BAD HAIR
2020, Hulu, 115 min, USA, Dir: Justin Simien

Set in L.A. in 1989, this instant cult classic combines sizzling satire with period-inspired psycho-thriller sensibilities to create something entirely fresh, effortlessly cool and thoroughly creepy. Anna Bludso (an incredible central performance by Elle Lorraine) is an executive assistant in the image-obsessed world of music television aspiring to become an on-air TV personality. When that opportunity arises, she must overcome fears born of literally scarring childhood relaxer perm trauma by trading in her natural look for a weave at the insistence of her new boss (Vanessa Williams). The gamble seemingly pays off with a new position of power and visibility, but Anna discovers that success may come at the cost of her sanity … and that her new hair may have a mind of its own. With an ensemble cast including Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, Usher and Kelly Rowland. – Evrim Ersoy


BAD EDUCATION (2020)
2020, HBO Films, 108 min, USA, Dir: Cory Finley

Inspired by the true story that rocked the town of Roslyn, NY in 2004 and garnered national attention, BAD EDUCATION centers on the stunning impact and aftermath of a multi-million-dollar embezzlement scheme. The darkly comical film focuses on Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) – both a passionate educator dedicated to seeing his students succeed, and an expert manipulator willing to steal from the very same people he was so eager to help. Allison Janney costars as Pam Gluckin, Dr. Tassone’s major domo and right-hand, the business manager for the Roslyn school district who worked her way up through sheer grit and passion. Intelligently written and tautly directed, the film highlights both the deficiencies of the public education system in the U.S. and the broader forces that foster greed, corruption and lack of accountability in our institutions.


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