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Saturday, July 29th, 2017
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Stream On - Catastrophe, GLOW and More

All We Had 

Netflix

All We Had tells the story of Rita and her teenage daughter Ruthie, who live on the road in a broken down car. After hustling the owner of a small town diner for a couple of meals, they find themselves staying and eventually working for the diner after the car refuses to make the getaway. What saves this film from what could be a trite storyline is its superb cast, including Luke Wilson and unbelievably, Katie Holmes, who completely transforms herself into a believable rendition of the hardened and directionless Rita. Likewise, Ruthie’s narration is real, depicting the struggle a child who must assume the parenting role of her mom from her POV, but is also capable of rebellious antics that reverse them. 

- Joni Williams

 

Catastrophe

Amazon

Catastrophe is a British sitcom written and created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, who star as the show’s leading couple, Rob and Sharon. They meet while Rob is visiting London on business, where their frequent vacation sex leads to pregnancy, which leads to them figuring out their lives together. The show brilliantly and comically deals with the complicated matters of marriage, parenthood, addiction, grief and much more, painting a complex picture of this crude and deeply endearing couple. Seasons 1 through 3 are now streaming on Amazon.

- Jane Morgan


GLOW

Netflix

The new show from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black) is a comedic drama based on the 1980s professional women’s wrestling franchise, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. What at first appears to be a Meta critique and exploration on the effort and drama that goes into the creation of a show ultimately becomes an invigorating look into the development of identities and narratives, womanhood and stereotypes, and the constructions of wrestling and television in the ‘80s. The power of GLOW lies in its real characters, killer soundtrack and playful kitsch.

- Jane Morgan


Good Girls Revolt 

Amazon

Said to be inspired by real life events, Good Girls Revolt tells the story of female researchers who band together to file an EOE complaint after being denied bylines at a weekly magazine circa 1969. The show’s strength is in the character development, particularly Patti, Cindy, Jane and editor Finn—they don’t just change, they evolve authentically with every episode. This, plus the throwback music, groovy fashion statements, and name checking (Nora Ephron, as played by Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer, is a recurring character) make for a highly entertaining—maybe even mildly captivating—show.

- Joni Williams