Review: Hateship Loveship

Hateship Loveship is an 2014 independent film starring Kristen Wiig as the slightly odd woman Johanna Parry. It’s a tale about love and trust as it unfolds in the life of the strange off-kilter Johanna.

Also featured in the film are Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sami Gayle, Christine Lahti, and Nick Nolte. Continue reading “Review: Hateship Loveship”

Review: The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom is such a catchy title, I couldn’t resist giving the film a try. It was charming and touching and quite satisfying.

The 2012 Canadian film was written and directed by Tara Johns, who said that the idea for the story came from her mother’s relationship with Joni Mitchell. When her mother told her Joni Mitchell had given up a child for adoption, the wheels began to turn. The film is set in 1976. Continue reading “Review: The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom”

Reflections on Series 2 of Happy Valley

Series 2 of Happy Valley is over on BBC One, and has been available on Netflix and iTunes for several days. I assume those interested in the show have taken the time needed to watch all 6 episodes either in the UK or in the US.

I wanted to share some overall thoughts and things I didn’t get into the individual episode reviews about series 2. Continue reading “Reflections on Series 2 of Happy Valley”

Let Titus and Dronicus Bring a Smile to Your Face

Three short videos make Titus and Dronicus a brief foray into the delightfully nutty Hollywood world of Hamlet. Directed by Liz Rizzo and written by Megan Kelly, Madhuri Shekar, and Seamus Sullivan, this tale is the antidote to everything you’ve suffered lately. Continue reading “Let Titus and Dronicus Bring a Smile to Your Face”

Happy Valley S2 E6: Kindness to Strangers

Happy Valley S2 E6 resolves all the crime stories in this series, but it leaves us with Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) in emotional tatters. This  brief review will have spoilers. I’ve tried to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but my American readers will find the series on Netflix starting March 16, so the need to avoid spoilers is lessened. Continue reading “Happy Valley S2 E6: Kindness to Strangers”

Lost Girl: S5 E15 Let Them Burn

Lost Girl episode 15 of season 5 is “Let Them Burn.” There’s some good news, some startling news, some long awaited news and a puzzling cliffhanger.

Spoilers are everywhere ahead. Continue reading “Lost Girl: S5 E15 Let Them Burn”

Watch This: Trailer for Trapped

Trapped is a documentary by Dawn Porter. The title refers to Targeted Regulations of Abortion Provider laws. It was released in January of this year, but is only available on limited screens. On the film’s website, you will find information on how to hold a community screening and a listing of theaters where the film can be seen. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Trapped”

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”

Happy Valley S2 E5: Omnipotent and Ubiquitous

Happy Valley S2 E5 takes some major turns. A mystery gets solved. Other mysteries remain. Several of our favorite characters are still in trouble. I’ve tried to be cryptic about spoilers in these brief reviews, but there are some spoilers ahead.

Continue reading “Happy Valley S2 E5: Omnipotent and Ubiquitous”

Review: Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere is the story of Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Her husband is in prison. Ruby is ready to attend medical school when he’s incarcerated, and she drops everything in her life to visit him and support his efforts for early parole. Continue reading “Review: Middle of Nowhere”