Genius, the man who edited Thomas Wolfe
Genius, the 2016 version starring Colin Firth and Jude Law, is about Scribner editor Max Perkins (Firth) and his efforts to corral the language of Thomas Wolfe (Law) into marketable books.
Review: Roar, a celebration of women
Roar is an 8 part anthology series. Each story is about a woman and a pointed women’s issue. The list of women in front of and behind the camera is compelling and should convince you to take a look at the series.
Review: Being the Ricardos
Being the Ricardos surprised me. I expected it to be an imitation of I Love Lucy and it wasn’t. It was a behind the scenes look into a pivotal week in the life of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) as real people. It showed them as the creative, intelligent, passionate, people […]
Nine Perfect Strangers: mystery and drama at a health resort
Nine Perfect Strangers is a complex series full of characters with secrets to reveal and surprises for the viewer. The series is from a novel by Liane Moriarty, who also wrote Big Little Lies. Moriarty is a master at taking a large cast of characters and putting them through various trials that slowly chip away […]
Hope (Håp), a moving tale from Norway
Hope (Håp) is an intimate look at a few days in the life of a couple and a family when a brain tumor throws everything into turmoil. It was written and directed by Maria Sødahl. It will be released in theaters and virtual theaters in the US on April 16, 2021.
Review: The Undoing
The Undoing earns my praise with its fascinating mystery, its skillful trickery and misdirection, and its suspenseful and thrilling finale. Created by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, this series on HBO Max is a masterclass in storytelling and direction.
Review: The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch, based on the literary best seller by Donna Tartt, recreated the story from the book, but did it without emotion or excitement. The film is 2 1/2 hours of flat performances.
Review: Big Little Lies, season 1
When I read Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel Big Little Lies I thought it was one of the best-written novels I’d ever read. Since then I’ve read everything I can find by Liane Moriarty. The novel became a TV series, created and written by David E. Kelley. It’s almost as good as the book.
Destroyer is not an easy film to watch. Detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) is not an easy woman to like. She’s a broken woman trying with her last ounce of energy to make right the mistakes of her past.
Review: Letters from Baghdad
I was eager to see Letters from Baghdad on PBS. It told the story of Gertrude Bell, an amazing and intrepid English woman who helped set the course of the Middle East a century ago.