Podcasts, award shows, and more! This week Lane and Michelle take on the new and the old, and they’re pretty convinced this year is going to be filled with exciting television, film, books, etc. to binge on!
1. Dirty John
This true crime podcast, distributed by the Los Angeles Times, is seriously bingeable. I had a long commute this week and it made time fly. Dirty John is a professional conman who takes advantage of older, successful women via online dating websites. It’s told through the eyes of one family who was duped by John. The family, the Newells, themselves have an interesting history too – which makes for great characters and a riveting plot. Highly recommend for a road trip or commute.
2. Short stories
Thanks to this great “10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018” list, I’ve read four over the last couple days.
- “Dimension” by Alice Munro
- “The Proxy Marriage” by Maile Meloy
- “Crooner” by Kazuo Ishiguro
- “The Deer-Vehicle Collision Survivors Support Group” by Porochista Khakpour
3. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
I’m speed-reading this for a book club deadline. It’s about the New York crime scene, docks, sailors in the 1930s-40s. It’s not a topic I’d normally read about, but the characters are riveting and the historical details are fascinating.
4. Golden Globes & analysis
Of course, I binged the Golden Globes. I really enjoyed the ceremony but thought that many of the awards went to the wrong people/films/tv shows. You can see exactly how wrong I was, take a look at my ballot.
5. Lovesick season 3
Lovesick is a funny, sweet, will-they-won’t-they, British, rom com series. It’s not the best thing in the world, but it’s enjoyable.
- Netflix’s The End of the Fucking World (and it’s accompanying soundtrack)
Call me biased. Call me crazy. Call me hooked. Call me whatever, but Netflix has consistently produced some of the best television series of the last few years. They also have an incredible eye for shows that exist outside of their creative departments and bring them in for Original status. The End of the Fucking World is no different. Based on both a graphic novel and the short film that it inspired, this eight episode series feels like such a breath of fresh air. It is all parts awesome. The soundtrack is supervised perfectly (Listen here). The acting is authentic and minimal and raw. The narrative is flexible, refreshing, and yet feels very familiar. The characters are accessible and distant. There’s teen angst, self-discovery, complicated feelings, growing up, and the acknowledgement of what we can mean to other people and vice versa.
Originally released in England back in October 2017, Netflix brought the show to it’s streaming platform with limited advertisement and hype. I didn’t hear anything about it until the Tuesday prior to it’s release. It was released last week and already has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, a buzz that cannot be silenced, and critical reception and discussion on an upcoming second season. I was so blown away by how much I loved this show, and how much I missed it when it was over.Also, yes, I watched the series more than once…more than twice..and maybe even more than three times. SUE ME.
- Brooklynn Prince’s Critic’s Choice Awards acceptance speech
*Start video at 1:15 and fill your heart with love.
- The New York Times’ Fright Club
Last year The New York Times produced a series of videos that retold horror stories and familiar characters featured in the works of the genre. Utilizing the powerhouse talents from the year’s best films, the NYT were able to create a catalog of shorts that are artistic, innovative, emotional, and extremely well done. Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish, Saoirse Ronan, and more can be found turning up the terror here.
*Bonus Binge: Oprah’s Golden Globe speech is now available on Spotify and I’m using it as my daily affirmation going forward.