Apartment and The Graduate and you have this wonderful Brighton Beach memoir about an emotionally stunted young man (Joaquin Phoenix in the best performance of the year thus far) who likes a girl his parents love, but loves a woman whose heart belongs to a married man. The atmosphere set by director James Gray is intoxicating. (R);;
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