Let's start with the most important stuff of the week: The Leftovers. HBO's epic series, and one of my new favorite things ever, ended its run on Sunday with a beautiful love song of a finale. I've seen it twice already and I highly recommend revisiting - without the anxiety of 'what's going on' and 'how many minutes are left' and 'what the hell is Kevin doing,' it's a much different experience and a better one. Here are the Thoughts circulating the internet.
- Let's start off with a great, insightful interview with the series' creator, which almost makes me want to reconsider watching Lost.
- Basically ditto to everything in this Vox review of the finale. Maybe the best since Six Feet Under? Thanks, Leftovers and a Sopranos rewatch to remind me how mediocre things like Breaking Bad really are.
- And one more from Vulture. With the first season and reading Perrotta's book, I didn't think we would end up with a love story. But we did and it's rare to be so caught up in two fictional characters that are as honest and fully-crafted as Kevin and Nora. But that's absolutely what this brilliant show delivered.
- One more review, from Jezebel, for the lovely gif alone.
And something else from HBO's archives: a compilation of all the things Carrie ever wondered. I haven't seen this show in years. It doesn't hold up, right?
In other pop culture news, I saw Wonderwoman this weekend! It was fun, it was well-done. Someone on Twitter said it would be a movie they watch when they're home sick and to that I say ditto - go sit with What's Eating Gilbert Grape and the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice and Gone Girl. That's a compliment, promise.
- First up, a writer at Pajiba happened upon one of the all-women screenings and found it not that exciting, which is how we like our revolutions.
- The Cut suggests the first twenty minutes of the movie are the best part. And while I enjoyed the frivolity of London and the seriousness of the battles, I would also watch an entire movie about Robin Wright's character.
And now for non fun stuff: the disaster that is our President! I still stand by my comments last week on "Burning It All Down", but until then...
- Some enterprising young fellow on Twitter created a bot that puts all of the @Jackass tweets in a Presidential statement. Yes to this. This is how these Tweets should be taken because it's an official statement from the President of the United States and can have major impact on foreign policy, markets, etc.
- Friendly reminder that it's not just Emperor Bigly, the whole family sucks. Vox implores the media to stop trying desperately to give Ivanka a pass. With the Paris decision, any idea that they get to be some moderating influence is out. Also, gross, US Weekly.
- Eric Trump is the dumb one. He also took a step out of the Nazi playbook, claiming anyone opposed to his dad isn't even human and saying that there is a serious lack of morality in American politics today. This, from the guy who literally took money from kids with cancer to line his family's pockets. But, hey, the Clinton Foundation, amiright?
If we were going to end up with some type of monarchy, I would prefer the sensibility of Chelsea Clinton or the style of Michelle Obama, to be honest.