Happy Saturday Post-Op!

Just a quick dispatch between naps

Morning, friends. Gonna keep this newsletter short because I’m recovering from my ACL surgery on Friday. Everything went well, I’m happy to report. Shout-out to my doctor and the fine folks at Beach Cities Ortho. They see dumb skiing accidents like mine all the time, so they really know what they’re doing. Deepest thanks to Chris and Nic for taking such great care of me, and of course, Baxter, for his plentiful healing powers. And thanks to so many of you for reaching out and sending encouraging words. I’m optimistic, but that could be the hydrocodone talking.

Ask your doctor if Baxter is right for you. (Spoiler: He is.)

We did indeed get in a few reviews before I went under the knife. Among the movies we discussed this week at our Breakfast All Day YouTube channel:

Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos get funky in “Kinds of Kindness”

  • KINDS OF KINDNESS. We were so excited about the new Yorgos Lanthimos movie that we went to the first possible screening and did a quick, out of the theater reaction. Full non-spoiler review coming Tuesday, with a live spoiler chat coming sometime after the film opens theatrically on June 21. There is a LOT to talk to talk about here.

  • BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunite for the fourth movie in the “Bad Boys” franchise. I couldn’t make the all-media screening this week, but Alonso was kind enough to go and shoot a reaction video afterward. He has some choice zingers here. In theaters.

Dakota Johnson wonders whether she’s a lesbian in “Am I OK?”

  • AM I OK? It’s a question I’ve been asking of myself a lot lately, and it also happens to be the title of this Dakota Johnson romantic comedy. Tig Notaro and her wife, Stephanie Allynne, direct. This is a little raunchy and a lot of fun, and perhaps the perfect airplane movie. Streaming now on Max.

  • BACKSPOT. This is the elite cheerleading drama I reviewed for Ebert and mentioned in last week’s newsletter. Alonso liked it too. It’s in theaters and streaming.

What do you mean, Lydia Tár isn’t a real person?

For RogerEbert.com this week, I reviewed the documentary “Maestra.” It follows a group of dedicated female conductors from throughout the globe who’ve traveled to Paris for the annual La Maestra competition. We learn here that less than 3 percent of orchestral conductors worldwide are women; this contest aims to shine a light on their talents and bolster their presence in these rarefied, male-dominated circles. Director Maggie Contreras’ feature debut is engaging and eye-opening, if traditionally structured. In theaters.

Am I the good twin or the evil twin? You’ll have to guess.

On our Patreon, we’ve begun recapping “The Acolyte,” the new “Star Wars” prequel series on Disney+. Leslye Headland’s show takes place 100 years before “The Phantom Menace,” which presents loads of possibilities to explore this world without being tied to canon. Amandla Stenberg stars in dual roles as identical twins who have a complicated relationship with the force. We’re intrigued so far! Join us every week for our discussions. Streaming now.

Also at our Patreon, the latest Off the Menu poll is up, and you still have few days left to vote on which movie we review. For June, we’re honoring the late B-movie king Roger Corman by offering a selection of his distinctive films. I’ve seen none of these, so I’m excited to see what our folks pick. Come hang out with us and let’s watch together!

Rainbow Wall: A great beer for a great cause.

Finally, I wanted to mention a limited edition, non-alcoholic beer that Athletic Brewing Company is offering for Pride Month. It’s called Rainbow Wall, and it’s a flavorful, hazy IPA with notes of blood orange. We’ve been loving drinking it around here. And proceeds go to several LGBTQ+ non-profits, so it’s good for you and good for the gay community. Take 10% off with our link and code BREAKFASTALLDAY. Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more. Stock up before it runs out! athletic-brewing-co.sjv.io/e4oGYQ

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Thanks so much for sticking with me during this wacky time. I’m gonna wrap it up before the pain meds prompt me to write something embarrassing — like this sentence right here, for example. If you’ve found value in this newsletter, I’d be honored if you’d pass it along to a friend. Have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next Saturday.