The Laszlo Taste: Autumn Edition
The Laszlo Taste: Autumn Edition
Autumn is officially here and we are ready to curl up with a book we can’t put down, binge our favorite podcasts, and check out some of the most intriguing new films and TV shows coming out this fall. From the things that we’re looking forward to the most to the favorites we can’t stop listening to, check out what we’re obsessed with this season, as selected by our digital team: Ecommerce Manager Chelsea Olchowy, Social Media Manager Stephanie Rosen, and Social Media and Influencer Coordinator Adriana Autie..
Chelsea’s Pick: My Favorite Murder – Out now
Ecommerce Manager Chelsea Olchowy could write a dissertation on her love of My Favorite Murder, which may not be new but is a perfect podcast for the spooky fall season. Being that the hosts are both comedians, they have a uniquely lighthearted approach to the serial killers and other cases they discuss on the show. At the same time, their goal is not just to laugh and make fun of murder. Comedy is how they cope with their own anxieties and the darkness of the world.
Chelsea says: “They are really funny. It's not the kind of podcast you go to be very factual. They definitely do their research, but they own it if they make mistakes. They do Corrections Corner all the time, where they speak about the time they got this fact wrong or when they said something incorrectly. They're very interactive with their followers. They own it. It's so real that when I listen to it I think, 'These are two women I could sit around the table with and just have fun.' They are super witty and own who they are... but it's also murder. They are professionals in their craft and it just so happens that murder was their secret obsession. I listen to them on my way into work and end up giggling on the subway.”
Stephanie’s Pick: The Moth – Out now
Another perennial podcast on our autumn list is a favorite for Social Media Manager Stephanie: “I listen to The Moth podcast all the time. The Moth is a very cool concept which has been around for a while and it's in cities all across the country. You basically write in a story, and if you get picked, you have to read it to an audience, but you can't have any note cards. You just have to tell your story. Some people are famous, some are random. There are general themes around what the stories are for the night. They record them live, and they're really, really good.”
Adriana’s Pick: Bad Batch – Premieres on 10/23
For those who enjoyed Dirty John and Dr. Death, Laura Beil and the Wondery team are back with another healthcare system-centric podcast. Bad Batch is an investigation of the start-up Liveyon, which claimed to treat pain, autoimmune diseases, infections, and even autism through the use of stem cells. Originally viewed as a smashing success, the company began to falter a bit when customers started getting sick.
Social Media and Influencer Coordinator Adriana Autie loved Dr. Death, so she’s very excited to check this one out when it premieres: “Dr. Death was one of my favorite podcasts ever. It was definitely not on the lighthearted side. It was very cold and like Forensic Files in that they just give you the hardcore facts, and you get to hear from victims. It was very much like a documentary. Dr. Death showed how messed up the healthcare system is, so seeing that Bad Batch is another journey through that world, I'm really interested to see what they have to say, because there's so much that we don't know."
Stephanie’s Pick: Living With Yourself – Streaming on Oct. 18
What’s better than one Paul Rudd? Two Paul Rudds, which is exactly what you get in this brand new Netflix comedy starring the man who doesn’t age. The concept is highly intriguing: Rudd plays a listless guy named Miles, who indulges in some self-care by checking into a special spa, and then ends up getting cloned. At first, this seems like a blessing in disguise: Miles sends his clone off to do his boring day job, while Miles stays at home to work on screenwriting. Things quickly go awry, as Miles’ wife – who does not even know her husband has been cloned – starts to like the clone more! We have a feeling this is going to be the next Netflix hit, but even if it’s not, you still have two Paul Rudds.
Team Pick: The Affair – Final episode airs November 3
We’re excited yet a little sad that Showtime’s The Affair is coming to an end this fall. One of the reasons we appreciate this show – which explores the emotional effects of the titular affairs – is the way that multiple sides of the story are shown from the perspectives of different characters. Something may play out totally different in someone else’s mind, or they will have an entirely different recollection of an event. The differences are as small as what someone was wearing to as vital as what someone said or how they acted in a particular situation. As a storytelling device, this one is ideal if you are super interested in dissecting every angle of a scenario and how the same thing can be perceived in such distinct ways. Plus, all four main cast members are swoon-worthy: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson.
Team Pick: Modern Love – Premieres on Oct. 18
We’ve been listening to the New York Times column-based Modern Love podcast for years now, so when we heard that Amazon was producing and releasing a new TV series based on it, our ears perked up. Modern Love is so interesting because it tackles unconventional love stories as well; not just sexual and romantic love, but also the love between a parent and child, platonic love between friends, and even self-love. Some are funny, some are sad, but they’re all compelling. Plus, there’s yet another all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, John Slattery, Dev Patel, and Catherine Keener. We’re curious to see how this concept plays out on the screen!
Chelsea’s Pick: Hustlers – Out now
When Chelsea really loves something, the Erno Laszlo office is the first to know: “Hustlers was so good. I came back to the office raving about it. J. Lo killed it. I initially thought it would be a woman-version of Magic Mike: a stupid plotline that is actually just an excuse to show off hot people dancing. Hustlers is not that, at all. There is such a story in there. I even looked up the article that it is based on, because it's a true story. It's so well-done: great acting, great clothing, great storyline.”
Team Pick: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie – Streaming on Oct. 11
The people wanted more Jesse Pinkman, so the Netflix gods granted it with this film, centered around what happens to him after busting out of the white supremacist compound where he ended up at the end of the show. If you miss the other cast members, don’t worry: a bunch of faces from the show make appearances in this film, including someone who was flown into the set on a private jet in order to keep their appearance totally under wraps!
Team Pick: The Irishman – Streaming on Nov. 27
The crime film dream team of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci are back with an incredible new movie that might end up being the last film that all four of these work on together. A true epic, it tells the story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (played by De Niro) as he works as a hitman for the Bufalino crime family. With Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino, the critics are saying that this might be everyone’s finest work to date – a truly impressive achievement for men with such high-caliber films under their belts. It premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival on September 27 and was filmed in New York too, so we have some regional pride to back our excitement as well.
Team Pick: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – Out now
If you loved The Handmaid’s Tale – whether in TV show or book form – and wanted more, now’s your chance. Already a #1 New York Times bestseller, Margaret Atwood’s follow-up to the classic dystopian novel is here and it is gripping. The Testaments takes place over fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale (which itself was originally published 34 years ago!) and tells the story of three very different women. The novel explores the interior of Gilead, delving into how the regime came to be and why it continued to prosper, through the voices of the three main characters. Bonus: Hulu and MGM announced that they would be developing a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale based on The Testaments! Atwood fans, get ready: this is your year.
Team Pick: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino – Out now
For sharp, incisive essays on cultural matters, you can do no better than the work of Jia Tolentino. Presently a cultural critic for the New Yorker, Tolentino honed her craft and voice as an editor and writer for Jezebel and the Hairpin. Trick Mirror is her first book, with a subtitle that perfectly articulates the particular lens she brings to her work: Reflections on Self-Delusion. A few words that are regularly used to describe her pieces include enlightening, unflinching, and bold, all of which definitely rings true for the topics she tackles in this work: everything from athleisure to the early days of the Internet.
Team Pick: Fair Play by Eve Rodsky – Out now
Reese Witherspoon is the new Oprah – at least when it comes to book clubs. Her choice for October is the nonfiction book Fair Play by Eve Rodsky, with another subtitle that says it all: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live). Witherspoon has pretty great reading taste and her book club choices tend to fall squarely between beach read and literary novel. As a nonfiction book, this one is a little different, but the boss babes among us will surely appreciate the practical tips on hand for finding time to cross off every single thing on your to-do list – and then some!
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