A huge storm hit late Friday night and knocked out our power for the next 40-ish hours, so J. and I had quite the weekend. We didn’t get power back until late last night, which meant that much of my planned pop culture consumption was derailed. BUT I did see two movies and get some reading done, so here’s what I consumed this weekend:
Trainwreck: I was excited for this, and it actually exceeded many of my expectations. Like all Judd Apatow movies, it’s a tad bit too long, but it’s also funny, smart, and surprisingly full of heart. I thought it was laugh-out loud funny and well worth your time. Amy Schumer is a goddamn treasure. It’s a sweet, fresh take on the romantic comedy. Highly recommended.
Infinitely Polar Bear: This gem of a movie was a knockout. It’s so sweet and sad and beautiful, and Mark Ruffalo is amazing in it. About a dad struggling to raise his daughters while dealing with manic-depression in the 70s, this heartfelt drama is so, so excellent. If you have a chance to see it (it’s in limited release right now), please go do so. It’s one of my favorites of the year.\
The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy by Masha Gessen: I finished this excellent biography of the Tsarnaev brothers, the men purportedly behind the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Gessen takes a wide-angle approach to the topic, going back in time and tracing the nomadic immigration of the Tsarnaev family before the births of Tamerland and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It’s a very well written, respectful, and excellently researched book, and it’s absolutely riveting.
What pop culture did you consume this weekend?