Each week, Daily Arts writers evaluate the latest movies, shows, books, music, games and more. They watch, read and listen for the next standout artistic trends and then write about what that means for us in the art world and beyond. Come Friday, we highlight what Daily Arts loved most — here’s what will keep you captivated this weekend. — Zoe Phillips and Elise Godfryd, Managing Arts Editors
Watch: “Mochi + Waffles” on Netflix: “Waffles + Mochi” hops from backyards in Los Angeles to stunning salt mountains in central Peru. The show teaches kids that food isn’t just beautiful — it also has a rich cultural heritage that evolves throughout generations, and that spending time together in the company of different people is a great way to live. Read more from Josh Thomas here.
Read: “The Parted Earth” by Anjali Enjeti: Enjeti’s perspective on the Partition is rich and hard-hitting. In choosing a fictional approach, she puts a human face on the turbulence and trauma of Partition while remaining historically accurate. Enjeti doesn’t skirt around the violence of those long decades, but she does handle the devastation with a grace that enhances the plot. Readers are compelled to understand Partition from the eyes of a child and a middle-aged woman. “A river of apprehension flowed between homes not even one meter apart,” Enjeti writes. Even a child can understand that level of hostility. Read more from Trina Pal here.
Watch: “Bad Trip” on Netflix: “Bad Trip” is in a league of its very own. With Andre’s relentlessly ironic comedy style, the movie is self-aware of its own genre tropes, and the outcome feels like the endearing hallucination of either a comedic genius or a madman.
Play: “Tell Me Why” from Dontnod Entertainment: “Tell Me Why” follows Alyson and Tyler Ronan as they attempt to sell their childhood house 10 years after their mother attempted to kill them there. By confronting their past, they learn everything is not as they remember and must dig into the mystery behind why Mary-Ann Ronan wanted to kill her kids … Over the course of the game’s three chapters, the siblings will remember an event in two very different ways, forcing players to decide which events actually occurred. Read more from M. Deitz here.
Listen to: “Sounds fake but okay” on the podcast’s discord: Costell and Kaszyca hadn’t set out to fulfill a certain cultural niche, but when they first started recording, “Sounds Fake But Okay” was the only podcast of its kind.
“We kind of stumbled into (it), like ‘Oh wait, there’s no one in this space doing what we’re doing.’ And so we kind of became the a-spec podcast, and I guess we still kind of are, which is a little terrifying,” Costello remarked, still seemingly blown away by the reception they’ve received over the years. They’ve recently been featured in a number of articles and podcasts ranging from them to AVEN, also winning the 2020 Discover Pods Award for best LGBTQ+ culture podcast. Read more from Hadley Samarco here.