It has been 23 years since the world was first introduced to Alicia Silverstone as the plaid-clad, “as if” spouting star of the cult classic movie “Clueless.” Since then, she has largely kept out of the spotlight, every so often featuring in small screen and big screen productions that don’t garner vast public attention. Now Silverstone is making an attempt at a comeback, starring as trophy wife Bonnie Nolan in the period dramedy “American Woman.”
The world envisioned by Marti Noxon’s new AMC series “Dietland” feels both frighteningly real and achingly distant. It’s a world filled with the usual indignities women are subject to — street harassment, body image issues, ageism. But it’s also a world that considers a radical new possibility: What if women stopped putting up with this shit? What would happen if they fought back?
Thanks to the recent widespread success of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the mainstream has come to be well versed in the slang, fashion trends and spirit of drag. And now, with the help of FX’s “Pose” — a drama set in 1980’s New York — a bright light is finally shed on the years of oppression and struggle that had to be endured to form the history of drag subculture as we know it.
At risk of sounding nostalgic, I don’t know if there’s anything better in life than re-living a seemingly perfect memory.
Your mind might wander to that familiar place, or the feeling is unwittingly triggered, or you consciously recall it. Either way, for several fleeting seconds, our brain is entirely consumed with the unmatched sights, sounds and emotions of that memory. Everything is bathed in a warm, goldish hue and all seems well in the world.
The name J.K. Rowling conjures a few choice images. Rowling’s name will forever be associated with the great story of Harry Potter, and memories that stem from the various books, movies and even amusements parks based on the universe. The Harry Potter series made J.K. Rowling both a billionaire and a household name and, if her musings on Twitter show anything, she’s not abandoning the series anytime soon.
The jokes on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” come so quickly and so often that sometimes it’s easy to forget the weighty premise looming in the background: A kidnapping and assault victim is forced to come to terms with her trauma in a world that’s moved on without her. The show’s fourth and final season, the first half of which is now available on Netflix, approaches that ambitious undertaking with its signature blend of surreal humor and caustic zingers, offering up plenty of timely social commentary along the way.
Few recent shows have caused as much controversy and sparked as many discussions as Netflix’s adaption of Jay Asher’s 2007 novel “13 Reasons Why.” It tackles a variety of topics from depression and sexual assault to bullying, while drawing criticism for what some believe to be its graphic depiction of traumatic events and glamorization of topics like suicide and self-harm.
Shows debuting on Starz often have the reputation of being dark, cinematic looks into some of the more undisclosed ways of life. From “Outlander” to “The Girlfriend Experience,” the network’s dramas commonly err on the side of risk and use unpredictability and suspense to their advantage. But the premiere of their latest installment, “Sweetbitter,” shows not every Starz original lives up to the same hype.