The Netflix algorithim is a cruel mistress. Sometimes, when I’ve visited my parents, we just scroll and scroll past the same 75 choices based on their tastes in BBC dramas, having real difficulty finding anything new and exciting beyond the collected works of Felicity Jones. But considering that it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and hopefully you’re lucky enough to be spending time with your mother, I wanted to make a list of 25 mom-friendly films and TV shows about life, love, and relationships that are both entertaining and maybe a little bit enlightening. This list will lean towards stuff from the BBC, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, French films, movies with women on bikes, and Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar bait from the last 20 …Read More
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Not all great American novels make great American movies, and after three previous Gatsby movies, it’s surprising that Baz Luhrmann decided to try his hand at Fitzgerald’s novel. With the exception of John Steinbeck (and, depending on your taste, John Grisham), few American authors have produced a handful of novels fit for the cinema. This is not necessarily a bad thing — as far as artistic mediums go, film and novels are strikingly different. But while the literary world is a go-to for Hollywood executives hoping that popular novels will seamlessly transition to the screen (and achieve the same positive response), it isn’t exactly a reliable source of artistic or commercial hits. Among these ten adaptations are valiant efforts as well as unmitigated disasters, none of which successfully captured the charm of their source material.