Review: Runoff

Runoff terrified me. It was so real, so close to the bone. This was not some glorified superhero tale, this was a real family with real problems and real choices to make. Mild spoilers ahead.

Here’s the basic story. Frank (Neal Huff) and Betty (Joanne Kelly) are going under. His business of selling feed, antibiotics, hormones and such to farmers is being stolen away by big agro. The family is in danger of losing their home and farm. They have two kids: Fin (Alex Shaffer) and Sam (Kivlighan de Montebello). Continue reading “Review: Runoff”

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Lost Girl S5 E9: 44 Minutes to Save the World

This episode of Lost Girl is called “44 Minutes to Save the World” and it’s a treat from start to finish.

Spoilers ahead. Recap ahead.

Episode 8 has just ended. We’re back with Bo, (Anna Silk) on the floor of the clubhouse, cranking the handle of the magic adamantine box. After the big flash of light, the innards of the box quickly turn black. Bo looks for Hades (Eric Roberts), but he isn’t around. Continue reading “Lost Girl S5 E9: 44 Minutes to Save the World”

Filming for Top of the Lake S2 Begins This Spring

Top of the Lake season 2 begins filming in March, according to a statement by star Elisabeth Moss at Sundance to a Deadline reporter. Top of the Lake season 1 aired in 2013 – a long wait between seasons, but worth it.

The dark drama series is from filmmaker Jane Campion. It features Detective Robin Griffin (Moss), who returns to her former home in New Zealand to a job in a small police department. She’s immediately involved in the case of 12 year old Tui (Jacqueline Joe), who tries to drown herself in a lake. Continue reading “Filming for Top of the Lake S2 Begins This Spring”

Q&A with Sally Wainwright for Happy Valley Series 2

BBC One and Red Production Company released a Q&A session with writer and director Sally Wainwright as publicity for season 2 of Happy Valley. The new series begins in February on BBC One.

Sally Wainwright is writer, director and executive producer of Happy Valley. She directs 4 of the 6 episodes. Neasa Hardiman directs the other 2, so the entire second season has women directors. Continue reading “Q&A with Sally Wainwright for Happy Valley Series 2”

Previews and Teasers for Happy Valley Season 2

Happy Valley season 2 previews and publicity teasers are coming our way. Here’s a preview, if you can call 10 seconds of video a preview, of what’s to come. Here’s everything I know about the second series. Continue reading “Previews and Teasers for Happy Valley Season 2”

Watch This: Trailer for Money Monster with Julia Roberts and George Clooney

Money Monster has Hollywood’s biggest stars in its cast. Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts and directed by Jodie Foster, it’s sure to get plenty of attention just for pedigree. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Money Monster with Julia Roberts and George Clooney”

Watch This: Previews of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments starts January 12 on Freeform (AKA ABC Family). It boasts a female lead character. The pilot is going to have to hook me on these very young characters, because the premise of this sci fi series doesn’t seem particularly intriguing from the previews below. Continue reading “Watch This: Previews of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”

Review: Jackie & Ryan

Jackie & Ryan is a warm-hearted romance that includes music. You can’t stay by the fire on a cold winter’s TV hiatus any better way than to watch a sweet love story with great songs in it, can you?

Jackie & Ryan features Katherine Heigl as Jackie. Jackie is a pop singer who returned from her high powered life to her home in Ogden, Utah. She’s divorcing her asshole, er, her husband, and taking care of her daughter Lia (Emily Alyn Lind). It turns out that Katherine Heigl can sing. Who knew?

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Listening, Hollywood Pooh-Bahs?

How likely is this?

  1. Barbie makes a doll honoring a real Hollywood woman of color.
  2. The woman isn’t a movie star. She’s a director – Ava Du Vernay.
  3. The doll sells out in 17 seconds.

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Watch This: Trailer for Imba Means Sing

Imba Means Sing is a documentary about one boy, Moses, in the African Children’s Choir. Here’s the story. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Imba Means Sing”