The Canadian comedy How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town is a romp as funny as the title suggests. The film stars several favorite actors of mine. It’s funny and poignant at the same time. Continue reading “Review: How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town”
The Breadwinner is an animated story, ostensibly for kids, although it’s rated PG-13. It’s the story of a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to help her family. It looks like a story about female empowerment that adult women will enjoy, too. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Breadwinner”
Have you been watching The Gifted? I have. One of the things I notice each week is the great marriage between Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer as the parents of two ‘gifted’ teens in this sci fi drama. I haven’t thought much about great TV marriages since Friday Night Lights with Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler ended. It’s time to look at a few newer marriage examples. Continue reading “Great TV Marriages”
Their Finest tells the story of Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) who struggles to write the script for a British propaganda film about World War II while living in London during the blitz. Continue reading “Review: Their Finest”
I love you, Sally Wainwright. I know it’s a one-sided relationship. I’m the fan. You’re the creative genius behind great television. I know you have other fans. It isn’t an exclusive arrangement I have with you. But, still – I love you. Continue reading “I Love You, Sally Wainwright”
Are you old enough to remember The Pentagon Papers? Just in case that was before your time, they were 700 pages of secret government documents about the Viet Nam War. They made the government look very bad. Very bad. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in The Post to tell the story of how those pages were published creating the biggest news story of the 1970s. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Post”
Mindhunter, season 1, is a Netflix original. Set in the late 1970s, it’s about how the FBI began to develop a behavioral sciences division and look at the psychology of psychopaths and serial killers. These were early efforts to understand the criminal mind in days when the killers managed one-offs with a kitchen knife or a sawed-off shotgun.
I couldn’t help thinking about today’s mass murderers, who kill so many so quickly with automatic weapons. Nowadays, even if the FBI can understand the psychology of mass murderers, they are thwarted from doing anything about it by the gun lobby. Continue reading “Review: Mindhunter”
When I have to empty my head of short thoughts on various TV series, I call it a brain dump. This one talks about Supergirl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Last Tango in Halifax. Continue reading “Brain Dump: Supergirl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Last Tango in Halifax”
I wanted to see Strange Weather because I’m a Holly Hunter fan. I wasn’t disappointed by Holly Hunter’s performance, but it was the women around her who brought her back from the brink of her grief and into a semblance of acceptance. Continue reading “Review: Strange Weather”
Alias Grace arises from the brilliant collaborative team of Margaret Atwood who wrote the novel, Sarah Polley who wrote the adaptation for television, and Mary Harron who directed. Add Sarah Gadon who starred as Grace Marks and you have 4 powerhouse women working to bring Netflix viewers a moving 6 part series about a celebrated murderess.
There are spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Alias Grace”