Weekend Watch — 9/9/22
Gutsy women... Geppetto's backstory..and a reimagined American Gigolo featuring Jon Bernthal's abs... yes, please and thank you!
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Here’s this week’s list of recommendations:
Gutsy (Apple TV+) — based on the book co-authored by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience,” the Clintons set out to answer the question: what exactly does it take to be a Gutsy Woman? Joining the Clintons are some of their personal heroes, extraordinary, courageous and resilient women who have made an impact in their community and on the world, including Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.
Queen Sugar | 7th and final season (OWN) — the contemporary award-winning drama series from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer by Oprah Winfrey follows the life of three siblings, one of whom moves from Los Angeles to Louisiana, to claim a shared inheritance from their recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm. The seventh and final season picks up six months after we last saw the Bordelons, as Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Darla (Bianca Lawson) welcome their new baby to the family.
Fun fact: For seven seasons and 88 episodes, the beautifully shot drama has been directed by women filmmakers, an initiative set forth by DuVernay at the outset of production in 2016 — we just love that!
The Good Fight | 6th and final season (Paramount+) — the legal drama series is a spin-off and standalone sequel to The Good Wife. When Diane Lockhart's (Christine Baranski) life savings are lost, she must start from scratch at a new firm. This season has Diane (Baranski) feeling like she’s going crazy, struggling with an uneasy sense of déjà vu, with everything from Roe v. Wade, to voting rights, to Cold War aggressions returning. Meanwhile, the lawyers of Reddick & Associates wonder if the violence that they see all around them points to an impending civil war.
Pinocchio (Disney+) — Robert Zemeckis directs this live-action and CGI retelling of Pinocchio. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the woodcarver who builds and treats Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his real son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jiminy Cricket; Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key voices "Honest" John and Luke Evans voices The Coachman.
How different is the film from the original Pinocchio? This new Pinocchio expands Geppetto's backstory by giving context as to why he created a wooden boy in the first place. And there’s Sofia the Seagull (a new character voiced by the iconic Lorraine Bracco). Also, we hear that Keegan-Michael Key steals the show…as per usual.
American Gigolo (Showtime) — Jon Bernthal’s abs (woof!) star in a present-day reimagining of the iconic 1980 film, follows Julian Kaye (Bernthal) after his wrongful conviction release from 15 years in prison as he navigates his complicated relationships with his former lover Michelle (Gretchen Mol), his troubled mother, and the people who betrayed him. While Julian struggles to reconcile the escort he was in the past and the man he is today, Detective Sunday (Rosie O'Donnell) seeks the truth about the murder that sent Julian to prison all those years ago, unearthing a much larger conspiracy along the way.
GALs… his amazing abs aside… Jon Bernthal’s definitely giving Richard Gere vibes… and he’s got some serious acting chops (The Punisher, The Bear, The Walking Dead)… which makes this pick worth a look-see, IMHO.