Susan Granger on stage and on screen

Grace and Frankie

If you’ve just discovered Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” You will enjoy. Launched in 2015, it earned numerous Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Concluding its seventh season, it is the longest running Netflix series in history with a total of 94 episodes.

The series begins with Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) waiting for their legal partner husbands to join them at a fancy restaurant. When Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterson) arrive, they announce that they have fallen in love and are leaving their respective wives for each other.

To say Grace and Frankie are stunned is an understatement. While still sharing ownership of an oceanfront Malibu beach house and enough child support to live comfortably, these two frenemies suddenly become single seniors, embarking on an often frustrating journey of self-discovery. and transformation.

Busy and uptight, Grace is a total perfectionist, having started a successful business called Say Grace, which she gives to her two adult daughters. Ever concerned about her status, Grace continually struggles with the aging process, mourning the loss of her youth, often drowning her sorrows in vodka.

Frankie, free-spirited and empathetic, is an eccentric and sassy painter with more than a passing interest in shamanism and recreational drugs.

The first season focused on how they planned to rebuild their lives. Then the show delved into the issues faced by marginalized older women — with brutal and hilarious honesty.

Cleverly created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, “Grace and Frankie” makes my husband and me laugh. Love and sex are frequent topics for these enterprising octogenarians who design vibrators. Although a lot has changed over the years, Frankie swears by her homemade concoction of Yam & Honey Lube.

At the end of the final season, the superstitious Frankie is so convinced she’s going to die that she plans a funeral, mostly to hear the glowing eulogies. The sitcom ends sweetly with an ingenious Dolly Parton cameo.

Perhaps the days when older actresses were relegated to sweet, doting grandmothers or helpless victims of abuse are finally over.

On the Granger gauge from 1 to 10, “Grace and Frankie” is an endearing 8, streaming on Netflix.

Mr. Malcolm’s List

Perhaps boosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multiracial and multicultural hit “Hamilton”, The inclusive, color-blind cast has become increasingly popular, as evidenced by Netflix’s hit costume drama “Bridgerton” and the upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”

Now there’s “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” a frothy Regency-era romantic comedy directed by Emma Holly Jones and written by Suzanne Allain, based on her 2020 novel of the same name.

Set in 1818 England, the plot of Upper Class Marriage Market revolves around the season’s most eligible bachelor, wealthy Jeffrey Malcolm (British/Nigerian actor Sope Dirisu), who is seen yawning during of a boring “first date” at the opera with Julia Thislewaite (Zawe Ashton), a former debutante entering her fifth social season as a single woman.

Because unsophisticated Julia is incapable of carrying on intelligent conversation, there will be no second date – an indisputable fact which Julia finds humiliating, particularly when a mocking caricature of her is distributed all over London, under -titled “Next!”

From her clumsy cousin Lord Cassidy (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Julia discovers that the notoriously picky Mr. Malcolm has a list of 10 qualities that any future “Mrs.” Malcolm must own.

Obsessively evil and scheming, Julia summons her childhood friend, Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto), the daughter of a frankly candid country clergyman, to London to serve as a plan for revenge. If the outcome of this duplicity is predictable, the different associations are charming, even endearing.

According to the press notes, Emma Holly Jones was keen to portray spirited women who refused to conform to the ideas and limitations that society imposed on them: “I wanted to reflect our society today so that young brunette girls and black people around the world have their own Jane Austen-style film.

On the Granger Gauge, “Mr. Malcolm’s List” is a faint 7, subversively lavish, played in theaters.

Light year

It’s rare for Disney/Pixar movies to spark controversy, but “Lightyear” a “Toy Story” origin story, certainly. The big kerfuffle revolves around a brief same-sex kiss that was deleted and then reinstated when Pixar employees said Disney was censoring ‘openly gay affection’ as Disney CEO Bob Chapek reacted to legislation Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay”.

Following the film’s surprisingly weak opening, U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted, “Buzz Lightyear woke up. Disney went bankrupt. But there’s no factual evidence to prove that LGBTQ+ political pushback actually hurt “Lightyear” at the box office.

A bigger issue seems to be confusion over the exact relationship between this animated film and the iconic “Toy Story” franchise and, in particular, the character of Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen.

In this astronaut adventure, Buzz, the stoic, square-jawed Space Ranger, voiced by Chris Evans, is based on the mass-marketed hard plastic action toy doll that young Andy favored, replacing his cowboy doll. old fashioned drawstring boy. Wooded.

Buzz is a daredevil pilot with a disdain for authority. During a remote mission, his large Enterprise-type spaceship is abandoned on the distant planet T’Kani Prime. As Buzz performs test flights, using advanced technology, there is a time lapse, with each trip catapulting him four years into the future.

Ever since Buzz became a ‘man out of time’, his crew members grow old, have children, and eventually die – as he always tries to reach ‘hyperspeed’ to get them home safely. security.

Buzz’s closest colleague is Commander Aisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba), who ends up marrying a woman. It was their brief display of affection at their 40th birthday party that sparked all the controversy.

Providing comedic moments are Buzz’s robot-animal sidekick, Sox (Peter Sohn), as eventually Buzz teams up with Aisha’s granddaughter, Izzy (Keke Palmer), and two other Star trainees. Command: ex-con Darby (Dale Soules) and awkward ‘Mo’ Morrison (Taika Waititi).

Working from Jason Headley’s script, director Angus MacLane emphasizes that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.

FYI: Buzz’s Spacecraft GPS Navigator (IVAN) is voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis, who voices OnStar’s navigation system.

On the Granger Gauge, “Lightyear” is a 6-year spinoff — in theaters now but slated to hit Disney+ streaming soon.

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. His natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at MGM and Columbia Pictures. His adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced films at MGM

As a child, Susan appeared in films with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O’Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studied journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism.

During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as a film and theater presenter and critic, distributing her reviews and articles worldwide, including Video Librarian. She has appeared on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. In 2017, his book 150 timeless movies was published by Hannacroix Creek Books.

His website is www.susangranger.com. Follow her on Twitter @susangranger.

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