The New Picnic at Hanging Rock Is Weirder, Wilder, and Way Hornier

It is extremely gutsy to take on an adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock when there is already Peter Weir’s perfect 1975 film. But not long into Amazon’s 2018 revamp of the Gothic classic does it become clear that the show’s intention isn’t to simply bring this story of four schoolgirls who…

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.…

Good Girls Rob, Shoot, Scam, and Loot—But Is That All?

At some point in the pilot of Good Girls, NBC’s new crime caper with an identity crisis, Beth (Christina Hendricks) delivers a cri de coeur that is so terrifically obvious from what you’ve just watched that it really does not need stating: “We don’t sit back and let everything be taken away from us,” she says to Annie…

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