The Stand In starring Drew Barrymore in two distinct roles examines the horrors and the benefits of being famous. It appears to be a comedy from the trailer, but it is definitely not funny.Continue reading “The Stand In: A meditation on fame and celebrity”
Hollywood is about rewriting the story of Hollywood by going back 80 years and re-imagining everything. Set in the 1940s, the series creates a new history for Hollywood that includes people of color, out gay men, and women bosses.Continue reading “Review: Hollywood”
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, a teen romance starring Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, deals with the struggles and uncertainties of dating when you’re 16 years old.Continue reading “Review: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”
I found How to Make an American Quilt, a 25 year old gem, on Netflix in a queue of films directed by women. I remember loving it, wanting more films like it, and holding it as an example of what I wanted movies to be. I decided to watch it again to see how it held up all these years later.
How to Make an American Quilt was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. She’s also directed The Dressmaker, A Thousand Acres, Proof, and episodic television. For such a gifted writer and director, her resume should be 10 times longer than it is. That she managed to get this almost-all-women film made in 1995 is amazing.Continue reading “Review: How to Make an American Quilt”
Before I get into the review of Gloria Bell, let me tell you a story. I’ve been a member of AARP for a few decades now – joined up when I turned 45. They’ve always had a feature called Movies for Grownups within AARP. Lately they’ve started taking movies for grownups on the road with free screenings of various movies all over the country. The latest is Gloria Bell.Continue reading “Review: Gloria Bell”
Today’s quick takes on TV shows will include Better Things and Good Girls, as well as a few thoughts on the film Crazy Rich Asians.Continue reading “Brain Dump: Better Things, Good Girls, and Crazy Rich Asians”
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s Spanish language hit Gloria is reborn as an English language indie with Julianne Moore in the lead role. The English version is called Gloria Bell. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Gloria Bell”
Recapping season 5 of The L Word using nothing to tell the story but the opening credits. That’s what’s happening right here. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Five)”
The regular cast for season 2, in each episode:
- Jennifer Beals: Bette Porter
- Leisha Hailey: Alice Pieszecki
- Laurel Holloman: Tina Kennard
- Mia Kirshner: Jenny Schecter
- Katherine Moennig: Shane McCutcheon
- Pam Grier: Kit Porter
- Rachel Shelley: Helena Peabody
- Erin Daniels: Dana Fairbanks
- Eric Mabius: Tim Haspeth
- Sarah Shahi: Carmen de la Pica Morales
Take a good look at this season 2 poster. Was there some other actress as Carmen who dropped out and they brought in Sarah Shahi? Because that just doesn’t look right.
Everything you need to know about The L Word can be learned from the opening credits. I take you from the first moments up to the director credit and leave you there. What more do you need to know? Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Two)”
Everyone fast forwarded through the credits of The L Word because they didn’t like the theme song.
You can learn everything you need to know about all 6 seasons, all 70 episodes, just by watching the opening credits. I’ve had it in my head for years that it would be fun to do recaps of The L Word using only what you see in the credits. Let the fun begin. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season One)”