Picks and Pans Review: Down on the Waterfront
This bizarro short, the season opener for the avant-garde PBS film series Alive TV, was nominated for an Oscar last year. Ed Asner plays an apocryphal leader of the longshoremen's union in the '50s with a very bent ax to grind. He lakes a meeting on a park bench with a couple of Hollywood hangers-on (Jason Alexander and Jonathan Penner) who are willing to say or do anything to get Asner to bankroll a film.
This satire is delightfully absurd and niftily acted. You also get to hear Asner use language Lou Grant wouldn't utter if he were accidentally handcuffed to Ted Baxter.