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A global pandemic edition of the podcasts and streaming shows to catch right now
Man, those of you spending this time watching "Contagion" and "Outbreak" on Netflix are so much more intense than I am. I don't know, movies about global pandemics are just hitting a little too close to home right now, and my need for "fun" entertainment has been turned up several notches.

Going Viral

Tips for keeping yourself occupied and smiling, from our resident binge-watcher
Hey, so...anything big happen this week?

Daddy Tissues

"Onward" wants your sweet, sweet tears
If we've learned one thing in the 25 years since Pixar released its first film, "Toy Story," it's that the studio is master at balancing emotion, comedy and excitement. You're guaranteed not only a visually stunning cartoon that kids will enjoy, but also a story that will absolutely wreck you as an adult.

Invisible Monsters

A classic story of a powerful man making a woman feel invisible and insane
Horror films help my anxiety. Not in a "Boy, at least I'm not getting chased through the woods by a madman with an axe," kind of way, but by inverting my existential dread into something I can see and point a finger at.

May the Source Be With You

Podcasts, shows and other stuff you shouldn't miss this month
First spring is always something to behold in Central Oregon. Usually nestled snugly in between first and second winter, it's a lovely few weeks of blue skies, cold nights and possible random snowfall that makes the weather here so truly unpredictable.

'Parasite' is Just the Beginning

A South Korean cinematic primer
As I'm sure anyone who pays much attention to film has probably noticed, "Parasite," the South Korean film from master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, swept the 2020 Oscars by winning the four top awards: Best International Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while making history as the first-ever foreign Best Picture winner. That's not including the wins from the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Golden Globes—while also being the first Korean movie ever to take home the Palme d'Or from Cannes.

Boarding in Jordan

Locally produced documentary, "7 Hills," shows peace at the skatepark
A statistic floats by early on in local filmmaker Jesse Locke's new documentary, "7 Hills," which brings a shock to the system. The country of Jordan has 67,600 displaced humans from Iraq, 671,579 from Syria, 14,457 from Yemen, 793 from Somalia and 6,146 from Sudan.

2020 Oscar Predictions

Too many to choose from... but we'll try to choose some winners
I used to be good at predicting the Oscar winners, but every year I get worse as my tastes change and I find myself rooting for the movies that shake up the status quo. I never would have guessed the saccharine "Green Book" or the sexy fish movie "The Shape of Water" would have won, but here we are and I'm ready to try and fail all over again.

Turning Off

"The Turning" offers the Worst. Ending. Ever.
Sometimes...sometimes there's an ending so completely immune to rational thought and logic that the audience sits in stunned silence staring at the screen, wondering whether to laugh or cry at the bizarre intimacy of sharing a moment of deflated expectations with a dark room full of strangers. In high school I read Henry James' 1898 ghost story "The Turn of the Screw," and was surprised how much I loved it.

May the Source Be with You

Podcasts, shows and other stuff you love to binge, January edition
It's 2020 and I'm once again the luckiest and most privileged person I know. Getting to go into another year writing for the Source Weekly is amazing, but knowing that the people of Central Oregon are reading my super nerdy words never fails to make me feel truly wonderful.

Modern Warfare

"1917" depicts a gorgeous hell
Is war supposed to feel this fun? I mean, I get it, it's 2020 and special effects are better than they've ever been.


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