03.Read.Look.Drink.Listen

I am in the middle of wrapping up my finals at BC so I was unable to find the time to record a full-length podcast episode for this week. In lieu of a normal episode I will try another post in this series based on an idea from Good Beer Hunting, who in turn built on Jessica Stanley, “a master internet curator.”

Read: This one is from a couple years ago and might seem random, but hear me out. I very much could have used Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom for the “look” section, but I’ve repurposed it for the “read” section. Richard Brody, a beautiful writer and fantastic critic, wrote “Loving ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ for the Right Reasons” in 2012 and it resurfaced for me as I re-watched Moonrise Kingdom a few days ago. I included Brody’s piece and the film in a final paper for one of my theology classes. I get so much joy from watching Anderson’s films and Brody’s writing helps put the emotions into words.

Look: I wanted to include something else but I couldn’t keep myself from talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I saw the film last Thursday and I was incredibly moved by it. I wasn’t expecting to connect with the movie on an emotional level, but I did. The action was incredibly exciting, the new characters intriguing, and the reintroduction of one or two old characters is breathtaking. I highly recommend seeing this movie. It’s flawed in several ways (some of the storytelling–especially in the 1st act–isn’t great, didn’t love all the new characters, CGI pretty wonky in one case particularly) but still fantastic and, after having only seen it once, I currently like it more than Force Awakens (that’s it, that’s my hot take). See it for yourself and then catch Mr. Sunday Movie’s recap of the Easter Eggs missed and check his full review with his co-host Nick Mason on one of my favorite podcasts The Weekly Planet.

Drink: Farmhouse Pale Ale by Oxbow Brewery. Funky, crisp, refreshing, wheaty. I’ve had this beer before but I had it last night at Otto’s Pizza in Coolidge Corner. I had a slice of margarita and spicy pulled pork with scallion, both of which were delicious. The Farmhouse was a perfect beer for the evening and I was happy to get the chance to get away from campus for a quick meal with my wonderful friend Jules.

Listen: I feel a little obligated to put in another plug for Tyler Coyne’s new album, which you should definitely listen to, but one thing that I keep recommending is another podcast, Comedy Bang Bang. Specifically, I’d give a listen to the 2016 Holiday Spectacular featuring a wide range of guests. Jason Mantzoukas and Rhea Butcher stop by as themselves but plenty of regular characters pop in and it’s absurd and painfully funny. There are a lot of inside jokes from previous episodes but if you embrace the weirdness you’ll get so many laughs out of it.

Featured image “Moonrise Kingdom poster” via ga3lle/Flickr.

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