Review: The Five

The Five on Netflix has a lot going for it. Harlan Coben created it. It’s from Red Production Company and produced by Karen Lewis – the same folks who bring us Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. The star is Tom Cullen, a big selling point.
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Review: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers from director Angelina Jolie is a child’s experience of the genocide in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Continue reading “Review: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers”

Watch This: Trailer for Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence in a thriller about a Russian ballerina turned spy. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Red Sparrow”

Review: Better Things, Season 1

Better Things didn’t exist as far as I knew. I seldom watch FX so I hadn’t seen teasers for it. I kept hearing this name Pamela Adlon in connection with other things. I thought who the heck is Pamela Adlon? Then I read an ecstatic review of the first two episodes of season 2 of Better Things.
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Review: Top of the Lake China Girl

Top of the Lake China Girl was part disappointment and part perfection. There were far too many crazy or near crazy characters and far too much inexplicable behavior from the closer to sane characters. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Review: Top of the Lake China Girl”

Review: Carrie Pilby

Carrie Pilby is about a 19 year old woman living alone in NYC. She graduated from Harvard at the age of 18 and she’s struggling to figure out what to do with her life. Continue reading “Review: Carrie Pilby”

New Research: Seniors on the Small Screen

A new report from the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative underscores just how lacking U.S. television is in faces over the age of 60. Titled “Seniors on the Small Screen,” the study was “comprised of two samples of popular television series airing between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Popularity was determined based on Nielsen Average Audience Rating Percentage. The first sample includes the 50 most popular television series among viewers age 18-49. The second sample includes the 50 most popular television series among viewers age 65 and older.” Continue reading “New Research: Seniors on the Small Screen”

Review: Season 1 of The Good Place

The Good Place is a half hour comedy series on NBC about ethics in the afterlife. That sentence probably doesn’t compute, but this series explores the idea of what makes a good person with a lot of quotes from Plato, Kant, and other moral philosophers thrown into the mix. But that’s not all. It’s funny, too. Continue reading “Review: Season 1 of The Good Place”

Review: What Happened to Monday

I have mixed emotions about What Happened to Monday. Some things about it were well done, and some were disappointing. The film is streaming on Netflix now, so you can take a look and make up your own mind. Continue reading “Review: What Happened to Monday”

Review: Season 2 of One Mississippi

Season 2 of One Mississippi is on Amazon Video. Tig Notaro – with Diablo Cody – created this comedy/drama based loosely on Tig’s own life. Continue reading “Review: Season 2 of One Mississippi”