Judy is stunningly worthwhile, but a hard to watch movie. Renee Zellweger is pretty damn remarkable as the aged starlet, but I can’t even begin to describe how awful I felt watching the horrors she endured throughout her life and career in Hollywood. I will certainly never look at The Wizard of Oz quite the same way again. I think I was always vaguely aware of the hidden dangers of child stardom, especially during Hollywood’s Golden Age, but watching some of the awful things Judy Garland had to suffer to live out her dream was disheartening to say the least. And if you aren’t a puddle of tears during the last 10 minutes, I don’t think I want to know you.
And God said, Let there be Winchesters; and there were. Supernatural is back to save the world one more time as the show’s fifteenth and final season gets underway. Coming to terms with the fact that the trauma in their lives was orchestrated by God for His entertainment, we’ll follow Sam, Dean and Castiel’s last stand in the battle for free will as the ruth about their entire existence has them questioning if anything they ever did really mattered. Spoiler alert: it did.
Debut author Rosaria Munda breathes life into YA fantasy with Fireborne. It’s full to the brim with rivalries from within ranks and the harsh reality that being impartial is the same as choosing a side. Oh, and there are dragons! Munda’s world building surrounding dragon riders and the military, along with the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope makes Fireborne one of my favorite reads of the fall.
With its pulsing synth beats and flourishing combination of strings and keys, “Lights Up” already feels like a huge departure from the prog rock influence of Harry Styles’ debut solo album. Perhaps more thought-provoking than the shift in sound is the poignant question Harry leaves us to ponder just before the melodically layered track comes to a close: “Do you know who you are?” Coming up with a concrete answer to that question might be difficult for some. But one listen to “Lights Up” and it’s clear that Harry Styles is an artist who knows exactly who he is— and where he’s planning on taking those tuning in next. All that’s left to do is strap in and enjoy the ride as he ushers us into the next chapter of his artistry.