Watch This: Trailer for God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl is in theaters this week. It has music! It should make you happy! The film stars Emily Browning and Olly Alexander. The British musical drama was written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian.

The film got mixed reviews after Sundance, but if you love anything with music guaranteed to make you tap your toes in the theater, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

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Watch This: Trailer for Transparent

Amazon released a trailer for the Amazon-only Transparent, which will begin on September 26. Right now you can see the 1st episode free, even if you don’t have Prime.

This very complicated tale stars Jeffrey Tambor as a man making a gender transition late in life. There’s a huge and wonderful cast supporting Tambor with plenty of complexity to make up a family of interesting characters.

I don’t know how old Tambor’s character is supposed to be in this show, but in real life he is 70. That puts him in a generation when the opportunity – even the idea – that one could change genders was somewhere in the realm of impossible. Young people today who feel compelled to transition manage to accomplish it at a much earlier age. I think the series title, Transparent, is a clue that the reactions of his grown children to the transition will be important.

poster for Transparent

The series was created by Jill Soloway, who has worked on such great shows as Six Feet Under, Afternoon Delight and United States of Tara.

All 10 episodes of Transparent will be available on Amazon Prime on September 26.

Amazon Tries Something New

Amazon Prime is releasing a bunch of pilot shows and asking viewers to decide if they want to see more of each one. That puts the power for what projects go forward in the hands of the viewers, which is a unique approach Amazon is trying with these new pilots.

August 28 was the release date for Hand of God starring Dana Delany and Ron Perlman.

Somehow I missed all the news reports about this experiment by Amazon Prime until I noticed this tweet from Dana Delany.

Here’s a brief look at what’s offered from Amazon Prime.

I haven’t seen all of these, but I did watch Hand of God. It was brilliant. The first episode showed how humans react to unexplainable loss and to the inexplicable processes of the mind. Some people react by turning to religion, some depend on reason or on escape. Those who believe that they have a direct line to the mind of God, as Ron Perlman does in Hand of God, often do immeasurable harm.

If you are a user of Amazon Prime I urge you to watch Hand of God and the other pilots and leave your ratings behind to influence which shows continue. After a first taste of Hand of God, I sincerely hope it continues.

The other pilots mentioned are the medical thriller Hysteria, starring Mena Suvari; the marriage comedy Really; the 1980s country club romp Red Oaks; and the romantic comedy The Cosmopolitans with Adam Brody.

Watch This: Trailer for The Calling

In The Calling Detective Inspector Hazel Miscallef (Susan Sarandon) realizes there’s a serial killer loose in her area of Ontario, Canada. Generally all I need to know about a film is that Susan Sarandon is in it to be interested.

Susan Sarandon in The Calling
Susan Sarandon in The Calling

From the trailer the film looks grim and a bit gruesome.

However, the thriller does have a great cast. In addition to Sarandon, there’s also Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, and Donald Sutherland.

Here’s the plot description:

Detective Hazel Micallef hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

The film opens August 29 but it’s a limited release, so you may have to watch for it to make it to most locations.

Happy Valley, S1 E6

Everything goes to hell in Catherine’s life and work in the season finale of Happy Valley. Hang on for the ride! There are spoilers everywhere.

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Happy Valley, S1, E5

Episode 5 of Happy Valley winds down a long road to recovery for Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire). The journey is as much mental as physical for Catherine, and it isn’t an easy trip. There are spoilers ahead.
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Happy Valley S1, E4

Episode 4 of Happy Valley was directed by the series creator Sally Wainwright. In this episode the police finally learn about the kidnapping. And things get brutal. There are spoilers in every paragraph.
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Anna Silk Announces the End of Lost Girl

I love Lost Girl, you love Lost Girl. We all love Lost Girl. But Anna is right. It felt at the end of season 4 like Bo is poised to claim her place as queen of all Fae.

When she reaches that point, the story arc will basically be finished. (Except for that little issue called get Kenzi back right this second!)

Much as I hate to see this tour de force of woman power end, I know that all of us Lost Girl fans out here will rewatch and treasure every episode of all 5 seasons for a long time to come.

Happy Valley S1, E3

By the end of episode 3 of Happy Valley everyone – the police and the kidnappers alike – are hanging on by their last nerve. The stakes go way up in this episode, and our heroine Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) is coming unraveled. Far be it from writer Sally Wainwright to ever let the tension drop before the tale is told. There will be spoilers!
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Happy Valley S1, E2

Episode 2 of Happy Valley begins with police sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) chasing after an ice cream truck on foot. Run, Catherine, run! She’s not hungry: the ice cream comes complete with a bag of drugs in the bottom of the cone. The bad guys get away this time. Continue reading “Happy Valley S1, E2”