FARGO Season 5 – Review by Diane Carson

Fans of the 1996 film Fargo and the television series of the same title know that calm, understated, traditional fare will never dominate the narrative. This pattern holds true in Fargo’s fifth season set in 2019 Minnesota and North Dakota, as titles repeatedly remind us. This iteration blissfully delivers the desired off-beat humor and distinctive, inimitable violence. Very serious issues undergird the entire series, most significantly domestic abuse cloaked as the divine-directed dominance of wives by husbands. Creator Noah Hawley manages to entertain and inject humor into the weighty content.

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TED LASSO – Review by Susan Granger

This delightful, culture-clash comedy just scored a massive 20 Emmy nominations, the most ever for a 1st season sitcom – with accolades going to its star Jason Sudeikis, along with co-stars Hannah Waddington, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein. Created by showrunner Bill Lawrence with Sudeikis, the plot revolves around an unflappable American football coach named Ted Lasso (Sudeikis).

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Whistler Film Festival 2019: Katharine O’Brien on LOST TRANSMISSIONS

Lost Transmissions is about mental illness. It’s also about the mental wavelengths we’re on, trying to connect to with one another, and missing. On one hand the film is grounded in realism. It shows someone trying to help their friend with psychiatric care. On the other hand, the film looks at how bizarre the real world is if we take a moment to consider it in depth. Lost Transmissions is the opening film at Whistler Film Festival 2019, where it is among the films nominated for an AWFJ EDA Award. Here’s what directior Katharine O’Briien has to say about making the film.

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