HBO’s new ‘Perry Mason’: The case of the disadvantaged actor

Many of us grew up watching our parents watch the TV show Perry Mason. The show debuted in 1957 and it probably did more to inform about courtroom proceedings than any other in that era. The new rendering of this character is truly a mystery. Continue reading “HBO’s new ‘Perry Mason’: The case of the disadvantaged actor”

Bollywood star Irrfan Khan conquered Hollywood and my heart

This morning the first Tweet I saw on my timeline announced the passing of Bollywood star Irrfan Khan. Khan didn’t just conquer the film industry in his own country, he also conquered it in mine. He conquered my heart too. He also gave attention to indie filmmakers, noting the influence in today’s artistic sector. Continue reading “Bollywood star Irrfan Khan conquered Hollywood and my heart”

Netflix scores with drama-packed ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’

Most TV and streaming fail to hold my attention if I can get my hands on a good book. The series Medici: Masters of Florence on Netflix is proving to be the exception. It’s drama-packed, with a very charismatic male lead and also a key role played by Dustin Hoffman. That the politics in the narrative speak directly hundreds of years later to the political class in our world today is icing on the cake. Continue reading “Netflix scores with drama-packed ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’”

Probably not a good time to watch ‘Richard Jewell’, but glad we did

Still shot from film 'Richard Jewell'
Still shot from film ‘Richard Jewell’. Paul Walter Hauser gave an amazing performance of the title character.

We were in search of a film to watch in these trying times, and we settled on Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell. The Coronavirus epidemic is upending my innate distrust of the federal government, because right now, we pretty much have to trust different tiers of government, at least on some level.  So this probably wasn’t a good time to watch a film like this. Continue reading “Probably not a good time to watch ‘Richard Jewell’, but glad we did”

Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech

Renee Zellweger Berlin International Film Fest. 2010
Actress Renée Zellweger, member of the international jury, arriving at the opening of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 2010). Photo credit Seibbi via Wikipedia.

Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday? I didn’t. I never watch the celeb class TV galas. You don’t have to watch it live, you know. Continue reading “Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech”