Mean girls

Grace's life is undone, dismantled, broken apart when her husband Robert declares his undying love for his law partner, Sol. With the loss of their life partners, their social position, and their homes, Frankie, Sol's soon-to-be ex-wife, and Grace create their own unique bond of female friendship. In the Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane … Continue reading Mean girls

The Wrong Man for the times

Just who does Belle think she is? After she rebuffs Gaston, he warns LeFou "That girl has tangled with the wrong man." Gaston is a classic bully -- bluff, egotistical, trapped in his own reality, intent on power and revenge and incapable of understanding anyone beyond himself. And that especially includes an upstart, intellectual girl. In … Continue reading The Wrong Man for the times

Dream and Do

I've been reading the reviews of HBO's The Handmaid's Tale with as much fascination as anyone. This morning I thought about the frenetic pace of work the past few months, and my yearning to just be done with it --  I resent the constant demands on my time. In my fantasies, I float, untethered, above the … Continue reading Dream and Do

Game, Blouses (part 3)

That's Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) just hopping over the fence to visit. Lamarr started in Hollywood films in 1937 and also started inventing all kinds of stuff. A born tinkerer, inventor, and mathematics whiz, during WWII Hedy and her husband developed a frequency-hopping system that "hopped" frequencies across radio waves in order to … Continue reading Game, Blouses (part 3)

Violet Newstead

Violet Newstead, played by Lily Tomlin in the 1980 film 9 to 5, is a boss. But she isn't The Boss -- instead, Newstead is an underling, the woman behind a puny man, Franklin Hart Jr., played by Dabney Coleman. Violet has been held back by the sexism, misogyny, and injustice of her employer, and … Continue reading Violet Newstead

Shiny Armor

  "Did your granny say listen to your heart Be who you are on the inside I need three words to tear her argument apart Your granny lied! I'd rather be...Shiny." Tomotoa's harsh, snide, admirably nasty truth telling interrupts the good-feelings mood of the marvelous film Moana. He, a giant crab adorned with all kinds of glam … Continue reading Shiny Armor

Out of time, Katniss…

  This is me, walking around since election day. I'm pissed, tough, armed, dangerous. I'm also tall, sleek, unafraid. I'm fighting in a dystopian present that I thought was in the twentieth century past. I'm armed to the teeth not with ideological b.s. but with an innate sense of what is right, kind, good, human. … Continue reading Out of time, Katniss…

Mother’s Daughter: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn, the film actress, was born in 1907 and became famous for her menswear fashion. In many ways, in most ways, she was her mother's daughter. Katharine Hepburn's mother, Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn, known as "Kit", was a diehard, hard-nosed suffragist. By the time Kit was 16, her father had committed suicide and … Continue reading Mother’s Daughter: Katharine Hepburn

Katniss at the Reaping: defenseless until called

Katniss's faded blue rayon dress tells us of the dire straits District 12 residents are under. The fabric limp and sagging after too many wearings and hand-washings, a shade too tight on actress Lawrence's body, and cheaply made, the dress echoes American fashions in 1939-1940, when the Depression was still hurting household budgets, and British fashions … Continue reading Katniss at the Reaping: defenseless until called