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Brain Dump: Good Trouble, The Handmaid’s Tale, and A Private War

Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan in A Private War

This and that about a few things today. I’ll mention Good Trouble, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the biopic about Marie Colvin, A Private War.

Good Trouble

Maia Mitchell in Good Trouble

There are plenty of great things to say about Good Trouble recently: a Doble Quince for a transgender character, body positive storylines, feminist women in tech storylines, black lives matter storylines, coming out storylines, depression storylines.

Ignore all that. I only want to talk about Callie (Maia Mitchell).

Callie’s storyline makes me think of Rachel Bloom in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Callie’s love life is a mess. It was a mess in The Fosters, and it still is. Right now she’s stringing along two different guys and keeps bouncing between them like a yoyo. I’m not saying she’s mentally ill, but I think there’s some childhood trauma that influences her ability to understand love and to commit to loving someone.

Until she comes to terms with herself she’s not going to be a good partner for anyone – not the sexy guy, not the dependable guy, not any guy. I’m rooting for you, Callie. Figure it out.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale

Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale is making me nervous. We’re already up to episode 7 of a 13 episode season and there still is no rebellion, no revolution, no overthrow of power on the horizon. Things are worse and worse. Elisabeth Moss as June even participates in pulling the rope to hang people being punished for infractions against Gilead. Some women’s lips are chained shut and some wear a gag.

Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) is working on a diplomatic way to get Canada to return June’s baby girl to Serena (Yvonne Strahovski).

Everything about this series is horrifying. It’s horrifying because it is so like our own political reality. Horrifying.

A Private War

Rosamund Pike in A Private War

In A Private War, Rosamund Pike stars as war correspondent Marie Colvin. This is an excellent film. I recommend it to everyone.

Colvin went into places no sane person would go in search of human stories about the effects of war. Most of the time it was just her and her long-time photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan). They put themselves in the middle of the action and sent back beautiful, moving stories and amazing photographs. She gave voice to the powerless and voiceless who were killed or left homeless by war.

Marie Colvin was a courageous, driven woman who gave her life in service to others. Her story is worth seeing.

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2 responses to “Brain Dump: Good Trouble, The Handmaid’s Tale, and A Private War”

  1. Ok I’m adding Good Trouble to our list. And Handmaid’s Tale makes me INSANE because it DOES feel so true to life. Ugh. How did we get here? 🙁

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