TIFFANY HADDISH: BLACK MITZVAH Stream on Netflix. After making her breakthrough in the film “Girls Trip” in 2017, Tiffany Haddish has been everywhere. Her first standup special was released the same year, as was her memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn.” She appeared alongside Kevin Hart in “Night School” in 2018 and “The Kitchen” with Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss earlier this year. In her new comedy special, released on her 40th birthday, Haddish reflects on her busy few years and embraces her stardom. The title of the special, which will also include plenty of singing and dancing, is a nod to her Eritrean-Jewish heritage and the many blessings she feels she’s recently received.
SOMETHING WILD (1986) Stream on the Criterion Channel, Tubi and Amazon Prime. Rent on Vudu. This film is hard to pin down. It’s a road movie and a satire about Reagan-era yuppie culture. It’s also a screwball comedy and a romance. But there’s a dark turn, too, and it’s sort of an action movie. At the center of this mix are Charles (Jeff Daniels), an uptight businessman, and Audrey (Melanie Griffith), a footloose bohemian wild card. The two meet by chance and embark on a journey to Audrey’s high school reunion where she hopes Charles will pretend to be her husband. Their deepening relationship is violently interrupted when Audrey’s real husband, Ray (Ray Liotta), shows up.
SENSO (1954) Stream on Mubi. In Luchino Visconti’s early film, shot in Technicolor, the unequal love affair between Livia Serpieri (Alida Valli), a married Italian countess, and Franz Mahler (Farley Granger), an officer in the occupying Austrian army, plays out against the backdrop of Italy’s ongoing struggle for unification in the 19th century. Livia’s love for Franz flourishes despite his evident ulterior motives and his political allegiance to her country’s opponent. It’s only when he violently rejects her after she makes a particularly risky sacrifice that Livia decides to turn on him. But even then, after it has destroyed them both, her passion for him remains undimmed.
What’s on TV
ARROW 9 p.m. on the CW. The superhero show’s eighth and final season has been largely dedicated to laying the groundwork for “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” a five-part crossover series that will also include the cast and characters of “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and the CW network’s other DC comic book series. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), the vigilante Green Arrow, has been tested throughout to prepare him for his role in staving off an apocalyptic crisis. Over the course of the season, Oliver has learned to accept that he must sacrifice himself to save the people he has spent years protecting. In the midseason finale (the series will wrap in 2020 after the “Crisis” mini series is concluded), Oliver finds himself on Lian Yu, the island that transformed him from a spoiled, immature playboy to a disciplined warrior. As he approaches the end, he’s also coming full circle.