Movies! Films! Records! Albums! New! Here! Let’s go!
Is September the month of horror remakes? Looks like it! Even though IT is still tearing up the box office, FLATLINERS may offer some strong competition. Starring Ellen Page, the film updates this 1990 tale of five medical students who trigger near-death experiences – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. It doesn’t go well.
AMERICAN MADE is an action-thriller about a pilot that lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s. It stars Tom Cruise, so expect quips, billion-watt smiles and lots of running. At the very least, it looks better than THE MUMMY.
Also out: LUCKY, the last film of Harry Dean Stanton, who stars as a 90-year-old atheist undergoing a spiritual journey. Another pick is TIL DEATH DO US PART, about a nightmarish, abusive relationship. There’s also SUPER DARK TIMES, about best friends who are driven apart when forced to cover up a gruesome accident.
The biggest of the new albums out this week is likely Miley Cyrus’ YOUNGER NOW. Unlike the more provocative, wild image of recent years, this release finds Cyrus leaning into her country pop roots.
If you like your music a bit more out there, but still melodically-focused, give a listen to Torres‘ THREE FUTURES. The singer-songwriter’s third album explores the sensations and desires of the body and how those relate to the human spirit. The songs range from gorgeous to creepy, a whole variety of flavors!
If you like your music, ummmm, really, really out there, Primus is back! Their new record, THE DESATURATING SEVEN, features the return of drummer Tim Alexander. It’s a loose concept album based on the children’s book “The Rainbow Goblins.” Because of course it is.
Other music picks include the varied alt-rock of VISIONS OF A LIFE by Wolf Alice, TELL ME YOU LOVE ME by pop star Demi Lovato, David Crosby’s new folk record SKY TRAILS, the downtempo R&B of Ibeyi on ASH and the mind-bending jazz of Kamasi Washington on HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE.
Any weekend plans out there? Bueller?