Stories by Peter Hummers

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Stream On: Woody Allen, lost in translation

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers. Which way will Woody jump? In the meantime, here are three brilliant films from the embattled director’s salad days. Full story

Sep 29


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Stream On: The chase is on! Two memorable car chase films—‘Bullitt’ and ‘Ronin’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers. Recently we looked at two great car-race films; this week, two car-chase films, one featuring the star of Le Mans, the other featuring the director of Grand Prix. The car chases in these films are not the best things about them, but c’mon! They’re awesome! Full story

Sep 22


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Stream On: Out and in from the cold—‘The Old Man’ and John le Carré’s Alec Leamas

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers.  Jeff Bridges goes out into the cold; Richard Burton comes in from it.   Full story

Sep 15


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Stream On: Children can be nasty, don’t you think?

WHAT TO ON TV Peter Hummers reviews The Bad Seed (1956), and The Lie (2018).   Full story

Sep 8


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Stream On: At the races with ‘Grand Prix’ and ‘Le Mans’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers Two great auto-racing films (starring auto-racing actors who did their own driving) Full story

Sep 1


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Stream On: Dead men running–‘D.O.A.’ and ‘Run for Your Life’

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die. "D.O.A." (1950 film) and "Run for Your Life" (1965 TV series)   Full story

Aug 25


Aug 18


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Stream On: This was Us, Part I

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV We take a look at NBC’s excellent Tralfamadorean prime-time soap opera. Part one of two. By Peter Hummers Full story

Aug 11


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Stream On: You had to be there–Len Deighton’s ‘Game, Set and Match’ miniseries

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers In 1988 PBS broadcast a miniseries from the great espionage novelist Len Deighton. It was never streamed nor offered for sale on videotape or DVD—but you can watch it now. Full story

Jul 28


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Stream On: The rise of the independents–private eyes Peter Gunn and Joe Mannix

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers In 1958 Blake Edwards staked a claim for private detectives on TV, which before had only seen civil servants, with Peter Gunn. In 1967 Bruce Geller raised the stakes with Mannix. Full story

Jul 21


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Stream On: Don’t mess with Stanley Kubrick!

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers What happens when one attempts a sequel to a Stanley Kubrick movie. Full story

Jun 30


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Stream On: Keeping current with Len Deighton–‘The Ipcress File’ (2022) and ‘SS-GB’ (2017)

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV By Peter Hummers Two 21st century miniseries from the great 20th century espionage fiction author Len Deighton. Full story

Aug 4