TV TYRANT: ‘Damage’ on IFC

Damage on IFC Channel
Tuesday, Nov. 4 @ 2:30am EST

What’s going on here exactly? I’m telling you what to watch on television! Think of it as TiVo without the semi-intelligent computer.

This will become a regular feature here inside the Office of Special Plans. Since leaving TiVo’s techno-futuristic wonderservice for Time Warner’s unreliable, essentially mindless DVR hell, I’ve taken to scanning the programming guide for my favorite channels up to a week ahead of time in a search for the good stuff. My forward-looking relationship with the channel guide, combined with my promiscuous media intake, often puts me in position to tip you off about upcoming television of merit.

TiVo, of course, is beloved for learning your taste and then automatically recording stuff that it thinks you’ll like (even if the device is liable to render somewhat uncomfortable verdicts about you based on your viewing habits). I’m far less interested in what you like than I am in telling you what I like — and then ordering you to watch it. Thus I’m calling this feature “TV TYRANT.”

Anyway, “Damage” is fantastic — or, at least, I thought so several years ago after a Netflix screening. Since I’ve already expended too many words describing my concept — and I’m unlikely to net a single reader before Tuesday — I’m not going to try for much of a review. Suffice it to say that the performances are great and you get to spend a lot of time with a very naked Juliette Binoche.

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