5 Things to Gush About: July 22-28

Some great stuff this week!
The Shiny Shrimps

“Veronica Mars” Season 4: I only recently started watching “Veronica Mars” due to the fact Hulu put all the episodes up in anticipation of the new series, coming 12 years after the original series ended and five after the Kickstarter-funded movie premiered. I love it. It’s got a likable, resourceful lead and doesn’t shy away from grit, along with surprising us with twists in character, relationships, and plot. Looking forward to getting through all the original episodes to see where the character is all these years later.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Opens July 26. Quentin Tarantino movies are always an event, so I’ll just see a new one pretty much no matter what. This one looks especially interesting, perhaps closer to the heart for Quentin, set 50 years ago or so in Hollywood, a period he obviously reveres. Living in LA now, it’ll be interesting to see how he’s transformed the town back into what it was yesteryear. I’m especially curious to see if he includes Tower Records and places like The Source on Sunset, the health food cafe I remember going to and famous for its send-up in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall”.

“Wild Rose”: We love anything Scottish, so here’s a tale of a Glaswegian screw-up named Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) who gets out of jail and wants to pursue a career in country music while being torn by her responsibilities to her kids, now being raised by her mother (Julie Walters). This is in theaters now, but since it’s a small foreign film, it will probably take a while to spread out to the hinterlands.

“The Shiny Shrimps”: We’ll see this French comedy at Outfest this Saturday. Looks formulaic but a lot of fun.

“Another Life”: Starring Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica” fame. I don’t know much about it other than it’s got Katee and it’s science fiction. Good enough for me.

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