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.
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Impulse is an action-packed YouTube original. At its heart, it’s about sexual violence and assault. Wrapped around that heart is a blanket of mystery and sci fi about special powers. It’s a compelling combination, and very well done.
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A few quick looks at this and that today. Two new TV series started this week, The Fix and The Village. I found a movie about two women in their 70s who fall back in love after not seeing each other for 50 years. It’s called For 80 Days (80 egunean).
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If I had to describe Lady Bird with one word it would be real. This coming of age story for Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson feels absolutely, perfectly, nailed it, real for a certain type of kid growing up in America. Continue reading “Review: Lady Bird”
Lady Bird isn’t about Lady Bird Johnson, my original thought when I saw the title. It’s a mother-daughter story starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Lady Bird”
Grace and Frankie season 3 is the best yet. It fine tunes relationships and how they work – or don’t work. It’s hilarious, it’s heartfelt, and it’s true to life. Continue reading “Grace and Frankie Season 3 is the Best Yet”
Last week in the “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep” episode of The Americans, Lois Smith was a guest star. It was an important episode of The Americans because it showed the Russian spy, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) as she begins to grasp the horror of what she does as a spy. Continue reading “Lois Smith in The Americans and in Ruth & Erica”