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The Netflix Hit “RRR” Is a Political Screed, an Action Bonanza, and an Exhilarating Musical

Richard Brody The NewYorker
“RRR” -“Rise Roar Revolt”- turns history into legend by way of heightened visual rhetoric. It’s based very loosely on the real-life stories of two Indian revolutionaries of the early twentieth century, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, who joined forces and contested the oppression of British colonial power. The film is currently streaming on Netflix and will be theatrically released again in March 2023. The Oscar-Nominated Song "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR" will be performed at the Academy Awards.

How Product Placement Gets Wine Bottles Into Shows

Esther Mobley San Francisco Chronicle
The appearance of a wine bottle in television and film is almost never an accident; it’s a carefully brokered deal between the wine brand and the production’s prop master.

Party Down: Charmingly Low-Budget Workplace Satire From the Makers of Veronica Mars

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen The Guardian
The show never leaves the workplace. The complexities of these characters’ lives and relationships are teased out within the confines of their job, blurring the boundaries between personal and professional to create an almost claustrophobic intimacy. It’s also strangely prescient of the current, increasingly precarious gig economy.

What Is a ‘Dark Grocery Store’ and How Does It Work?

Chase Shustack The Daily Meal
Dark grocery stores exist solely for delivery purposes. There are no customers to shop the aisles, and there are no checkout lines; it is less like an ordinary grocery store and more like a shipping center hidden under the façade of a grocery store.

I’m No Martian

The Brooklyn poet William J. Harris has something to say about guilt by association as so many of your own best friends have been accused.