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UNORTHODOX (2020): The Things I Liked…

Unorthodox (2020), Shira Haas, Netflix.
Unorthodox (2020), Shira Haas, Netflix.

In hopes of learning a little something about the ultra orthodox Jewish experience and also because the trailer was great, I watched Netflix’s four episode miniseries Unorthodox. The story of nineteen year old ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman Esther Shapiro, a.k.a Esty (Shira Haas). Young Esty flees her arranged marriage and very religious community for a new beginning in Berlin, Germany.

Episode one of Unorthodox is one of the best – if not the very best one because it’s well-paced, thrilling and very engaging. It starts on the very day that Esty flees Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. The story for all the episodes is then told in a clever way that shows us Esty’s life from the day she flees, combined with flashbacks of what her life was before she got married; before the idea of fleeing became the only option.

The reason why the second episode is my least favourite is because the first one set such high expectations, particularly in terms of pacing. So much so that I really couldn’t wait to see precisely when young Esty’s hopes of a happy marriage would be dashed. Especially because her wedding day, though filled with nerves, also included plenty of joy and hopefulness. It’s unfortunate that the wedding day scenes just felt as though they went on for too long. I’m sure that myself identifying with Esty in her nervousness, that combined with my general aversion to being the centre of attention in a big gathering all worked to make the wedding day seem that longer.

Everything I’d been impatient about in the second episode finally starts to unfold in part three. Haas performs brilliantly in all four parts of Unorthodox but I really felt for Esty in this one because it sold the true loneliness and desperation that comes with being a complete outsider.

The final part is perhaps much like the first, very suspenseful because you have no idea how things will really play out. As a person who tries not to take her freedoms for granted, I couldn’t help but admire nineteen year old Esty. Even though she proved naive in a number of ways, her courage in the face of desperation is something to admire.

Unorthodox is a good miniseries with a great story and very talented cast. It answered many questions for me, including those I didn’t even know I had.

In watching Unorthodox, the main challenge you may face besides the slower pace of episode two is probably trying to stop your mind from correcting ‘Esty’ to ‘Etsy‘. I failed miserably at this and I’ve never even shopped at Etsy.

Watch it because it’s good.

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MRS. AMERICA (2020): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Paulson…

Mrs. America (2020), Kate Blanchett, Hulu
Mrs. America (2020), Kate Blanchett, Hulu

New drama Mrs. America has Cate Blanchett playing Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly becomes the leader of an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement in the 1970s.

Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Paulson and Rose Byrne are among the key cast.

I’d been wondering about where one of my favourite actresses had gone. Turns out Blanchett was busy working on a very promising new drama I simply can’t wait to see.

Knowing how far we’ve come with the fight for equal rights, I’m looking forward to seeing Schlafly’s journey unfold. I’d also like to find out to what extent she remained adamant that the Equal Rights Amendment was a bad idea.

Kayli Carter, Jay Ellis, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, James Marsden, Margo Martindale, Niecy Nash, John Slattery and Jeanne Tripplehorn also star.

Mrs. America Release Dates: April 15th, 2020 (US) / Hulu…

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UNORTHODOX (2020): New Trailer Starring Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch…

Unorthodox (2020), Shira Haas, Netflix
Unorthodox (2020), Shira Haas, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Unorthodox (2020).


Unorthodox stars Shira Haas as Esther, a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life in Berlin.

Additional key cast includes Amit Rahav and Jeff Wilbusch.

This one will certainly teach me a few things and remind me to appreciate my freedoms.

Aaron Altaras, Tamar Amit-Joseph, Ronit Asheri, Dina Doron, Alex Reid, Eli Rosen, Langston Uibel and Isabel Schosnig also star.

Unorthodox Release Dates: March 26th, 2020 (US)…

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (2019): New trailer Starring Ida Elise Broch, Arthur Hakalahti, Felix Sandman, Hege Schøyen…

Home For Christmas (2019), Ida Elise Broch, Netflix
Home For Christmas (2019), Ida Elise Broch, Netflix

Home For Christmas is the 6 episode story of perpetually single Johanne (Ida Elise Broch). Johanne is fed up with the constant comments on her relationship status, so she begins a 24-day hunt for a partner to bring home for Christmas.

Additional key cast includes Arthur Hakalahti, Hege Schøyen, Felix Sandman…

I can’t say I immediately understand why the lie at the beginning of this trailer happened, but I do like the idea of a story about a young woman choosing to live her truth, whatever that maybe.

