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The Favourite — Official Trailer, and a Teaser, and a Snarky Comparison

The Favourite tells the story of the tangled affinities of Great Britain’s Queen Anne, the Duchess of Marlborough, and the duchess’s cousin, Abigail Hill.

Think All About Eve, or the campy catfights from primetime ’80s soap operas like Dynasty*, but with real people and higher stakes.

As the long-time favourite of Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, wielded tremendous influence over the royal household and the queen’s political appointments. But eventually, the duchess became too domineering, too distant, and too demanding for the queen.

Waiting in the wings was Sarah’s impoverished cousin, Abigail. Sarah had secured a position for Abigail as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Anne.

You can see where this is headed, can’t you? As Sarah’s relationship to the queen deteriorated, Abigail’s grew apace.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Queen Anne. Rachel Weisz plays Sarah Churchill and Emma Stone plays Abigail Hill. The current Tomatometer rating is at 94%.

The Favourite is scheduled to be released in the US on 23 November 2018.

*How can anyone maintain that the last 15 years have been the Golden Age of Television when the 20th century produced masterpieces like Dynasty? You won’t find brilliant scenes like this on Killing Eve or The Good Place.

Dynasty’s Greatest Moment
(For Those Too Young to Remember a Time When Shoulderpads Ruled the Earth)

The creators of Dynasty claimed they were inspired by Robert Graves’s I, Claudius. Graves was alive but unwell when the series began its run. Dynasty is probably what finished him off.

In the 1980s, this is what passed for high-quality TV fare. All three actors in this scene were nominated for Best Actor or Best Actress Emmy awards for their performances in Dynasty. John Forsythe, in fact, was nominated three times. The show itself got 24 Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.


The Good Place — Season 3 Sneak Preview

SPOILERS: Don’t play this video unless you’ve seen all the episodes of the first two seasons of The Good Place.

This bright, funny American comedy returns on 27 September 2018. The first two seasons are on Netflix, so you have time to catch up. It will take your mind off Florence.

The Good Place Returns, Not a Minute Too Soon


As of this week, the first two seasons of The Good Place are streaming on Netflix. This is one show that must be seen from the start. You have time. The third series premiere is on Thursday, 27 September, so you can easily binge the backlog by then.

The Good Place, the funniest, smartest, most original American sitcom since the first three seasons of Arrested Development, will be back with new episodes later this month. Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, who discovers, post mortem, that she’s wound up in The Good Place, even though she clearly doesn’t belong there. Ted Danson gives what might be the best performance of his v long career as Michael, the architect of The Good Place.

In the first episode, he tells Eleanor that most religions only got things about 5 percent right in describing the afterlife. But then there was Doug Forcett.

And here, Michael explains how people make it into The Good Place:

Even Better

The supporting cast—D’Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and William Jackson Harper—are all just about perfect.

I mean, what the fork are you waiting for?

Every Christopher Nolan Movie Ever

There are certain actors and directors who do something so original, so stunning that they and their collaborators earn one of my personal Get Out of Jail Free cards. Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and everyone else associated with Breaking Bad have cards. So does everyone who worked on Buffy or Utopia or Let the Right One In. This year, I added The Good Place and Killing Eve to my list. The card indicates that I trust the creators to continue to amaze me, and if they make a slip or two, it’s no biggie.

Ever since I was awed by Memento in 2000, Christopher Nolan has been one of my favourite directors. That film was so mind-blowingly good that he gets a lifetime pass.

Back in March, I posted a Screen Junkies video of “Every Wes Anderson Movie”, which took a humourous look at the oeuvre of a director of whom I am not fond. To balance things, here’s their examination of the works an insanely talented director:

Here’s the trailer for Memento. Still gives me shivers.