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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 4, 2002

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"Men in Black" (1997), 8 p.m., NBC. On one level, this comedy has lots of great sight gags. We meet a government unit that keeps an eye on outer-space aliens — goofy ones, mostly — on Earth. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are perfect as the no-nonsense guys, surrounded by strangeness.

"Woody Allen: A Life in Film," 2 and 5:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies; also, "Annie Hall" (1977) at 3:30 p.m. The world has him all wrong, Allen insists in this documentary. He's not really an intellectual, "but I can play one, because I have the glasses." Instead he was bounced from college in his first year and will quit filming early to get to a Knicks game. That still leaves the question of why Allen often abandons his humor and makes oddly intellectual films. He talks about many of them here, including the ending he changed ("Hannah and Her Sisters") and the one he refused to change ("Purple Rose of Cairo"). Also, TCM will show his movies on Saturdays this month, starting with "Annie Hall."