Review: Wentworth, season 8

Wentworth (in some locales Wentworth Prison), season 8, is available on Netflix US now. In this season, a rash of new characters entered the prison to create trouble and chaos. Seasons 8 and 9, already set, are supposed to be the final seasons for this long running Australian women’s prison series.

The situation in Wentworth Prison at the start of the season is unsettled. There was ‘the siege’ at the end of season 7. The writing technique that pits women against women, thrives on rumors and false information, and keeps everyone stirred up remains the same, no matter the season. There’s always someone believing bad advice from someone with an ulterior motive.

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Review: The Glorias

The Glorias is a biopic looking at Gloria Steinem’s life through her travels and at various stages in her life. Julie Taymor wrote and directed the film, which takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to wind its way through Steinem’s long life. The film is streaming on Prime Video.

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Can We Talk About Haifaa Al-Mansour?

Haifaa Al-Mansour is a woman director from Saudi Arabia. She has the distinction of being the first woman in that country to direct a film. That was in 2012. Since then she’s gone on to direct several more films. By now we can draw some conclusions about her.

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Review: The Last Word (Das Letzte Wort)

The Last Word (Das Letzte Wort) is a German language dramedy series on Netflix. It’s about love and grief, about living and dying.

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Review: Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

Secret Society of Second-Born Royals on Disney+ is a superpowered adventure with royal children. But only the second born royal children. The first born go on to become kings and queens, while the second born learn how to save the world.

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Review: Ratched, season 1

Ratched uses mind-altering saturated color and gorgeous visuals to tell the lunatic story of the murder and mayhem that created the horrifying nurse Mildred Ratched, played here by Sarah Paulson.

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Review: First Day

First Day is an Australian series about a transgender girl as she enters school as her authentic self for the first time. It’s aimed at young people. It both helps clarify what it is to be transgender and provides inspiration for those who might be in a similar situation.

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Documentaries Galore: RBG, The Fight, and All In

With Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing in the news and new documentaries that bear on the upcoming election, I spent the weekend watching docs. I saw RBG for the second time, The Fight, and All In: The Fight for Democracy.

As Gloria Steinem once said, “Everything is political.” These three films, two issued just prior to a national election, are reminders of that.

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Review: RBG, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary

RBG explores the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg is a towering figure in American life and an active justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Review: Stray Dolls

Stray Dolls takes us into the gritty world of runaways and immigrants who barely get by. Two young women team up as life pushes them into crime after crime. The film is streaming on Prime Video.

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