Fall Television: The Good, the Great, the Bad and the Very Bad

Good: Mindhunter An incisive, engaging follow-up to a very strong first season. Good: Mrs. Fletcher A smart and sensitive mediation on love, sex and aging, featuring another fantastic performance from Kathryn Hahn. Good: RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K Fun. Good: The Crown Good show, I say. Great: The End of the F***ing World Witty and sensitive…

Fall 2019 Theater Wrap-Up (Updating)

Bella Bella TBD Betrayal Terrific. Zawe Ashton is the business. The Height of the Storm Packs a genuine emotional punch, but overall, a bit muted and muddled, and not nearly enough Eileen. The Inheritance Despite a few sublime moments and a pretty genius concept, this did not work for me the way it has (and…

Criterion First Watches, November 2019

The Harvey Girls Summer Stock For Me And My Gal In The Good Old Summertime The Pirate 8 and 1/2 La Strada Brigadoon The Bandwagon Les Demoiselles de Rochefort xx JB

All-Time Favorite Actresses, Vol. XXIII

Julie Bowen Jessie Buckley Courtney Cox Susan Egan Calista Flockhart Jayne Houdyshell Sandra Hüller Jane Krakowski Téa Leoni Leslie Mann Brittany Murphy Ruth Negga Emma Roberts Katey Sagal Andrea Savage Vinessa Shaw Raven Symoné Allison Tolman Katherine Waterson Rebel Wilson Faye Wong xx JB

A Star Is Born

I’ve been obsessed with Florence Pugh, properly obsessed, since I saw her DAZZLING turn in 2016’s Lady Macbeth. It was the strongest screen debut (or thereabouts) I’ve seen in a very long time (other than Timothée Chalamet), and I’ve devoured every performance of hers since, all of which have been tremendous (even in some very…