Welcome to the scattered thoughts swirling around on the way out of my head in what I charmingly call a brain dump. This edition will talk about Collateral, Rise, and For the People. Continue Reading: Brain Dump: Collateral, Rise, For the People
Girlboss is a new Netflix original comedy series starring Britt Robertson as Sophia, an immature, over-emotional 23 year old slacker who finds her passion and develops an online fashion business. Continue Reading: Review: Girlboss, Season One
Cake stars Jennifer Aniston as a woman in chronic pain. The big excitement is that she doesn’t wear any makeup in the film. Aaackk! Looking at a woman with no makeup on may cause brain damage! Are you prepared to put your brain in danger by going to see Cake?
That isn’t right. I made that up. The real truth is acting in a film without wearing makeup may lead to an Oscar. The point is, if you’re brave enough to show your face without makeup, you must be a great actress and not just some airhead from Friends.
All kidding aside, chronic pain is no joke. I deal with it. Many people do. I think the topic of the film is going to connect with a lot of people. Many people understand the agony involved in daily living with chronic pain depicted in Cake. And, yeah, give me ALL the pills.
The film also stars Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, Lucy Punch and Britt Robertson. That’s an excellent cast. It’s directed by Daniel Barnz.
The film opens in January 2015. January is not the best month to release a film if you’re hoping for Oscar nods, but that’s the schedule.
I kept sticking with Under the Dome, largely because I have faith in Stephen King to tell a good story. It annoyed me for a long time, but the mysterious inexplicable happenings week after week finally started to pull me in. Now I’m hooked.
Since the show has been renewed for a second season, I can look forward to learning some of the answers to the inexplicable.
I’m getting attached to the characters, particularly Rachelle Lefevre as Julia and Mike Vogel as Barbie. These two are on a collision course and Julia doesn’t know it yet, but the viewers do.
Dean Norris is making himself a wonderful villain as Big Jim. Leon Rippy is another most excellent bad guy. Sometimes one nefarious character isn’t enough. (And to think, Leon Rippy was once an angel of God in Saving Grace. Is he now a fallen angel?)
Natalie Martinez as Sheriff Linda Esquivel is fantastic. I love the idea that a Latina actress has a significant part in this drama in a role that traditionally would have gone to a white good-old-boy type.
In terms of the inexplicable, the characters are as in the dark as the viewers. Everyone is struggling to make sense of the dome, and the egg. We thought two teens might have something to do with the dome, this week that circle enlarged to three and possibly a fourth. The teens, played by Mackenzie Lintz with Britt Robertson and Colin Ford as brother and sister, are the three we know about so far.
I’m glad I stuck with Under the Dome long enough to get hooked. What has your reaction to this series been so far?
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