Just watched the first episode of Animal Kingdom on Netflix with Ellen Barkin. Scott Speedman, Finn Cole, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Molly Gordon and Daniella Alonso are wonderfully cast as dynamic players in the criminal Cody Family. And Ellen Barkin is phenomenal. She is breathtakingly inappropriate. Ruling over her family with a borderline incestuous finesse, Ellen Barkin as Janine Cody ‘Smurf’ is a beguiling, honest and disturbing matriarch. The intrigue, primal urgency, criminality and dark intrigue of this series is fully realized in Ellen Barkin’s Smurf. If you want to see someone capable of startling transformation, watch her.
Are you watching Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? An American period comedy-drama piece this two time Golden Globe winner is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and stars Rachel Brosnahan. The writing is superb. Tony Shalhoub is a total delight. Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce casts a charming spell. Michael Zegen, Marin HInkle, Kevin Pollack, Caroline Aaron and Bailey De Young are a wonderfully funny and supportive cast. Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson is honest, funny and truly sublime. Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel, a jewish housewife who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy is the ultimate leading lady. She leads due to her astounding talent, sincerity, brilliance, commitment, energy and transformative power. Embracing the essence of the period and a woman’s innate struggle Rachel Brosnahan is not preforming a role, but inhabiting a being. I am struck by how fiercely the truth echoes. The laughter and revelations just keep coming.
The field of acting has transformed and so must it’s actors.
Allowing our culture to expand and evolve as it sees itself back, Art is essential to our growth. It is a necessary reflection of our world. The Artist, The Actor is the embodiment of that reflection, becoming the perfect mirror to enable change.
Some people go through life hating their mistakes. Others learn to see them as missed takes. If there is light (life), there is always time for another take.
Have you been watching LOST IN SPACE on Netflix? Its based on the campy original, so most of the writing and execution is for a younger audience. Toby Stevens, Molly Parker, Maxwell Jenkins, Ignacio Serricchio, Mina Sundwall and Taylor Russell are really wonderful. BUT PARKER POSEY’S rendition of Dr. Smith is seriously transformational! She knows how to lose the self and become other. Parker Posey is not acting. She is being. Its not always comfortable, which is evidence of her transformational expertise. She inhabits. Watch her.
I am not alone.
Everything is right with me.
I am here to grow my artistry and my life.