Happy Spring everyone! If you’re in or around the Tri-State today, your first day of spring looked like mine…snowy. I am so ready to leave winter behind and break out the flip flops! Everyone is getting ready for or just got back from Spring break across the nation and unlike my title and quote from the movie Spring Breakers may suggest, my break was incredibly boring.
Last Week here at MSJ, it was Spring Break and basically all I did was work, plus I was getting over some type of Bronchitis. I ended up listening to several podcasts on my drives to work and trying to catch up on movies that I had yet to see. It brought out my love for true crime shows/movies/books. I began my week by watching Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Which was an Oscar nominated movie, starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson. The movie is about a mother who lost her daughter over a year ago, after she was raped and killed. The mother, played by Frances McDormand buys three billboards outside of town hoping to get the attention of the cops of the town, who she believes are not doing enough to find her daughter’s killer.
Without giving away anything, I thought the movie was very well done. While it was longer, I really enjoyed the movie. There were a few twists that I did not see coming and that were well written. However, I am among the majority and agree that it did not deserve Best Picture (which it did not get). There were some plotlines that were not made clear or had loose ends as well as the redemption of the racist cop at the end, being unnecessary. To an extent however, he got what he deserved and had an eye-opening experience, but did not deserve the grace he received from the main character.
After watching this movie, I decided to look into a new podcast, that one of my professors had recommended, My Favorite Murder. While listening to the podcast about the Golden State Killer, the hosts of the podcast, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, mentioned a book entitled I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. The book is written by a woman on her journey to find out who the Golden State Killer is. I’ve begun reading it and I can not wait to finish it, so far it is so good. I do not want to spoil it for anyone, but one of my favorite quotes so far in the book is “The case dragged me under quickly. Curiosity turned to clawing hunger. I was on the hunt, absorbed by a click-fever that connected my propulsive tapping with a dopamine rush.” (From: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark written by Michelle McNamara). It is actually a true story about her journey.
Another podcast I decided to listen to this past week was Call Your Girlfriend. This show is hosted by Anne Friedman and Aminatou Sow. I listened to their podcast entitled “Millennial Pinkwashing” and learned about a thesis Anne had written about Shine Theory. I’ve attached the link below this paragraph and it is worth the read. It’s my new philosophy on life!
I am going to try to discuss it on MountCast this week, so definitely check out the podcast tomorrow evening!
So, while I have been drowning in podcasts and movies this week, there have been some exciting things going on in the pop culture world. Apparently Cardi B is pregnant, according to TMZ. While neither her or Offset have confirmed these rumors, everyone truly believes them. I mean could you blame us after Kiley Jenner? Anyway, this would be Offset’s fourth child and if the rumors are true, I could not be happier for them!
Speaking of Offset, Migos new music video for Walk It Talk It was released this week and it’s confusing. In a 70’s themed video paying tribute to Soul Train, the group and Drake are over-the-top dressed for disco with their platform shoes and afro wigs, the dancing and rap song just do not mesh. However, you get sucked in from the time the “game show” called “Culture Ride” begins with Jamie Foxx as the host, to a dance off, and by the end you feel like maybe this somehow did work?