Five on Friday
January 13, 2023
One: Newport, RI: off-season
Living in Boston, MA, allows me to take fun road trips all over New England. I don’t take advantage of this fact very often. This past week I traveled to Newport, RI. I was meeting some college alum to attend a basketball game at the University of Rhode Island. It was a chance to take a fun road trip and cheer on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. This trip also inspired this post, writing about visiting Newport off-season.
Two: What to watch
Dog Gone, Based on the incredible true story, the film follows a man’s journey to find his missing dog. The movie features a star-studded cast, including Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
Sky Rojo (season three), On the run from their pimp and his henchmen, three prostitutes set out on a frantic journey in search of freedom.
Trial by Fire, After the deadly Uphaar Cinema fire in South Delhi, India, two grief-stricken parents navigate the loss of their kids and a dogged fight for justice. Based on true events.
Break Point (series – part 1), The series takes an intimate look at a number of underdog tennis stars as we follow them all around the globe, competing in Grand Slams and tournaments in the ATP and WTA tours. It features the ups and downs of many players at different points throughout the 2022 season. Tulum
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, This shocking documentary chronicles a happy-go-lucky nomad’s ascent to viral stardom and the steep downward spiral that resulted in his imprisonment.
Suzan & Freek, After going viral from posting cover songs on social media, a passionate musical duo and couple navigate remarkable success and accompanying fame.
The Drop (movie), In this cringe comedy, a married couple face a marriage test when one of them drops a baby during a tropical island wedding.
Hunters, (season 2), Nazi hunters discover hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials in 1977 New York City, conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.; the Hunters set out to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.
The Test, season 2
Velma, The adult animated series is created by Mindy Kaling and tells the origin story of an often-forgotten member of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang: Velma Dinkley (voiced by Kaling).
The Climb, The brand-new reality series features Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as the co-host of a rock-climbing competition.
On January 15th: The Last of Us, (9 episode series, episodes released weekly) Joel and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across a post-outbreak America.
Your Honor (season 2), Bryan Cranston returns as ex-judge Michael Desiato, a man forced to face the wreckage of his former life.
The Traitors– Based on a Dutch series with a recent British adaptation that has been a hit across the pond, The Traitors puts 20 contestants in a remote Scottish castle and has them compete for $250,000. Throw in reality stars from Survivor, The Bachelor, and a slew of Bravo shows, three “traitors” picking off the rest of the players one by one, and Alan Cumming (!) as host, and we’ve got one of the most anticipated reality competitions in recent memory. —Nic Juarez
January 15th: Mayor of Kingstown (season 2), “Kingstown,” returning Sunday (streaming weekly), stars Jeremy Renner as the unofficial mayor of a Michigan town dominated by multiple prisons. Renner’s Mike McLusky runs interference between the inmates, the guards, the cops and the criminals on the outside, keeping peace and putting himself in danger everyday. USA Today
Servant (season 4), The final season of this thriller about a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. From M. Night Shyamalan.
Super League: The War for Football (sports documentary), “Super League: The War for Football” is a four-part series that documents the high stakes battle that is set off when plans for a breakaway league emerge and the past, present and future of European football collide, leaving the game’s most powerful leaders to defend, or upend, the traditions of the sport.
Plane (action/thriller) Starring Gerard Butler and Mike Colter. “Pilot Brodie Torrance saves passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island — only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning. When dangerous rebels take most of the passengers hostage, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare, an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI.“
Saint Omer (drama), Rama is a novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter. Testimonies from witnesses and Coly’s own words soon shake Rama’s convictions.
The Seven Faces of Jane (drama) Jane sheds her mundane life to experience romance, comedy, tragedy and existential crises on a surreal road trip. Gillian Jacobs’s blank slate protagonist floats through a series of encounters in this feature-length movie made up of short films.
Skinamarink (horror), Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished.
House Party (comedy), Aspiring club promoters and best buddies Damon and Kevin are barely keeping things together. Out of money, down on their luck and about to lose the roofs over their heads, they need a huge windfall to make their problems go away. They soon decide to host the party of the year at an exclusive mansion, which just happens to belong to none other than NBA superstar LeBron James. What could go wrong?
Kitchen Brigade (comedy/drama), After abruptly quitting her job, a sous-chef reluctantly accepts a cafeteria position at a hostel. Despite her negative attitude at first, her skills and passion for cuisine start to change the lives of the young migrants who help her prepare meals.
Beautiful Beings (drama), Addi, a gifted boy raised by a clairvoyant mother, decides to adopt a bullied misfit into his gang of outsiders. Left to their own devices, the boys discover aggression, violence, loyalty, and love. Set in Iceland and in Icelandic with subtitles.
Three: What to wear
A scarf jacket
Scarf Jackets Are Winter’s Most Viral Coat Trend from Refinery 29.
Four: What to Try
Listening to a Podcast
Listen to a new podcast. I enjoy listening to podcasts when I drive and when I go for walks. I recently started listening to The Drop Out, a podcast released in 2019 about Elizabeth Holmes. “The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong.” I wanted to listen to the podcast before watching the Hulu series starring Golden Globe winner, Amanda Seyfried.
I just discovered the Prime Music has several ad-free podcasts, including two I listen to, Scamfluencers, and The Drop Out.
Vogue has a new podcast: The Run-Through with Vogue. “A new weekly podcast featuring the most riveting news in fashion and culture. The half-hour show celebrates a spirit of discovery, from Vogue’s unique take on the big stories to elevating undertold stories from around the globe.”
I recommend finding a podcast about a subject you are interested in that will entertain you. Last year I discovered That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast. “Each week, comedians and amateur detectives Liza Treyger and Kara Klenk break down episodes of Law & Order: SVU, deep dive into the true crimes they’re based on, and interview on-screen talent, ranging from big stars to joggers who find the body.“
Five: What to do
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day.
In Boston, Boston unveils new sculpture honoring Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. “The Embrace,” a massive bronze piece by Hank Willis Thomas, depicts a historic moment after Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
“The bronze structure, which is 20 feet long and 26 feet wide and titled “The Embrace,” depicts the arms, shoulders and hands of the Kings hugging after Martin received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the moment immortalized in a famous photo.”
“The sculpture sits in the same spot where in 1965 King led 20,000 people in the northeast’s first march of the civil rights era to protest segregation in schools.“
Read more about Dr. King, https://thekingcenter.org/about-tkc/martin-luther-king-jr/