70th Emmy Awards, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sherman-Palladino, BBC America, Benedict Cumberbatch, Betty Gilpin, Emmy Awards 2018, FX, Game of Thrones, Glow, HBO, Hulu, Marc Maron, Netflix, Patrick Melrose, Rachel Brosnahan, The Americans, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Ok, It took me one week to absorb and accept the fact that BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH DIDN’T WIN THE EMMY AWARDS FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES for his monumental, excruciating, emotional, funny, profound, intense, charismatic, unique, passionate, amazing, astounding, heartbreaking, mindblowing, distressing, disturbing performance in PATRICK MELROSE, which by the way DIDN’T WIN ANY EMMY, which is also incredible, but nonetheless….
I mean, C’MOOOOON, have you SEEN IT??? Have you WATCHED IT???
Apart from the Cumberbatch’s ROBBERY, there was a lot to be happy for me in the 70th Emmy Awards. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s clean sweep of all comedy awards was expected, and for once I totally agree: I truly enjoyed the writing and the directing of the batshit crazy Amy Sherman-Palladino and I’ve become almost immediately a great fan of both Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein: without Alex’s good job Rachel couldn’t shine so much, and viceversa. And nonetheless I’m a bit sad for the complete miss of the cast of Glow, because both Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, but also Marc Maron, deserved to be at least all nominated, and not only Betty. Hope sincerely that the next year there will be some acknowledgement for their great job, because the sophomore season was at the same time funny, thought-provoking and really moving.
It was about time that someone recognize the good work of Matthew Rhys in The Americans, and also the good writing of this waaaay underrated spy/family series, and for their final season they finally get some rewards. Too bad for Keri Russell, but she was in a tough competition with some of the best actresses around: Elizabeth Moss, Clailre Foy, Evan Rachel Wood and Sandra Oh were all really good in their roles, but afterr seeing Killing Eve I would have liked that Sandra Oh won, instead of the Queen Claire Foy, again.
As for the GoT awards, I’d say that both the best supporting actor and the best Drama Series were a bit too much. Sorry for the umpteenth wins of Peter Dinklage, but Nikolay Koster-Waldou was better this year for his portrayal of Jaime Lannister, and as for the drama series, both The Handmaid’s Tale and The Crown, or The Americans would have been better choices IMHO.
After the break, a brief gallery from Red Carpet ..
Another piece of my serial youth is gone, as actress Charlotte Rae died the 5th of August. She was best known for her role of Mrs. Edna Garrett, a character that started as the housekeeper of the Drummond family in Diff’rent Strokes and after became the lead actress in The Facts of Life, a spin off series in which Mrs Garrett became the housemother (and after dietitian) of the Eastland School, an all female boarding school on New York. A tv series obviously inspired to Louise Mary Alcott’s book Little Women, since there was even a young tomboy called Jo… my favourite character, by the way.
Looking back, I can’t help but to notice that here in Italy the two series had two very differente title: Diff’rent Strokes , whose purpose since from the title was clearly to address racial and class issues in form of a sit-com, became the lame My Friend Arnold (Il mio amico Arnold), and The Facts of Life (I fatti della vita), speaking about sex, virginity, eating disorders and drug use for the first time in a teen TV series, became The Apple Tree – L’albero delle mele, maybe because it came after the huge box-office success of the french movie La Boum (The Party) which in Italy became The Apple’s Time – Il tempo delle Mele, an expression that since then is used as sinonym of adolescence.
And speaking of The Facts of Life, I absolutely didn’t remember that a twenty-something year old George Clooney made one of his first tv appearance as handyman George Burnett in season seven and eight of the series, maybe because here in Italy we didn’t get to see it….
Anyway, here’s a clip with Charlotte Rae, Clooney and all the girls:
About a Boy, Alice Eve, Connie and Carla, Dakota Fanning, Diablo Cody, Justified, Little Miss Sunshine, Marvel's Agent Of Shield, Patton Oswalt, The Tolian Web, The United States of Tara, Toni Collette, Young Adult
Escape is Imperative
Wendy is a special girl, with special needs. Because Wendy is autistic, and has to live according certain rules, because without them all her certainty will collapse and she’ll start panicking, like everyone living with his condition. She lives in an assisted facility, where her friend Scottie takes good care of her, helping her making progress and try and live a normal life, as normal as her life can be. She’d like to go to live with her sister, his husband and her newborn baby, because she wants to be an aunt, and cuddle her little niece, Ruby. Like most people in her condition, she also has special abilities: she’s a really talented writer, and she is also an hardcore Star Trek fan. So when her sister decide to sell their mother’s house and go to live away with her family, leaving Wendy in the facility house, she masters a plan to keep this from happening: she’s going to write a star trek script for a national contest, whose final prize is 100.000 $, and with that money she can be independent from her sister’s money and choose the life she wants to live. So when everything seems to go wrong, she decides to do something almost impossible for her: she’s going to bring her script to Paramount Pictures in LA, embarking in a adventurous and potentially dangerous journey from San Francisco, where she lives, to Los Angeles.
Please Stand By is the kind of movie that has the ability to capture exactly what it means to be a Star Trek fans, and also what it means to fight to find your true self, and to gain independence and self-confidence: in a few word, to grow up and become an adult. And like every good Trek story, is told from an alien point of view, the alien being in this case a young girl born with a condition that force her to watch us, the so-called “normal” people from a distant point of view. Or even better, she can’t even watch us in the eye, which often is the way for us human to understand if someone is lying to us, or deceveing us, or to understand his true feeling for us. Because her condition prevent her to do it, unless she’s forced to, like the exercise of a “three seconds eye contact” that every day has to do with her carer to keep contact with the rest of the world, and trying and espress her feelings the way we are used to do.
What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong!
YES, WE DID.
We were supposed to fight for people who couldn’t fight for themselves.
We were supposed to fight for Willie.
(A Few Good Men, 1992)
PS: In un periodo come questo, in cui tra cinema e tv fioccano reboot e remake, ho deciso di ricominciare la rubrica Quote of The Week, e faro’ il possibile per mantenere l’appuntamento ALMENO settimanale. E quale modo migliore per ricominciare che citare uno dei miei idoli indiscussi, nonche’ quel maestro di scrittura e sceneggiatura per il cinema e la tv che e’ Aaron Sorkin, a cui si devono gli script di “filmetti” come appunto Codice D’Onore, tratto dalla sua commedia teatrale omonima, The President – Una Storia D’amore fino ad arrivare ai recenti The Social Network, La guerra di Charlie Wilson e Steve Jobs, nonche’ di quella serie capolavoro che e’ The West Wing.
Ecco il secondo trailer della seconda stagione dell’acclamata e pluripremiata e BELLISSIMA serie su Elisabetta II, ancora una volta e per l’ultima volta interpretata da Claire Foy, con Matt Smith nei panni del Principe Filippo
Dall’8 Dicembre su Netflix