Amanda Marsalis

Kate Mara in Class of '09

Class of ’09, fighting crime with artificial intelligence

Class of ’09 is set inside the crime fighting world of the FBI. But the implications of this cautionary tale apply beyond the FBI to all systems and institutions that use artificial intelligence (AI) as the answer to decision making.

Mallori Johnson in Kindred

Kindred, an adaptation of the Octavia Butler novel

Kindred, with an 8 episode first season that ends on a nail-biter of a cliffhanger, is loosely adapted from the brilliant science fiction mind of Octavia Butler. Mallori Johnson stars as an African American woman who is inexplicably whisked into the past.

Golshifteh Farahani in Invasion

Invasion, what would you do at the end of the world?

Invasion is a slow-moving sci-fi series about an alien invasion of Earth, and about what facing the end of the world does to human behavior. It had a large and diverse cast, was filmed in multiple locations, and generally showed high production values. Invasion was released in 2021 and is not the same story as previous films with this title.

Kaci Walfall in Naomi

Winding up season 1 of Naomi

Naomi on the CW is a superhero coming of age story. The superhero here is a high school junior beautifully played by Kaci Walfall. The casting in this series is inclusive and one of the best aspects of the series.

Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, and Emmy Raver-Lampma in The Umbrella Academy

Review: The Umbrella Academy, season 2

The Umbrella Academy is SO GOOD in season 2. The pacing is perfect – never a dull moment. The special effects are well done. The music is wonderful. The twists and surprises are always fresh and never expected. The actors are brilliant. From start to finish, season 2 is a joy and a delight.

Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring in Veronica Mars

Review: Veronica Mars, season 4

Veronica Mars, season 4, is available on Hulu. Creator Rob Thomas keeps the cast of characters true to their beginnings and puts them in the middle of a series of bombings in their small beach town. Over the years, so many people have cycled in and out of the cast of Veronica Mars. A Hollywood who’s who. It’s nice to …

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Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Rutina Wesley in Queen Sugar

Review: Queen Sugar, season 2

Queen Sugar season 2 is now available on Hulu, which is where I watch it since I don’t get OWN. It was actually a great experience to binge the whole 16 episode season on Hulu, even though it took several days. The power, the impact, the brilliance of Queen Sugar just soaks into you when you binge watch it.

Mamie Gummer in Echo Park

Watch This: Trailer for Echo Park

Echo Park is  a romance between Sophie (Mamie Gummer) and Alex (Anthony Okungbowa, who also produced) in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The film is directed by photographer and first time director Amanda Marsalis. The brief film synopsis is, “Echo Park is a story of two people coming together across cultural economic and racial boundaries.”

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