Why am I still watching this stuff?

I’ve abandoned many a show midseason when I didn’t like it, but I want to talk about 3 shows I’m still watching in spite of thinking I’m bored or upset every time I see one. They are The Morning Show, Y: The Last Man, and New Amsterdam.

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Review: Little Fires Everywhere, season 1

When Hulu dropped the first 3 episodes of Little Fires Everywhere, I predicted that the season was going to be outstanding. I’m patting myself on the back after watching the final episode. It was even better than I expected.

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Little Fires Everywhere, episodes 1 – 3

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.

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Review: Shine On with Reese

In Shine On with Reese, Reese Witherspoon interviews women who have achieved a great deal in a number of different fields. The women she talked with were smart and interesting.

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Review: This Changes Everything

I know you’ve seen the statistics from This Changes Everything about the percentage of women in front of and behind the camera before. But This Changes Everything takes you inside the story. It lets in you in on the struggle to count the data, check the boxes, and fight the fight.

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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.

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Review: A Wrinkle in Time

I have a long history with the children’s story A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve been excited to see the new Disney film based on the book directed by Ava DuVernay ever since it was announced. Continue Reading: Review: A Wrinkle in Time

Review: Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara in a ridiculous and funny tale about cops and federal witnesses and crooked cops and crooked witness and untrustworthy cops and untrustworthy witnesses. Continue Reading: Review: Hot Pursuit

Review: Ricki and the Flash

Lucky for me I’m not a critic. It seems to me that the main job of a critic is to watch a fun and enjoyable movie or TV show and find things wrong with it so as to make it unenjoyable for anyone else to watch. Which leads to my point: Ricki and the Flash is fun and enjoyable. Lukewarm reviews be damned.

Spoilers ahead.

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Gimmie Some of That Ol’ Time Music

Two biopics about two great but very different singers from the old days are in the works and I cannot wait to see them both. It’s early yet there’s no news on release times.

Bessie Smith

Queen Latifah to play Bessie Smith on HBO
Queen Latifah to play Bessie Smith on HBO

The first is a biopic for HBO about Bessie Smith. I’m seeing the name Blue Goose Hollow for this film, which may be the final name. Queen Latifah is producing the film and will star as blues singer Bessie Smith. The film was written by Dee Rees (Pariah). Also in the cast of this one are Mo’Nique and Khandi Alexander. Mo’Nique will portray blues singer Ma Rainey and Alexander will play Smith’s older sister.

I don’t think we need to worry about the singing in this one, since Queen Latifah has pretty much proved she can do anything with her voice she wants. Does Mo’Nique sing? I can’t find any evidence that she does, but with actors it isn’t surprising to find that they can do all kinds of performing – even if it’s something they’ve never had a chance to show off before.

Peggy Lee

Reese Witherspoon will star in biopic about Peggy Lee.
Reese Witherspoon will star in biopic about Peggy Lee.

Reese Witherspoon will star in a film about singer Peggy Lee. We’ve heard her sing like June Carter Cash, but Peggy Lee had a very different sound. It will be interesting to see how Witherspoon performs as a jazz vocalist. This one has been slow getting going. Writer Nora Ephron died before the project was completed. There was also an issue finding a director, but Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) recently signed up for the job.

Everything seems to be in place now for this one to move forward.

Gimmie Some

Here’s a little sample of Peggy Lee.