Watch This: Trailer for The Calling

In The Calling Detective Inspector Hazel Miscallef (Susan Sarandon) realizes there’s a serial killer loose in her area of Ontario, Canada. Generally all I need to know about a film is that Susan Sarandon is in it to be interested.

Susan Sarandon in The Calling
Susan Sarandon in The Calling

From the trailer the film looks grim and a bit gruesome.

However, the thriller does have a great cast. In addition to Sarandon, there’s also Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, and Donald Sutherland.

Here’s the plot description:

Detective Hazel Micallef hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

The film opens August 29 but it’s a limited release, so you may have to watch for it to make it to most locations.

Happy Valley, S1 E6

Everything goes to hell in Catherine’s life and work in the season finale of Happy Valley. Hang on for the ride! There are spoilers everywhere.
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Happy Valley, S1, E5

Episode 5 of Happy Valley winds down a long road to recovery for Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire). The journey is as much mental as physical for Catherine, and it isn’t an easy trip. There are spoilers ahead.
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Happy Valley S1, E4

Episode 4 of Happy Valley was directed by the series creator Sally Wainwright. In this episode the police finally learn about the kidnapping. And things get brutal. There are spoilers in every paragraph.
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Anna Silk Announces the End of Lost Girl

I love Lost Girl, you love Lost Girl. We all love Lost Girl. But Anna is right. It felt at the end of season 4 like Bo is poised to claim her place as queen of all Fae.

When she reaches that point, the story arc will basically be finished. (Except for that little issue called get Kenzi back right this second!)

Much as I hate to see this tour de force of woman power end, I know that all of us Lost Girl fans out here will rewatch and treasure every episode of all 5 seasons for a long time to come.

Happy Valley S1, E3

By the end of episode 3 of Happy Valley everyone – the police and the kidnappers alike – are hanging on by their last nerve. The stakes go way up in this episode, and our heroine Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) is coming unraveled. Far be it from writer Sally Wainwright to ever let the tension drop before the tale is told. There will be spoilers!
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Happy Valley S1, E2

Episode 2 of Happy Valley begins with police sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) chasing after an ice cream truck on foot. Run, Catherine, run! She’s not hungry: the ice cream comes complete with a bag of drugs in the bottom of the cone. The bad guys get away this time. Continue reading “Happy Valley S1, E2”

Happy Valley S1, E1

Happy Valley series 1 is a 6 episode British drama starring Sarah Lancashire as a Yorkshire police sergeant. It began airing on Netflix on August 20. I will be writing reviews of all 6 episodes over the next few days. There will be spoilers!
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More Makers Documentaries Coming on PBS

This fall the fabulous folks at Makers will air 6 new documentaries on PBS. I will watch them and hope you will, too.

Makers aired a documentary in 2013 on PBS about the women’s movement. Perhaps you saw it. These six new docs will focus on women in comedy, women in Hollywood, women in space, women in politics, women in business and women in war.

MAKERS is a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled.

In addition to creating video, there was a conference in early 2014. I haven’t seen any news about a 2015 conference.

There are interesting and inspiring videos just bursting from the Makers website. There’s no need to wait for these particular six to reach PBS to sample the good work going on there.

As an example of the type of work that Makers create, here’s a brief video from a series with actress Zooey Deschanel.

Watch This: A Thousand Times Good Night

A Thousand Times Good Night will be released in the US on October 24. It looks to be a marvelous film. Continue reading “Watch This: A Thousand Times Good Night”