A Post About Titanic, The So-So Miniseries Everyone Hated (Except Me)

It's the Titanic! But why is it so tiny? It was huuuuuuge in that James Cameron movie!

I just rewatched Titanic, the miniseries that aired worldwide on April 14 and 15 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, the four-part series offers a new take on the event from its many predecessors. Fictional and historical characters from every early twentieth century social class are depicted in a series of interweaving stories. Continue reading “A Post About Titanic, The So-So Miniseries Everyone Hated (Except Me)”

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Preview: Mildred Pierce

“This book simply says perhaps a dream come true may be the worst possible thing that can happen.” James M. Cain discussing Mildred Pierce.

Todd Haynes’ adaptation of Mildred Pierce premieres this Sunday. The more I read about it – the reviews of Kate Winslet’s performance as the title character are overwhelmingly positive – the more excited I get to see this miniseries. (A more accurate description of myself right now is that I am salivating at the mouth from pure exuberance.)

Joan Crawford won her only Academy Award for her portrayal of the title character in the 1945 version of Mildred Pierce. Mildred Pierce is one of those characters who has become, in some ways, synonymous with an actor. For that reason it is impossible to avoid the comparisons between Crawford and Winslet. Even though I adore the original film, the miniseries (I hope) will give the James M. Cain book more, much-needed depth and shy away from some of the contrived elements (ahem, that pesky murder plotline).

HBO has released four clips from Parts 1 and 2 of the five-part miniseries (embedded below). They offer a nice sampling of what to expect from the miniseries. Are you as excited for Mildred Pierce as I am?

Trailer Fix: Mildred Pierce

Since it was announced that Kate Winslet is starring in Todd Haynes adaptation of Mildred Pierce, I have been excited for this HBO miniseries.

This is second adaptation of James M. Cain’s 1941 novel. In 1945, Joan Crawford portrayed the title character, a 1930s housewife who tries to maintain her family’s social standing and her daughter’s love during the Great Depression. Notably, Mildred Pierce is a prime example of maternal sacrifice, a key concept in feminist film theory that Linda Williams discusses in “Something Else Besides a Mother” Crawford won an Academy Award for her performance.

In the upcoming adaptation, Winslet is Mildred Pierce and Evan Rachel Wood is her daughter Veda. After seeing the trailer (below), Mildred Pierce has quickly become something I am most excited for.

Preview: Grey Gardens

First there was the 1975 documentary, then the 2006 Broadway adaptation, and now there will be a HBO film adaptation of Grey Gardens.

Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore star as the Edies and Jeanne Tripplehorn stars as Jacqueline Kennedy in the HBO adapatation which premieres April 18. Here is the trailer:

Based on the trailer it seems that Drew Barrymore has captured Edie and finally delivers a worthwhile performance. That’s a huge compliment coming from me considering how much I despise Barrymore. Check out this clip from the documentary and judge for yourself.