This two-part special on Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege is very, very difficult viewing. Re-creating the sequence of events on that infamous day, and hearing from the survivors and the families of those killed, has the cumulative effect of a lump in the throat — at best — for the duration. Part one screened last week, ahead of the coroner’s report; part two follows the report, and focuses on opportunities allegedly missed. documentaries scolding us for society’s wickedness. Some readers commented that the notion of a war on waste sounded like dull viewing, or that the notion of the ABC lecturing us about “waste” per se was ironic. But those who have watched this series report something akin to astonishment — and even shame — especially at revelations of the waste of fresh produce for aesthetic reasons, including being too small, large or ugly. In this final episode, presenter Craig Reucassel turns his attention to the billion takeaway coffee cups thrown into Australian landfills each year, and also the effect cheaper and disposable clothes are having on the environment. Search Party Tuesday, 8.30pm, SBS Viceland This series’ star and producer Alia Shawkat gave it a tongue-in-cheek moniker I just love: “Hipster Columbo”. Best known for her role as Maeby Funke in Arrested Development, and assorted indie roles since, Shawkat plays Dory, an aimless university graduate in New York City. She lives with her flaccid boyfriend, Drew (John Reynolds), and is surrounded by a shallow bunch of former Oblivion friends. Everything changes for Dory when she learns that Chantal Witherbottom (Clare McNulty), a college acquaintance about whom nobody remembers anything specific about, has gone missing. Dory becomes obsessed with finding her, partly because she has nothing better to do. This week brings us episodes five ( The Mystery of the Golden Charm) and six ( The Secret of the Sinister Ceremony). All 10 episodes also are available to stream on SBS On Demand, and the show has been renewed for a second season. Adam Sandler is having an intriguing career. Once a reliable cinema drawcard for his goofy underdog characters and romantic comedies such as 50 First Dates (Tomorrow, 8.30pm, 7Flix), he now makes films for Netflix that are critically panned but appeal to what they call a particular “taste community” across the world, and reportedly in impressive numbers. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a casino residency. First Dates also stars Drew Barrymore, as a woman who wakes each day with no memory following a serious head injury; Sandler’s character must win her heart on a daily basis. One of the better Tom Cruise films in recent years was 2013’s Oblivion (Tonight, 8.50pm, Seven; not Vic, Tas, SA), which also stars Melissa Leo and Andrea Riseborough. Cruise plays Jack Harper, a drone repair man on a largely abandoned planet Earth. Leo’s creepy voice inquiring “are you still an effective team?” will stick with you long after the closing credits. Winner of four Oscars in 2015 — for costume, make-up, score and production design, but not best film — The Grand Budapest Hotel (Friday, 10.30pm, Ten) is Wes Anderson’s rollicking and enjoyable tale of hotel concierge Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes).
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