As promised, here's a master list of all the recs that have come from you guys in the ship bracket below the "Read More." I haven't read these yet, but feel free to leave your own comments below!
by Kelly Lee
Glass - January 18
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard
Description: Following the conclusion of Split, David Dunn pursues Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman persona “The Beast” in a series of encounters that escalate while the presence of Elijah Price, going by “Mr. Glass”, emerges from the shadows as an orchestrator who holds secrets that are critical to both men.
by Kelly Lee
Official Summary: Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
ALNM rec: I had the chance to watch this heartwarming film on the plane last week and finally understand why Disney fans are raving about it. The story of Miguel Rivera and his family is nothing short of fantastical with a trip into the Land of the Dead where he meets so many different characters from his past. This movie gives you all the feels and helps you to remember those who you’ve lost in a way that will honor their memory forever.
Coco is now available to purchase or rent wherever movies are sold.
by Kelly Lee
Official Summary: Season 1 focuses on Ryan Atwood's arrival in Newport Beach to live with Sandy and Kirsten Cohen, who take him in after his mother kicks him out. A major theme of the first season is the culture shock Ryan feels as he adjusts from a life of domestic abuse and poverty to living in a superficial high-class society. He quickly befriends and bonds with Seth Cohen, and begins to have a romantic relationship with Marissa Cooper. Although coming from very different backgrounds, Ryan soon discovers that he deals with similar issues to his new peers, such as self-identity conflict and familial alienation. The relationship between Ryan and Marissa flourishes when he supports her through her parents' divorce. As the show progresses, Ryan takes a very protective role over Marissa, showing Ryan to be a much more stable, controlled person than originally portrayed. Other storylines include Seth's development from a friendless loner to having two romantic choices in Summer and Anna, as well as the arrivals of Oliver Trask, a troubled teen who befriends Marissa during their coinciding therapy sessions, and Theresa Diaz, Ryan's close friend and former love interest from his hometown of Chino. Meanwhile, Sandy Cohen frequently comes into conflict with Caleb Nichol, Kirsten's father and a wealthy industrialist who is said to "basically own Newport."
The second season of The O.C. continues to follow the tumultuous romantic relationships between Ryan and Marissa, Seth and Summer, and Sandy and Kirsten. Josh Schwartz, the show's creator, stated that in Season 2, the show would "no longer be about Ryan's past; now it's going to be about Ryan's future," and that this season would "slow down the storytelling a little bit ... and evolve the characters." For example, the story closely follows Ryan in his advanced physics class, where tension is created between him and another student, Lindsay, who presumes that Ryan will be useless as a lab partner, who thus prevents him from contributing to the work that must be submitted. Ryan's character begins to grow when he stands up to Lindsay and convinces her to allow him to contribute, forcing them to work together to complete the assignment. They later become involved romantically, creating extreme complications and relational shifts amongst the now "Cooper-Nichol" family. The Bait Shop becomes a prominent social destination for the teenage characters. A number of recurring characters are introduced, such as D.J., Lindsay Gardner, Zach Stevens, and Alex Kelly, with whom the main characters form a variety of relationships. Ryan's brother, Trey Atwood, gets out of jail and threatens to bring Ryan's old life into his new one. Sandy and Kirsten also face new conflicts after drifting apart during the summer. Season 2 ends with Marissa shooting Trey after Ryan confronts him for attempting to sexually assault Marissa.
Season 3 creates many dynamic changes with regards to relationships and power within the characters' society. Firstly, Marissa is expelled from the Harbor School. The Cooper family, left with little money, is forced to move into a trailer park. Julie Cooper-Nichol, once one of the richest women in all of Newport, struggles to put food on the table for her daughters. Marissa's life begins to spiral out of control, as she struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, as well as dealing with the loss of her close friend Johnny. Similarly, Kirsten confronts her alcohol addiction and eventually leaves rehab, only to encounter more problems when she begins business with a con artist. The other characters look towards college, with Seth and Summer competing for a spot at Brown University. Sandy's moral compass becomes imperiled when a past love interest makes her way back into his life, and he takes over Caleb's old position as head of The Newport Group, pursuing a project to establish more low-income housing in Newport. Ryan also attempts to resolve his individual relationships with his mother, and with his childhood friend Theresa Diaz. He also pursues the idea of a post-secondary education, with encouragement from both Sandy and Kirsten to visit Berkeley. Ryan's life is quickly put on hold when, in the season 3 finale, Ryan decides to drive Marissa to the airport, and they are run off the road by Kevin Volchok, Marissa's most recent love affair gone wrong. In the last few minutes of the episode, Ryan pulls Marissa out from the burning car, only to watch her die in his arms.
The fourth and final season begins five months after Marissa's death in the car accident. Ryan starts the season in isolation as a broken, grieving man, seeking revenge on Volchok. With the help of Julie, both she and Ryan are able to track Volchok down in Mexico, and turn him into federal officials. The continued love of the Cohen family and the company of the eccentric Taylor Townsend guide him back to the light. Meanwhile, Seth and Summer face the problems of a long distance relationship as Summer leaves to attend college. The first half of the season focuses on the characters accepting the reality of Marissa's death. The second half focuses on the characters "finding themselves" while facing myriad identity crises. This final season contains multiple surprises, such as a new addition to the Cohen family, a visit to an alternate universe in which Sandy becomes mayor, and a natural disaster that leaves Newport devastated.
ALNM rec:. Being from Orange County myself, The OC was met with some hesitation from other Newport Beach residents when it first premiered in 2003. However, around the globe, it was met with much success. Though I chose to ignore the first two seasons, in the third season, I became hooked and quickly binged the previous episodes. The show was recently added to Hulu, making it the only streaming service to offer the teen drama and many have binged the show in its entirety. I’m currently rewatching the show and must admit, it’s quite nice to watch it without having to change the DVD discs every four episodes. Though this show is soapy and over the top, it’s by the same creator as Gossip Girl and is highly entertaining.
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.
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.
Official summary: Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman for CBS All Access, the story of "Star Trek: Discovery" begins roughly a decade before Captain Kirk's five-year mission -- as portrayed in the original "Star Trek" from the 1960s -- and a century before the events of "Star Trek: Enterprise." The series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and civilizations, delving into familiar themes and expanding upon an incident that has been talked about within the franchise's universe, but never fully explored.
ALNM rec: I have always loved Star Trek. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager every week and recording the newest episodes on VHS when I couldn't stay up that late. This latest Star Trek is an excellent addition to the franchise. Discovery exists in the "prime" universe. Basically, go into watching this imagining the JJ Abrams movies have never happened. In terms of timeline, this series is almost a century after Enterprise and a decade before the original series. But this show also breaks ground with the first non-captain lead, first gay characters, and even the first f-bomb in the franchise. It remains true to the franchise in terms of its willingness to explore complex problems with a sci-fi twists. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists in this season, and the final scene of the last episode have me very excited for the coming season.
Hey everyone! Sorry, real life's been pretty crazy lately. But we hope to have some awesome new articles and podcasts coming to you soon! I've been enjoying some other podcasts while commuting to and from work and wanted to share them with you. In no particular order with official summaries:
The Artist: Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
The Song: "Youth"
Why you recommend it to our listeners: I have been listening to this song ever since it popped up on my Spotify account. But the version performed at the Billboard Music Awards with The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Show Choir definitely made me tear up a little. Check it out below!