Two modest theatrical release and a pair of 90s television shows made for choice entertainment option this week.
THE WITCH – The harsh life of 1630s New England farm families is examined in this grisly and thought provoking drama about witchcraft. The story centers on a family with five kids and a struggling farm. When a crop fails just as the youngest child goes missing the strife tears the family apart as accusations of witch craft ensue. What follows gets a little hard to watch but delvers an accurate terror tale of life in Colonial New England.
DIRTY GRANDPA – If its belly laughs you want then this ribald comedy should do the trick. Zac Efron stars as a young man about to marry his boss’ controlling daughter. He is then saddled with driving his grandfather to Daytona for Spring Break when he should be getting set for the big date. Grandpa turns out to be a rambunctious Robert DeNiro who wants his moment in the sun before his freedoms become imperiled by health issues. Bar fights, naked co-eds, and karaoke ensue.
MAD ABOUT YOU – Helen Hunt ad Paul Reiser stared in this 90’s romance series about newlyweds in the Big Apple. Their chemistry made this a huge hit that ran for even years. Here’s your chance to enjoy this excellent comedy that deserved more attention but was frequently dwarfed by the mega-hit ‘Seinfeld.”
COP ROCK – In the early 90s, Steve Bochco could do no wrong after landing a huge hit with “N.Y.P.D. Blue.” He was given carte blanche and created this hard edged cop drama that saw the characters frequently break into song . A well crafted experiment that gave solid actors like Ronny Cox, Paul McCrane(Fame),and Anne Bobby a chance to sing as well as emote . All eleven episodes are preserved here and they hold up.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.