Disney+ hit it out of the park with their Original Series. One shining, surprising example of their commitment to compelling television is Encore!. Executive Produced by Kristen Bell (who appears heavily in the marketing material but barely appears, which is odd), the series reunites high school classmates and tasks them with re-creating one of their high school musicals in just five days. Not only is this process fun to watch, but the show spends a significant amount of time letting the adults reflect with one another on their formative years. This often yields a lot of emotional moments amongst the former classmates, which in turn pulls on your own heartstrings and makes you reflect on the passage of time. Whether or not you were a theater kid, it’s easy to fall in love with this show.
Knives Out is quite literally the perfect movie for this time of year. It’s an escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a great way to entertain just about any older houseguests on a free afternoon, and a seriously great winter date movie, too. It’s crafted so deftly and intricately, consider it a dare to try and guess what comes next. And don’t worry when the rapidly moving plot speeds by without even a glance at your prediction. I had at least 4 wrong guesses before the truth played out on screen. I can’t wait to watch this original screenplay pick up some awards this season, and I hope this excitement over great whodunnits doesn’t fade from the zeitgeist anytime soon. They are just so much damn good fun.
Christmas music lovers looking to relive the magic of Kacey Musgraves’ brand new Prime special on the go can now do so thanks to the Grammy Award winner’s accompanying soundtrack, also titled The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. Featuring a star-studded lineup of musical guests from James Corden and Lana Del Rey, to Camila Cabello and Zooey Deschanel, Musgraves’ latest release boasts the perfect blend of classic Christmas tunes and original songs sure to be instant favorites. There’s no denying more than a few of the soundtrack’s 18 tracks will find themselves among your list of heavy rotation holiday hits! (edited)
As far as debuts go, Ryan La Sala’s Reverie hit the spot perfectly. It has everything I’m looking for in YA fantasy right now: LGBT+ representation, unique magic, concentration on friendships, and morally grey villains. Terrifyingly stunning, the power of the mind’s imagination comes to life as these teens try to stop their world from being consumed by dreams.On top of that, it has one of my favorite villains of the year. Not only does Reverie have a gay main character, but Ryan La Sala delves deep into the psyche of LGBT+ youth and their hopes and fears brought to life via dreams becoming reality. From friendships spanning forgotten memories to imaginative dreams that take over the world surrounding them, Reverie was both refreshing and unique.