The Politician, the latest production from Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is equal parts brilliant and scattered. It’s pretentiously adult but set in a high school. Thematically it jumps around from one idea to another and never quite lands. Ryan Murphy regulars abound. Yet overall, it’s wonderful.Continue reading “Review: The Politician, season 1”
The Miracle Season is about 2011 the Iowa City West girls’ volleyball team. They took the state championship for the second year in a row. They did it after losing their star player Caroline “Line” Found and after losing their spirit to play without her. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Miracle Season”
A brain dump is a few short takes on TV shows. This time I talk about Blindspot, Shots Fired, and Jane the Virgin.
Continue reading “Brain Dump: Blindspot, Shots Fired, Jane the Virgin”
Time for a brain dump: scattered thoughts about random TV shows. These things made an impression lately. I was bored by high fashion, impressed by a gritty look at American policing, and sad to see an old favorite say goodbye. Continue reading “Brain Dump: The Collection, Shots Fired, Switched at Birth”
Fox released a trailer for their new 10 hour series Shots Fired, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. They promise to take an explosive look at the criminal justice system. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Shots Fired”
The novel Empire Falls by Richard Russo is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. The book was rich, detailed, full of memorable characters and built to an exciting climax. Adapting that to a 2-part TV mini-series must have been a daunting project. Richard Russo wrote the screenplay himself. Continue reading “Review: Empire Falls”
Ride was written and directed by Helen Hunt. In Ride, Helen Hunt plays the worst helicopter mom of all time to her college-age son Angelo (Brenton Thwaites). When he goes to California to spend the summer with his dad, she secretly follows him and watches his every move.
Decoding Annie Parker stars an Oscar nominee and an Oscar winner right off the top: Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt. They are patient and doctor. It’s sensible to expect fabulous performances from these two.
The story is based in fact and tells about the pioneering doctor who first helped science understand the genetic link to breast cancer and the patient who was part of her testing.
Decoding Annie Parker is due out May 2. Also in the cast are Aaron Paul, Alice Eve, Bradley Whitford, Chris Mulkey, Corey Stoll, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Rashida Jones and Richard Schiff. I’m looking forward to discovering what Maggie Grace does in this film, since I just discovered who she is recently and think she’s a terrific actor.
Here is the trailer. If you go to the film, please let us know what your opinion of it is.
Steven Bernstein, who has more credits as a cinematographer than as a director, is the writer and director of the film.