Inventing Anna, or the American obsession with money and power

Inventing Anna, a Netflix mini-series about the rise and fall of a fake socialite from creator Shonda Rhimes, is fascinating and compelling television. I took it as a parable about the rot at the heart of the American psyche. It’s a classic tale of good and evil, truth and lies, reality and illusion.

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Jolt is goofy fun

Jolt, on Prime Video, stars Kate Beckinsale in a comedic action movie about a woman with uncontrollable anger issues. It’s a wild romp of a movie from director Tanya Wexler.

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Awkwafina is Nora from Queens grows on you

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens is a comedy series about Awkwafina’s own life from the time before she became well-known. It’s available on its home channel of Comedy Central and also on HBO Max, which is where I binge watched all 14 episodes of season 1.

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Promising Young Woman, a revenge story like no other

Promising Young Woman is a brilliant new treatment of the revenge movie. It’s fresh and funny and barbed and full of heart. A masterwork. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, the film is available to rent on Prime Video.

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Review: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

Charlie’s Angels (the 2019 version) recently showed up on STARZ. I couldn’t wait to watch it even though I knew it was supposed to be terrible. But I thought it would be fun.

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Review: Dear White People, Vol. 3

Dear White People, vol. 3, continues to make fun of modern life with its racial problems and insane politics. It even makes fun of the show itself. It’s fresh, funny, brutally pointed and honest. As with previous seasons, I completely recommend this series.

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Orange is the New Black: Farewell and Goodbye

Orange is the New Black dropped its final season, season 7, on Netflix recently. I, like many others, devoted a good part of a weekend to watching the last ever episodes of this groundbreaking marvel of a television masterpiece roll by.

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Six Years of Thoughts on Orange is the New Black

I’ve written about Orange is the New Black since season 1. I wanted to summarize my thoughts on this series, collect the most important posts in one spot, and share the results. This Orange is the New Black summary is my attempt to do that. Each headline is a link to the full article.

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Orange is the New Black, season 6

Orange is the New Black, season 6, starts after the riot of season 5. The way the government and prison authorities dealt with it was the focus of the season. Some of our favorite characters made it into Litchfield Max, while others were shipped off to distant prisons never to be seen again.Continue Reading: Orange is the New Black, season 6

Grey’s Anatomy Adds a Transgender Character

Grey’s Anatomy started off season 14 with some new interns. The intern Casey Parker is played by Alex Blue Davis. I was absolutely thrilled by Casey Parker and the way he came into the story. Continue Reading: Grey’s Anatomy Adds a Transgender Character