Recommendations include works from this diverse group: John Waters, Akira Kurosawa, Brian DePalma
THRONE OF BLOOD
Akira Kurosawa’s stunning, highly stylized 1957 reworking of “Macbeth” as a Noh play, with Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada. A film classic shot in glorious black and white.
Sunday at 7 p.m. TNT
John Waters’ deliriously fast and funny 1988 satire of the U60s combines nostalgic spoof with a social consciousness that’s as unexpected as it is smashingly effective. Set in the summer of 1963, the film stars hefty Ricki Lake who, among other things, is a fearless integrationist. In his zany cross between a teen pic and a message movie, Waters juxtaposes his spoofing of passing fads with a skewering of enduring racism.
Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday at 4:25 a.m. Showtime
Even though in substance this 1987 Brian De Palma movie doesn’t match its great look, it is entertaining, thanks especially to Sean Connery’s Oscar-winning portrayal of a Chicago Irish street cop who shows the ropes to an inexplicably bland Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), as he prepares to take on Al Capone (Robert De Niro).
Sunday at 9 p.m. CBS