Everyone has a little sister. I have a little sister. Two of them. But who knew Sherlock Holmes had a little sister? Enola Holmes, about 20 years younger than Sherlock, is faced with a serious problem that sets her on a journey to discover if she is as talented as her older brothers.
Millie Bobby Brown stars as Enola and is so fun to watch. She guides the viewer through the story with many conversations straight at the camera. The rest of the cast is just as much fun, Helena Bonham Carter is her mother a suffragist who teaches her daughter jujitsu, while Henry Cavill plays Sherlock, the famous detective.
It wouldn’t be a Holmes mystery if there wasn’t something curious to solve. In true fashion, the story twists and turns but is a very delightful adventure. This historical fiction comes from a series of young adult novels, The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer.
This Netflix movie is worth your time. I hope they make a sequel.
When I watch a movie about Judy Garland, I expect to HEAR Judy Garland. To those who love her, the voice is magical. Judy not so much.
Renee Zellweger plays older Judy Garland while Darci Shaw plays her young. The story focus’ on the broke singer in late 1968 when she was homeless and couldn’t find a gig. There are flashbacks to her younger self which helps the audience understand why she makes some of the decisions she makes.
Zellweger does a good job. Shaw is believable. The story will reinforce the idea that being a child star sucked. Zellweger trained for months to sing this part. She could have trained for a lifetime, and it would not be enough.
In the movie, Louis B Mayer tells Garland that the one thing she has going for her is her voice. It was the thing that attracted audiences. There was something in her voice, even towards the end of her life, that takes the listener somewhere. Renee doesn’t have that.
An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.
But Zo’s time back East had given her a greater sense of who she was as a colored person. But Hattie needed to have words with her daughter today.
“Is your sister back?”
Hardy stopped and looked at her mother. Hardy was next to the oldest child for her mother. She was her father’s oldest. Unlike Zo, her skin was a rich creamy brown and her eyes matched. At 26 years old, she was the wife of a husband, John Oliver, who worked at the meat packing plant, mother of two and part time cook for a white Baptist minister. Her days and nights were full, but she also looked after her very sick mother. It was not as difficult since her oldest sister came back home. She only looked in on her mother while Zo went to town. She cooked too, because she didn’t think Zo knew how to.
“Mama, you asked me that ten minutes ago. She is not back yet. You know she has to go get the papers and sashay all over town. She need to get a job with her uppity self. She think she too good to clean and cook. What else can a woman do?”
“She got some education, Hardy. She can teach or nurse. She gonna do better than me.”
Hardy came back in the room.
“Ain’t nobody gonna do better than you, mama. You raised us, sent us to school…”
“I’m not talking about that. I mean she got some real book learning.”
“She smart, but you know that Rev Norris, is really smart too. He helped start a bible college right here in Fort Worth.”
“If I am asleep, you tell Zo to wake me up.”
Hardy knew that tone. She knew someone was going to get a whipping, even if it was just with words.
Who did it better? Living Single or Designing Women? Both episodic comedies portrayed independent women in business. One side was southern belles, and the others were savvy chic New Yorkers. Both did a lot of uplifting women. In this episode of TV Talk with the Sistas we discuss the impact these independent made on us.