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Medical classic brings back fan favorite

Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, is dressed in the hospital’s COVID-19 gear, as the show picks up a plot line that veers much too close to reality (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
Grey’s Anatomy is not shy about showing the trauma of COVID-19 at Grey-Sloane
November 19, 2020

I am not an original fan of Grey’s Anatomy as I was too young to watch when the show aired in 2005. Rather, I am one of the many young people that discovered the show on Netflix and binged it in unhealthy...

The Haunting of Bly Manor disappoints fans

The second season of the Netflix horror anthology is based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw. The show features cast members from the first series and some new British actors (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
Netflix released the second season of their anthology haunted house horror series
November 12, 2020

If the recent history of Netflix’s original shows have been any indication, the creators of these programs most certainly believe that patience is a requisite virtue of the audience. The Haunting of...

Steve Frank dives deep with The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen's Gambit stars the charming Anya Taylor-Joy and is matched by the charismatic Thomas Brodie-Sangster, as they are tested through a battle of their wits on the chess board (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
Both parts compelling and intriguing, Netflix's newest original series, The Queen's Gambit, features a chess prodigy's life as she balances addiction and social pressures
November 12, 2020

On a cold November night, never did my suitemate and I think that we would witness a Netflix series as eye-opening as The Queen’s Gambit. With most of the news circulating around the recent election...

Netflix releases remake of Rebecca

In the new Netflix film Rebecca, Lily James stars in the titular role with Armie Harmer playing opposite her. The film is the most recent adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel of the same name (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
In the latest period adaptation, Director Ben Wheatley fails to bring a new perspective to the Alfred Hitchcock classic
November 12, 2020

In a time of limited movie releases, every drop becomes exciting, especially the influx of new films by critically acclaimed directors made exclusively for streaming services. The most recent release of...

Sofia Coppola returns to the director’s chair

On the Rocks stars comedy veterans Bill Murray and Rashida Jones as father and daughter respectively.  Murray brings heart to his late-career performance, adding warmth to the feature (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
Toeing the very fine line between comedy and drama, this new film (exclusively available on Apple+) stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones as a father-daughter duo
November 5, 2020

Sofia Coppola’s new film On the Rocks is a slow-paced but rewarding ride that re-examines themes familiar in Coppola’s works. Starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray, the movie focuses on this father-daughter...

The Mandalorian returns to Disney+

One of the fan favorite moments from the first season of The Mandalorian was the introduction of Baby Yoda, a younger version of the original character (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
A year after the first season was released on the streaming service, the show returns
November 5, 2020

If you have been on Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter the past week you are sure to have been bombarded with the news: The Mandalorian is back. The first episode of the new season aired Oct. 30 with episodes...

Fela Kuti’s legacy revisited amidst protests

Fela Kuti was a Nigerian musician and political activist, known for his advocacy for marginalized peoples in Nigeria. His influence was critical while he was alive, and still today 23 years after his death (Photo courtesy of spotify.com)
With the recent global attention received by the #EndSARS campaign in Nigeria, Fela Kuti's music has experienced a resurgence
November 5, 2020

The #EndSARS campaign launched in Nigeria has opened the world to the mass atrocities for which President Buhari’s Nigerian government is responsible. Starting as a rallying cry to end police brutality...

Netflix series Grand Army has hits, misses

Grand Army was released to stream by Netflix on Oct. 16 2020 (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
The new Netflix series follows a group of teens after a bomb strikes near their school
October 29, 2020

The new Netflix original, Grand Army, which aired on Oct. 16, has been hailed as Netflix’s “knock-off Euphoria.” As someone who very recently watched and cherished HBO’s Euphoria, I was eager to...

Reflecting on Schitt’s Creek finale

Reflecting on Schitt's Creek finale
The iconic family comedy show reaches its conclusion in the sixth and final season
October 29, 2020

Season six marks the last of the beloved Canadian comedy series, Schitt’s Creek. At the 2020 Emmy Awards, the show received nine recognitions including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead...

Borat 2 seeks to disrupt politics before election

The second Borat film premiered on the Amazon Prime streaming platform on Oct. 23, 2020 (Photo courtesy of imdb.com)
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat returns to the big screen after 14 years to wreak havoc again, this time with his eyes squarely set on the world of American politics
October 29, 2020

An unexpected sequel to the 2006 film Borat, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm arrived on Prime Video this past week with a clear agenda: to poke fun at the current political regime. The first Borat was lightning...

Netflix release flooded with star performances

The film stars  Hollywood icons Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levit, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and many more. It follows the trial of eight war protesters during the late 1960s
The new biopic from filmmaker Aaron Sorkin tells the true story of Vietnam ware protestors, known as the Chicago 7, on trial for inciting riots
October 22, 2020

The late 1960’s were some of the most politically charged years in American history. With protest movements against the Vietnam War, the start to President Richard Nixon's infamous reign in office and...

Netflix film follows new detective

Netflix film follows new detective
October 15, 2020

Enola Holmes is a film adaptation of Nancy Springer’s "Enola Holmes" book series, and a major hit on Netflix, which has managed to bring yet another enjoyable, high quality film to audiences at home....

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