Weekly Round-Up # 16: 4/7 – 4/14

Hanna, round two

A hit new TV show, “Hanna” (2019-), has recently been gaining popularity. Starring Esme Creed-Miles as the titular character, it follows a young girl and her ex-CIA father living in the Arctic and training as assassins. I want to remind everyone that the TV show is based on a film from 2011 of the same name that stars Saoirse Ronan. (I have a problem with so many remakes and sequels unnecessarily being created for already fantastic movies). Anyway, the original is well worth a watch, especially given how captivating Ronan’s performance is.


Netflix will bring “Hillbilly Elegy” to the small screen

Netflix has won out in yet another bidding war, this time walking away with the rights to produce Hillbilly Elegy. Based on JD Vance’s 2016 bestselling memoir of the same name, the film will chronicle the lives of a family living in Appalachia while also discussing wealth, class, ambition and the American dream. Both Glenn Close and Amy Adams have signed on to star in the film, and Ron Howard will direct. I’m looking forward to seeing how the adaptation mirrors or diverges from the book (which, P.S., is a really great read).

Get ready for summer…

…with all of these amazing films directed by female filmmakers! Some highlights: Amy Poehler‘s directorial debut Wine Country is set to hit the theatres May 8 (and then Netflix May 10) and features a star-studded cast including Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey. More comedic gold is sure to be found in Late Night, starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson and directed by Nisha Ganatra. The film focuses on a talk-show host and her male writers room, which tries to increase its diversity. Check out the full list and get excited for warmer weather!

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