March 23, 2018

Passport Alert: I'm Going to Berlin (and Paris and London)


It's been 17 years since I stepped foot on European soil, and that's about to change.

A few things before I hop on a red-eye at the end of May:

I look forward to meeting up with some friends in these cities. I'll need a crash course on speaking German. I'm ready to f**k up some crepes in front of the Eiffel Tower like a basic American tourist. And the Anglophile in me can't wait to revisit the South Kensington neighborhood where I lived as a Boston University student during more innocent, pre-9/11 times.

@TheFirstEcho

March 20, 2018

I'm Not Crying: The 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Trailer is Here


I can't remember the last time I got a little choked up watching a movie trailer.

But here it is, the preview for Won't You Be My Neighbor? a documentary about Fred Rogers, the man behind the beloved children's show Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The film, from director Morgan Neville, is being released theatrically this summer, and I can't think of a better way to counterprogram all of the loud and obnoxious blockbusters that will be vying for everyone's attention. 

In other words, anyone who ever grew up watching the King of Empathy and Kindness (I just came up with that title) should support this doc. Because this is the kind of film we need nowadays.

@TheFirstEcho

March 13, 2018

LUSH: The 2018 Spring Playlist


OUT: Spring cleaning.
FIVE MINUTES AGO: Spring training.
IN: Spring listening.

Hop aboard the Spring Express with these 30+ tunes that should help you welcome the new season with open arms (and lighter jackets).

@TheFirstEcho

The 2018 Review: My Top 10 TV Picks

The Peak TV bubble has yet to burst. And with over 500 scripted shows  that were in production in 2018, it has become an increasingly d...