The L Word: Generation Q: yays and nays for season 2

The L Word: Generation Q ended season 2 with a cliffhanger – several actually – and left viewers rooting for their favorite relationships as always. There were parts of the season I loved (yay!) and parts I thought were a mess (nay!). Instead of a general season review, let’s just look at those two things.

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Review: The Chestnut Man, Danish noir mystery

The Chestnut Man is an excellent Danish noir suspense and mystery series streaming on Netflix. A great length for binge watching with 6 episodes, the series takes the lead character, a woman police detective, through several crimes in the chase for a serial killer.

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Review: Maid, layered and outstanding

Maid is a layered and nuanced look at poverty, domestic violence, mental health, and American laws and systems that both help and hurt people struggling with these problems. A brilliant performance from Margaret Qualley takes the material to a level that will make the series an awards contender for 2021. The series is on Netflix.

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Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It puts the decades in perspective in the documentary story of Rita Moreno. From her humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to her legendary and iconic status now, her life unfolds with love and affection in this documentary.

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Review: The Starling, in which Melissa McCarthy gets serious

The Starling needs a pro vs. con scoresheet for its uneven story. The pros come in the form of a really lovely cast who make the material as good as possible. The cons are that the story is overly sentimental and employs knock-you-over-the-head symbolism to tell the tale. It’s streaming on Netflix. There is a big spoiler ahead.

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Two interesting short films: Rosa and Beef

HBO Max is showing a variety of short films directed by women now. I want to share two of them. Rosa is the longer at about 30 minutes. Beef is a mere 11 minutes. These films give you a preview of interesting women directors to watch for.

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Review: My Name is Pauli Murray

My Name is Pauli Murray is a revelation. I was today years old when I found out how much influence she/they (more on gender in a bit) had on American life and on women and people of color. She was a trailblazer, a fighter, a visionary, a poet, a lawyer, a priest. Everyone should watch this documentary. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Review: The Planters, oddest movie you’ll ever love

The Planters is an eccentric indie movie made by two women working with no crew or help. It’s a story about socially lost outcasts who find each other and human connection. It’s streaming on Amazon.

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Review: Dear White People, season 4

Dear White People, season 4, stayed meaningful to the end with a musical wrap up of senior year for several of the main characters. Creator Justin Simien worked with a number of storylines and time jumps with his big ensemble cast of college students.

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Review: Back to Life, comedy from the UK, seasons 1-2

Back to Life tells a serious story in the British comedy style. It’s about a woman who spent 18 years in prison. She is trying to get her life back to normal. I saw it on Showtime, but I think it’s available elsewhere, too.

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