Short Takes on Apple TV+ and Disney+ series with a rant

The Apple TV+ series I’ve been watching week by week are Home Before Dark and Physical. Disney+ just released the first episode of Turner and Hooch. Let’s take a quick look at each one before I subject you to a rant about binge watching.

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Physical, episodes 1-3

Physical, a 10 part series on Apple TV+, released the first 3 episodes last week. Now it’s once a week until the final episode releases on August 10. Rose Byrne stars as an unhappy housewife in the 1980s who discovered aerobics classes just as videotape technology was about to disrupt the way we used our television screens.

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Review: Instant Family

Instant Family is a look at a real foster care story – one with a happy ending. It’s a comedy, but it looks clear-eyed at a situation that is anything but funny.

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Review: Damages, season 1

Damages ran for 5 seasons from 2007 to 2012. I missed it completely at that time, although I heard good things about it. Now it’s available on Hulu, so I started watching.

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Review: Mrs. America, episodes 1-3

Mrs. America is the history of the struggle over the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s. The first 3 episodes dropped as a bunch on April 15, with the remaining episodes coming on Wednesdays until all 9 episodes have aired. The series runs on FX/Hulu.

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Review: Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked is a delightful film. I hesitate to to label it a romcom, because it turns all the romcom tropes upside down. But it is a love story. Perhaps it’s more correctly a love story about a woman who learns to love who she is and honor herself. There are spoilers ahead, but not many you can’t see in the trailer.

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Watch This: Trailer for The Meddler with Susan Sarandon

The Meddler looks like a knockout. Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne as mother and daughter. Guess which one’s the meddler. Yeah, not too hard.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film also stars Megalyn Echikunwoke and a Harley riding J.K. Simmons. A few other actors you may recognize in the film include Amy Landecker, Jason Ritter, Lucy Punch, Laura San Giacomo, and Harry Hamlin. It’s a big cast. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Meddler with Susan Sarandon”

Watch This: New Trailer for Spy

Spy starring Melissa McCarthy and a rasher of other tasty comedy stars has a new trailer.

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Watch This: Red Band Trailer for Spy

In Spy, Melissa McCarthy teams up again with writer and director Paul Feig in a comedy featuring McCarthy as a CIA Analyst. She works with agents played by Jude Law and Jason Statham.

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Brain Dump: A Wife’s Nightmare, Annie, On My Way, Into the Woods

It’s time for a brain dump. My brain is teeming with thoughts about this and that – mostly movies I watched over the holidays. Short thoughts. Thoughts so short that combining them into one post seems like a grand idea.

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