Little Fires Everywhere, a Hulu Original, released episodes 1-3 this week. The remaining 5 episodes of the mini-series will become available on 5 coming Wednesdays.Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere, episodes 1 – 3”
American Son came almost intact from a Broadway show into this film. It feels like you’re watching a live play. There’s one set, four actors (the same four that played these parts on Broadway), and blocking and acting that looks like a stage play.Continue reading “Review: American Son”
ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience with its iconic episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons brought up a lot for me.Continue reading “Revisiting All in the Family and the Jeffersons”
For Colored Girls is a brilliant work of art. The film was released in 2010, but I just saw it. I was blown away by the breathtaking language and the heartfelt performances.Continue reading “Review: For Colored Girls”
The fall TV season is underway, with old favorites coming back and new shows revealing their opening episodes. Time to unleash a brain dump, which is a few short takes on several shows. Continue reading “Brain Dump: The Gifted, Ten Days in the Valley, Supergirl, and Etc.”
The brain dump for this week involves short thoughts on Call the Midwife, Mary Kills People, and Scandal. Let’s get right into it, shall we? Continue reading “Brain Dump: Call the Midwife, Mary Kills People, Scandal”
I never thought I’d see Confirmation since I don’t have HBO, but Dish had a promotion going to get people to watch HBO and Showtime all weekend. The only thing I wanted to see on HBO was Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in the film Confirmation.
Continue reading “Review: Confirmation, with a dash of Lemonade”
Confirmation is an HBO movie about the Anita Hill testimony in the confirmation hearings for now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Kerry Washington plays Anita Hill in this biopic. Wendell Pierce plays Clarence Thomas. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Confirmation with Kerry Washington”
A brain dump is a series of short thoughts on this and that. Today I have a theme: characters we love to hate.
I have not discovered one likeable character in American Crime. Every person in the story – from the cops to the victims to the families to the criminals – is truly fucked up. I can admire the acting. I can say, “Wow, Felicity Huffman (or Timothy Hutton or Caitlin Gerard or Richard Cabral) is doing a fantastic acting job.” Huffman’s character in particular is the most distasteful person. I cannot bring myself to like her.
Since this drama is a reflection on the American legal system, on American racial (in)justice, and on American family values it makes sense that there isn’t much to like. But, dang, I wish there was some little thread to hold on to.
Well, they haven’t dubbed her “The Queen of Mean” for nothing on Nashville. Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes has never been a sweetheart, but pregnancy and motherhood have turned her into a complete shrew. Why Avery (Jonathan Jackson) loves her is beyond understanding. Why her employees put up with her is a mystery. That Rayna (Connie Britton) maintains Juliette on her record label is amazing. Hayden Panettiere deserves much credit for being so convincing as a super-bitch season after season.
Everyone in Scandal has questionable ethics. It’s the ends, not the means, that count on Scandal. Let’s face it, neither of Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) parents are good role models. The people who work for her are truly scary. But Joe Morton as Rowan Pope has always been the worst of the worst.
Lately on the show Olivia has needed a white hat, a good guy. As Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) said in Orphan Black, she’s hoping for one good person in a corrupt world. Olivia’s having trouble finding even one good person. She’s turned on her dad, hoping to see him jailed for his multitude of crimes, but he’s so powerful he may either kill or destroy everything in Olivia’s world if she persists.
I’d hate to see Rowan Pope eliminated from this show. Joe Morton is outstanding in the part. But once in a while, even in the putrid world of Washington politics, don’t the good guys win? Or are there no good guys in Washington politics?
Kerry Washington received a Vanguard Award at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards ceremony over the weekend. She gave a powerful speech that tells the truth in eloquent and inspiring terms.
Everyone should memorize this speech and repeat it to everyone they know. I’m working on that very thing by playing it over and over.
Other GLAAD Media Award winners for 2015 included The Imitation Game, How to Get Away with Murder, Transparent plus several more winners.