Day: November 19, 2023

“The Crown”: warm portrait of humans in crisis

Peter Morgan is back on familiar turf now. He’s even edited himself a tad.
His latest “The Crown” (shown here) splurge – four episodes, ending with Diana’s funeral – is sort of “The Queen”-plus. In Morgan’s style, it has deep, fascinating human insights that may or may not be true.
Morgan has done this with others. His screenplays portrayed Idi Amin, Henry VIII, David Frost, Tony Blair and Anne Boleyn’s sister. But the 2006 “Queen” movie captured new attention. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 21: “Fargo” soars; sports women triumph

1) “Fargo” opener, 10 and 11:20 p.m., FX. This is “Fargo” at its best – weird and wild one moment, slow and droll the next, but always fascinating. A Minnesota mom (Juno Temple,shown here) accidentally gets in a fight, sparking events. There’s death, destruction and her claim that nothing happened. We meet her sweet husband, his disturbing mom and, in the 11:20 episode, a villain (Jon Hamm). The result is beautifully written and, at times, fiercely violent. Read more…