TV Review: Prime Video’s A League of Their Own (First Impressions)

Year: 2022 Episodes:  8 (roughly 50-60 minutes) Creators: Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson Cast: Abbi Jacobson, D’Arcy Caden, Melanie Field, Chante Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kate Berlant By Tom Moore Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own” (1992) remains one of the best sports films of all-time with how it mixed an incredibly charming cast with the historic creation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League … Continue reading TV Review: Prime Video’s A League of Their Own (First Impressions)

Butterfly in the Sky: Tribeca Film Festival Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Directors: Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb By Joan Amenn In this troubled world, we should welcome the comfort of nostalgia when we get the chance. Last year, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” (2021) was a highlight of film festival season (my review here: https://intheirownleague.com/2021/04/13/siff-2021-review-street-gang-how-we-got-to-sesame-street/) and this year we are treated to “Butterfly in the Sky” (2022). The Story … Continue reading Butterfly in the Sky: Tribeca Film Festival Review

Undone (Season 2) Review

Year: 2022 Episodes: 8 (~25 minutes) Creators: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy Voice Stars: Rosa Salazar, Bob Odenkirk, Constance Marie, Holley Fain, Angelique Cabral By Tom Moore The first season of Prime Video’s breakout adult animated series “Undone” delivered some amazing mind-bending animation that drove its incredibly emotional story led by a fantastic performance from Rosa Salazar. In its follow-up season, “Undone” continues Alma’s (Salazar) journey … Continue reading Undone (Season 2) Review

TV REVIEW: HBO Max’s Julia

By Tom Moore It’s actually remarkable that there haven’t been many attempts to bring the story and personality of Julia Child to life outside of Meryl Streep’s performance in “Julie & Julia”, a couple PBS specials, and Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s 2021 documentary given her infectious spirit and pivotal impact. Child’s presence on television has made people absolutely fall in love with food and … Continue reading TV REVIEW: HBO Max’s Julia

SXSW 2022 TV REVIEW: Paramount+’s Halo (First Two Episodes)

Year: 2022 Series Creators: Steven Kane, Kyle Killen Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Bokeem Woodbine, Yerin Ha, Natascha McElhone, Shabana Azmi By Tom Moore Paramount+ throws their hat in the very competitive ring of video game adaptations with an adaptation of the legendary “Halo” series. A “Halo” adaptation is no small feat as it is one of the biggest and most pivotal gaming franchises of all time. … Continue reading SXSW 2022 TV REVIEW: Paramount+’s Halo (First Two Episodes)

Review: After Yang

Year: 2021 Runtime: 96 minutes Director: Kogonada Writers: Kogonada, based on a short story by Alexander Weinstein Cast: Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Justin Min, Ritchie Coster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Haley Lu Richardson By Joan Amenn “After Yang” (2021) is a subtle, quiet little science-fiction film that has a plot as open to rumination and interpretation as a summer knit sweater is open … Continue reading Review: After Yang

Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

By Joan Amenn Last year at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, I was blown away by a debut film called “Lady Buds” (2021) (My review can be found here: https://intheirownleague.com/?s=Lady+Buds.) I am so honored that I got to speak to director Chris J. Russo just before the big premiere of “Lady Buds” on STARZ streaming service this week. We talked about the film, the … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

Sundance 2022 Review: “We Need to Talk About Cosby”

Year: 2022 Director: W. Kamau Bell By Morgan Roberts In Showtime’s new docuseries, “We Need to Talk About Cosby”, director W. Kauma Bell explores the complexities surrounding the more than 50 years of predatory actions by the once-beloved comedian and actor Bill Cosby. The series lets you know immediately where they stand.  Each episode stands behind the survivors of Cosby.  There are survivors interviewed for … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “We Need to Talk About Cosby”

AlRawabi School For Girls: A Thrilling and Thought-Provoking Lambasting of Patriarchy

Film critic Calum Cooper writes about the power and themes of Netflix’s criminally underrated Arabic drama series, AlRawabi School For Girls. Continue reading AlRawabi School For Girls: A Thrilling and Thought-Provoking Lambasting of Patriarchy