Make waves in the Mediterranean with “A Bigger Splash” and “L’Avventura.” Paint a canvas with Jackson Pollock and J. M. W. Turner. Then count life’s blessings.
A BIGGER SPLASH (2016) on Amazon, iTunes and Vudu. Marianne (Tilda Swinton), a rock star recuperating from throat surgery, and her lover, Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), find their reverie on a volcanic island interrupted when her former beau Harry (Ralph Fiennes), and his daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson), unexpectedly roar in. Harry is on a desperate mission, and soon Marianne and Paul’s bliss has been rather violently commandeered by wandering glances and furtive caresses. The Italian director Luca Guadagnino has loosely adapted Jacques Deray’s 1969 New Wave thriller “La Piscine,” adding magnificent digs and a soundtrack throbbing with the Rolling Stones, Harry Nilsson, Verdi and 1970s Brazilian classics.
L’AVVENTURA (1961) on Amazon, Fandor and iTunes. After a young woman (Lea Massari) disappears during a yachting trip off the coast of Italy, her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti) set off in search of her. But soon it’s clear they’re attracted to each other. Michelangelo Antonioni’s mystery, which arrived from Europe to great fanfare, is a classic now. But at the time, Bosley Crowther of The Times said that watching this “weird adventure” is “like trying to follow a showing of a picture at which several reels have got lost.”
POLLOCK (2000) on Sundance Now. Ed Harris summons the spirit of the Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock, standing over an enormous canvas and dripping paint in graceful swooping gestures as the camera dances around him. He also seethes like the alcoholic that Pollock was — upending dinner tables, raging at his wife (Marcia Gay Harden) and ultimately crashing his car, which killed him. The movie, which Mr. Harris also directed, reminds us that great art is “about discovering and communicating messy truths that spill all over the place,” Stephen Holden wrote in The Times.
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MR. TURNER (2014) 2 p.m. on Starz Cinema. Timothy Spall plays J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), whom John Ruskin called “the greatest painter of all time.” It’s “a mighty work of critical imagination, a loving, unsentimental portrait of a rare creative soul,” A. O. Scott wrote in The Times.
EVERY BRILLIANT THING 8 p.m. on HBO. A boy tries to cure his suicidal mother’s depression by making a list of the best things in the world, which he compiles from the age of 7 through his marriage. Then life deals a bitter blow and suddenly it’s the son who needs the list. The British comedian Jonny Donahoe performed this one-man show, written by Duncan Macmillan, at the Barrow Street Theater. Writing in The Times, Ben Brantley said it is “pretty much guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming.”