Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/30/21

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines (CREDIT: Sony Pictures Animation Inc.)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
22 vs. Earth (April 30 on Disney+) – Prequel short to Soul.
Limbo (Theaters)
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (April 30 on Netflix)

TV
Pose Season 3 Premiere (May 2 on FX) – Final season alert!
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Series Premiere (May 4 on Disney+)
Girls5eva Season 1 (May 6 on Peacock) – A 90s girl group tries to make a comeback…
That Damn Michael Che Series Premiere (May 6 on HBO Max)

Music
-Royal Blood, Typhoons

Sports on TV
NBA Special Edition: Marvel’s Arena of Heroes: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans (May 3 on ESPN) – An NBA game with Marvel superheroes mixed in.

Podcasts
The Deep Dive with Jessica St. Clair and June Diane Raphael – Jessica and June and friends talk about what it’s like to be a woman.

‘Soul’ is Pretty Dang Soulful

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Soul (CREDIT: Pixar/YouTube Screenshot)

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Angela Bassett, Questlove

Directors: Pete Docter and Kemp Powers

Running Time: 106 Minutes

Rating: PG

Release Date: December 25, 2020 (Disney+)

Graham Norton as a hippie sign waver? I wasn’t expecting that. I like it!

I’m going to go ahead and whip out the “Does this movie make me want to do what it’s about?” type of review. So here goes: does Soul make me want to have a soul? Very much so! I may already have one, but if I don’t … I’d like one! Also relevant: when I’m listening and/or singing along to soul music, that’s pretty dang invigorating as well. (Soul features more jazz than soul, but soul and jazz are often in conversation with each other.)

It’s ultimately a religio-philosophical matter whether or not an inner essence exists, and what it should be called, and how it should be defined. Which is all to say, we probably can’t fully ever know all there is to know about the soul. This film is part of that inquiry, and if its inquiring essence resonates with anybody, then it might just be worth incorporating its ideas into our personal philosophies. Soul posits that our purpose isn’t what we’re passionate about, but how we’re passionate. That’s pretty damn life-affirming from my vantage point.

Grade: 4 out of 5 Jerrys (and 1 out of 5 Terrys)

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 12/25/20

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Death to 2020 (CREDIT: Saeed Adyani/Netflix)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Promising Young Woman (Theaters)
Soul (December 25 on Disney+)
Wonder Woman 1984 (Theaters and HBO Max)

TV
Death to 2020 – Some sort of comedy special from Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.
The Masked Dancer Series Premiere (December 27 on FOX) – The Masked Dynasty expands.
New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast (December 31 on FOX) – Hosted by Joel McHale and Ken Jeong!