What We’re Watching Wednesday: Mother’s Day Movies

Each Wednesday either my wife and/or I share what we are watching (either together or separately) in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” This week, we were going to highlight our favorite short season shows, but this morning, with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I decided to switch the theme to “Mother’s Day Movies.”

When both of us think of Mother’s Day movies, we immediately think of only one, for which here’s the trailer:


The movie is available to rent on all of the major streaming services. Unfortunately, it’s not free, but believe me, it is worth the watch.

Upon further reflection, about a minute, my wife did come up with one other:

Little Women (1994) is available on Netflix streaming, as the date of publication of this post, and hopefully still will be available this weekend.

When you think of Mother’s Day movies, what do you think of? Or TV shows or episodes of TV shows that are a must-watch this Mother’s Day? Share in the comments.

What We’re Watching Wednesday | The latest incarnation of The Tick

Do we really need another version of The Tick, now on its third version for TV?

The first show was animated and ran from 1994 to 1996; the second, live-action, from 2001 to 2002; and now this third one, from 2016 to now. All three have overseen by creator Ben Edlund, who first introduced the character “in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for the New England Comics chain of Boston area comic book stores” and then put the character off into a comic book series.

The answer, after a funny but inconsistently so first season, is “Yes, yes, we do.” In the first season, we were introduced to The Tick and Arthur, his sidekick, as they battled the villain The Terror. There were moments that clicked, but many that didn’t, including to me, The Terror. In this second season, The Tick and Arthur join up with AEGIS, “a federal agency tasked with working with superheroes and fighting super villains,” and the action and comedy really pick up. Or as my wife just said when I asked her why she liked the second season better than the first: “I liked the story line about the organization [AEGIS]. I thought it was funnier.”

It was, and assisting with what made it funnier were the continuation of the character Overkill and his sidekick, Dangerboat. “I would argue that Overkill and Dangerboat are the best parts of either season,” my wife said. I agree. In particular, there is one scene in the second season that slays me every time I watch it. I would provide a link but alas, it is not online. I’ll leave you with the official trailer for Season 2 from Prime Video, which also highlights the rest of the amazing ensemble cast:


This is a restart of a feature here on the blog that my wife and I started last year: What We’re Watching Wednesday. I thought this would be a good restart with all the hype over Avengers: Endgame since The Tick is a nice antidote to the (mostly) dourness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Next week, Kim and I will share our favorite short season shows. Kim (mostly she) and I will address the elephant in the room, Game of Thrones, after it’s over.

What We’re Watching | Homicide: Life on the Street

Each Wednesday I share what my wife Kim and I are watching in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” This week, it’s an oldie but a goodie Homicide: Life on the Street.

There is television, then there are those shows that are so far above what should be called “television.”  Examples include The Sopranos, of course, and Game of Thrones, but even before that, there were shows like Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere, but in my and my wife’s minds, the show that when you talk about “they don’t make television shows like that anymore” is, and always will be, Homicide: Life on the Street.

The show began in 1993 and ended in 1999 after seven seasons of often struggling to stay on TV, even though it was better than most anything on the air during that time. It was about a homicide unit in Baltimore and based on the book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon. Unlike many other shows, it wasn’t filmed in Hollywood, but in Baltimore — and the city was also a main character in the show. Not that the ensemble cast wasn’t brilliant, because it was, beginning with Andre Braugher as Detective Frank Pembleton. Others in the cast included Melissa Leo, Daniel Baldwin, Yaphet Kotto, Ned Beatty, Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, and Kyle Secor.

Then there were the guest stars: Robin Williams, Wilford Brimley, Steve Buscemi, Vincent D’Onofrio, Moses Gunn, Bruno Kirby, J.K. Simmons, Lily Tomlin…I could just go on and on. They didn’t steal the show, but often showed the strengths of the established characters and actors, who at the time weren’t recognized as great as they were. Braugher and Leo are the most notable of the cast that went on to further fame: Braugher in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Leo in The Fighter for which she won a Best Actress Oscar in 2010.

Kim and I have been waiting to get this on DVD, literally for years. For the longest time, it was hard to find on DVD, with a complete collection costing up to $300. Finally, this past year, it was rereleased through Shout Factory for about $100 and this past Prime Day, we couldn’t pass up a deal to get it at half that price. Since then, we’ve been making our way through it slowly, because this is not the kind of show one wants to devour in a binge-watch. This is the kind of show one wants to savor which we are doing.

Kim says I have to share this clip with Buscemi, so here you go:

For you, what are those shows that shouldn’t really be classified as television because they’re that good?

What We’re Watching Wednesday | Crude but funny

Each Wednesday I share what my wife Kim and I are watching in terms of movies and TV each week in a feature called “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” This week, it’s TV shows that are crude but funny.

Mainly, there are two shows we have been watching, both on Hulu: Drunk History, which started from sketches on Funny or Die, and Letterkenny. a Canadian show. Both are as crude “af” but also as funny “af” too. If  you don’t mind the occasional sight of vomit and fart jokes, these shows are for you (but really there are some funny lines in between, especially with Letterkenny, with dialogue so fast we had to put the closed captions on just to keep up).

Here’s from the opening of the first episode of Letterkenny (and yes, this is NSFW and does contain vulgar language):

And this clip from Drunk History is one of the less crude ones, but still funny:

So do you ever like your humor a little, or even a lot, on the raunchy side? If so, to what shows or movies do you turn to?