Lane finally started The People vs. O.J. Simpson! Michelle loves Get Out and Ryan Adams. Plus, Oscars-related hype.
1. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
I missed The People vs OJ when it debuted last February because I was in the middle of writing my thesis, and then it took a year to debut on Netflix. I lived through all the hype about the show but I kept my expectations low. How could everyone agree on this Ryan Murphy-affiliated show? I had a bunch of red flags – it seemed too soon, John Travolta, that ESPN documentary… BUT NOPE. It’s riveting, smart, tragic, well-filmed, pertinent. To be fair, I know next to nothing about the OJ trial so I feel like I’m learning something new. But even if you’re an OJ trial addict, just watch it for Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark.
2. Academy Awards hype
Okay, to be fair, it doesn’t help that this blog is featuring the Oscars this week. But I’ve read a lot of Oscars hype and history this week. Check out our picks for Sunday’s ceremony. It’s also fun to see which films actually won best picture and how they age (spoiler, most of them age poorly).
3. See Michelle’s #3 – HBO’s solid Sunday lineup!
I’d like to add Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to her list.
1. All press and interviews and reviews of Jordan Peele’s Get Out
I was completely blown away by this film when I saw it at an early screening on Monday. I’ve considered myself a pretty harsh critic when it comes to the horror genre, because over the recent years, too many poorly executed, money makers have been produced. But Get Out is a standout in the genre. It’s funny when it needs to be, doesn’t overuse tropes or cheap ploys to scare the audience, and it’s speaking to a greater context. I wrote a Reel Feels piece on it, because it’s such an awesome piece of cinema. PS: Allison Williams is a gem and I think she was stellar in this film (which is her first, by the way).
2. Ryan Adams new album Prisoner
There’s nothing better than a good breakup album, at least that’s what I thought until I heard a GREAT breakup album. That’s what Prisoner is. Carefully curated words of heartbreak, loneliness, regret, etc. flood the tracks of this album. Adams’ pain isn’t special or profound, but it transcends through the speakers and into any cracks left over from your last broken heart. With his classic Springsteen like sound, there’s grit, stamina, and pure emotion woven in these authentically rock jams. You can check out the full album here. My top tracks are “Shiver and Shake”, “Doomsday” and “Prisoner.” PS: Steer clear of researching his divorce and relationship with Mandy Moore while listening…it’s both crazy and will make these songs hurt more
3. HBO’s solid Sunday lineup
Girls, Big Little Lies, and Crashing…this lineup is stacked! Crashing had a relatively weak debut (you can ask Lane about it), but I enjoyed it’s portrayal of the stand up comedy scene since I’m deeply invested in that world from my own comedy career and my job within that industry. Big Little Lies was the biggest surprise debut for me. I knew in my heart it would be at the least, decent, especially since Reese Witherspoon has an fantastic eye at optioning books for projects (Wild, Gone Girl). The collective of talent within the cast is plenty and luckily doesn’t create any issues of overshadowing, dominance, etc. The real pleasure and surprise was in how well the suspense and thrill of the narrative was executed. It definitely kept my interest and left me wanting more. I’m excited to see where both shows go within their stories and hopefully they’ll continue to satisfy my television needs. Of course, Girls was excellent, so I won’t delve into the episode. I will simply tell you to watch it and really admire the dynamics between the characters and the exquisite way Lena Dunham wrote the episode to mirror a horror film.