Patricia Danaher

Patricia Danaher is a writer, producer, ecopsychologist and Golden Globe Juror who has written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and many others. Currently writing her doctorate, she works with those suffering bereavement and has developed rituals and grief kits to help those in mourning. Her site: Rituals for the Living.
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Dead to Me Creator Liz Feldman on Death & Comedy in the Time of Corona

For someone who has spent most of her professional life writing comedy, Liz Feldman, creator of Dead to Me, has had death on her mind for a long time. The Emmy winner wrote jokes for Ellen Degeneres for several years, including for her Oscars hosting gigs, and has been in the world of television since

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Unorthodox

A surprising and moving thriller about an unhappily married young Hasidic woman who dares to flee her suffocating life and marriage in an ultra-orthodox Brooklyn community.

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Dead to Me

At a time when there is too much actual death everywhere in real life, Dead to Me is a tonic with both the unapologetic sharpness of the humor combined with its emotional groundedness.

Patricia Danaher

Patricia Danaher is a writer, producer, ecopsychologist and Golden Globe Juror who has written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and many others. Currently writing her doctorate, she works with those suffering bereavement and has developed rituals and grief kits to help those in mourning. Her site: Rituals for the Living.
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The Mandalorian Refresher

If the notoriously fractious Star Wars fandom can agree that The Mandalorian is a worthy torchbearer as the franchise heads into an uncertain future, it’s got to be worth checking out. 

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Aftersun

A deeply felt, slow-burning indie film about a 30-something woman looking back on her last vacation with her father 20 years earlier, it’s a work that’s true impact sneaks up on you after the credits roll.

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The Watercooler Guide to Hello Tomorrow!

Apple’s new futuristic TV series combines nostalgia, sci-fi and Billy Crudup to ask big questions about the cost of all of the hype around tech, space, and “the future” can cost us all.

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The Best Political Movies & Series for Every Mood

As we try and process the latest world events and the state of politics, our brains could benefit from a break from the news. For President’s Day weekend, we’ve curated a watchlist of scripted stories that bring the inspiration, comedic relief, romance, and carefully crafted resolutions missing from current events — while still challenging us

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Sidney

A stirring documentary about iconic actor and activist Sidney Poitier’s life and its impact — on Hollywood, on Black history, and on American history.

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Single? Swiping? Swooning? What to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Remember when we gave Valentine cards to every kid in the class, the teacher, our parents, and saved a handful of candy hearts that said “Hot Stuff” to stuff into our own mouths?  Valentine’s Day used to be about more than just romantic love. To honor its origins in our childhoods and it’s place in

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Laid Off? 10 Movies to Help You Cope

What to watch when you’ve been laid off? Here are the best movies about getting downsized and starting over.

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Norah Jones’ Streaming Watchlist

After three long years, Grammy-winning star Norah Jones is going back on tour. She tells the Watercooler’s Steve Baltin what she’s been listening to and watching — and what she’s up to on her podcast.

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12 Book Adaptations to Get Excited About

With each New Year comes a fresh lineup of literary adaptations, and 2023 will not disappoint audiences. Much-anticipated sequels (Dune, Shadow and Bone) finally arrive to satiate followers. Beloved classics (Wonka, The Color Purple) get new spins—and songs. Judy Blume adds another film adaptation to her career as an author, as does Bram Stoker. Whether

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Best of the Watercooler: Movies & Series to Watch Now

The start of December ushers in a flurry of new releases, a mix of crowd-pleasing holiday movies and awards season fare that can make the scrolling and app jumping feel especially overwhelming. So we’ve sifted out six of the most exciting, engrossing, and transporting new films, shows, and even a podcast — each of which

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Under the Radar Holiday Movies for Every Mood

It’s already happened, friends. I was driving around, six weeks from Christmas, the radio on, when I heard it. That one song. The one that tells us to brace ourselves, the holidays are coming: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” And I am not ashamed to admit that I bellowed out every

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Napoleon

A stunning, riveting, and surprisingly funny biopic, Ridley Scott’s Napoleon is a cinematic tour de force: a visual masterclass in humanity and all its ills.

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World

A fun, comical, unexpected breath of fresh air, Scott Pilgrim vs the World blends cleverly crafted action with a story about how to deal with the pain of young love, accept ourselves and move on – shifting our focus from the past to the present.

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The Holdovers

A cross-generation watch that delivers a breath of fresh air to the holiday movie season, The Holdovers will tug at your heartstrings as it wrestles with deeper themes — ultimately nurturing hope.

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How to Jump Into The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

It has been 11 years since Katniss and Peeta were introduced in The Hunger Games, the film that broke box office records and kicked off a dystopian blockbuster trilogy. The duo were dragged back into the arena in the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay: Part One before they finally found some semblance of peace in

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A Need to Know Guide to Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

The first streaming series in the Godzilla monsterverse is an epic story that straddles two timelines and three generations — explaining the origin story of the people who have studied the colossal creatures over the past 70 years.

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20-Something & Figuring it Out: A Post-College Watchlist

I’ve grown accustomed to seeing people my age on screen. The problem is, 23-year-olds are usually playing high schoolers. And while I’ve relished the avalanche of shows and movies about high school’s clique-ridden trials, and even the few that explore college’s rich landscape, I was ready for something that reflected my own freshly post-commencement life.

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Rescue in the Philippines

A chilling yet inspiring documentary about an often-overlooked act of kindness that ultimately changed the course of history.

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