Kind of new to Netflix Instant is Fishing with John, a TV show that aired briefly in the early 1990’s on IFC and Bravo. Remember John Lurie, the musician/actor? I remember him most from the too cool for school Jim Jarmusch movie Stranger than Paradise. He was also interviewed in that too cool for school documentary Blank City (also on Instant Netflix) about a time in New York’s history (late 70s-early 80s) that was, simply put, too cool for school.
In this delightful TV series John takes his too cool for school guests out on fishing adventures. Guests include: Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon (1980s too cool for school heartthrob), and Dennis Hopper. The show is classically narrated like an informative nature documentary with occasional remarks that fall on the side of “both men have boners”. The cinematography feels “late night” or “public access” or “too cool for school”. Nothing is left out. Tom Waits gets sea sick in Jamaica, so John and Tom take a gambling and whiskey break, and finally after all that he agrees to try fishing again at which point he puts a fish in his underwear. After the filming of that episode, Waits didn’t talk to John for two whole years. Not a single person in this series has any idea how to fish.
Ultimately, if you like any of the guys mentioned in this review, or, like me, you admire a time when people were just naturally too cool for school, then you will enjoy this funny show.