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Good Things: November

November 30, 2017

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (pictured above, streaming on Amazon Prime) – It’s still early, as this was just released the other day and I haven’t watched much yet, but I was charmed pretty immediately.  To be honest, I was charmed before it even came out, because my crush on its star Rachel Brosnahan started during her turn on House of Cards.  This show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is funny and smart and perfectly cast, about a 1950s housewife who turns to stand-up comedy when her marriage falls apart.  I love how unflinchingly it treats the casual misogyny of 1958 while also working it into the comedy, and the costumes and production design are so, so good.  Here’s hoping this will be a new comfort-food show that stands the test of time!

Alias Grace (streaming on Netflix) – While we were in Paris, I got hooked on this 6-part miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s historical fiction novel about a teenage housemaid convicted of murder.  Fifteen years after her trial, a psychologist begins to interview her about the murders, trying to determine whether he can prove her insanity and support a plea for a pardon.  Directed by Mary Harron of American Psycho, it’s visually stunning and fittingly creepy, playing with unreliable narration in a really interesting way.  It doesn’t answer every question, but the questions it raises will stay with you.

Godless (streaming on Netflix) – This new limited series has also captured my attention.  I know, Netflix is churning out so much content lately that it’s hard to know what’s worth watching, but I think this one is.  It’s not quite the feminist Western it was marketed as, but by virtue of being centered around a town full of women (a mining accident killed most of the town’s men), it automatically has a more equitable male-female ratio than any other Western I’ve seen.  It’s gorgeously shot and full of great performances, including from Sam Waterston, who was in my fave Western ever (unpopular opinion, I know).  I’m also so happy to see Merritt Wever in anything–she’s so good.

Lady Bird – I saw this movie with my family over Thanksgiving, and it was pretty lovely.  I won’t say much because it’s already got too much hype as it is, but I really enjoyed it and found it so nostalgic, sort of like a Boyhood for teenage girls.

ShitGrantoWears – This Instagram account also brings a smile to my face.  It was created by my friend Grant’s boss to document the daring outfits he wears to work, with A+ captions, and it always makes me feel a little bolder myself.

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