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Friday Favorites

This week I have a longer list than normal of things that make me happy. Nothing to complain about here:

Alex Inc.: A dramedy starring Zach Braff as a man coming upon his 40s who decides to start his own podcast company, putting his family and their stability at risk. Braff is all charisma, the glimpses into his new office are laugh out loud funny, his kids are adorable, and Michael Imperioli as Braff’s boss is the extra credit we didn’t know we needed. Premieres on NBC at the end of March and I can’t wait.

Call Me By Your Name: I leaned back in my comfortable reclining chair in a dark theater on a rainy day. It was the kids’ first day back at school after almost three weeks of Christmas break. This beautiful and sensual film is about the relationship between 17 year old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and his dad’s research assistant for the summer Oliver (Armie Hammer) over the summer of 1983. They are in Northern Italy, making for beautiful fruit trees, stone houses, lots of outdoor dining, and swimming at the lake. It sweeps you up in the romance and will leave you wanting more of their love.

The Shape of Water score: The Shape of Water was one of my favorites of 2017. And when certain movies stay with me, I want to relive the moments. Golden Globe winner Alexandre Desplat has created a score that takes right you back to the blue green soaked scenes, the haunting eyes of Sally Hawkins, and even the terror that Michael Shannon inflicts whenever he is on screen. To my children’s horror I have to get up and dance whenever “Chica Chica Boom Chic” by Carmen Miranda plays. It brings me such joy that I ended up finding this gem:

The colors, the costumes, her lipstick, and the dancing, how can you not love it?

Will and Grace: It had been 11 years since Will & Graced ended before NBC brought it back for the fall 2017 season. And its like they never left. They haven’t missed a beat with the jokes, Jack and Karen are even funnier if that is possible, and nobody looks like they have aged. I feel that it is the new Three’s Company with its sexual innuendo and mishaps. There aren’t many shows that I will make sure I am sitting down when it is on but Will & Grace is definitely one of them.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child starts rehearsals on Broadway: My daughter and I are flying to New York at the end of March to catch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and I am beyond excited. This video was released last week to show that rehearsals have begun and I shook with anticipation watching it. Can I get a WOOHOO?!

Michael Stuhlbarg: You probably haven’t heard of Michael Stuhlbarg. He is what you would call a “character” actor. He is meant to blend into a story and support the leads. You maybe astounded by his performance in FX’s Fargo (as the bumbling Sy Feltz with the bushiest of mustaches) but don’t realize he is also the sympathetic Dr. Robert Hoffstetler in The Shape of Water. Then you see Call Me By Your Name and want to be adopted by the loving and supportive father to Timothee Chalamet’s Elio (and cry your heart out with his finale speech). And then you see his name pop up during the trailer for Hulu’s upcoming Mini-Series The Looming Tower. Sure, Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alec Baldwin are in the cast. But now you can’t wait to see what character Stuhlbarg will create next. And with that you have a new favorite actor.

And last but not least…..

85 Degrees Celsius Milk Tea: Coffee in my 40s is not happening. Whether it’s my stomach staging a ban or the headache that comes once I have some, my body has told me in no uncertain terms my ties with it have been severed. And then I found milk tea (minus boba). What a glorious combination of sweet milk to balance out the bitterness of tea. Add extra ice to 85 Degrees version, a chocolate chip cookie, and a book, and my afternoon is set.

I hope you find passion, something you can nerd out over, and happiness this weekend!

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