Bitches, it was buttery

Dinklage got done dirty

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new week where I watch the trailer for Cruella an embarrassing amount of times. Yes, I’ll be watching the hell out of it. Yes, it may not be “good”. No, I don’t particularly care. Let’s Birds of Prey the hell out of everything and watch the world burn. (And there I go, watching this GD trailer one more GD time).

Let’s peek at those picks!


Movie to Watch

  1. I Care a Lot on Netflix

Did I like this movie because it was “good” or did I like it because it was “there”? Honestly, a mix of both. As is the case with so many direct-to-streaming movies that have befallen the misfortune of a 2020/21 release. But there’s some seriously fun shit in here. Fun, dastardly, character shit. A villain deeply fearless. A Dinklage deeply evil. Diane Wiest doing her Wiest-y thang. It’s a bit of a thriller, a bit of a dramedy with a weirdly close connection to last week’s Framing Britney Spears doc.


Article to Read

  1. NY Times: “Host of ‘Reply All’ Podcast Takes Leave of Absence After Accusations of Toxic Culture”

Well, shit.


Album to Listen to on Repeat

  1. Yola: “Walk Through Fire (2019)

Like Dolly Parton’s black British cousin. Yola worked as a back-up singer forever, evoking strong 20 Feet from Stardom vibes until she recently got summoned to center-stage. Sick of singing back-up to gospel or soulful hip-hop, Yola declared her secret passion was country, and the rest is history. This album is produced by one of the singers of the Black Keys (!) and feels old and timeless and new all at once. Everything drips with care, every song edging you closer to the pit of Yola’s soul. The title alone is deeply personal (and literal — she’s a fire survivor who wanted to bridge the gap between physically “walking through fire” and emotionally overcoming her trauma— that, and equating it to taking risks in love, of course). I couldn’t love it more.


Mini-series to Watch

  1. Inside Pixar on Disney+

What a delight this little series is. Every episode is a tight little 15 minutes, giving you just enough of a glimpse to get to know these cheery little Pixar employees and not at all long enough to despair over the fact that their happy work culture has been paused by the pando. My favorites were a tie for two — Episode 2 featuring character designer (and vintage clothes obsessor) Deanna Marsigliese talking about “the art of the pivot” when it comes to your creative processes. And Episode 8 featuring the bouncy PA Rachel Federico who applied to Pixar an embarrassing number of times (her words) and gave up a higher-paying senior-level job in the big city to get cozy and “start from zero” across the Bay.


Thing to Eat

  1. Anything from Fat + Flour in DTLA

Key lime pies are the best and if you disagree, embrace the fact that you are wrong. Fat + Flour does an incredible key lime, but truly — I’m guessing they do incredible everything. I was recently introduced to them by way of my sweet, lovely, talented, sister-friend Celia (who is funny on Twitter and you should follow her) as a “surprise pie drop-off” which is a practice I’m gonna nose-dive into during- and post-covid, forever. Take a peep at their Instagram, go window shopping for a sweet but be warned— the “personal sizes” are truly literal. Double up if you co-habitate with a treats-loving roommate or partner, you’ll thank me later.