Hello all! It’s Friday the 13th (spooky!) and that means it’s time for new movies and music. These picks are so good, it’s frightening! (Okay, I’ll stop.)
First up, Jackie Chan returns and he’s taking on….TAKEN. In THE FOREIGNER, he plays a grieving father with a buried past who will stop at nothing to find the terrorists who killed his daughter. Pierce Brosnan co-stars as the government official who may know about the killers than he’s letting on.
If you like your drama with less explosions, check out MARSHALL. This biopic is about a young Thurgood Marshall (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Other releases include HAPPY DEATH DAY, which is basically GROUNDHOG DAY but for horror. You can also watch PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, about the creation of everyone’s favorite Amazonian princess.
Switching over to music, it’s yet another big week! First up is St. Vincent’s fifth solo record, MASSEDUCTION. No two albums by her are alike and this new release is no exception. Rather than limiting herself to straightforward songwriting convection, St. Vincent bursts at the seams of art-rock, stretching her imagination to create her boldest work yet. It’s super-weird and super-catchy and I love it.
Another chameleon of an artist, Beck, is also back with COLORS. His first album since the Grammy-winning, low-key MORNING PHASE finds Beck in a party mood! It’s his grooviest, most upbeat record in at least a decade and brings to mind his feet-moving hits of the 90s. But with a modern pop touch.
Speaking of the 90s, Wu-Tang Clan is back as well! Their new album, WU-TANG: THE SAGA CONTINUES, features production by RZA and beats by longtime Wu-Tang affiliate Mathematics. Sure, that asshat Martin Shkreli may still possess the only copy of their previous album. But this one is for all of us.
Other picks this week include BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA, Pink’s first album in five years, Robert Plant’s new solo record CARRY FIRE, Billy Corgan’s new solo record OGILALA and a collaborative release between indie rockers Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, called LOTTA SEA LICE.
What’s catching your eye this weekend? Sound off below!