Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

In its penultimate episode, Alias Grace thrives on uncertainty

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“Part 5” drives home the notion that there’s no way to know for certain all that happened on the day Nancy Montgomery was thrown down the cellar stairs and choked to death and Thomas Kinnear was shot. Grace calls her own narrative into question, needling viewers on with little questions that sow the seeds of doubt…

Alias Grace shows the deadly effects of limited abortion access

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Even though they’re very different shows, I found myself thinking about How To Get Away With Murder while watching “Part 2” of Alias Grace and comparing both shows’ approaches to murder mystery. How To Get Away With Murder gets off on being as withholding as possible. It keeps its twists so tightly locked up that…

Alias Grace’s stars on why the show is going to make you uncomfortable

Set in the 1840s, Alias Grace, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, is a fictionalized look at Grace Marks, a domestic servant convicted of murdering her employer. The show doesn’t shy away from the painful realities of women, and is meant to challenge the audience with weighty themes and harsh…

Alias Grace’s stars on the recent resurgence of Margaret Atwood

Alias Grace marks 2017’s third adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, the first two being Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and CBC Kids’ Wandering Wenda. Set in the 1840s, Alias Grace is a fictionalized look at Grace Marks, a domestic servant convicted of murdering her employer. In the video above, stars Sarah Gadon and…

Alias Grace is scarier than The Handmaid’s Tale, because it actually happened

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This year, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale became the first streaming show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Netflix quickly followed with Alias Grace, another adaptation of a seminal Margaret Atwood novel. Set in the 1840s, the latter production’s young female characters reflect the handmaids in the former…

Up-and-coming actor David Cronenberg to co-star in Sarah Polley’s Alias Grace

The Playlist is reporting that director David Cronenberg has been cast in Sarah Polley’s upcoming Netflix series, Alias Grace. Cronenberg—whose resume is peppered with small acting roles in both his own films and movies like The Stupids and Jason X—will appear in a supporting role in Polley’s adaptation of Margaret…

Anna Paquin tapped to star in that other Margaret Atwood adaptation

Television’s hottest trend in 2016 is Margaret Atwood. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale miniseries is getting most of the buzz, especially since it stars Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley, who are two of the most captivating actors on television and yet don’t have a mountain of awards to show for it. (Moss never won an…