What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading and viewing
This week, Alyssa Nakken became the first woman to coach on the field in MLB history, Dolly Parton's cake mixes and frosting line became available in stores, and the Kardashians returned.
Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check out this weekend.
Julia on HBO Max
I am loving Julia on HBO Max. It's a mini-series following Julia Child's rise from cookbook author to TV personality, and it shows her and her marriage in a light that I haven't seen before. Her frustrations, insecurities, ambition, and swearing are all front and center.
The show is also just a feast for the eyes. It's got all those colorful 1960s sets and costumes. Everything is beautiful, the cast is terrific, and I cannot say enough good things about Julia. —Kristen Meinzer
Rothaniel on HBO Max
Jerrod Carmichael's Rothaniel is his latest stand-up special for HBO, and it is a complete 180 from The Carmichael Show. He leaves himself exposed in a way that I haven't seen from him or from most comedians, really.
In the special, as you might have heard, Carmichael comes out as gay. I love the way he talks about his coming out process because I feel like a lot of pop culture treats it as a sort of "one-and-done" situation. You have the dining room table conversation with your parents and you never have to come out again, you just move on with your life. And that's not his story. And especially as a 34-year-old coming out — that adds a whole other level of complication. I just found it so lovely and so breathtakingly honest. And Bo Burnham, who directed the special, adds so many interesting visual departures from what we generally expect of stand-up specials. It was incredible. —Inkoo Kang
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Everyone needs to watch Everything Everywhere All at Once. I've watched it maybe three times already and it is one of the best movies I've seen, maybe ever.
It talks about family, motherhood, love and nihilism. It touches on how maybe nothing matters, but also everything does and it really makes you appreciate the important things in your life. The movie made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry, and basically, just feel every emotion I've ever felt and ever could feel in my entire life. I would highly recommend it. —Laura Sirikul
Our Flag Means Death on HBO Max
Our Flag Means Death is a fantastic comedy series on HBO Max. Imagine, if you will, the sensibility of What We Do In the Shadows and Wellington Paranormal brought to the genre that is: swashbuckling pirate. It's not a mockumentary, but it does have that Taika Waititi essence to it and is based on a true story, which is maybe the weirdest thing about it.
Rhys Darby, finally getting the spotlight he's always deserved, plays Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet, a nobleman who really did wake up one day and decided to become a pirate and did, eventually, meet up with Blackbeard, played in the show by Taika Waititi. This show knows exactly the vibe it's going for and nails it from the jump. It is so assured and so smart and so deeply queer, so it gets my highest recommendation. —Glen Weldon
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