Through the magic of my Roku device, I’ve been gorging on biographies of people who kick serious ass. These films equate to a nonfiction lover’s Avengers series. In each one our hero goes against some serious odds and comes out the other side penning Supreme Court dissents, producing stunning music and art, or scorching the tennis court. I can’t think of any better therapy right now.
Are you kidding me? Who ARE you, Ruth Bader Ginsberg? Working till 4 in the morning and showing up at the court at 9—in your EIGHTIES? Your quiet rage is everything. Favorite moment: Justice Ginsberg planking next to her personal trainer. “She’s a cyborg,” he says, describing her relentless will at the gym. Bonus: The doc lends a face to the voice we know as Nina Totenberg. There’s never been a better time to watch this documentary. Available now on Hulu.
Joan Jett is the RBG of the rock world, just steadily killing it and paving the way for other women with rare modesty and humility. Favorite scene: Joan singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at Nirvana’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here we are now, entertain us. Bad Reputation is in theaters right now. I rented it through FandangoNow for 6.99. Worth it.
Fascinating walk through the life of a musician and producer who broke through so many barriers. Many juicy behind the scenes peeks at his marriage to Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad!), his relationship with Michael Jackson, the production of “We Are The World” and more. Favorite moment: Quincy walking on stage at the opening of the National Museum of African American Art and History at the Smithsonian with his daughter Rashida Jones. Netflix.
I have a temporary HBO subscription so I can wolf down Season 3 of Insecure and found Being Serena there. Mesmerized by Serena, I’d watch her in anything and this series is compelling in its portrayal of her determination to come back to tennis after her pregnancy. However, Being Serena felt a little bit like an infomercial and I preferred the grittier view of her offered by the 2016 documentary Serena.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
Interesting look into the work of a woman with a limitless imagination and a tremendous sense of style. Pay equity issues fought, glass ceilings cracked.Amazon Prime.