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Filmmakers Amanda Mustard and Rachel Beth Anderson Preview “Great Photo, Lovely Life: Facing a Family’s Secrets” 

Trigger warnings: sexual abuse, sexual assault Renowned photojournalist Amanda Mustard knew it was time to confront a dark family secret and disrupt a cycle of intergenerational trauma for both herself and others. Told through interviews, photos and old family movies, Great Photo, Lovely Life delves into the details of multiple…

Mare of Easttown
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Previewing Mare of Easttown 

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] Kate Winslet is a genius. Those are the table stakes on anything she does. She’s going to nail it. That much we know. It’s how the project fills in around her that’s of greater interest to me, and there is no shortage of talent all across…

Recaps

Game of Thrones “The Iron Throne” 

It’s hard to end stories. Premises are easy, even a developing a great climax can be straightforward, but rewarding conclusions can be evasive. The television medium adds an extra layer of difficulty, since the audience has put years of energy into consuming a story. Sometimes showrunners have a set ending…

Game of Thrones Series Finale Preview 

Like all of you, I’ve spent over 70 hours of time watching Game of Thrones. I’ve also written about over 25 episodes, covering the back half of the series. It’s always intense as the end of a show approaches, but with Game of Thrones, a global phenomenon, the stakes feel…

Recaps

Game of Thrones “The Bells” 

I can’t help but wonder what it would have been like if we had an entire season in between the battle between the living and the dead in “The Long Night” and siege on King’s Landing that was the main feature of “The Bells.” For what it’s worth, “The Bells”…

Game of Thrones Has a Suspense Problem 

Game of Thrones has always tried to find a balance between surprise and suspense. In season one, it perfected both a suspenseful multi-episode arc involving Ned Stark being captured for treason and the surprise plot twist of him actually being executed. From then on, the series has often relied on…