Summer Pod-a-palooza!

Join the Chair and Notes exec editor Holly Van Buren for this week’s special TWO-PART EPISODE OF Pod From a Chair where we unpack the answer to that pressing question on everyone’s mind:

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, READING AND LISTENING TO THIS SUMMER????

(Note: For OUR answers click on the links at the end of this post).

The Chair’s summer vacation

It’s August of our SECOND COVID SUMMER and yeah, we’re all trying to keep healthy and sane.  Part of that is preoccupying your brain and entertaining yourself enough so you don’t have the following kinds of thoughts running through YOUR MIND on a loop:

I don’t know about you but if I see one more group of people at a town hall in a red state who aren’t going to get the FREE Pfizer or Moderna vaccine that half the world is begging for so THEY DON’T HAVE TO DIE OF COVID, I’m gonna…..

Not do anything. 

Because that’s not the way to bring people around to take the vaccine, right?  And we want them to take the vaccine so next summer isn’t our THIRD COVID SUMMER and we aren’t talking about the 12th variant that’s 112 times worse than the Delta.

Right? 

Unless it affects just the…..

Yup, that’s a bit how it goes out here in L.A. (Note: aka fire country) and in Staten Island (Note: The borough with the lowest vaccine rate in NYC). 

Where’s my pipe?

We stop ourselves mid-sentence and say:

But I’m late for the next episode of ______________, or the new or old movie with __________________ or the next chapter of _________________ or the new song by _________________________  so no time to continue that thought.

Not a perfect strategy but certainly an entertaining and effective one.

So listen in as we dissect such shows as HBO’s White Lotus; Apple’s new musical limited series Schmigadoon! as well as its second season (so far) of Ted Lasso; and Netflix’s season two of Never Have I Ever. There’s also talk of binging vs. single episode devotion, as well as…well, you’ll see.

And that’s only part one.

Double the fun!

Part Two tackles the Olympics; the dreaded last year of Donald Trump in the new bestseller I Alone Can Fix It; why neither of us is going near the new films Black Widow and Jungle Cruise but are instead revisiting classics like Palm Beach Story, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Exorcist and Snowpiercer; and how Billie Eilish’s new and riveting Happier Than Ever album/cd (Note: Do they even call them that anymore?) must be listened to with headphones.

There’s all that and more.  A lot more.  (Note: The latter to be said in a slightly snide tone, in case you needed reminding).

Okay, click below and feel free to snidely comment back, to disagree, and to pass it on anywhere you see fit.

Until next week……

Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish

Oscar Watch

Are there Oscar parties this year?  Are there Oscar pools?  Will anyone be watching?  Certainly, we will.  And our guess is – so will most of you.

Nevertheless, the 93rd annual Academy Awards is already the strangest in the history of the Oscars.  And that is because the vast majority of moviegoers and Academy voters have watched the vast majority of the 2020 nominees on – TELEVISION!

Netflix and… Oscars?

Perhaps big ass TV screens but the truth is they are TV screens nevertheless.  This begs the question of those who didn’t go that far and waited until awards season to watch these movies on their laptops.  Or worse yet, decided their choice of screen would be the one on their phones.

Do not let anyone tell you cinema is dead.  It’s simply, well, migrated.

And still, the Oscars will persevere at a train station – L.A.’s historic Union Station, to be exact.  This is because you can’t kill Hollywood, the movies, or a good (or bad) old-fashioned American competition.  We want winners and, pandemic be damned, we WILLhave them this year.

Reminder: We are putting our trust in this man

What we won’t have are losers because in 2020 and 2021, more than any other years, it was truly an honor just to be….well, just to be.

If you twisted my arm I’d say Nomadland and its director Chloe Zhao have the inside track at best picture.  On the other hand, I have several friends CONVINCED that Promising Young Woman will sneak in as best picture winner and Carey Mulligan will receive the best actress Oscar.

I doubt it but, then again, I’m still predicting (Note:  Well, more rooting for) Andra Day’s brilliant performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday to pull an upset win in the best actress category and The Trial of the Chicago 7 to demonstrate what I already know – that it was the best new movie of the year seen on a phone, laptop or TV screen worldwide.

Will he be golden again? #AllHailKingSorkin

This and A LOT, LOT more will be discussed on a special upcoming episode of our new podcast POD FROM A CHAIR where we will unpack the winners, the (ahem) runner- ups, the show in general AND just how thankless a task it can be to predict or even root for anything these days except…..

On second thought, it never hurts to dream.

Judy Garland – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”