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Ana de Armas in Blonde

Blonde, a never ending nightmare

Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe movie, is a horror story. Not the scary kind of horror story. This horror story is the misery, mistreatment, trauma, and horror that was Norma Jean Baker’s personal life. It’s painful to watch this nearly three hours of surreal, nightmarish explorations into Marilyn Monroe’s (Ana de Armas) tortured psyche.

A scene from Nine Perfect Strangers where people have dug their own graves

Nine Perfect Strangers: mystery and drama at a health resort

Nine Perfect Strangers is a complex series full of characters with secrets to reveal and surprises for the viewer. The series is from a novel by Liane Moriarty, who also wrote Big Little Lies. Moriarty is a master at taking a large cast of characters and putting them through various trials that slowly chip away at the secrets behind the …

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Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy in Thunder Force

Thunder Force is a fun bit of comedy

Thunder Force is another Melissa McCarthy comedy written and directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. It features a coherent plot, lots of silly jokes and references, some fun stunts and a cheerful, open-ended finish. Not great, but a fun romp when something light is what you need. It’s streaming on Netflix.

Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie

6 Observations on 7 Years with Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie ended in 2015 after 7 seasons. This half-hour show on Showtime was widely considered on of the best shows on television, and for good reason. At a half hour, it may have been considered a comedy. In my mind, it was a serious drama with a bit of comedy included. Because I don’t have Showtime, I never watched …

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