Whats on TV Wednesday: Rolling Thunder Revue and Krypton

 nytimes.com  06/12/2019 05:02:12   Gabe Cohn

Martin Scorseses new Bob Dylan documentary debuts on Netflix. And on Syfy, Krypton returns for a second season.

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Bob Dylan in “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.”CreditCreditKen Regan, via Netflix

ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE Stream on Netflix. As far as adherence to reality goes, Martin Scorseses new Bob Dylan story sits somewhere between Scorseses 2005 Dylan documentary, No Direction Home, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. In other words: Its loose with the facts. Theres tour footage shot in 1975 and more recent on-camera interviews with Dylan, Joan Baez, Sam Shepard and other real figures  the kind of things youd expect. But there are also some fictional characters mixed in, like a fake filmmaker (played by Martin von Haselberg) who we are told shot the tour footage. (In reality, the footage was shot for Dylans much-maligned 1978 film, Renaldo and Clara.) This coloring outside the lines of traditional documentary is fitting for a movie about Dylans Rolling Thunder Revue, a hectic parade through the northeastern United States and Canada that saw Dylan performing in offbeat venues like a mah-jongg parlor in Falmouth, Mass., with a band that included Baez, T Bone Burnett and, eventually, Joni Mitchell.

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Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs.”CreditFrancois Duhamel/Universal Pictures

STEVE JOBS (2015) Stream on HBO platforms; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The announcement by Apple last week that iTunes will be retired may have been the somewhat expected, inevitable product of a culture that has turned to subscription streaming music services. But it also offered a chance to revisit the idea that, with iTunes, Steve Jobs and Apple transformed the way people consumed music. The role Jobs had in changing the way people live with technology (and making tech sexy) through innovations like iTunes has made him a popular subject for films. This movie may be the most wired of them all; it combines Danny Boyles kinetic directing with a characteristically sharp and fast script by Aaron Sorkin. Michael Fassbender plays Jobs around the launches of three products: the first Macintosh personal computer, the non-Apple NeXT computer and the iMac. The result is a rich and potent document of the times, an expression of both the awe that attends sophisticated new consumer goods and the unease that trails in the wake of their arrival, A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times.

WONDERS OF THE SEA (2019) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. If you want an undersea adventure thats narrated by a person who might also be able to bench press an anchor, look no further than this nature documentary, which has voice-overs from Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Sorry, David Attenborough.) It follows the famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and Cousteaus children as they go on dives and discuss environmental issues that threaten the ocean.

Cameron Cuffe in “Krypton.”CreditSyfy

KRYPTON 10 p.m. on Syfy. The origin story of an origin story, this series is set on Supermans home planet about two centuries before the hero is born. Its characters include Supermans grandfather-to-be, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). It returns for a second season Wednesday night.

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