What we'll be listening to, watching, and reading to sate our pop culture needs.
Are you celebrating spring or mourning its non-arrival? Either way, we recommend you do it with Abbi, Ilana, Hannah, and the rest of the women below.
Kumiko is a reticent 29-year-old office worker in Tokyo with a compelling imagination and a pet bunny named Bunzo in this movie inspired by an urban legend, directed by David Zellner and co-written with his brother Nathan. When a corporate credit card comes Kumiko’s way, she heads to Minnesota, determined to find the “treasure” buried there in the movie Fargo. Sweet, sad, and beautiful, this film offers much more than its premise seems to promise.
On her third album Froot, Welsh singer Marina Diamandis covers all the bases, from lush electro-pop to emotionally driven ballads—good for dancing and downtime!
It seems too soon to say good-bye these girls, but the end of the seasons are here—Broad City’s finale aired on Wednesday, so this weekend is a perfect time for a catch-up (or repeat) viewing. After episodes that expanded Abbi and Ilana’s absurd New York bubble, the finale brought it back to the simple crux of what makes this show so dang good: their friendship. On Girls, Hannah spent this season learning to grow up, and with the finale this Sunday, we’ll see if the fallout from her family news continues and, hopefully, whether things with Adam change after Mimi Rose’s confession during that most awkward dinner with Ace and Jessa. Whether your allegiance lies with Abbi and Ilana or Hannah et al., you’ve got a 30-minute swan song to help process your feelings of abandonment. And then it’s back to counting the days till the next season’s premieres.
This dark new drama ripe for the binge-watching—the entire season is out today—focuses on the Rayburns, a family running a Florida Keys Inn. Coach Taylor, er, Kyle Chandler plays the straight-and-narrow son, Ben Mendelsohn his ne’er do well brother come back to the family fold, Linda Cardellini is their sister, and Sissy Spacek has the role of the matriarch. The Rayburns carry the guilt of a grim secret, one that unfolds in a way that makes it near impossible not to “play next.”
Jill Alexander Essbaum’s Hausfrau nods to both Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary: the American protagonist, named Anna, is bored by her domestic life of wifery and motherhood, and spends her free time seeking thrills from men who are not her Swiss husband. Sex and malaise make for a titillating read.
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