Watch This: Trailer for The Hero

Sam Elliott stars as an aging actor diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in The Hero. He tries to reconcile with his estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter) while striking up a new relationship with a young woman (Laura Prepon). Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Hero”

Grace and Frankie Season 3 is the Best Yet

Grace and Frankie season 3 is the best yet. It fine tunes relationships and how they work – or don’t work. It’s hilarious, it’s heartfelt, and it’s true to life. Continue reading “Grace and Frankie Season 3 is the Best Yet”

Watch This: Trailer for Season 3 of Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie will return to Netflix for season 3 on March 24. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin snarl their way through another season of togetherness. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Season 3 of Grace and Frankie”

Review: Grace and Frankie Season 2

Grace and Frankie season 2 hit Netflix over the weekend and I watched all 13 episodes by late Sunday evening. My brief review is this: so damn good. A longer review follows, complete with some spoilers, so be aware.

The premise of Grace and Frankie is that two couples Grace and Robert (Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen) and Frankie and Sol (Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston), who have been friends for many years, break apart because the husbands have been lovers for 20 years. The men plan to marry each other. The wives, who don’t particularly like each other, are stuck as roommates in one of the family homes surviving the 2 divorces. Continue reading “Review: Grace and Frankie Season 2”

Upcoming Trailers: Manhattan Night, Orphan Black, Grace and Frankie, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

I have too many upcoming trailers in my inbox. I could spend a week letting you see them one by one. Or I could just dump them all in this post. Which is what I did. Continue reading “Upcoming Trailers: Manhattan Night, Orphan Black, Grace and Frankie, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl”

Preview Photos from Season 2 of Grace and Frankie

New photos from season 2 of Grace and Frankie are out now. The second season begins on Netflix on May 6. In the new season, Grace and Frankie continue the process of figuring out their own identities after they discover that their husbands are in love with each other.

Series creator Marta Kauffman told People, “It’s hopeful. You don’t have to be dead because you’re old, and there’s always good things out there in life.” That’s right, Marta, that’s right. Continue reading “Preview Photos from Season 2 of Grace and Frankie”

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Talk about Female Friendship

“Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship” is a TED Talk with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin discussing friendship with Pat Mitchell.

Since so many of my top 10 picks for the year 2015 explore the power of female friendship, this conversation between them is especially relevant. Continue reading “Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Talk about Female Friendship”

Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors

[This post originally appeared at Time Goes By, written by Ronni Bennett. Thanks to Ronni for allowing me to reprint it here.]

Not infrequently, I grumble out loud around here about how few roles, especially major roles, there are in film for elder actors. Our generation doesn’t get much representation on what in our youth was called the silver screen.

But not so in 2015. As the year-end round-ups of the arts are being published, it is gratifying to see how many of our contemporaries have been not only getting work but in some cases being nominated for awards.

This is a list of some of the biggest names and the movies they have starred in this year. It is in no way meant to be comprehensive, and I arbitrarily chose 65 to be the low-end age cutoff. Maybe you have seen some of these. (A few random trailers included) Continue reading “Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors”

The Old Ain’t Dead Top 10 of 2015

Old Ain’t Dead just me, watching whatever looks good. To me. I don’t watch everything. I don’t have a “best of 2015” list because I don’t have a clue as to what most of 2015 had to offer, much less what the best of all that would be.

Yet here we are, at the end of the year, and a top 10 list is in order. So how about an Old Ain’t Dead top 10 for 2015? I present my favorites in no particular order.

I admit to being a little fast and loose with the 2015 part. Some of these things were made before 2015, but I saw them in 2015. Just go with it.

I cheated just a bit, too, because at the end I threw in a few extra mentions of things too good to ignore.

Continue reading “The Old Ain’t Dead Top 10 of 2015”

Is the Badass Female Only the Female with a Gun?

I love the badass characters. I enjoy the badass female leads in Quantico and Blindspot, to name a couple of examples from this fall’s TV season.

But I wish the badass qualities I love didn’t have to involve guns and violence. Is the standard audition practice these days to ask a woman to draw a weapon from a holster on her belt as quickly as she can?

I know we live in a violent world. I know we need FBI agents and other sentinels like them to protect us all.

But is gun-wielding female the only badass female character?

I want someone to write more badass characters like Erin Brockovich or Texas Senator Wendy Davis. (Oh, hey, someone is doing that! Yes!) I want more lifesavers like Dr. Leanne Rorish on Code Black or adventurers like Phryne Fisher from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries or tractor-driving farmers like Gillian from Last Tango in Halifax or system-fighting women like Laurel Hester from Freeheld.

We define badass as something like Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road when we should be thinking that badass is Lily Tomlin in Grandma. I think we glorify the violent. We create drama around guns, killing, revenge, retribution. Then we uplift those characters to represent the best in the culture.

In reality, violence is the worst part of our culture. There is plenty of drama to be had in ordinary existence. Just living provides ample struggle. We can redefine badass to be something that represents the good in us, can we not? We are using pop culture to redefine the attitude toward LGBT individuals, toward all kinds of inclusion. Why not redefine the attitude toward badass?

I plan to start mentioning it on social media and here on the blog when I find a character that I can define as badass who is also uplifting and nonviolent in her greatness.

I hope you’ll join me in mentioning such characters when you find examples.