Category Archives: Film

New PBS Doc Profiles 7 Young Adults Who Lost Dads on 9/11

“My father was a firefighter on 9/11.  I never met him.”— Megan Fehling, born October 2001. September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Sadly, the number of casualties continues to grow.  9/11 First Responders have … Continue reading

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Mare of Easttown Nabs 16 Emmy Nods and an Upcoming HBO Marathon

“I had a very specific vision. I wanted to tell a story about home and the people I grew up with and yet make it entertaining and wrap a mystery around it.”—Brad Ingelsby, screenwriter and creator, Mare of Easttown. Brad … Continue reading

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Super Hummingbirds Fly Again on PBS Nature

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.”–Aesop. I love birds… and have loved them since I bonded with my chatty, cuddly (yes, cuddly!) little parakeet pal as a kid.  I also love gardening. I weathered “pandemic isolation” … Continue reading

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HBO’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Returns with Gripping New Episode

“A violent crime never ends with a victim. A singular act reverberates, its wounds appearing in other people, sometimes months and years later. The pain ricochets.”—Michelle McNamara. Nothing fascinates me more than twisty murder mysteries and psychological thrillers. Binging on … Continue reading

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Ann Roth Oscar Shoe-In for Ma Rainey’s Pitch Perfect Costumes

“Nothing wrong with having nice shoes.  A man gotta have some shoes to dance like this.”— Chadwick Boseman aka Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Nicole’s nose.  Meryl’s caftan.  Tippy’s mink coat.  Brenda’s red fox coat.  Viola’s gold teeth and … Continue reading

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle Hemingway in New PBS Series

“Our intent is to offer viewers an honest portrayal of a complex and conflicted writer who left an indelible mark on literature.”–Ken Burns. The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, The Snows of … Continue reading

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Tina Turner Is Simply the Best on HBO

“I had an abusive life. It’s a reality so you have to accept it,” says Tina Turner, as she contemplates the physical and emotional blows she absorbed as the abandoned child of sharecroppers in Nutbush, TN, and as the physically … Continue reading

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HBO’s Allen v. Farrow Sheds New Light on Family Trauma

“This is someone I loved more than anyone else. You can love somebody and be afraid of them.”–Dylan Farrow. I can’t remember when I didn’t have a crush on Woody Allen.  I absolutely adored his films, his humor and the … Continue reading

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Marian Anderson’s Civil Rights Legacy Shapes Voice of Freedom on PBS

“She can sing from the top of the Washington Monument if she wants to.”–President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Quite remarkably, in 1939, President Rosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt raised their voices in support of singer Marian Anderson, repudiating the Daughters … Continue reading

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