Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical review
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical was a complete surprise to me. I was expecting music, dancing, and a happy, cheerful children’s story. There was music and dancing, but Matilda’s story turned out to be a dark fantasy about child abuse and neglect.
Good Luck to you, Leo Grande
Good Luck to you, Leo Grande is a beautiful film about an older woman and a sex worker. He not only manages to deliver sexual pleasure to her for the first time in her life, he also teaches her she need not feel guilty about wanting it.
Review: Late Night
Don’t miss Late Night. By women, about women, but not only for women. It’s funny, it’s barbed, it’s terrific.
Review: The Children Act
The Children Act tackles topics like religion vs. the state, freedom of choice, and holding on. It’s serious stuff. The brilliant Emma Thompson makes it worth watching as she plays a judge in the midst of two crises.
Watch This: Trailers for The Wife and The Children Act
The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce will be released in August. The Children Act, also in theaters in August, stars Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci in a legal drama. I’m combining these two teasers into a single post because of the fact that they are both movies for grown ups and feature outstanding […]
Watch This: Trailer for Bridget Jones’s Baby
Bridget Jones’s Baby is the third in the Bridget Jones saga starring Renée Zellweger. Bridget Jones’s story is significant because it has been a woman-fronted comedy success story for 15 years.
Review: A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods stars Robert Redford as the writer Bill Bryson. His hiking buddy Katz is played by Nick Nolte. Also featured in the film are Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal.
Go Read a Play
My book club just read An Enemy of the People, an 1882 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It’s about a doctor who knows his town is about to open a spa using water polluted by a tannery upriver. The night before this discussion about a whistleblower, I watched Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower. The […]
The World’s Greatest Actresses on The Ellen Show
What happens when Ellen gets her hands on the imagination of an Academy Award winning actress? Some really amazing actresses known for awesome performances show up on The Ellen Show. They sit down and talk about the latest film they worked on and have a nice chat with Ellen. But that isn’t enough for Ellen. […]