Wild: 2014’s trek through the wilderness with Reese Witherspoon
Wild, the first Cheryl Strayed book to be made into a movie, is back at the top of the watch list on HBO Max since the release of Tiny Beautiful Things. In Wild, mother and daughter are played by Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon. Both went on to be executive producers on Tiny Beautiful Things. […]
Kill Boksoon: Kdrama features an unusual mother
Kill Boksoon features lots of violence and stylized fight scenes in a film about a mother who makes a living for her teen age daughter by working as an assassin. It was so melodramatic it was almost funny, but the mother’s dilemmas raising her teenager were universal.
Beef: it’s a rage-fest
Beef tells a road rage story starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong. A momentary horn honk turns into a full blown obsession that changes both their lives in unexpected ways. There will be spoilers, but I’ll save them to the very end and warn you when they are about to start.
July Rising: about that ending
Prime Video kept putting July Rising in my face, telling me I’d like it. So, okay, I watched. It looked like an inspiring story about a plucky teen who overcomes the odds. There are spoilers ahead.
Tiny Beautiful Things: There is a crack in everything
Tiny Beautiful Things brings together a group of people whose lives are broken and confused and sets them all to work mending the brokenness. It’s about love and loss and how those echo and reverberate through the years.
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, the icon’s own story
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, from director Lana Wilson, takes a look at Brooke Shields life and career from her point of view now as a woman in her 50s who has survived as a famous icon for her entire life.
Plaza Catedral: touching drama from Panama
Plaza Catedral is a Spanish language film from Panama. A grieving woman and a teen age boy are thrown together in this story about human connections in a violent world.
Up Here: a musical romcom
Up Here began on the stage as a musical and found its way to an 8 part musical romcom series on Hulu. Carlos Valdes and Mae Whitman play the couple in this comedy about learning to love yourself as well as someone else.
Rye Lane, a vivacious surprise
Rye Lane tells a fairly standard romcom love story, but it’s set in neighborhoods in South London that are alive with color and life and vivid characters. It’s as much about the people around them as it is about the two characters we grow to love.
The Power, episodes 1-3, more of this, please!
The Power released the first 3 episodes to tease us into wanting more. It worked. I want more and I wish I didn’t have to wait for Prime Video to release new episodes week by week. Why? Because this story is about women who can literally burn down the patriarchy.