Random reflections on S4 of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale, season 4, concluded on Hulu on June 15. It was a complicated storyline in 10 episodes. I’m going to hit some high points. Be warned, there are spoilers ahead.

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Skater Girl skateboards her way to freedom

Skater Girl is the debut full length film from Manjari Makijany, who also co-wrote and produced the film. It’s an inspiring tale about a girl who discovers skating and realizes her life doesn’t have to be as life has always been in her village in India.

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Review: LA’s Finest, season 2

LA’s Finest uses season 2 to continue some of the storylines from season 1 and to introduce a complex number of new crimes for the kickass women cops leading the show to solve. Season 2 is airing on Netflix and is the final season of the series.

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Review: Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, season 2

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, season 2, brings the fashion-plate private detective Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill) back to solve crimes in 1960s Melbourne. It’s streaming on Acorn, with two episodes available now and more to come weekly for an 8 episode season.

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Season 1 of Hacks brings Jean Smart back to comedy

Hacks, season 1, just finished its run on HBO Max. Season 2 was approved just as season 1 ended. In Jean Smart’s long career we’ve seen her do everything, but she hasn’t often been the lead character. In Hacks she’s running the show and her performance is absolute gold.

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Dancing Queens – the new drag queen is, wait, what?

Dancing Queens is a Swedish production full of music, dance, and heartwarming characters. Molly Nutley stars as Dylan, a 23 year old woman living on an island far from the world of dance. But she wants to dance.

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Mosquita y Mari from director Aurora Guerrero

Mosquita y Mari is a film Netflix repeatedly put in my recommended queue. Since it came out in 2012, I ignored it. Finally, on a night when I couldn’t find anything new to watch, I took a look at it.

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Review: Saint Maud

Saint Maud is about a woman obsessed with a religious mania that leads to terror and insanity. It takes you inside the troubled mind of a woman put in charge of caring for others. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Worn Stories – documentary series about real life and the power of clothes

Worn Stories is surprisingly interesting. It tells stories about real people. Some of them are well known, some of them are not. The thematic thread holding these tales together is clothing. This Netflix series was a Jenji Kohan project.

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Plan B: Good birth control is hard to find

Plan B is a look at the obstacles put before a South Asian high school girl living in South Dakota when she needs a Plan B pill after a mishap with a condom. The film is a road trip/buddy picture and very good. It’s streaming on Hulu.

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