Netflix: My Year in Review and Shows I am Thankful For


Disclosure: As part of Netflix’s Stream Team, I get inside access to Netflix's programming and share my thoughts on their programming with my readers often. But as always, my thoughts are my own. Netflix just gets better and better. I've been a member since its humble start and am continuously impressed with its original and bold slate of programming, both original and acquired. It keeps my entire family occupied at various times of the day and night. My teenage daughter is obsessed with its offerings, many of which I used to watch at one point in Read More


Reflecting on Meeting Some of the Cast and Crew from “The Greatest Showman,” a Musical Feast


Disclosure: I attended a screening and press junket hosted by 20th Century Fox. I was not paid to write this post. It's so crazy that two weeks ago I knew very little about Phineas Taylor Barnum. I knew he started the circus I grew up with, but little more. Since seeing the upcoming Christmas motion picture "The Greatest Showman," I have thought little else but this man, his life, and the story that inspired this beautiful new movie, which is fortunately a musical but not just a musical. He was not ony a brilliant business man, but he was a family man Read More


Your Next Binge Must Be FX’s “Better Things”


Would my kids care if I died tomorrow? Would they eulogize me at my own funeral? I know that this sounds morbid, but the thought has crossed my mind more than once. Motherhood can be a thankless, grueling grind, and leave it to FX's "Better Things" for reminding me that I'm not alone in the most recent episode of the show called "Eulogy". In this episode, written by the show's co-creator, Louis K., Sam, a single mother of three played by my new shero, Pam Adlon, is watching TV with her girls after a long day at work. Her character is a very successful Read More


Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” About the Inspiration for Winnie the Pooh


  The other night I had the opportunity to screen the new film Goodbye Christopher Robin at the Paris Theater in NYC, along with the director and several stars of the film. The film starts to roll out in theaters nationwide today. I felt very fortunate to be in the room with the creators of this special film, which was very reminiscent of Saving Mr. Banks, another recent  tale about a famous figure in history that brought one of the most important stories into the world. In that case, it was  about mogul Walt Disney who brought Mary Read More


Your Next Netflix Binge MUST Be Fauda


I'm very grateful to a good friend who suggested I watch Fauda, an Israeli TV show currently streaming on Netflix. I implore you to make this program your next binge. Every now and then, a show hits you, gets under your skin, and really rips you apart. But not very often, right? The last time it happened with me was probably with Six Feet Under or Breaking Bad, but I can't honestly remember anything hitting me as hard as Fauda.  I think it's because I have very strong ties to the State of Israel. I've lived there and I'm a fervent Zionist. However, Read More


“Home Again” Brings Back the Rom-Com Genre


I grew up with Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, Debra Winger, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn. These were the women I saw regularly on the screen. They were familiar and they represented something very important that you don't find on the screen often enough today....ordinary women with ordinary problems, much of what revolved around love and finding one's self. When Harry Met Sally, Broadcast News, Private Benjamin, Terms of Endearment, to name a few. It was the era of rom com's and these films had a deep impact on me. Whenever these women return to the screen, I Read More


Netflix’s “Atypical” Will Help a Parent of a Child on the Spectrum Feel Less Alone


Being atypical isn't easy. Trust me, I know from personal experience. Very personal experience, too personal to get too much into details here. So, when Netflix announced their new show Atypical, created by Robia Rashid (The Goldbergs, How I Met Your Mother) and Seth Gordon (also The Goldbergs, as well as the recent Baywatch movie), I was intrigued and eagerly awaited its arrival. As a mom with few outlets and connections to a world that is very personal and quite complicated, as well as incredibly lonely, I was eager to see how TV would portray a boy Read More


Sneaking is the New Bingeing


I won't lie - 14 years into this thing called motherhood and I'm still seeking balance. Between all of life's obligations - work, motherhood, marriage, grad school, my health (I'm a cancer survivor of just a few years), and volunteer work (which I do quite a bit of), there can be bumps. I have to admit that being a mom has thrown me for a loop over the years and even though my kids are older, it's not 100% easier. Their needs have changed and they still need me just as much as they did when they were younger. Still, I have more freedom than I used to, Read More


My Latest Netflix Binge: GLOW #StreamTeam


My latest (and fastest) binge was GLOW, created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch and executive produced by Orange Is the New Black’s Jenji Kohan. It's a show about women's wrestling, a true story based on a group of women in a male-dominated sport in the 1980's.  My dad used to be a wrestling nut, and I was exposed to the sport as a young girl. I vaguely remember women in the ring, I am quite sure he had this very group on. So for me, this show was not only a piece of nostalgia from my own childhood, but also very much a modern dose of women's Read More


The Broadway Show That Changed Everything


A few months ago, I was on an international flight and happened upon the documentary, Life Animated, the true story of an autistic boy who learned to talk watching Disney films. Tears swelled up in my eyes, thinking of the power of the arts and my own son who has ADHD and sensory issues. I had been trying to use this power in our own lives for years without much success until one day, when everything changed with a single show. I first took my cue at Stomp, which I took him to see in 2010, when he was 6 years old. He managed for the most part, but Read More