May 20, 2019


"The Saturday Night Live Finale Was a Mishmash of Everything It Needs to Fix: The send-off to Season 44 might end up functioning as a send-off to a particularly toothless era for the show."

"Hello. I’m a person who has never watched Game of Thrones. You’re a person who has watched every episode. Here is what I have learned about you through the cultural osmosis..."

"Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic. This isn’t just a guess, it’s actual fact based on things Gibson has said. He’s also a misogynist, racist, homophobe and all around (seemingly) terrible person."

"This week, PBS portrayed a same-sex relationship on a children’s TV series—and got much more positive feedback than the last time it tried."

"Her brand of effortless charm and wholesome femininity made her the embodiment of the ideal woman during the late ’50s..."

"It recently dawned on me that the central story arc of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones almost perfectly embodies certain trends currently occurring in Israel. Don’t believe me? Allow me to explain."

"There will probably still be some disappointing Adam Sandler projects in the future... But for the moment, he's successfully revisiting his youth by admitting the ways it's passed by."

"A placard reading “cbs has censored this content” filled the screen, silently, for eight and a half seconds. To many viewers, it looked like a joke. It wasn’t."

"It’s almost impossible to make a movie or television show without a continuity error or two, and that goes triple for period pieces..."

"That gentrification is—except in a handful of cities—pretty unusual is not news. But you wouldn’t know it from the way people talk about the way we live now."

"It'd be a stretch to say that Hallmark is turning out top-shelf, can't-miss television, given the elevated standards of this prestige drama era. But the HMM movies are likable time-wasters..."

"Lisa Hanawalt, the illustrator behind “Bojack Horseman,” has created “Tuca & Bertie,” about two 30-something bird-women. “It was important to me to show that women are gross,” she said."

"West is tapping into music ministry with Sunday Service, flipping his hits into gospel-tinged arrangements using samples from greats like Fred Hammond and the Clark Sisters, and turning classic secular songs with inspirational themes up a notch."

"When ‘Game of Thrones’ ends in May, so will an era of collectively watching—and obsessing over—television. How did an unfinished fantasy series spawn the biggest TV franchise of our time? And what will we talk about when it’s over?"

" Netflix isn’t unique. The brand-as-meme generator is now de rigueur on social media. In their absolute commitment to the bit, though, Netflix stands alone."

"Though some fans complain about substandard movies and ever-lengthening runtimes, audiences remain invested in the M.C.U.: “Avengers: Infinity War” was the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time, closely followed, in the top ten, by “The Avenger"

""Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé," premiered early Wednesday and it was the fulfillment of all the ancestors' hopes and dreams. Beyoncé also dropped "Homecoming: The Live Album.""

"What’s with all the fussin’ and a-feudin’ between writers and their agents? Well, it comes down to a dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents over packaging fees."

"In a Vogue profile published on Wednesday, Kim Kardashian revealed she’s studying to become a lawyer and aims to take the California bar in 2022. She will not go to law school."

"Why does everyone seem to be talking about Meet Joe Black all of a sudden? Didn’t that movie come out in 1998? They’re talking about it because of a tweet."

"Investors, allow yourselves to be enchanted by Disney’s magic, swept away in its magnificent story lines – and try not to be concerned with the usual financial complexities."

"...there’s also some joy to be found — to many people on the internet, at least — in bickering endlessly about whether the remake qualifies as a live-action film. Debate over this question has raged since the first teaser dropped on Thanksgiving..."

"Time was, if you were creating a fantasy or sci-fi world in film or TV, you could simply make up some lines using sounds that English speakers didn’t hear much and get away with few people noticing or caring."

"the Netflix host dared to request that DeGeneres, and the public at large, pronounce his name in a non-Anglophone way: not “ha-SAHN mi-NHAJ,” as he himself has said it for years, but “HA-sun MIN-haj.”"

"When it was published, “Native Son” was a best-seller and was inducted the canon because it found a form to discuss American racism, and it remains a crucial text of the black experience, but asterisks append to its classic status."

"The final season of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy drama Game of Thrones begins airing on April 14, and it might seem like everyone’s talking about it. No wonder: It’s one of the biggest shows in TV history..."

"Ahead of its April 12 debut on Netflix, there are many for whom Special is so much more than your average sitcom. The series marks the biggest stage in recent memory for a creator with a disability..."

"Tonight, “The Twilight Zone” enters another dimension led by Jordan Peele. Peele has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most interesting auteurs, using a toolbelt of humor, horror and specificity to explore the human experience..."

"The premiere episode of the HBO show’s seventh and final season explored the most caustic of satires: an environment in which gun violence is so common as to become unremarkable."

"Red pill or blue pill; know your enemy or live in peace; click or don't click. Of all the ideas and images The Matrix sent spiraling into American culture— none has become so entrenched, or so contentious, as this one..."

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

"My fellow progressives actually doubt if I'm still a Democrat just because I won't accept Nicolas Maduro's tyrannic regime in my home of Venezuela."

"One of the particular characteristics of the Trump presidency is the way Trump consistently creates drama – some by design, some not – that makes it hard to see the broader outline of events."

"Israel’s Eurovision entry barely made a dent on the scoreboard but there’s no doubt that the Jewish State was the real winner of the Eurovision Song Content 2019."

"The Saturday Night Live Finale Was a Mishmash of Everything It Needs to Fix: The send-off to Season 44 might end up functioning as a send-off to a particularly toothless era for the show."

"The biggest challenge in measuring real compensation and Americans’ well-being is the extraordinary growth in new products that have brought new benefits not captured in any government consumer price metric."

"...we’ve grown wary of the so-called attention economy, which, in the name of corporate profits, exploits our psychological vulnerabilities in ways that corrode social life, diminish privacy, weaken civic cohesion..."

"Regardless of how healthfully we live or how much medical care we receive, we will all die. Yet, understanding this intellectually is vastly different from truly feeling it; raw confrontation with our own mortality is frightening."

"Power, although hard to handle, is greatly desired. There is no person or group or sect or party or mob that doesn’t want power, convinced that it would know how to use it as no one ever has before."

"It turns out that feminism and faith both have high expectations of husbands and fathers, if for very different ideological reasons, and that both result in higher-quality marriages for women."

"We live in an age of radical diets: Paleo, vegan, low-glycemic, low-carb, low-fat, high fat (keto). Which one’s best for maintaining a healthy weight?"

"During a military mission, whether in peace or in war, if a pilot or soldier can’t identify an object, they have a serious problem: How should they react, without knowing if it is neutral, friendly or threatening? "

"The Germans, the Jews and the Poles Are on the Battlefield Again: The Poles see themselves as the ultimate victims, the Germans repent and pass anti-BDS resolutions, and Israel speaks in two voices..."