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This week we learned about dinosaur colors bat girl Acquiring an axe, Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was honored with a bobblehead of her own.

Here’s what NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour crew had their eye on, and what to check out this weekend.

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I’ve always complained that the wrong movie from the previous generation was franchised, and I think the folks at Criterion Collection would agree with me now that they’ve finally brought out a great Carl Franklin movie. devil in blue dress in 4K version.

The 1995 film is based on Walter Mosley’s series of over a dozen novels, following the black World War II veteran Easy Rollins played by Denzel Washington. After the war, when the Southern California aircraft factory closed, he lost his job and became a private investigator. It’s not something he goes out looking for, but it turns out he has talent.

This is how Mosley views race relations both then and in the decades that followed. How wonderful it was that Denzel and director Carl Franklin got together every three or four years and then to now do another one of these. , I just keep thinking.

This is the first movie in which Don Cheadle, playing Mouse, really got noticed. Tom Sizemore is also in this, and Jennifer Beals is something of a femme fatale. A really great movie that should have been franchised and is worth watching on his new 4K Blu-ray. — Chris Klimek



Evil on Paramount+ is a psycho-mystery that follows a female psychologist, a priest-in-training, played by the Mike Colter you know. Luke Cage, and their skeptical technicians. Three of them are hired by the Catholic Church to investigate the evils that exist in the world, such as demons and demonic possessions.

All the best parts of police proceedings, but without the cops, I like it more. Over time it became more cerebral. Now it deals with the themes of who is evil, what makes us evil, is someone destined to be evil by nature, and what that means.

It’s a really good show, and while it asks some really interesting questions about the Catholic Church, it’s also good at being creepy. It draws a line between giving you enough plausibility that these things can happen. Is it the devil or just drugs or something? — Mallory Yu

“The 50 Greatest Fictional Deaths of All Time”

My happy week comes from my old springboard slateFormer colleague Dan Coates and other employees slatehas put together a collection of the best fictional character deaths across everything from books, movies, television, comics, theater and more.

you have everything from samurai Rashomon Wicked Witch of the West to Ellie UpIt doesn’t have a very impressive Mufasa, but it’s a fun read. There are also some additional articles, including one by Chris Molanphy, which lists the top 5 deaths in the best gangster movies.

Only two movies are featured in it, but when you look at the list, you can understand why those movies would be expected to be on that list. — Aisha Harris

you were never really here


Over the weekend, I watched a 2017 movie. There were some good articles at the time, but for some reason I missed is called you were never really hereJoaquin Phoenix plays a mercenary hired to rescue a politician’s daughter who’s caught in a human trafficking ring.

It’s a well-known action movie.It’s a thriller, but it’s not as funny or cheesy as the plot suggests. photographDirected by Lynne Ramsay from Scotland. we have to talk about kevinLike that movie, this is about the lingering scars violence leaves on the world and how it spreads.

It’s pretty violent, but it doesn’t please that violence. She focuses on the aftermath. The plot at her level is full of unexpected twists and well thought out in how it uses violence.

Of course it is unfair to compare it with bullet trainThey’re not remotely trying to do the same thing, but it was interesting to note that the violence in that movie and this one didn’t look the same. One is the very complex theme of this movie. — Glen Weldon

More recommendations from the Pop Culture Happy Hour newsletter

Linda Holmes

I was reading an Anthony Mara novel this week. Mercury Pictures Presents,It is amazing. He talks not only about old Hollywood and war, but also about his family, his struggles, and his dreams for the future. Above all, despite the fact that it is a very sad book at times, it is also a very funny book time and time again. [Note: This book is published by an imprint of Penguin Random House, which is also my publisher.]

I probably don’t have to do this sale but we have a new season reserved dog On Hulu this week!

enjoying the new season of the podcast chameleoncalled Possible fraudIt’s about tracking down the people behind some basic phone scams designed to get people out of their money. There is none. And so are the people working on this show.

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