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Documentaries to Watch NOW in Trump’s America

I generally stick to fiction – you won’t find a lot of posts about documentaries here. That’s about to change.

The last few weeks were challenging. I have looked at this blog on numerous occasions and thought, NO – I can’t. Going back to #31DaysofHorror feels wrong, in light of the real world horror I and so many others feel after the results of this election.

On the other hand, maybe you don’t feel bad about it at all. There are those of you who will call me a “special little snowflake” and tell me to “buck up, buttercup,” because this is reality. This is who won. Donald Trump is the next President of the United States.

You’re right. So what do I do now?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Olatunde Osunsanmi's THE FOURTH KIND |

The Fourth Kind

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MOVIE REVIEW: Olatunde Osunsanmi's THE FOURTH KIND |
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It’s fair to say The Fourth Kind is not well reviewed. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus calls it “hokey,” “clunky,” and somehow “makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.” I don’t disagree with any of those thoughts, per say.

It is a little hokey. It can be really clunky. However, it’s precisely that eerie mundane effect that makes this film different. After all, isn’t a great creepy story at its best when even the most boring things feel a little off, a little strange, or a little foreign to us? This quiet and contorted film about alien abduction can do that.

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Women to Watch: October New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on

Women to Watch: October New Releases in Film + Television

Another month has passed, Fall is officially in full swing, and you know what time it is – time for October new releases!


It feels like just yesterday (it was only a couple of weeks ago) that I was hammering out TWO separate lists to cover September’s offerings in film and television. This month is a little less crazy, but no less full in terms of offerings from female creators.

October New Releases: Thin on Theatrical

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Women to Watch: August New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on

Women to Watch: August New Releases in Film + Television

When I think August, I think END OF SUMMER. That’s a frightening thought. So let’s think AUGUST NEW RELEASES instead, shall we?

What’s The Women to Watch List?

I started this project all the way back in May. Three months later and I’m both surprised and not surprised. Surprised, because there are SO MANY movies and television shows I would not have thought to watch (or even known were premiering), that are the product of women in the film industry. Not surprised, because (as you’ll see with these August new releases) there just aren’t enough.

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Film School: The Best Film-Inspired Classes on Skillshare

I’ve shared a little bit of “film school” with you before (see How to Actively Watch a Film, Reading the Shot). Today, I want to continue that series with some lessons from other filmmakers/students of film.

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Women to Watch: July New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | Only on

Women to Watch: July New Releases

Summer blockbusters are here!

And with those July new releases come a good number of women written, directed, and produced projects. Yes, that Ghostbusters reboot is one of them. But so is Ab-Fab, and that’s a DAMN BLESSING.


First time readers, here’s the deal:

I premiered this monthly series back in May as a means to an end. An end to not knowing how few feature films are written and directed by women each year; to missing some of the best female created series on television; to just not knowing what the hell to watch.

Why not get all the work in one place and help support these women filmmakers, writers, and show-runners?

And so here we are. June’s list was heavy on the television. July is nicely balanced, with more to offer on the theatrical front. I’m very pleased to see two major studio productions (Absolutely Fabulous and Ghostbusters) with huge female influences.

Now, without further ado…

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The Maysles 1975 documentary Grey Gardens is both devastating and romantic, serious and more than a little crazy | See the full review and join in on #ChickFlickFebruary at

Living and Dying and Dancing in Grey Gardens

Today we hit a simultaneously serious and campy note with, of all things, a documentary. I’m watching Albert and David Maysles’ Grey Gardens.

Grey Gardens (1975)

It’s my mother’s house and she owns it.

If you have not ever ventured into Grey Gardens territory, be forewarned – this is not an easy watch. It’s a documentary with very little guidance (no talking heads, no voiceover, no helpful commentary), and a shooting style that is as close to cinéma vérité as possible.

It is also simultaneously peculiar and mundane, devastating and absurd, joyful and immensely sad. It is a mother-daughter story, a sister story, a women’s story, a hierarchical debacle, and says something about women that may warm your heart and frighten the shit out of you.

It’s a lot. That’s all I’m saying.

