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‘Why Women Kill’ is a fabulous dark comedy series on SBS staring Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Created by Marc Cherry it follows the lives of three women across different decades, the 60, 80s and 00s, connected by a house, infidelity and drama of course.
The scriptwriting, sets and costumes are delightful. I really enjoyed how the series explores women’s roles in society, what's changed and what hasn’t and the delivery of some of Lucy Liu's lines are hilarious.
You will be equally sad, scared and outraged watching this. The story of Lonnie Franklin, the serial killer who terrorized South Central LA from the late 80s to the early 2000s, as told to director Nick Broomfield by the people that lived through it all – neighbours, people who knew Franklin and the survivors of his bloody rampage. Franklin’s victims were mostly African American women from low socio-economic backgrounds and broken families, prostitutes and drug addicts – casualties of the crack epidemic that ravaged black and brown communities during the 90s. Surprise surprise, the LAPD cared so little for these women that they didn’t even do the bare minimum in investigating their disappearances, leaving the killer to continue his murder spree. It is the perfect example of how little Black Lives Matter to those whose jobs it is to “serve and protect.”
I’m sure True Crime afficionados are already hip to this podcast but I gotta say, it’s still the best of the best. I’ve listened to every single episode and often re-visit some old faves, like the one about the crime scene cleaner and the one about this women who found out some creep was secretly living in her attic. Aiiieee! It still haunts me. The most recent ep is about Errol Morris. I almost died when I got the alert!
Kim Stanley was often referred to as the female Brando, but hell! Maybe he was the male Kim Stanley! Watch this film, you’ll know what I mean. You know when you watch a movie and they’re so good you forget it’? You end up just believing they are that person and will forever more be that person. Some call it pigeon-holing but I see it as reaching the peak. After all, it’s a performance that will go down in film history! Like Louise Fletcher is Nurse Ratched and Liz Taylor is Martha… Stanley is Myra Savage. One of the all-time greatest film villainesses (if that’s even a word).
An autobiographical exploration of anything is 100% my bag, but a whole book in which the author reflects on her personal history while also examining female madness in film is NEXT LEVEL. Does she want to kill me or what!?
I found this one day when I was putting DVDs away in the library – which really is the best way to discover new movies! The title on the spine caught my eye and I was like “hmm… what’s this about?” So I read the back cover: “Morticians, embalmers and grave-diggers talk intimately about each stage of the journey from death to dirt.” And was like “SOLD!” Of course it was great… set in Australia in the late 80s and directed by an AFTRS alumni no less!
A fascinating low-budget horror film. Makes the most of its locations, lighting and sound design to create a dreamlike, unsettling atmosphere. Largely ignored upon its initial release, it has since developed a large cult following and has been an inspiration to all kinds of filmmakers, including David Lynch, George A. Romero and Lucrecia Martel.
John Carpenter's adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel about a 1958 Plymouth Fury that has a mind of its own is a good example of a director working within the studio system while still holding onto what makes their work special. It's full of Carpenter's visual ingenuity, dark humour and great music. Harry Dean Stanton also plays a supporting role which is a big tick for any movie.
While not strictly a horror movie, I found this really dread-inducing and the ending still low-key haunts me. A slow burn mystery that explores the darker sides of millennial malaise and obsession, this was one of the best films I saw last year.
I started listening to this last week and got hooked. I love a good ghost story and this takes people's real-life tales of supernatural encounters and presents them in such a gripping way. Really well produced and put together. Legitimately spooky!