Love Life Digs into Love and Life

Love Life starts off so slowly I almost stopped watching. But by about episode 3 or 4 things started to have meaning. My first impression was it was one of those annoying angsty stories about getting dumped. By the end of season 1, Love Life delivered. A second season is already approved at HBO Max.

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The Sunlit Night comes in only yellow

The Sunlit Night tells the story of Frances (Jenny Slate). Her painting career is going badly. Her parents are divorcing. Her boyfriend dumped her. The logical choice is to go to Norway to help a famous artist paint a barn using only the color yellow. This 2019 film is streaming on Hulu.

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Pieces of a Woman feels unbearably real

Pieces of a Woman tells the story of a parent’s worst nightmare. Vanessa Kirby plays a woman whose child dies just minutes after being born. Everyone in the film deals with the grief in their own way, but Kirby’s Martha is so real in her agony that it’s painful to sit with her for the 2 hours of the film.

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Herself tells an Irish story of strength and courage

Herself is the story of an abused wife and mother who searches for a way to take care of her two children on her own. This Irish drama was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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L.A.’s Finest is a clever, action packed, women cops series

L.A.’s Finest, season 1, stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union as two cops in a terrifically enjoyable show that tries to be a bit of everything. It has crimes to solve, family drama, a personal vendetta, funny ties to other material, and the totally kickass leading women. You can see season 1 now on Netflix, or rent it on other streamers such as Prime Video. The second season has not been released to Netflix yet.

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The Crimson Petal and the White shows the horrors of 1870s London

The Crimson Petal and the White is a four part mini series from 2011, now streaming on Acorn TV. It’s set in 1870s London at a time when women, whether prostitutes or well-married ladies, had few options and fewer freedoms.

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Hope Gap stars a brilliant Annette Bening

Hope Gap tells of the breakup of a 29 year marriage. The script is an ear wowing flow of rhythm and poetry. Annette Bening as the wife, Grace, does an amazing job delivering on the poetry and pain of the story – she’s simply brilliant. You can see Hope Gap on Prime Video.

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The High Note definitely sparks joy

The High Note tells the warm and inspiring story of Maggie (Dakota Johnson), an aspiring music producer. Maggie works as a personal assistant for the pop diva Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross).

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Alaska is a Drag. Watch this queen bust a move

Alaska is a Drag is the kind of independent film I look for. It tells a particular story about a unique character in a unique situation. It shows a world and a life that we’ve never seen before in a film. And, it was written and directed by a woman, Shaz Bennett. You can see it on Netflix.

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Monarca, season 2, takes a quest for power to new heights

Monarca, the Mexican drama, takes the quest for power using betrayal, murder, and blackmail to new heights in season 2. The rich and powerful Carranza family argue over the leadership of their corporation, Monarca. This family relationship series full of intrigue and danger is streaming on Netflix.

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