Tom Cruise’s big swollen face aside, this movie is 100% amazing.
It is the quintessential uber action movie. I’m talking hardcore fist-fights, an extravagant party scene with mistaken identities, a helicopter chase, and nuclear threat (like, I mean, that’s in every movie, right?).
The best part, though, is that it’s easy to follow. I hate that spy movies have this bad habit of getting really convoluted with thousands of threads to follow and 1,000 bad guy names, and all the bad guy names are barely different. Like “Oh no, Alexi Alexandrovich has a nuclear bomb, and Alaster Alessandrovax has two nuclear bombs. They’ve never met but have similar goals, and they’re both inexplicably present at this party in Paris, and our bumbling spy interference has made them aware of each other. Now, they’re best psycho friends and have joined forces and have THREE nuclear bombs. Also, blueprints for world destruction that CIA agent, Aaron Alexanderson accidentally misplaced have mysteriously ended up in Alexandrovich and Alessandrovax’s hands. Exactly what they needed to end the world order as we know it.”
I digress. It’s the best MI movie since Ghost Protocol, and I don’t say that lightly. The entire theater gasped and laughed, and we collectively sat on the edges of our seats. It was weirdly communal. I dug it.
The latest album from the talented, stylish, all-around amazing Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer, has been on repeat for the last week, and I LOVE IT; I LOVE JANELLE MONAE; DO YOU THINK SHE WOULD MARRY ME? If you’re looking for your end-of-summer road-trip soundtrack or just some tunes that are both upbeat and intellectually-fueled, this is it. The first song features Brian Wilson and is so freaking cool.
The whole album is explicit, but just be cool.
I started the first episode of Stephen King’s Castle Rock by myself (in the dark), and within the first ten minutes, I was aghast. Aghast. Then, when I didn’t think it could get more dramatic, the following scene was so scary that I literally screamed out loud and ran into the other room. Straight into Brian’s arms. His presence is mandatory for all future viewings of Castle Rock episodes.
Y’all, this shit is scary. But it’s also scary good.
Watch it on Hulu (in the bright light of day with your strongest friends).
So, I binge-watched the first season of Casual almost accidentally. It’s not great. There are a few funny moments, but other than those few and far between redeeming moments, it’s difficult to watch. I don’t think I’ve seen such horrible characters since Girls.
Alex and Valerie are siblings. Valerie moves in with Alex after her divorce. Valerie has a 16-year-old daughter, Laura, who we’re first introduced to as she’s having sex in her uncle’s hot tub, which (as this article aptly points out), “would be creepier if the actress playing her looked even close to being 16.”
Some say Casual is Hulu’s perfect show, and maybe it gets better after its first season, but so far, I just want to strangle everyone.
FIVE || “Shade for Shade” | Issa Rae in Exhibitionist Lipstick by COVERGIRL
You know my love for all things Issa Rae, and this COVERGIRL YouTube video-acting-like-it’s-not-an-ad-but-we-know-it’s-an-ad is NO exception. The premise is that Issa and her three friends are ready to go out for the night and looking for something to do, and as they each put on their favorite lipstick they shade each other (get it “shade for shade,” it’s cute). My favorite line might be, “If you can’t handle black lipstick, you can’t handle me, baby.”
It’s fun to see women getting to be themselves with their friends. Get yours, Issa!