9to5: The story of a movement
This is a PBS documentary that has now arrived on Netflix. And it’s a cracker.
The movement to recognize the importance of secretarial and other “women’s work” in American business has been fought surprisingly recently, in office buildings and breakrooms across the United States.
The movement began in Boston and endured the usual garbage from men in charge, before struggles over sexual harassment, unequal pay, poor working hours and conditions – and the general lack of respect given to women, are not even taken seriously.
The famous film, starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin et al, has a role to play in the story – and Parton’s anthemic theme song was a real rallying cry, but this documentary is so much more than that .
It’s a funny, engaging and captivating look at a story that is still being written. Highly recommended.
* The Town: Ben Affleck’s star-studded Boston action thriller is coming to Netflix
* Eight great comedies on campus (and where you can watch them)
* Bubba Wallace reflects on his fight for change in NASCAR: ‘I pissed off a lot of people’
The City is now available to stream on Netflix.
It made a lot of friends when it was released in 2010. Co-writer and director Ben Affleck will always drag a little cloud of douchebro energy around with him, but he may, as he does here, have a few moves in as a director to add to his limited but effective palette as a performer.
The film sees Affleck as a gang member, smashing up banks and armored cars like there’s no tomorrow on the hallowed streets of South Boston. Affleck and a few others seem determined to position South Boston as a sort of ’80s and ’90s equivalent of Scorsese’s ’70s Hell’s Kitchen – and with films like The city on the ascendant, they can do well.
Actually, now I think about it, that was Scorsese’s own The dead it may have started the whole “we’re all southerners” trend in Hollywood. So he has only himself to blame.
Affleck falls in love with a hostage bank clerk, of course. And, naturally, this will compromise the integrity and safety of the gang, as well as cause a moral crisis in Affleck, before the action is over.
The city has some pretty good action sequences, even if they are extremely derived from a few classics. If we were nice, we could call a sequence in The city a tribute to Michael Mann Heatrather than a brutal rip-off – and well-drawn characters, by genre standards anyway.
The film was also one of the very last performances by the great Pete Postlethwaite, who was nominated for a “supporting actor” award here by numerous groups. Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively are also present.
It’s a solid film, albeit without adventure. It’s no Heat Where dog afternoonbut few films are.
The Worst Roommate Ever is now available to stream on Netflix.
The worst roommate ever
It’s the latest roll of the dice in Netflix’s apparent bet that the appetite for true-crime documentaries is so bottomless, that even a bunch of recycled news clips have crashed with a voiceover, rehashing a decades-old story that anyone with a working internet connection can read whenever they want, will still be enough to propel a show into the Global Top 10.
And, sadly, it looks like Netflix got it right.
The worst roommate ever is a loosely connected series of four stories – one of which is spread over two episodes – all of which feature people who have moved into shared accommodation with someone who seemed OK, but turned out to be a crook – at the better – and usually a killer.
I get that some nights you just want to click on what’s on the Netflix homepage and not have to think too much, but seriously there’s better than The worst roommate ever available for free on YouTube.
This is a show without insight, without context or any particular reason to exist. If you really want to know more about these cases, just look up the people involved on Wikipedia. It will take you less time and the level of writing will be higher.
Race: Bubba Wallace is now available to stream on Netflix.
Breed: Bubba Wallace
The world of Nascar is hardly known as a hotbed of liberal politics in America.
Over the years, Nascar has been typecast, unfairly and unfairly, as a playground for redneck sensibilities and a way of looking at the world that might be euphemistically referred to as “Southern,” but with an order of distrust at its core. ‘regard to anything resembling racing integration. In the entire history of Nascar, only four drivers have been black.
Bubba Wallace’s rise to Nascar glory has been relentless and unstoppable. Wallace simply beat everyone around a track, until a team finally had to sign him. That team was Richard Perry Motorsports, which was certainly looking to modernize its image a bit in a sport that was still regularly celebrated under the waving of Confederate flags.
Wallace’s career had been moderately successful, and he was firmly in the top tier of Nascar drivers when the 2020 season began. In a few months, two significant events would change everything. The pandemic has affected everyone, but the murder of George Floyd, which came so soon after the deaths of many other black men and women at the hands of police and self-proclaimed vigilantes, prompted Wallace to take a stand.
He appeared at the following race wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt and then raced in a car with Black Lives Matter written prominently on the side. The next day he suggested on television that it was time the Confederate flag was banned from race meetings. And so a very American storm, which reached the White House, was triggered.
Breed: Bubba Wallace is not perfect. It’s long and stuffed with commentary – and it certainly won’t make you happy if you’re just looking for the next one. F1: drive to survive (which returns this weekend) – but this series definitely has its place. Recommended.