This week, Germany returned looted artifacts to Nigeria, we looked back at the weird, wild, and wonderful stories you might have missed, and learned how to be better movie viewers according to film critics.
Here’s what the Pop Culture Happy Hour team was obsessed with — and what you should check out this weekend.
Blamo! Podcast, episode of Avery Truffleman
I am listening to this podcast called Blamo! It’s a fashion podcast hosted by this guy named Jeremy Kirkland. There was a final episode that featured Avery Truffleman. She does the Articles of interest The podcast that just dropped an entire season on “Prep” and “Ivy.” But in this appearance, they started talking about fashion and clothes and how stupid it is to have fun with all that stuff — something I’ve been thinking about a lot. It was interesting to see other people struggle kind of with caring for something important — I’m not here to try to say that shirts aren’t important, because I think a lot about different types of shirts all the time. But thinking about these things in the context of what’s going on around you in the world is always interesting to me. Andrew Limpong
Paris is burningstreaming on HBO Max
My partner and I started searching for a treasure trove late, very late RuPaul’s Drag Race. We fall in love with new people, get mad at new people, and dive into this whole new wing of reality TV competition.
And along the way, to get a better perspective on the show, I finally sat down for the first time to watch Jenny Livingstone’s 1990 documentary, Paris is burningwhich is of course a huge cultural touchstone, as it influenced Madonna “Vogue” and pointing to, a show that I really love, and it’s clearly been a huge influence on Drag Race. It’s a really touching, sad and wonderful movie. It explores the 1980s, drag balls in New York City, and the characters that populate this world. It’s sad, because of the fate of so many people in this movie. Only a small handful of people who appear in this movie are still alive. But there is also such joy and believability. …
If you like RuPaul’s Drag Race, if you really celebrate drag culture, as I know our colleague Glenn Weldon has been pretty much ahead of me in talking about this on the show for years and years and years. This movie is really worth catching up on if you missed it somehow. You can still, at least for now, find it on HBO Max and other streaming services. And that’s great. Where have you been for the past 32 years? – Stephen Thompson
The Christmas Album by Sheryl Lee Ralph, sleigh.
I enjoy Christmas music a lot. I’m always looking for new Christmas music to enjoy – and it’s hard. There isn’t a lot of new and new Christmas music being made. I prefer ones that are a little more clever or fun, not Starbucks-coffee-shop versions of holiday albums. And lucky for us is Sheryl Lee Ralph Abbott Elementary And many, many other things before that, she blessed us with a holiday album called sleigh And slaughter she does.
This album is actually kind of in the same vein RuPaul’s Drag Race. It gives us a little bit of house music. It gives us a little “growth” and excitement. It gives us some ballroom culture. There are some original songs. There are also such holiday standards little drummer — which I never liked as a song. It’s not just an interesting song. But she takes Little drummer And they make it fun.
This whole album is a little campy. It has a separator called I love vacations, where it was just Sheryl Lee Ralph saying, “I love the holidays, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah for you. I love them all.” … It’s great background music… While you’re finishing your wrapping or making your holiday cookies or whatever, it’s fun. Sheryl Lee Ralph is a delight. – Aisha Harris
crash landing on you
I wasn’t really excited about a lot of the things I was watching, listening to, and reading. And I was kind of annoyed. I started to think as if I had lost my ability to fall in love with anything. Luckily, our wonderful producer, Jessica Reddy, was there for me and told me this was the moment I needed to get into K-dramas, which she was telling me for a while, and others were telling me. And for a while.
Jessica recommended me crash landing on you, a series that you can find on Netflix. There are 16 episodes. Almost … an hour and a half each. I watched 16 of them in about three or so days, which tells you how much this affected me. It is part of a rom-com. It is the story of a woman, a South Korean businesswoman, who parachutes and slips into North Korea and is discovered by a North Korean soldier. He agrees to hide it and they love each other. It ultimately contains elements of an epic romance. It has political, military and shooting elements. Her family is such a rich family. So it has a little bit SuccessionLike a family plot going on. There are a bunch of really cool friendships out there. He has a small company of guys who work with him and they are absolutely charming. In addition, there is a small group of women who live in this village like army wives. You have to get to know them.
I fell deeply in love with her. I loved it. I cried several times. I kept writing to Jessica at various times about the things I was crying about. It’s also really funny in places. It’s one of the best mashups of so many different genres and so many different tones and vibes that I’ve been through.
And look, I’m agonizingly and agonizingly late getting this whole thing going, let alone this series, which has been a massive phenomenon in a number of different countries. But it made me very happy and I felt very comfortable responding so enthusiastically to something that I think is very interesting and well done. It’s a complete thing. crash landing on you Available on Netflix. If you’re anything like me, you won’t do anything else, in your next spare time, you’ll be totally devoted to it. – Linda Holmes
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by Linda Holmes
We’ve already done our unspoiled work glass onion episode; Our spoiler is coming! And to get ready, you can now watch the movie on Netflix.
I haven’t seen Hallmark yet Hanukkah is rye, but I thought I’d highlight it as the one I plan to see this weekend, because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it – and according to multiple sources, the best holiday movie of the season. Hallmark will air it again on December 24 at noon EST.
This week I was talking about the 1987 compilation album A very special birthdaythen bam! Washington Post I came up with a retrospective on this subject.
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