Though it seems a lifetime ago in the exhausting nightmare that is 2020, earlier this year, Pringles unveiled a special Pickle Rick flavor of their potato chips inspired by an episode of Rick and Morty. Released in a specially designed can that looks like Rick Sanchez after he turns himself into a pickle, the chips were released just in time for the Super Bowl back in February. But this year, Pringles isn’t waiting for a big game to expand the Rick and Morty Pringles collection with two new flavors in collectible cans.
Rick and Morty Pringles
Pringles is bringing back the Pickle Rick flavor this month along with the release of the two “new” flavors, which are actually just existing flavors that have been repurposed with Rick and Morty inspired names and can designs. Here are all three of the flavors available now:
Pickle Rick – Paying homage to the classic episode “Pickle Rick”TM—in which the eccentric scientist Rick Sanchez turns himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy—Pringlesis re-launching their special edition, collectable Pickle Rick flavor previously released in February.
Honey Mustard Morty– The sweet flavor profile perfectly embodies Morty Smith’s well- mannered and blissfully ignorant nature, while the slight hint of tanginess reflects the risky adventures he’s unwillingly roped into by his Grandpa Rick.
Look at Me! I’m Cheddar & Sour Cream– Mr. Meeseeks tall, powder-blue figure is naturally emulated in this narrow can of Pringles crisps. Since existence is pain for a Meeseeks, you better eat these crisps fast—which should be no problem given how delicious these flavors are.
All three of the flavors are available now in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com while supplies last.
Netflix’s A Love Song for Latasha is a short film about a tragically short life. Sophia Nahli Allison directed this lightly experimental remembrance of Latasha Harlins, the 15-year-old Black girl who was murdered in 1991 by a convenience store owner who accused her of stealing a bottle of orange juice. The subsequent trial ran parallel with the Rodney King incident — and both would be catalysts for the 1992 Los Angeles riots. But this film isn’t interested in Latasha’s role in history. It wants us to know she was a sweet, loving and selfless girl who wanted to make the world a better place.
The Gist: South Central Los Angeles, the late 1980s, the summer of Ty’s sixth-grade year. She tells a story: She was in trouble, her head held underwater by bullies at the pool. Latasha Harlins chased them off, maybe bloodying one the boys a bit. She jumped in, fully clothed, and pulled Ty to the surface. Latasha comforted Ty, gave her a towel. They were fast friends, best friends.
In 1985, Latasha’s mother was shot and killed in a club, narrates Latasha’s cousin Shinese. Latasha and Shinese and Shinese’s brother lived with their grandmother. Ty and Shinese characterize Latasha as a smart, ambitious girl who loved basketball, got all As in school, wanted to be a lawyer and business owner, and spoke of her mother frequently. She dreamed of starting programs for kids in her neighborhood, to keep them out of trouble.
March 16, 1991. Latasha’s grandmother was out of orange juice. Shinese didn’t want to go. Her brother didn’t want to go. So Grandma put two dollars in Latasha’s hand and sent her to the corner store. The shop owner accused her of stealing a $1.79 bottle of OJ and killed her with a gunshot to the back of the head. Ty came home and saw the security footage on TV. And saw it again. And saw it again. She remembers having the same shop owner point the same gun at her once.
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?:A Love Song for Latasha is an artful side trip to big-picture historical doc LA 92. Both are essential.
Performance Worth Watching: Ty’s remembrance is heartbreaking, loving and poetic.
Memorable Dialogue: “I never knew what terror was until I saw it. And they kept playing that video over and over.” — Ty
Sex and Skin: None.
Our Take: Allison isn’t content to assemble a simple, talking-heads memorial. She tells Latasha’s story with unconventional visuals and warm, heartfelt, emotionally raw voiceovers, using abstract animation and impressionistic re-enactments to emphasize feelings over facts — facts we already know. What we may not know is what kind of person Latasha was, beyond the headlines, beyond the upsetting security footage, beyond the violent fallout.
An ice cream truck rolling backwards, fuzzy effects simulating an old videocassette, a scribble of a spinning and spilling bottle of orange juice — all create the sense of setting and tone, of a life frozen in time, robbed of a future, a heartbroken yearning to go back and do things differently. Generally speaking, short films are more open to unusual narratives like this, and Allison makes the most of the medium, using art to do proper, dignified justice to a person of character and quality. There’s no understating the tragedy of Latasha’s death.
Our Call: STREAM IT. Crucially, A Love Song for Latasha is a poignant tragedy not about how Latasha Harlins died, but who she could have been.
John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at johnserbaatlarge.com or follow him on Twitter: @johnserba.
Josh Hutcherson started acting back in 2002, nabbing his first high-profile role when he was about twelve for The Polar Express with Tom Hanks. As the actor continued to gain recognition in early movies such as Kicking & Screaming, Little Manhattan, Zathura, RV and Bridge to Terabithia, a young Jennifer Lawrence took notice. They say it’s easier to picture yourself somewhere when you know someone doing it, and Hutcherson making his way into her local paper was enough to have her talking to her parents about it.
This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for! The entire Justice League Dark team storms the Other Place, with a little help from their friend/enemy John Constantine. And at what price his aid? With the Upside-Down Man in their sights, the team witnesses the true manifestation of his power, and the agonizing cost of his anger.
(W) James TynionIV, Ram V. (A) Kyle Hotz (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
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Author: Nicholas Osborn
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