Review: The Little Drummer Girl

The Little Drummer Girl came to television as a limited series on AMC. It’s a spy story based on a John le Carré novel. John le Carré adapted it for television. If you’re familiar with John le Carré you know his stories are complex tales that trap your imagination in a world of spies and intrigue. Continue reading “Review: The Little Drummer Girl”

Review: The Children Act

The Children Act tackles topics like religion vs. the state, freedom of choice, and holding on. It’s serious stuff. The brilliant Emma Thompson makes it worth watching as she plays a judge in the midst of two crises. Continue reading “Review: The Children Act”

Review: The Bisexual

The Bisexual, written and directed by Desiree Akhavan, also stars Akhavan in the lead role as Leila, the possible bisexual. Leila isn’t clear about herself, and we are left at the end not much clearer than she is. Continue reading “Review: The Bisexual”

There are so few women-written reviews of “Widows,” it’s ridiculous!

So I wrote a review of Widows. I’m a woman. I was reading a review by another woman, Carmen Phillips, at Autostraddle. I suddenly had a burning desire to see just how many Widows reviews by women I could find. Continue reading “There are so few women-written reviews of “Widows,” it’s ridiculous!”

Review: Widows

Widows is crammed with star power, blessed with an engaging but tricky plot, and is a paen to female empowerment. I was expecting lots of action from the women, but the story built slowly toward a few moments of action at the end. Continue reading “Review: Widows”

Time off for Thanksgiving? Here are some excellent viewing choices

With a long weekend coming up, you may have some free time to catch up on the TV. I’ve put together some ideas for you. The things I recommend are the best of the best of what I’ve seen among recently streaming choices. Hope you enjoy some of it.

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Review: Ackley Bridge, season 2

Ackley Bridge, season 2, with its big cast and 12 episodes was even more interesting than season 1. The UK’s Channel 4 must agree with me because they’ve commissioned a third season of 8 episodes for 2019. This British drama about an integrated school filled with both white and Asian kids and teachers is a great setting for multiple storylines.

There are some spoilers ahead. Just a few. Continue reading “Review: Ackley Bridge, season 2”

Watch This: Trailer for Gloria Bell

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s Spanish language hit Gloria is reborn as an English language indie with Julianne Moore in the lead role. The English version is called Gloria Bell. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Gloria Bell”

Review: The Sinner, season 1

The Sinner stars Jessica Biel as a woman who commits a violent crime on a public beach. No one understands why she did it, including the woman herself. Continue reading “Review: The Sinner, season 1”

Recommended Foreign Language Films and TV Series

I’ve reviewed a number of foreign language films and TV shows here on Old Ain’t Dead. This is a summary post helping you find them all. I’ve categorized them by language. Some of these may have gone from the various streaming services, check the date of the review if it isn’t where I say it is. Last updated 11/30/ 2018. Continue reading “Recommended Foreign Language Films and TV Series”