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Radium Girls (2020)
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Review

RADIUM GIRLS (2020)

Joey King, Abby Quinn, Cara Seymour, Scott Shepherd, Susan Heyward, Neal Huff, Collin-Kelly Sordelet, John Bedford Lloyd, Joe Grifasi

Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler

Can you believe in the 1920s people used to drink radium dissolved in water as an energy drink? It was marketed as a cure for impotence and other ailments and sold for about a buck which would be around $20 now when you factor in inflation. The dangers of the radioactive element were underplayed especially by a New Jersey company that manufactured luminous gauges and watches for the military using radioactive paint. Many of the women working in the plant suffered from contamination and some lost their lives. They became known as the Radium Girls and this is their story.

At one-point radium was believed to be the miracle cure of the 20th century, as seen in the Marie Curie biopic “Radioactive” starring Rosamund Pike which was released earlier this year and moved to Amazon Prime Video after the pandemic shut down theaters in March.

“Radium Girls” opens in 1925 New Jersey, as sisters Bessie (Joey King) and Jo (Abby Quinn) work as dial painters for the American Radium Factory which manufactures glow-in-the-dark watch dials for troops serving in WWI. Mr. Leech (Scott Shepherd), the plant’s foreman, is notorious for docking Bessie’s pay because she refuses to lick the paintbrush to create a fine point needed to accurately paint the numbers on the dials. Her work looks sloppy while Jo, on the other hand, is one of the company’s best performers.

The girls working at the factory have no idea the luminous paint is toxic; in fact, they are rewarded with a bottle of radium water as a bonus for being the hardest worker. This may explain why Jo’s teeth have begun to fall out and why Bessie remains healthy after refusing to lick her brush, citing the paint’s bad aftertaste. The girls were unaware of radium’s danger and when some of them began to die — include Bessie and Jo’s older sister — the company blamed their deaths on syphilis. It’s the same diagnosis given to Jo by AMF’s Dr. Flint (Neal Huff) which sends up a red flag with the sisters since Jo is a virgin.

Based on a true story, the idea for the film came about when co-director Ginny Mohler and her colleague and the film’s co-writer Brit Shaw stumbled upon the story while doing research on another project for the History Channel. This led to archival footage from the actual Radium Girls that is seen interspersed throughout the film. It’s a fascinating story that captivates the viewer as the truth begins to surface when several of the girls file a lawsuit against the company.

The supporting cast features Collin Kelly Sordelet as a communist reporter named Walt who befriends Bessie and steers her towards consumer advocate Wiley Stephans (Cara Seymour). She warns the sisters of American Radium Factory’s coverup and convinces them to sue the company in order to expose their deceit and the dangers of radium to the world. The Radium Girls plight is documented by Oklahoma journalist Etta (Susan Heyward), an activist whose family’s photography store was destroyed during the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921.

“Radium Girls” features solid performances by the cast as first-time feature directors Pilcher and Mohler blend fact with fictional characters to bring the enlightening story to the screen.

Monsterland/Roberta Colindrez Oct 2

Plainfield, Illinois

Starring Taylor Schilling as Kate Feldman and Roberta Colindrez as Shawn Greene, “Plainfield, Illinois” has a wonderful sense of tonal rhythm and the best love story in Monsterland season 1 on Hulu. Directed by Logan Kibens (Snowfall) and the aforementioned Pesce, the narrative centers on a female couple who clash after 15 years together. Whereas Shawn keeps a corporate job and appears to be emotionally-balanced, Kate struggles with suicidal thoughts and eventually makes a fateful decision that essentially fractures the mind of her partner. “Plainfield, Illinois” examines the horrors of domestic routines, and keeps the audience off-guard by introducing a gore element while staying true to the existing relationship drama. “Plainfield, Illinois” is a mash-up of sub-genres that takes the narrative to a supremely dark place, only to settle on a message of hope. Streamers will recognize Schillling from various roles – and she delivers a spectacular performance, but it’s Colindrez who steals the show in Monsterland season 1’s best episode as the deeply complex character Shawn.

19th amendment

On November 5, 1919, Maine voted to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including Maine) ratified the amendment, ensuring that the right to vote could not be denied across the country based on sex.

Proudly flying the 19th amendment flag on Labor Day in Stockton Springs

VOTE THIS YEAR NOW MORE THAN EVER

Congrats John Maria Gutierrez

MaMaNYC

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club has laid out plans for its 2020–2021 season, which will focus on the creation of new works across the digital and physical theatre landscape during the coronavirus pandemic. The centerpiece of the season (dubbed the “Breaking It Open” season) is a lineup of Artist Residents, who will receive grants, time, space, and resources to create pieces and develop initiatives that experiment with new and existing mediums.

Among the residents are composer Philip Glass, dancer-choreographer Shauna Davis, playwright Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Great Jones Repertory with Dan Safer, Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, conceptual artist and activist Yoshiko Chuma, writer-performer Paul Lazar, composer Jerome Ellis, choreographer John Maria Gutierrez, choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith, performance duo Split Britches, performer Timothy White Eagle, composer Justin Hicks, puppeteer Leah Ogawa, and theatre artist Stacey Karen Robinson.

October 2nd TV News

Roberta Colindrez /Monsterland is scheduled to hit Hulu on Friday, October 2. The first season of Monsterland will consist of eight independent episodes.

Perry Yung returns to Warrior season 2 on Cinemax

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