Stories by Peter Hummers

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Loose canon—the Basil Rathbone ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies

By Peter Hummers. Everything that matters about Holmes and Watson is here. Conan Doyle’s stories were never about frock coats and gaslight; they're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes. Full story

Feb 2


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: When only an old-style British whodunit will do—‘Three Pines’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers. Alfred Molina stars as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec in Amazon’s series ‘Three Pines,’ based on the contemporary detective novels of Louise Penny. Full story

Jan 26


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Pure cinema—‘Koyaanisqatsi’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers Koyaanisqatsi is a beautiful visual tone poem using only moving images and music to serve the message that humanity has shifted the balance of nature. Full story

Jan 19


WHAT TO WATCH ON TELEVISION
Stream On: When only the worst will do—‘Robot Monster’ and ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TELEVISION By Peter Hummers. The age-old questions: Cats or Dogs? Beatles or Stones? Android or iOS? And the preference that matters to me, the best ‘worst movie ever’: ‘Robot Monster’ or ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’? Full story

Jan 12


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Stream On: Everything Addams is new again

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers The Addams family of lovely ghouls, spawned in 1937, is still going strong in the 21st century with ‘Wednesday’ (2022). We also take a look at ‘The Addams Family’ (1991). Full story

Jan 5


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Stream On: Musicals? It’s ‘Showboat’ or go home

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV Peter Hummers doesn’t like musicals, as a rule. ‘Show Boat’ (1936) is the exception to that rule. Full story

Dec 29


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Stream On: The Yin and Yang of Andy Griffith—‘A Face in the Crowd’ and ‘No Time for Sergeants’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV There’s more to Andy Griffith than ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Matlock.’ Here’s his cinematic back-story by Peter Hummers. Full story

Dec 15


From Manteo to Mayberry with Andy Griffith and author John Railey

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV Some of us just knew that the original model for Mayberry was Manteo, North Carolina. Peter Hummers takes a look at “The Andy Griffith Show” and John Railey’s new book, “Andy Griffith’s Manteo.” Full story

Dec 8


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Stream On: Cowboys and—what? ‘Outer Range’ and ‘John Carter’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers. Western/period/science fiction mashups ‘John Carter’ and Amazon’s ‘Outer Range.’ Josh Brolin battles fate, again. Full story

Dec 22


WHAT TO WATCH ON TELEVISION
Stream On: The Crawdads Sing on the OBX

WHAT TO WATCH ON TELEVISION Peter Hummers takes a look at “Where the Crawdads Sing,” another movie, from a book, set on the “quote” Outer Banks. Not to worry! Full story

Dec 1


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Stream On: The importance of being Gatsby

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV Pete Hummers looks at four cinematic versions of The Great Gatsby. The best “Jay Gatsby” just might be the least known. Full story

Nov 24


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: ‘Fight Club’—the importance of being Tyler Durden

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV The first rule of Fight Club is, You do not talk about Fight Club. So Pete Hummers writes about it. How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight? Full story

Nov 17