For What it’s Worth

I always like looking at what the editors of publications I enjoy recommend—books, movies, music, etc.  I have neither the expertise nor the persuasiveness to make you seek out anything on the following list, but I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy them, nonetheless.

Television:

Sherlock: A BBC show by the two main writers of Doctor Who, it take Sherlock Holmes and puts him in the modern world.  Each episode is ninety minutes, and you can find all six on DVD.  I’ve had them in (on?) my DVR for months, and finally got around to watching them.  They are so smart and canny about updating classic Holmes stories so they’re both plausible and surprising to hardcore Holmes fans.  The leads, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson, respectively, are terrific, and Cumberbatch, especially, brings an icy charge to his portrayal.  I’m especially impressed with the look of the series, especially considering the episodes are predominantly directed by Paul McGuigan, whose only recognizable credits are Wicker Park and Lucky Number Slevin, both of which were fucking terrible.  Here it feels slick and polished and unlike other serial television series.

Music:

Still pretty obsessed with the Father John Misty album, Fear Fun.  It’s a project from J. Tillman, Fleet Foxes’s drummer.  I like Fleet Foxes, but I like this better.

Also, if you have not already, try anything by Langhorne Slim.  Totally worth it.

Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music is great old school hip-hop from an Atlanta-based rapper that will make you hungry for more Outkast.

Books:

Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre: Nonfiction about a secret agent during WWII.  Not normally my cup of tea, in that I’ve never gravitated towards the novels of le Carre or Alan Furst.  But this book is so much fun.  A bank thief flees to Nazi Germany to escape imprisonment in England and is recruited by the Nazis to sabotage a British munitions factory.  When he hits British soil, he immediately contacts British intelligence and begins to operate as a double agent.  Great wry sense of humor throughout, especially about the ridiculous ideas both sides generated to undermine each other.  Did you know the British used freaking magicians to help with their shenanigans?  Truly shows war as a psychopath’s sandbox.

 

Movies:

I haven’t seen a good movie in a long time.  Maybe House of the Devil or The Innkeepers—low budget stuff from Ti West.  The Entrance is interesting but slow.  Super low budget.

Excited For:

 

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Babel by Mumford and Son

NW by Zadie Smith

Doctor Who starts Saturday, September 1 on BBC America

 

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One response to “For What it’s Worth

  1. Amy

    I always appreciate your media recommendations, Matt. I’m listening to Father John Misty right now and like what I hear. Keep ’em coming.

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