Ocean’s 8 Is Too Easy, Too Perfect, and Too Hard to Root For

When Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, gets out of prison in the new Ocean’s 8 movie, her hair looks great. Granted, once released on parole and out in the real world, Debbie (sister to Danny, of the eponymous Ocean’s Eleven) wears her hair pin-straight—but when she’s pleading with parole officers for a chance…

In Ali Wong's Hard Knock Wife Special, Motherhood Is a Queef-Filled Adventure

In Ali Wong’s latest stand-up special Hard Knock Wife, she tells the audience near the top of the show: “I’ve been with my baby girl all day, everyday, and I love her so much, but I’m on the verge of putting her in the garbage.” What follows this statement is an hour of visceral comedy that explores motherhood,…

Tully Is a Mind-Fuck That Bucks the Tradition of Nanny Films

In the role of an expectant mother named Marlo in Tully—Diablo Cody’s latest film—Charlize Theron fully inhabits the bodily horrors that pregnancy and the first few postpartum weeks contain. The prosthetic belly she wears in the first 10 minutes of the film—before her character gives birth to a third child, which…

Atlanta's Bold Second Season Explored Black Depression and Insecurity

If Donald Glover’s “This Is America” music video is a reflection of America’s perennial terrors—racism and violence—then the sophomore season of his hit FX series, Atlanta, is a reflection of black people trying to survive it. This season, refashioned as Atlanta Robbin’ Season, opened with an armed robbery at a fast…

Season 2 of Jessica Jones Misses Its Chance for Complexity

“I’m not a killer,” Jessica Jones tells a client in the opening episode of the show’s second season. The client, a hard-working woman whose boyfriend, Jones reveals, is cheating on her, has asked Jones to murder him. “Oh bullpucky, you broke a man’s neck,” Jones’s client shoots back. “I heard about it on Trish Talk.…

Comedy Central's Brilliant Review Is Returning For a Third and Final Season Next Month

After nearly 18 months of waiting, Comedy Central’s brilliant and SEO-unfriendly Review will be returning for its third and final season on March 16. For the uninitiated, the show (my favorite TV comedy after Veep) follows a man named Forrest MacNeil (played by Andy Daly, one of the show’s co-creators) as he “reviews”…