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Mid-June Post

Thanks to my friend Vicky Berry for alerting me to the 10-episode comedy series Ted Lasso (A) on Apple TV+.  The hapless mustachioed Ted as played by Jason Sudeikis becomes the clueless coach of AFC Richmond in the English premier soccer league.   A goofy Kansan, Ted keeps up a relentlessly positive good ol’ boy patter while contending with the disrespect of the players and fans. And the fact that he’s actually been hired, by wealthy divorcée Rebecca, to spite her ex-husband and tank the team.  Also on Apple TV+ is a 5-episode docuseries The Me You Can’t See (B) which covers a range of mental health situations and issues.  Notably it includes segments of Orpah Winfrey’s conversation with Prince Harry.  However the analysis doesn’t get much beyond the superficial.  More at: https://readysteadycut.com/2021/05/21/the-me-you-cant-see-apple-tv-plus-review/ .   Also on the Apple TV+ platform, the first season of the excellent The Mosquito Coast (A) has wrapped after 8 episodes HBO has brou
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Mid-May Post

First, as a follow up to the Oscar best picture win by Nomadland , this may be of interest: https://variety.com/2021/film/directors/chloe-zhao-oscars-nomadland-marvel-eternals-dracula-1234961719/amp/ . Nomadland has become the most awarded feature in modern film history, and Zhao is clearly a director to watch. If you do not have the Disney+ streaming service and have not yet seen Nomadland it would be worth signing up for a free trial period just in order to do so.  I might add that Zhao’s previous film The Rider is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Also, don’t forget about the number of documentaries (and much else) streaming for free on CBC Gem ( https://gem.cbc.ca/ ).    In particular I can recommend the three-episode series Climate Change: Ade on the Frontlines which explores the effects of climate change around the world and what can be done about it.             The big new release, on May 14 on Amazon Prime Video, is the 10-episode series The Underground Railroad

Post-Oscars Post

Nomadland has garnered much acclaim and commentary leading up to its well-deserved best picture win at the April 25 Oscars when its director Chloé Zhao became the first woman of colour to receive the best director award.   (So far it’s streaming only on Disney+.  Her previous work The Rider, also superb, is on Amazon Prime.)  Nomadland , for which Frances McDormand also received a best actress Oscar, had previously earned four major British academy awards (Baftas)—best picture, director, actress, and cinematography.  The film’s observational realism casts some actual “nomads”—aging itinerant van dwellers who make ends meet by picking up occasional temp jobs at places like Amazon warehouses.  That is the subject of the short documentary “Camperforce” which can be watched here: https://www.moviemaker.com/the-real-nomadland-doc-follows-elderly-camperforce-living-in-rvs-working-for-amazon/ .  [The film has drawn some criticism but for a vigorous defence see: https://www.independent.co.uk/a