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What to watch and read June 2024.  Tune in for show, movie, and book reviews for June 2024 from the suburb of New York City. Here’s what we’re watching just outside New York City in New Jersey!

Apologies to Robert Downey Jr. We like you but the multiple characters in The Sympathizer were too gimmicky. Tune in to hear why we would have preferred just one R.K.J.

What to WatchTV Show and Movie Reviews

  • The Sympathizer on HBO. Loved the book but had mixed feelings about the show, particularly Robert Downey Jr. playing multiple roles.
  • Unfrosted on Netflix. Think Spaceballs so bad it’s good.A light-hearted, self-aware movie about Pop-Tarts, recommended for a fun family watch.
  • Hitman on Netflix. An enjoyable, light watch directed by Richard Linklater.
  • Hitler and the Nazis: Evil on Trial  Highly recommend. A very compelling documentary on Netflix about the Nuremberg trials, using historical footage and reenactments.
  • Billy and Molly on Hulu. A heartwarming National Geographic documentary about a homeless otter in Scotland.
  • Hacks (Season 3) on HBO Starts out slow but the new season is out and continues to deliver.
  • Ren Faire A new HBO show about a Renaissance festival in Texas, described as “nuts” and compared to Succession. Has more hype than it deserves. 
  • Trying
  • Dark Matter on Apple TV – Burning out a little on all the multi-verse storylines out there but this one still plays off. Starts out slow but gets intriguing.

What to Read – Book Reviews

  • Funny Stories by Emily Henry. A light, entertaining rom-com about a woman whose perfect boyfriend leaves her before their wedding.
  • A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages by Anthony Bale An engaging listen about medieval travel, covering various regions like India, Persia, and Constantinople.
  • Empireworld by Sathnam Sanghera A fascinating but downbeat book about the British Empire, narrated by someone with an upper-crust British accent.
  • The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon Historical fiction based on the diaries of a real midwife, Martha Ballard, set in 1789 Maine. The story involves a murder investigation and a rape trial.
  • TV Show and Movi ReviClosing Thoughts
  • Rachel and Janette encourage listeners to check out the recommended books, shows, and movies. They also share a laugh about their current TV obsessions and the comfort they find in them.

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