David Cross, Eric Andre, the Coens and John Waters lead this week’s AV perversions

Thursday 8.4
The Coen brothers are strict anti- sentimentalists, which is why your first viewing of
Inside Llewyn Davis (newly streaming on Amazon Prime), their minor-key 2014 master- piece, can be written off as just another pitch- black comedy. Watching it again, though, reveals the movie, set within the 1960s folk scene of Greenwich Village and starring Os- car Isaac, to be a stubborn (but ever funnier on repeat viewings) rumination on the shifting nature of how one defines personal success.

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Friday 8.5
Man, oh man, I love me some straight-up co- medic mayhem. It’s hard to believe Eric Andre has been doing his vintage Tom Green–style confrontational talk-show parody,
The Eric Andre Show, for four seasons, but it’s about to be true. At midnight tonight, on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Season 4 begins. The 15-minute format works perfectly because most of Andre’s jokes are shock-based and would otherwise wear out their welcome. And the show remains a master class in editing and repetition, in the Tim and Eric style. I couldn’t be happier that he’s back.

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Saturday 8.6
How serious is Netflix about becoming a major film distributor? Days before the planned theatrical release of the ambitious stop-motion and CGI-animated film
The Little Prince, Paramount dropped the movie with- out explanation. Netflix swooped in and gave it a tiny, Oscar-qualifying run. Today, this dreamy adaptation of the Antoine de Saint- Exupéry classic is a front-runner for Best Animated Feature, and available for streaming everywhere. The talented voice cast includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard and James Franco.

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Sunday 8.7
is an obscure 1993 black-and-white neo-noir that never once acknowledges the absurdity of its premise: Dennis Haysbert has a nearly identical brother who looks nothing like him. The tall, muscular Haysbert, who went on to play the first black president on the TV show 24, wouldn’t look anything like wiry Michael Harris even if Harris weren’t a white guy. That’s the whole point, I guess. Suture is an interesting, if maddening, comment on identity — what it’s saying, I’m not quite sure — that was never widely available on home video. Arrow Video’s new two-disc Blu-ray-/DVD combo remedies that.

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Monday 8.8
The brash, obscenity-laced comedy
The Foot-Fist Way introduced star Danny McBride and filmmaker Jody Hill to the Sundance crowd in 2006. It was two whole years before general audiences got to see the movie, when it flopped horribly on just 25 screens. Since then, the duo has found major success on HBO with Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals. See their charmingly uneven breakout indie, in which McBride plays a cocky martial arts instructor who teaches in a North Carolina strip mall, new to Amazon Prime this month.

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Tuesday 8.9
Divine, the cross-dressing shock queen who was John Waters’ early muse, leads a literal Cavalcade of Perversion in 1970’s
Multiple Maniacs, a nonsensical, no-budget movie that’s been recently — ahem — “restored.” That’s, of course, the word used to denote a lost classic getting “cleaned up,” free of blemishes. But there’s no way to clean up all the sacrilegious, anti-authoritarian, puke-eating, lobster-rape glory of Waters’ second film. Your chance to see this rarity is tonight at 7:30 at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet (1400 Main). Maybe don’t order food.

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Wednesday 8.10
David Cross played the Midland the night before Donald Trump’s now-famous heated and violent Kansas City rally back in March, at the same venue. Even then, I was surprised by how few of his jokes revolved around the scariest man in modern politics. Now that his Netflix stand-up special —
David Cross: Making America Great Again! — is available to stream, I’m wondering how much of his act changed in the month between the KC date and when this was shot in Austin, Texas. Find out now; it started streaming on Friday.

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Eric Melin is the editor of Scene-Stealers.com and president of the KC Film Critics Circle

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