I Joined Mastodon
In searching for a replacement for Twitter now that it’s become home to a toxic boss, I settled on replacing it with Mastodon. So far I’m liking it there, although I don’t have much of a following yet. If you join Mastodon, too, I hope you’ll look me up there.
Stromboli, a drama from The Netherlands about healing
Stromboli stars Dutch actress Elise Schaap in a story about one woman’s twisted and emotional journey toward healing. She leaves The Netherlands for a get away. She heads to the volcanic Italian island of Stromboli with a suitcase full of vodka and a plan to stay in the tiny cottage she rented and be drunk […]
Women Talking, the choices are not easy
Women Talking, written and directed by Sarah Polley, based on a book by Miriam Toews, looks at the decision making process among a group of Mennonite women who lived in a remote colony in Bolivia. When it comes to stories about empowered women taking control of their own destiny, this is an outstanding one.
M3GAN, did you say you were worried about AI?
M3GAN, part horror and part parable, tells the story of an out of control robot doll. The M3GAN doll definitely did not follow Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics. She went rogue.
Purple Hearts, a different kind of love story
Purple Hearts weaves a tale about health insurance, life’s screw ups, the military at war, a career in music, and falling in love. It’s far from perfect, but it’s got depth that most love stories don’t have.
Triptych, an intense thriller from Mexico
The series Triptych (Triada) puts star Maite Perroni in the demanding part of playing three identical sisters. She does a terrific job with the roles in this intense and mysterious story full of surprises and twists.
My Year of Dicks, wow! the animations
My Year of Dicks is an animated short. It’s about Pam, who is trying to lose her virginity and having a hard time getting it done.
The Defeated: post war drama set in Berlin
The Defeated takes place in 1946 in Berlin. Much of Berlin was a pile of rubble. The Americans, British, French, and Russians squabbled for power in the divided city. The series narrows in on a few characters as they struggle to survive and rebuild their lives.
Ticket to Paradise, or maybe not
Ticket to Paradise is advertised with big photos of Julia Roberts and George Clooney looking happy. It makes you think, “Oh boy, that looks good.” It turns out to be flat and in need of some humor and character development.
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over
If you’re a certain age (like me), you can sing along with every Dionne Warwick song because you know all the lyrics by heart. In Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, the lady herself leads a retrospective look back at her career.