Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.
1. Movie: Call Me by Your Name – Last week, I recommended Wonder, a film that teaches us how to be kind, and this week, I’m recommending Call Me by Your Name, a film that teaches us how to be in love. Elio (Timothée Chalamet) spends an unforgettable summer in the Italian countryside with his parents’ houseguest Oliver (Armie Hammer). It is as passionate, confusing, and transcendent as love can get.
2. Movie: Coco – The latest animated Thanksgiving release from Disney and/or Pixar tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel, whose desire to become a legendary musician (despite being in a family that has banned music) leads him on a journey into the Land of the Dead. It might sound like a frightening concept for a family movie, but those skeletons look both kooky and friendly, so I think we’ll be okay. Besides, as Día de Muertos indicates, Mexican culture has a healthy relationship with death. Our Marissa Sblendorio declares that it might just be Pixar’s most impressive visual work to date.
3. TV: Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (November 24 on Nickelodeon) – What happened to Arnold’s parents? This question has flummoxed a generation of appreciators of fine animated television for a lifetime. We had made our peace with never knowing, but now the truth will finally be revealed, in the form of a revival movie set to air on Black Friday. The Jungle Movie is a follow-up to both Hey Arnold! The Movie and the last episode of the show’s original run, and it is also set to serve as a definitive finale. Rumor has it that it might serve as the start to a new series as well.