What we’ll be listening to, watching, and reading to sate our pop culture needs.
We’re crying in five accents grieving over the loss of the late, great Joan Rivers—luckily there’s a doc to help us reflect on her fierce work ethic and fearsome wit. And we also can’t tear ourselves away from the tennis, and so much more this weekend.
Juliette Lewis is perfectly cast as Kelly in Kelly & Cal, a former riot grrrl turned suburban mom in this genuine film that elicits sentimentality without veering into schlock. Lonely in her new town, detached from her colicky six-month-old, and too weird to bond with the local moms group, Kelly befriends her 17-year-old neighbor Cal, a mouthy kid whose daredevil stunt landed him in a wheelchair. Their unlikely bond crackles with chemistry, and complicated supporting characters like Kelly’s husband Josh and her buttoned-up mother-in-law played by Cybill Shepherd, round out this rare film that was both written and directed by women, Amy Lowe Starbin and Jen McGowan respectively.
We’ve spent nine episodes getting to know the bizarre world of HBO’s The Leftovers (as well as Justin Theroux’s much-discussed private parts), adapted from Tom Perrotta’s eponymous novel. As the mysteries of the Departure twist and turn, we’ve been faced with more questions than answers. Perhaps this Sunday’s season finale will change that.
This book, edited by three of contemporary lit’s most compelling writers, is a veritable treasure trove of insight about style, clothing, and what fashion means outside of what fashion magazines tell us it means. Culling essays, photographs, and answers to their clothing questionnaire from more than 600 contributors—including well-known women like Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald, and Cindy Sherman, as well as plenty of other less-known participants—these authors have provided a whole new way of looking at style and its oft-overlooked influence on who we are and what we find important.
Bands don’t often last two albums, let alone two decades, but after 21 years together, this trio’s released its ninth studio album, Barragán. Continuing an evolution that’s spanned from noise rock to shoegaze, vocalist Kazu Makino along with twin brothers Amedeo (vocals/guitar) and Simone (drums) Pace offer a stripped down atmospheric album full of swirling guitars, languid jams, and the biggest draw, Makino’s moody vocals tying it all together.
Until this 2010 documentary was released, many people associated Joan Rivers with snarky red-carpet commentary and QVC jewelry. But this intimate and eye-opening film reminded us that Joan Rivers was a groundbreaking star, a tireless performer who lived to work, and that every female comedian who takes the stage today owes her a heap of debt. The depiction of her influence is outweighed only by the revelation of her humanity. Plus she was damn funny. Rest in peace, Joan.
As Sports Illustrated asked, will it be the summer of Serena or the summer of Woz? The women’s U.S. Open wraps up on CBS on Saturday and it’s looking like Williams and Wozniacki will face each other. Or will they? Sunday is the men’s final—will Djoko and the Fed meet for a showdown? We’ll be glued to the coverage till the last shot is called.
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