"Getting On." HBO's twisted and brave new comedy may take place in a long-term care facility, but it refuses to get the vapors or turn to sentimental mush when dealing with the grim but often hilarious realities of old age and death. Against the sardonic humor of the modern workplace comedy, "Getting On" delves into issues that tend to make Americans uncomfortable — the ailments of age, the warehousing of the elderly.
Embodying the many professionals who feel overworked and underappreciated in modern America, everyone who works on the wing both battles against and suffers from the widely held opinion that the work they do is less important that other parts of the hospital. Dawn (
With a script that provokes as many winces as belly laughs and a cast willing and able to explore the outer dimensions of both humor and pathos, "Getting On" is the definition of cutting-edge comedy. The discomfort you feel, with the setting, with the characters, is very much your own and well worth exploring. HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m.
"Bonnie and Clyde" It may have the
In this version, Clyde Barrow (Emile Hirsch) is not so much a criminal as a courtier. It's Bonnie (Holliday Grainger) who is both muse and mastermind of their two-year crime spree, which is rendered here with an even higher body count than the nine law officials and several civilians the actual Barrow gang reportedly killed. A thwarted actress (what else?), she sees in Clyde a way out of her "prospects none" small-town life. Hirsch's Clyde, who narrates the film, is not just essentially good-hearted, he has something of the second sight; from the beginning of their relationship, he is haunted by images of their violent demise.
The script plays fast and loose with many facts in its insistence on making Bonnie a cold-blooded killer (when most accounts insist she rarely handled a weapon) who builds her own publicity campaign, with the aid of a feisty female reporter (played by
Then, if we're feeling quite obsessive and perhaps a bit bitter, we can review the projects that stretched the hiatus between seasons to a record-breaking 19 month, including all that 50th-anniversary "Dr. Who" hoopla (Moffat and Gatiss); "The Hobbit" and
Actually, maybe we'd better just stick with the first two seasons of "Sherlock." Available on Netflix.