Review: The Great, season 2, wild and raunchy

The Great, season 2, is improbable and ribald, with its mangled view of Russian history and its dumpster fire attitude toward the human race in general. Mixed in with the coarse vulgarity of its comedy are gems of wisdom about governing, love, equality, and women’s rights.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead: Angelina Jolie brings thrills and perils

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a pretty standard adventure tale with peril piled upon peril for the hero to overcome. Except, in this story, it’s a heroine – actually two heroines – who save the day. It’s currently in theaters and on HBO Max. The spectacular fire scenes would be amazing on a big screen, if you’re ready to go back into a theater.

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Review: The Great

The Great is a rowdy and ribald comedy based very loosely on the story of Catherine the Great of Russia. It bills itself as “an occasionally true story.” There really was a Catherine the Great of Russia. Stop there. That was the true part.

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Review: The Favourite

I found The Favourite eccentric and odd. It was both off-putting and charming at once. This story about Queen Anne is best described as a farce. The performances from the three main (women!) characters were outstanding.

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Review: Dark Places

Dark Places is a haunting tale about recovering from childhood trauma and the lingering seduction of evil. I give it high marks. The acting was brilliant from all the cast, particularly Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks. The plotting and story details were original and fascinating.

Spoilers ahead.

The film was based on a book by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the novel Gone Girl, which was equally original in plotting. Gilles Paquet-Brenner wrote the screenplay and directed Dark Places. Continue Reading: Review: Dark Places