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Being the Ricardos

Being the Ricardos

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are cemented in pop culture lore as the married duo that produced and starred in the huge (we’re talking tens of millions of weekly viewers) 1950s television comedy “I Love Lucy”. Playing a married couple on screen, Lucille Ball’s Lucy was a goofy, gifted comedian who had a handsome Cuban …

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National Champions

National Champions

It’s a few days before the college football national championship. All players, coaches, and high roller supporters are firmly ensconced in a hotel overlooking the stadium. It’s 72 hours away from the game, and I’d like to say that the anticipation is exaggerated for the sake of the movie, but it is all true… The …

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Wolf 2021

Wolf (2021)

When I was a kid, I loved this show called Lucan, about a boy who raised by wolves. It was the TV era of championing outcasts as superheroes, like The Incredible Hulk and The Bionic Woman, and like so many 70s television shows, it starred a hot young guy with feathered hair. Lucan, the boy, …

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Julia (2021)

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I inherently knew who Julia Child was. “I’m Julia Child!” I could warble in my best imitation, just knowing her as the jovial host of cooking shows on PBS. She was right up there with (“Walkies!”) dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse or gentle painter Bob Ross, pre-internet pop culture …

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C'mon C'mon

C’mon C’mon

C’mon C’mon tapped right into my middle-aged self and wrung tears from me more than once. What on the surface looks like your typical “older, single, childless man is thrown into taking care of a precocious child and in turn gets a new lease on life” turns out to be much more multi-faceted, because, refreshingly, …

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