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 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…

Sarah Polley and American Psycho’s Mary Harron team up for Margaret Atwood series

Who would have predicted that the hottest commodity in TV this year would be a 76-year-old Canadian feminist poet? (Okay, sure, maybe we’ve thought about it. But we wouldn’t have predicted it.) Yet, here we are, receiving press releases announcing that Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel Alias Grace is being developed as a…

Sarah Polley is writing a new Little Women film

Although there’s a new version of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice popping up just about every month, Little Women—Louisa May Alcott’s slightly more moralistic female-centric literary classic—has been largely ignored by Hollywood in recent years. There hasn’t been a big screen version since Winona Ryder took on the…