Archive for the ‘Legal’ Category

Queer as Folk: Season 4 (take >3)

May 27, 2018

Fall in love all over again with the cast of Queer as Folk as they navigate life in 2004. 14 years: so much has changed and yet in many ways we are still fighting the same battles. Click on the image below to read an updated review of Queer as Folk: Season 4.

 

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Gabriel Sherman to Write Trump Movie ‘The Apprentice’ (Hollywood Reporter)

May 6, 2018

I’ve often reminded myself there is one thing we need to remember about Donald Trump. Only one thing. His mentor in the 1980’s was Roy Cohn, That’s all you need to know. If you are unfamiliar with Roy Cohn, Vanity Fair and New York (magazine) both have pieces on him and his relationship with Trump. It’s frightening. To quote Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Cohn was “the polestar of human evil… the worst human being who ever lived … the most evil, twisted, vicious bastard ever to snort coke at Studio 54.”

From Hollywood Reporter,

Donald Trump is getting the big-screen treatment in a film called The Apprentice that will dramatize his rise to power, focusing on his early influences like attorney Roy Cohn.

Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent to Vanity Fair, who also authored a book about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room, has been tapped to write the original screenplay for Amy Baer, who is producing the pic through her Gidden Media.

Fasten your seatbelts.

Unforgotten: Season 1

April 27, 2018

Add one more well-done, formulaic (in a good way), police procedural from the Brits who nearly always do this better than any other country. Nicola Walker (Touching Evil, MI-5) stars in Unforgotten as DCI Cassie Stuart, assigned a 40 year-old murder upon discovery of a teenage boy’s remains. Sanjeev Bhaskar  co-stars as DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, Stuart’s right-hand man. The show follows all the rules with surprises along the way. In this particular series, several families become involved with the murder. The viewer has no idea who the actual killer is. And it almost doesn’t matter as the families unravel over the exposure of the crime and the secrets each person kept hidden all these years. Supporting cast includes Peter Egan, Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Tom Courtenay, and Brian Bovell. Particularly outstanding performances from Gemma Jones and Ruth Sheen who took my breath away. Most of you know I have loved Nicola Walker for a very long time. I think she is one of the best working actresses in Britain today. She’s nuanced and smart. Unforgotten held up beautifully and even left me with more than a few surprises. Always delighted when that happens. It’s odd, but it looks like Season 2 gets released in May, so here we go! 4 out of 5 for Unforgotten.

The Post

April 26, 2018

Stephen Spielberg’s epic journalism drama, The Post follows the story of The Washington Post as its owner and editors struggle to decide whether to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971 detailing the United States’ decades long disastrous involvement in Vietnam. Lots of players in this story and lots of familiar faces in this film, but star billing and most of the action goes to Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee. I like these kinds of dramas. I loved the final season of The Wire where they focused on the newspaper. And of course I loved Spotlight. So The Post proved easy for me to sit back and enjoy. I wish I had said this, but it came from my BFF Dennis who also serves as my movie watching bud, “Spielberg does middle-brow better than most anyone.” To me that sums up how I feel about Spielberg. He also nearly always throws in some rah-rah, feel-good moments which can seem sweet or sickening depending on my mood. I liked The Post more than most people I spoke to. It’s not going to make any of my all-time favorite films lists, but it was a good night at the movies. 3.5 out of 5.

NW

April 17, 2018

Zadie Smith’s 2012 novel, NW gets the BBC treatment starring Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther), Phoebe Fox, O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale, The FiveLooking), Cyril Gueï, and Jake Fairbrother. All the components of a stellar issue-driven drama were in place – council flats girls make good, people of color having to be perfect to succeed, pressure to do what is expected, lives broken by systemic poverty and drug use. The actors did their job. In the end, the stories didn’t mesh. It felt like the writer bit off more than she could chew in 90 minutes. Too bad because NW could have been great. Riddled with too many disparate moments which didn’t mesh, I’m giving this a 2 out of 5. Next.

