LZ Sunday Paper Newsletter: The "Am I Awake Yet?" Edition

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Dateline: 1/24/21

Frankly, I'm still in a daze from Wednesday.

A month ago, pre-hiatus I was eagerly anticipating keeping a log of things I watched and listened to over the holidays to give you. Now, both the list and the newsletter are too long, so here's an abbreviated version.

Bridgerton is still not on the list, per last week's note. However, I ended up seeing the final episode of this first season. Frankly, not enough drama, not soapy enough for me. I need a villain I can love to hate.

Call My Agent is definitely still a high recommend. I watched the first episode of this final season. Brush up on your high school French, binge seasons 1-3 and I'll see you for episode 2.

Aimez-vous le français? J'aime Catherine Deneuve, even under feu for her #MeToo p.o.v., for her performance in The Truth. A complicated, excellent film. A relationship film, one for the mother/daughter oeuvre of all time. Only slightly less crazy than Patricia Clarkson and Amy Adams in "Sharp Objects," which I loved but many didn't care for. (That was a plug for you to give it a chance).

You like relationship films? How about Sophia Coppola's "On The Rocks"? Hmmmm, husband/wife, father/daughter, okay sure it sounds interesting. But if it's Bill Murray elder statesman relationship you're craving with a Coppola-ian zap, re-watch "Lost In Translation" instead.

My cup of relationship tea is more Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking Of Ending Things." Like "Get Out" in structure and tone. Boyfriend/girlfriend. Child/parents. Time. Aloneness. Inconsistency. Right up my alley.

Political-ish relationship? Jon Stewart's Steve Carell starrer "Irresistable." Assessment: Resistable.

What a coincidence!: two new movies with the two most hugely famous and beloved male lead actors. Each are set to overcome unfathomable obstacles on a seemingly endless rescue journey, mostly alone on the screen with an adorable little girl. A completely mute little girl. Each based on a 2016 novel by a female author. Tom Hanks in Ye Olde West. George Clooney in Ye Future Space. Spoiler alert: shocker! despite their gruff grumpy alone middle-aged-man-ness, they are real softies and end up re-considering what it means to be a father, loving their adorable, mute charges. Not always -- but this time I choose Clooney. If you want a father/daughter relationship in a movie to amuse, delight, and shock you on their seemingly endless journey, I re-recommend the Borat sequel. She steals the show.

What a coincidence!: two tv shows with two quirky NYC-centric star/narrators, each taking us on a journey through our beloved City. Both are lovingly made, with vast filmic premise, a keen eye, superbly crafted, on polar ends of the production value spectrum. John Wilson gives us the world today with a view to tomorrow. Fran Lebowitz, through Scorcese's lens, brings us back to yesterday, and by yesterday I mean 1974.

"Mank." Skip!

If you want *actual* vintage Hollywood, you must see Mae West-starrer "She Done Him Wrong," the origin film of her most famous line. It is a tour de force, pre-Code power-woman tract. And Cary Grant in 1934 was a great goody-two-shoes foil. Or was he…?

Watch with alacrity and not a care in the world: the Bee-Gees docu "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" (warning, parts of it are sad, including the fact that Barry Gibb is the sole-surviving Gibb narrator.

I won't even give you the list of Holiday and New Year's-themed films since I have about 11 months before its relevant again, but if for some reason you're looking for a slightly dark Birthday-themed film do reach for "The Boys In the Band." A play-on-film directed by the superb Joe Mantello, this bunch of actor "Boys" are just divine.

Okay well that's about a fraction of our quarantine watch-list. Email me with your recommendations or any articles, photos, or videos you think I need to see right here.

In the meantime, if you have one second left to do anything after that A/V guide, take a scroll down to read the absolute most interesting and important news about, by, and for women in Politics, Business, Tech, Science, Sports, the Arts and Pop Culture.

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INAUGURATION DAY:

A Woman Joins The All-Male Club via The Washington Post

Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Brought Us Glorious Coats Today via Go Fug Yourself

Representative Barbara Lee Wore Shirley Chisolm's Pearls To Inauguration via Vogue

THE PIC(K) OF THE WEEK:

The Political Roots Of Amanda Gorman's Genius via Politico

POLITICS:

'A River Of Lies': 23 Women On Four Years Of Covering Trump via Elle

How Biden's Women-Led Communications Team Plans To Rebuild Trust With The American People via The 19th

Attorney Roberta Kaplan Is About To Make Trump's Life Extremely Difficult via The Washington Post

Avril Haines Becomes First Woman Director Of National Intelligence via The Wall Street Journal

Biden Selects Transgender Doctor Rachel Levine As Assistant Health Secretary via The Washington Post

BUSINESS & TECH:

Bumble's IPO Swipes Right On Women via Boss Betty

Google Takes Action Against Another Outspoken A.I. Ethics Researcher via Fortune

JURISPRUDENCE:

BBC Apologises For Calling Murderer Phil Spector "Talented But Flawed" via The Independent

CAMPUS CLIMATE:

Dava Newman Named Director Of MIT Media Lab via MIT News

THE ARTS & POP CULTURE:

Hi, She's Janice Johnston, and This Is The 1st Woman, and 1st Black Executive Producer of '20/20' via The Root

We're All Missing The Point Of The Armie Hammer Cannibalism Scandal via Rolling Stone

Author Alyssa Cole Talks Romance Novels and Politics via NPR

Being A Leading Black Voice In Sci-Fi Writing Is A Joyful Responsibility via The CBC

THE SPORTS REPORT:

The Jared Porter Story Isn't Unique To The Mets. The Thing About Cultural Misogyny Is…It's Cultural via SB Nation

Boys Will Be Boys? Men Like Jared Porter Are Driven By Entitlement and Stupidity via The Los Angeles Times

WHAT'S LEFT TO PONDER?:

Is Mask-Slipping The New Man-Spreading? via The New York Times

IN MEMORIAM:

Mary Catherine Bateson Dies At 81; Anthropologist On Lives Of Women via The New York Times

Margo St. James, Advocate For Sex Workers, Dies At 83 via The New York Times

Kim Chernin, Who Wrote About Women, Weight, and Identity Dead At 80 via The New York Times

AND WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT…?

Lady Gaga Was The Unofficial Meme Queen Of The Inauguration via Paper Magazine

Lady Gaga At The Inauguration. That's It. That's The Story. via Buzzfeed

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