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Weekly Screen: Week of April 13

Illustrated by Tina Liu

4/14/20 9:40pm

For our lovely readers, you may know that “The Weekly Scene” is a regular fixture of the Thresher’s print arts and entertainment section that promotes local arts events both on campus and throughout Houston. However, due to campus and citywide restrictions on public gatherings amid the COVID-19 outbreak and our inability to print issues for the remainder of the semester, the Weekly Scene is sadly discontinued at the moment. Thus, to fill the gap in my heart left by my beloved little column, I’d like to present the Weekly Screen: a short list of TV programs, movies and videos to check out from the socially-distanced comfort of your home. 

Tell us what YOU’RE loving at the moment by submitting a recommendation here and check our email newsletter every week to find out what your fellow Owls are filling their non-Zoom screen time with. Happy watching!  

— Katelyn Landry, A&E editor

The Americans 

“This show follows two Soviet spies living as an average American family at the height of the Cold War, in the ‘80s. It has a great mix of action, mystery, drama, comedy and history to entice a broad range of audiences! I've been watching it with my house[mates] and we cannot stop!”

Recommendation submitted by Sarah Berton, Martel College ’20

Now available on Amazon Prime Video

Tales from the Loop

Amazon Studios brings together tranquil rural aesthetics and eerie futurism in its new sci-fi drama anthology “Tales from the Loop.” In a fictional Ohio town situated above The Loop, a machine built to “explore the mysteries of the universe,” residents must face the uncanny supernatural effects of interdimensional warping, time fluctuation and UFOs. Each of the series’ eight episodes serves as a standalone short story, though eventually plots and characters overlap, illustrating the residents’ simultaneous commonality and isolation within the mysterious fabric of The Loop and painting a gorgeously cinematic portrait of loneliness in a changing world.

Now available on Amazon Prime Video

Feel Good

Joining the ranks of semi-autobiographical confessionals in what seems like the golden age of romantic comedies from members of the LGBTQ+ community is Netflix’s original series “Feel Good.” Candian comedian Mae Martin, playing herself, labors to recover from drug addiction while falling for George (Charlotte Ritchie). They’re great together, but they’re far from perfect as emphasized by Mae’s mother (Lisa Kudrow) who demands that Mae attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings. The heartfelt, self-deprecating comedy for which Martin is famous rears its head as she struggles with her old addictions and her new one to George in a modern fairy tale that is saving its tangled happy ending for season two. 

Season one is now available on Netflix 

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When the Hoot brought the Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich to Rice in 2019, students formed a line that ran past the info desk to wait for it. Hot chicken is no recent phenomenon. The fried chicken, floured, fried and covered in a spice blend, hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Students may not realize that Houston’s hot chicken scene extends well beyond Popeyes, from food trucks to brick-and-mortar stores. The two of us, the Thresher’s self-proclaimed hot chicken connoisseurs, decided to venture beyond the hedges in search of the best Nashville hot chicken sandwich in Houston. 


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