Seeing Allred

April 9, 2018

I’ve been strongly attracted to the documentary, Seeing Allred since it first appeared on Netflix in February. Watching it this past weekend, I was not disappointed. The film effortlessly blends part history lesson, part resume, part call to action as Gloria Allred’s life and passion merge to remind us of the many women who came of age during second-wave feminism. Gloria’s steadfast march to justice and freedom for all women and minority populations and the sheer volume of work she’s accomplished in her life is nothing short of inspiring. Many know of Allred’s current focus on the Bill Cosby sexual abuse cases. The documentary traces her entire life starting with college and a baby at 20, through her early legal cases and into the present high-profile moment. Seeing Allred comes at a perfect time. She’s one of the main reasons #MeToo and #TimesUp happened this past year. Inspiring and remarkable, this is a must-see for anyone interested in the legal side of social justice and anyone who needs a refresher on who paved the way to get us here where we are today. Brava to Ms. Allred. 4 out of 5.

Better Call Saul: Season 3

January 24, 2018

I watched the first three episodes of Better Call Saul: Season 3. I nearly called it quits on the series. A work friend quietly convinced me to continue watching. I’m so glad I did. The stories blossomed slowly over time this season. What impressed me the most was the subtle way this turned out to be Rhea Seehorn’s story of Kim Wexler. Kim’s been there from the start with Jimmy. But this season, we see her make decision after decision which adversely affect her professional and personal life. We also see Michael McKeon’s Chuck unravel in unnerving ways. And we continue to see how Jonathan Banks’s Mike, Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus, and Michael Mando’s Nacho come into play in Jimmy’s life. And finally we find out how Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy becomes Saul Goodman. Continued outstanding writing and acting. 4 out of 5 for Better Call Saul.

Suspect

December 3, 2017

Suspect: Cher, Dennis Quaid, the 80’s. What’s not to love about this minor Cher film co-starring the adorable if not one-dimensional Dennis Quaid? She’s an assistant D.A. in Washington DC. He’s a lobbyist for the dairy industry. Sexy yet? It’s Cher and Dennis Quaid. The plot is irrelevant. I’ve always liked this film. Probably a bit more than it deserves. It’s got 80’s written all over it. Still it’s Cher. And Dennis Quaid is the only actor who takes off their shirt during the film. Someone was paying attention. There’s courtroom suspense, there’s Capital Hill drama. There’s a happy ending. Some of you might want to give Suspect a 3. I give it a 4. It’s Cher for chrissakes. Can I hear a hoah! 4 out of 5 for Suspect.

L.A. Law: Season 3

November 27, 2017

I’m maxed out on L.A. Law seasons here in the States. The Region 1 DVDs only go as far as Season 3 which I just finished. Damn. I guess this is the end of the road for me – for now. I sure wish someone would stream all eight seasons. I know it changed a lot over the years. After Susan Dey left, I stopped watching. But I’d love to see where it goes and if I could stay with it. Meanwhile, Season 3 continued the excellence of the first two seasons. Great stories, Lots of humor. And the women really shine in this series. Very balanced characters gender-wise. Probably a big deal back in the 80’s to execute that. Even the Roxanne character proves not everyone who works for a law firm manages their money or even makes enough in the first place. Mickey and Grace are on the rocks, Ann and Stuart try to make a baby, Abby ventures out on her own, Jonathan finds his footing, and Victor continues to work strong. Season 3 truly features the classic cast. Still holds up after more than 30 years. 5 out of 5 for this television legal drama that not only paved the way for many other shows like it, but inspired many people to become lawyers.

Tin Star

October 20, 2017

Amazon Prime airs the British-Canadian crime series, Tin Star featuring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. I love the play between the family members. The bad guys creep me out and not in a good way. Over the years I have enjoyed many inappropriate laughs from bad guys doing bad things ala Fargo. For some reason, the back and forth between good and evil in Tin Star doesn’t work for me. 2 out of 5. Yes, I stuck around for the big death. I still wasn’t convinced. Next.


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