The Artist: Jason Mraz
The Song: "Sleeping to Dream"
Why you recommend it to our listeners: This has been my favorite Jason Mraz song, and one of my favorite overall songs, for almost twenty years now. This first studio recording of "Sleeping to Dream" is featured on his latest album: Know.
Lovett or Leave It
Post date: August 25th, 2018
Media type: Podcast
Available on iTunes
Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week’s top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion! Recorded in front of a live audience.
Official summary: BuzzFeed Unsolved follows Ryan Bergara and co-host Shane Madej, who discuss unsolved crimes, haunted places, demonic possessions, and historical occurrences that defy explanation, presenting them and the theories that surround them in a dark, yet comedic manner.
ALNM rec: I've developed more of an affection for podcasts and online series lately, and this is one of my favorites. The cases, both true crime and supernatural themed, are truly interesting and the banter between Ryan and Shane often leave me wheezing. Episodes are typically under half an hour long, making them perfect for your lunch break or while you're getting ready in the morning. But I wouldn't recommend watching too many later at night.
Air Dates: August 15, 2018
Henry's son visits from Boston; a funeral stirs up unsettling memories.
ALNM Rating: 5/5
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh
Available to watch: In theaters now
Review: If you haven't heard of Crazy Rich Asians by now along with a million think pieces about the film's important to Asian representation in film and society as a whole, you've probably been living under a rock. Seeing an entirely Asian cast did make my heart clench with joy, as it is such a rare occurrence for me to be able to watch something where there isn't just one token Asian nerd. These are fully fleshed out characters with a wide range of personalities, goals, and world views. Beyond all of this, Crazy Rich Asians is just a flat out good romantic comedy. Awkwafina steals every scene she's in with her unique wit, and Gemma Chan was a standout with her strong will and effortless grace. Constance Wu is a charming lead and Henry Golding is everything a girl wants in a leading man. Michelle Yeoh also brings the star power, filling the screen with strength and attitude whenever she appears. The film itself is visually captivating and well worth seeing on the big screen. This isn't any sort of niche film. It is a Hollywood blockbuster for everyone to enjoy, and that makes it even more important to the Asian community. Definitely see this when you get the chance.
ALNM Rating: 4/5
Directed by: Marc Forster
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett
Available to watch: In theaters now
Review: I have to admit, I wasn't super excited when this movie was first announced. But then I saw the first teaser trailer with Jim Cummings voicing Winnie the Pooh and was immediately sold. The storyline isn't particularly unique and the message of placing family above work isn't groundbreaking, but it is a movie with heart. I would even argue that this is a children's film targeted towards adults who, in our complicated times, could use a good cuddle with everyone's favorite teddy bear. Ewan McGregor gives a lovely performance of a grown Christopher Robin, but it really is Winnie the Pooh himself who steals the show. I loved the old school stuffed animal visuals of the movie, which reminded me of the old Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal my mother has. If you are looking for a fun lighthearted movie that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, this is it.