What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ and ‘Krypton’
ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE Stream on Netflix. As far as adherence to reality goes, Martin Scorsese’s new “Bob Dylan story” sits somewhere between Scorsese’s 2005 Dylan documentary, “No Direction Home,” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” In other words: It’s loose with the facts. There’s 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 you’d 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 Dylan’s much-maligned 1978 film, “Renaldo and Clara.”) This coloring outside the lines of traditional documentary is fitting for a movie about Dylan’s 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.
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 Boyle’s 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 that’s 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 Cousteau’s children as they go on dives and discuss environmental issues that threaten the ocean.
KRYPTON 10 p.m. on Syfy. The origin story of an origin story, this series is set on Superman’s home planet about two centuries before the hero is born. Its characters include Superman’s grandfather-to-be, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). It returns for a second season Wednesday night.