Sunday, June 7, 2015

“Olive Kitteridge”-- An HBO Special TV Mini-series- Starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Zoe Kazan –Should Be Recognized by the TV Academy!  Outstanding Writing, Acting and Producing [Tom Hanks/Play Tone].
Usually, I have very low expectations for what I would call, “A Chick Flick”—those dealing with marriage; personal relationships; and family dynamics. Yet I was proven wrong by none other than the  brilliant actress, Frances McDormand of “Fargo” fame and “Mississippi Burning”. She is one of our country’s greatest actresses; bar none. She made a very wry, sardonic Maine school teacher living with a boring pharmacist husband, Richard Jenkins an extremely compelling character to watch.

Without any chase or shooting scenes, the HBO special mini-series, “Olive Kitteridge” based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, is one of the more interesting psychologically driven shows of this past year. In part, Ms Jane Anderson has done an exceptionally brilliant job of translating the book of short stories into a full length mini-series with enough compelling plot twists that allow the viewer hours of entertainment. The direction by Lisa Cholodenko allowed Olive to proceed without any visual hiccups.
This is a movie about ordinary women written by a woman and adapted by a woman produced by a woman [Frances McDormand] and directed by a woman. It has proven to me how insipid I had been regarding the ‘stereotype of a chick flick’. 
If nothing else, I had wanted Olive Kitteridge to continue for another season. However the finale of the film was sufficient. I recommend this HBO series for as many awards that an adapted Screen Play can receive and then some.

For those of you who do not know anything about the matrons of the Northeast—New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts—I strongly recommend this film as an introduction to the world of the laconic, determined and forceful woman –whom we often refer to as the “Yankee Standard”. My only word of advice: don’t mess with them. Maybe one day we will have a leader who can represent all the honest and brutal qualities of these “Yankee Standards”.
Thank you Play Tone and HBO for an excellent miniseries. May all the deserved accolades come your way.
P.S. Frances, you might want to show your husband and brother-in-law, the Coen Brothers, how to write, direct and produce a movie that is truly interesting and dramatic without being heavy-handed; as well as, having to rely on Sophomoric Yiddish Humor. But that may be asking too much. 



  1. Yes, and i was worring what will be with all those hollywood stars and filmmakers, what will happen when they all die... Not now, we have Coen brothers and they are not old. Everything is fine, and one of them will probably live more then other one:)... We should nationalize their gene pool and clone Coen brothers to put them on western universities, and if some of them run to China, kill them.

    1. And here is nice view of american NE (north of NYC) by English, seems like little more tidy version of Switzerland. (did not see working class houses but... look like one of best area of world)...

    2. New Englanders are freakin' boring.

      Nothing will ever out-do MILDRED PIERCE.

      Mildred was left by a philandering worm husband and then made success by screwing his business partners, bankers,

      Yes it all happened in the newly-built suburbs of Los Angeles with all the land swindlers, speculators, and so forth.

      And it was written in the 1930s when sex was still in vogue.

      I can't see Francis McDormond fucking her way to the top of the entreprenural world.

  2. aaa, many Ukrainian groups of kids who were recent victims of Russian-Chinese pagan imperial agression (dead parents or parents on front) are comming for two week summer hollydays to southern Europe (for free, organised by volunteers)... Kids are even now afraid someone will still come and shoot on them. Paganism = anarchy. They traveled in buses for 1800 miles and when they saw from bus sea for first time, after so much time, they were very very happy and ograniser started crying. Waiters said that they never saw so decent kids. Many who were big on words in beginning to help, escaped, but it is always suprising on other hand how many there are of those others willing to help. It was organised, of course by Catholic Church, Catholic capitalists, Catholic soccer players who were playing in Ukraine. One player who had most money and earned most in Ukraine was not part of this action, and he is captain of national soccer team. I guess that is because his father is muslim so i guess so he will always support eastern paganism and terrorism going against west and yes he have turkish nose and mongolic eyes.

  3. Bilderberg. TPP, TTIP. Globalism, full steam ahead, one month ago i could not believe this can go so fast.

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