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PERSUASION (2022): Call Me a Heathen, But I Didn’t Hate It

Allow me a moment to hoist up my petticoats before I wade on into the controversy surrounding Persuasion—Netflix's most recent Jane Austen adaptation—by saying that I didn't hate it. Go ahead, call me a heathen, but I'm generally not a purist when it comes to period pieces and enjoy the inclusion of a little camp, … Continue reading PERSUASION (2022): Call Me a Heathen, But I Didn’t Hate It

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VIRGIN RIVER SEASON 4: Better Than Last Season, But Beware of VRSO Syndrome

Virgin River Season 4 is here! And you know what that means. Yes, it's time again for us to gather round our screens and gorge our eyes on mountains of bucolic scenery, heaps of uneaten baked goods, and oodles of folksy charm mixed with soap operatic drama-rama. Fortunately, this season is definitely not worse—I think … Continue reading VIRGIN RIVER SEASON 4: Better Than Last Season, But Beware of VRSO Syndrome

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Review: MISMATCHED (2020) is an Imperfect, Funny, Endearing & Earnest Series

If you like coming-of-age stories with juicy secrets, miscommunications, intergenerational characters, and will-they-won't-they opposites, then Mismatched just might be a good fit for you. You should know, though, that the series isn't perfectly polished and some parts are pretty rough around the edges, but the characters are engaging and their stories are compelling. There's a … Continue reading Review: MISMATCHED (2020) is an Imperfect, Funny, Endearing & Earnest Series

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Short Reviews: FIRE ISLAND (2022); MOONSHOT (2022); LANGUAGE LESSONS (2021); BAKERY IN BROOKLYN (2016); SAVING FACE (2004)

Choose a title from the list below or scroll down to read them all: FIRE ISLAND (2022)MOONSHOT (2022)LANGUAGE LESSONS (2021)BAKERY IN BROOKLYN (2016)SAVING FACE (2004) FIRE ISLAND (2022) From the chatter I'd been hearing online I expected this to be a euphoric romp of a rom-com centered on Asian men that manages to not lose … Continue reading Short Reviews: FIRE ISLAND (2022); MOONSHOT (2022); LANGUAGE LESSONS (2021); BAKERY IN BROOKLYN (2016); SAVING FACE (2004)

Olivia, in an off the shoulder form fitting white dress, stands in profile on the red carpet as she cradles Antonio's face in her hands. He is wearing black pants, a white button down, and his blue Valet vest. He's looking over his shoulder so that the white VALET letters are clearly visible. Behind them is a red rope cordoning off the reporters with flashing cameras. Above it says EUGENIO DERBEZ SAMARA WEAVING HUHLU THE VALET: NEVER JUDGE A COUPLE BY THEIR COVER

Review: THE VALET (2022) Has Comedy, Chisme, and Quite A Bit of Commentary

You can trust that people are going to get all excited about how The Valet "breaks the rom-com mold" and "doesn't use the same old rom-com tropes," and is therefore just so much better and smarter and funnier. They need to settle down because this movie, which is pretty fun and funny, does rely on … Continue reading Review: THE VALET (2022) Has Comedy, Chisme, and Quite A Bit of Commentary