I read that it took Scott Frank, the writer and director of The Queen's Gambit, several decades to get backing for the series because studios worried chess was too boring. Really?!? Because I can think of two chess movies without trying. Plus, watching people play chess isn't that different from watching a sportsball you don't … Continue reading Get Pleasantly Hypnotized By “The Queen’s Gambit”
My Dearest Reader, Before we discuss all the ins and outs of the Bridgerton series, please permit me a few questions. Firstly, do you enjoy period dramas? Secondly, can you suspend disbelief if said drama's historical interpretation allows for creativity? Thirdly, do you enjoy diversity, sex-positivity, strong women, and Genetically Blessed male bodies? If you … Continue reading Should You Binge BRIDGERTON?
Well, hello there! And welcome back to Virgin River, where the scenery is stunning and the romance is thwarted at every turn! That's right, friends, the second season of Virgin River has arrived and it's got darker plot lines, manly secrets, sexy-times encounters, fully expected twists and turns, and an amount of competition between women … Continue reading Come On Back To “Virgin River”
I wasn't sure I was going to make it through the first episode of Sweet Magnolias, let alone all ten episodes, but I persevered (meaning I couldn't deal with expending the effort to find something else to watch) and I wasn't entirely sorry I did. Look, does this show sometimes feel like parts of it … Continue reading “Sweet Magnolias”: Too Much Or Just Enough Schmaltz?
I was going to avoid saying that The Great is pretty great fun to watch, but why fight the obvious? It is a great, darkly funny, and, by its own admission, an only sometimes accurate historical drama about Catherine the Great's rise to power, that somehow manages to mix rich period costumes, debauchery, crass jokes, … Continue reading “The Great” Is A Wonderful Escape