It started its ascent with ‘Serial,’ the podcast about a 1999 murder case in suburban Baltimore brought to us by ‘This American Life’ producers and continued with HBO’s series The Jinx, about Robert Durst, who potentially killed three people over a 30 year period. This month Netflix will add a new true crime series Making … Continue reading A Touch of Evil: Why is true crime popular?
Oscar nominations haven’t been announced yet, but there’s already a campaign to dethrone an Oscar hopeful. Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, is a solid choice for film critics (100% on Rotten Tomatoes), but in the weeks following its release, the film has come up against criticism for its portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson. During … Continue reading Selma backlash: Is it a gender issue?
Gilmore Girls being available on Netflix wasn’t a world altering announcement for a formerly huge fan of the show, who still owns several seasons on DVD. While I loved the show at the time, it was one thing I didn’t necessarily want to relive or rewatch. Yet I found myself settling in at my friend’s place on Friday … Continue reading Love & Money in Stars Hollow
Do TV honchos finally get that women watch TV? No more dumb comedies about dads this season. (Although dumb comedies never seem to go away.) But this season, for the first time in recent history (possibly ever), each broadcast network has at least one night where the majority of the line-up have shows with lead … Continue reading Ladies’ Hour: It’s About Time, TV Land
Despite the buzz around the usual suspects—Mad Men and Breaking Bad—last night’s Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live seemed to be coming up ladies. Even though the show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris—who seems to be taking on one too many hosting duties—Amy Poehler and Tina Fey started the night out on a good … Continue reading Who Run the Emmys? Women.
After seeing commercials for Dads and We Are Men, it didn’t seem there was much hope for this fall television season, but there are a few shows out there which feature female leads or strong female co-stars. On Monday, Fox series Sleepy Hollow premiered with 10 million viewers, its most highest rated fall opener in … Continue reading Women in Fall Television: Shows to Watch
It has been mentioned elsewhere on this blog that All the President’s Men is one of my favorite films as well as one of my formative film watching experiences. Not only is my love for journalism wrapped up in that film, but my penchant for films based on true stories. Always a popular concept in … Continue reading True Fiction: Fact-based films enter Oscar race
It seems like Lake Bell is everywhere lately. NPR, The Daily Show, etc. Most recently she’s in our faces—in all her glory—on the cover of New York Magazine. She has written and directed a film, In a World, about a woman, Carol (played by Bell), who is trying to break into the male-dominated world of trailer voice … Continue reading Lake Bell poses nude on cover of New York
The cry for more women in the entertainment industry seem to grow louder every day, at least from my corner of the Internet, but it’s just as important to recognize and remember the history of those pioneers. Casting By, a documentary produced in 2012, recently aired as part of HBO documentary series. It discusses how … Continue reading Casting By: Unsung Heroines
With all of the summer tent pole movies premiering, there’s been outcry from audiences (and critics) for the studios to make superhero movies with a woman as the lead. Wonder Woman, understandably, tops this oft-cited list. While wondering where else in our pop culture there are a lack of female characters—the answer, sadly, is everywhere—something … Continue reading Alice Morgan and the Luther Effect: More Female Villains, Please.