Also, I have to applaud the start of this trailer because the opening dialogue caught my attention immediately. That’s definitely not something that happens frequently for me where subtitled movies are concerned.

Cat Haave, Loekke Calle, Kingsford Siayor and Oddgeir Thune also star.

Home For Christmas Release Dates: December 5th, 2019 (US) / Netflix

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LIVING WITH YOURSELF (2019): New trailer From Paul Rudd, Aisling Bea, Desmin Borges…

Living With Yourself (2019), Paul Rudd, Netflix
Living With Yourself (2019), Paul Rudd, Netflix

Directed by Timothy Greenberg, Living With Yourself stars Paul Rudd, Aisling Bea and Desmin Borges in an intriguing comedy series.

It’s the story of a man who undergoes an experimental treatment to improve his life… but with unexpected consequences…

The most intriguing premise I’ve seen in a while. I’m thinking cloning but who knows. Im interested in where this goes and of course in Rudds performance. or should I say performances?

Karen Pittman, Zoe Chao, Joseph Bessette, Rob Yang, Eden Malyn, Gopal Lalwani and Emily Young also star.

Living With Yourself Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US), Internet / Netflix…

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INSIDE BILL’S BRAIN – DECODING BILL GATES (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About Microsoft Founder Bill Gates…

Inside Bill's Brain - Decoding Bill Gates (2019), Bill Gates, Netflix
Inside Bill’s Brain – Decoding Bill Gates (2019), Bill Gates, Netflix

Inside Bill’s Brain – Decoding Bill Gates is a new Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) directed documentary about the Microsoft founder.

The three part Netflix film will tell us the in-depth and unfiltered life story of Mr. Gates, as he continues to pursue unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems…


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The reason for my interest is that he’s extraordinary, and I already know quite a lot about America’s other computer software king; Steven Paul Jobs.

Considering Bill’s multi-processing genius brain, I wonder precisely how different his brain and the average person’s non-genius brain would appear when compared and examined.

Looking forward to finding out about all that Mr. Gates did and does in business and in the name of humanity.

Inside Bill’s Brain – Decoding Bill Gates Release Dates: September 20th, 2019 (US) Netflix / Internet

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THE SPY (2019): New Trailer From Sacha Baron Cohen, Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Nassim Si Ahmed…

The Spy (2019), Sacha Baron Cohen, Netflix
The Spy (2019), Sacha Baron Cohen, Netflix

The Spy is a new historical drama starring Sacha Baron Cohen and based on the life of Israeli spy, Eli Cohen. Eli Cohen is known for successfully going undercover in Syria and ultimately changing the course of Israel’s history.

Additional key cast includes Noah Emerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Nassim Ahmed…

The intriguing dramatic story and my gratitude for the fact that Sacha Baron Cohen is responsible for a sizeable number of my past laughs; these are the two reasons I’ll make time for this one. I feel like he deserves my attention for one of his first wholly dramatic roles.

Also, your probably already wondering – and yes, Sacha Baron Cohen is indeed a distant relative of Eli Cohen. A truth that makes the idea of his performance in this role even more interesting.

Yael Etan, Mourad Zaoui, Hicham Goullal, Hassam Ghancy, Uri Gavriel, Waleed Zuaiter, Hyam Zaytoun, Alexander Siddig, Ait ben Azzouz Brahim and Maria Zreik also star.

The Spy Release Dates: September 6th, 2019, (US)…

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THE MORNING SHOW (2019): New trailer From Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Duplass, Steve Carell…

The Morning Show (2019), Jennifer Aniston, Apple TV
The Morning Show (2019), Jennifer Aniston, Apple TV

The Morning Show is a new Apple TV series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell and Mark Duplass.

Set in the wake of a major scandal at an early morning news channel, The Morning Show follows the unique challenges faced by the men and women we trust to tell the truth, and what happens when they prove themselves to be dishonest…

Aniston and Witherspoon on screen together; that’s a key reason I’m looking forward to this one. I’m a fan of Carell, Mark Duplass and Gugu Mbatha-Raw too, of course.

I was also listening quite closely when Crudup’s character said ‘Watching a beloved woman’s breakdown is timeless American entertainment.’ Now I know that I can’t wait to see how said woman will be fighting back.

The Morning Show brings to mind Gabrielle Union’s Being Mary Jane. I’m curious about the ways it’ll be different.

Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Victoria Tate, Desean Terry, Shari Belafonte, Katherine Ko and Ian Gomez also star.

The Morning Show Release Date

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