Netflix’s newest true crime documentary series —Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness — makes good on its title, delivering so much murder, mayhem and madness that I frequently had to pause it to say WTF out loud to an empty room. Though it’s ostensibly about a big cat zoo in Oklahoma run by the titular Tiger King (aka Joe Exotic), it ends up being a mix of every “Florida man…” headline you’ve ever seen put together plus a wild Gone Girl-esque murder mystery with a dash of a truly spectacular FBI takedown. Tiger King draws you into a world you probably didn’t know existed and introduces you to people you wish you didn’t know existed, all the while spinning a tale so absurd and ridiculous that you know it has to be true. (edited)
If you’re looking for a rental recommendation for movie night this week, I am so glad to finally be able to say 1917 is ready and waiting! My personal favorite movie of 2019, I am so excited it’s finally available on VOD everywhere. Sam Mendes’ intimate portrayal of a soldier’s devotion to duty delivers a perspective hardly seen in war films. 1917 makes war personal, breaking it down to one man’s mission to save lives, no matter who or what stands in his way. I’ve watched many a war epic in my time, but 1917 just has something different in its DNA that makes it’s message feel both intimate and grand in the most timeless way.
Ever had a crush so crippling it feels all-consuming? If so, chances are you’ll heavily relate to “On the Floor”– latest single from Mike Hadreas’ indie pop outfit, Perfume Genius. Lyrically, it’s a delicate dance between ardent urgency and tender yearning and as Hadreas expertly captures the push-and-pull of infatuation. A bright melody, fueled by textured syths and strings, further serves to drive home the concept that being smitten can often times feel like a bit of a fever dream.
As we’re all stuck in quarantine, many of us are turning to cooking and baking to not only pass the time but also provide some comfort and familiarity. And those who aren’t as skilled in the culinary arts? That’s what cooking shows are for. But might I suggest Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas instead? This contemporary YA novel is chock full of delicious food, romantic tension, and beautiful European sights. Centering on a young woman who’s working hard to become a starred chef, this novel delves into what it takes to achieve your dreams, the sacrifices that need to be made, and, ultimately, what it means to change your dream. It’s a balm for the soul and an inspiration for the cook inside you!