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What To Watch: March Favorites | Everything I'm watching on Netflix, Amazon Prime, in the theatre - Everywhere! Current obsession: Happy Valley with Sarah Lancashire | Read it at

January Favorites

It’s already time for another round of favorites.

I find that terrifying. But also thrilling, because I get to give you another list of everything I’ve been indulging in this January (film and television related – mostly). Favorites this month do not disappoint, as I spent quite a bit of time on Netflix, thanks to a nice refresh on their content (it was getting so stale!), and discovered the benefits of a Hulu Plus subscription (Criterion! Criterion! Criterion!). Shall we, then?

January Favorites

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What To Watch: My December Favorites

Who doesn’t like a favorites list to round out their month?

Frankly, this is a little (a lot) self-indulgent, but don’t lie – your favorite YouTube and blog series are hauls, round-ups, and monthly favorites, aren’t they?

If you’re not hip to these things (you might be an old person…) maybe you can look at this like Time’s Person-of-the-Year (as if any of you still read Time), except of the month, and including whatever bit of David Cronenberg body horror I’m currently obsessed with. Favorites like that.

So here it is –

The What-To-Watch List:

December Favorites

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Jessica Jones 

If you are not watching this show, you are dead to me. If you are not watching this show, you are not only missing out on a cultural phenomenon – real, honest-to-goodness feminism from Marvel and mainstream television – but also tremendous writing, acting, and storytelling, period. I will save my ramblings about Kristen Ritter’s range, David Tennant’s return to the Doctor-Who (but EVIL!) personality-type, and the richly layered relationships between women, both friends and lovers, for a longer, dedicated post. But this Netflix show has dominated my December evenings, and it isn’t even the least bit a guilty pleasure. It’s genuinely great and totally deserving of spot number one in the favorites.

Dark Star: The World of H.R. Giger

If you like Alien, this is a must watch (Giger is the artist and production designer). If you have no idea whether you even care about Alien, but you care about art, this is a safe bet. I have a real craving for these documentaries where filmmakers get to comb through the homes of artists – Giger doesn’t disappoint because he is most certainly a hoarder, but a hoarder of beautiful things of his own creation. Very weird; in German and English with subtitles that occasionally pop-up in weird places (watch it, you’ll understand).


  • Master of None – Funny, poignant, honest.
  • Chef’s Table – Food porn, but with Chef-worship.
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson is lovely, this is twee as can be, I’m into it.

On Amazon Prime:

Hannibal, Season 1

We recently acquired an Amazon Prime Video subscription (thanks, Parents!), and even with a zillion new things to watch, I immediately jumped at the chance to re-watch this series from the beginning. My boyfriend has not been witness to my obsession, so it is his first time through (and I get a serious amount of satisfaction watching him enjoy it – weird?). I must say, I am a chronic re-watcher – if I like something, it’s going to be viewed again (and again) – but this is truly one of those shows requiring a second time around. Knowing the ending (season 3 just finished up on NBC), Season one, Episode one feels so much more alive, purposeful, and full of meaning. On the first watch, the show was mysterious, shocking, full of twists. The second time, it is telling, carefully planned, beautifully thought out. Nice to know that screenwriters in television are capable of piecing together a puzzle this intricate (especially for those of us seriously disappointed by the lack of planning apparent in Lost). Highly recommend this Bryan Fuller masterpiece, be it your first time, or your triumphant return.

And, finally,

On Good Ol’ DVD:

The Brood

I couldn’t shut up about Cronenberg back in October, and I’m not going to do it now. This Criterion Collection edition of The Brood released this past October. It’s an early Cronenberg, releasing in 1979, but it’s already deep in the crazy, mutant, grossly human body horror. Oliver Reed plays one sick psychiatrist, and Samantha Eggar a very special Mother. For all the Freud fans out there, this one’s for you. Find it for 20% off NOW on their site (also Moonrise Kingdom and the entire Criterion library) through December 11th.

*I haven’t gotten around to the theater yet this month – saving up all my movie-going for the Christmas releases. What are you looking forward to seeing in the next couple weeks? What were your December favorites? Leave all suggestions, recommendations, personal vendettas in the comments, please!