Pop Culture This Week: 8/24

Five or so things to look forward to in pop culture this week:

Beach House Depression Cherry

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The dreamy pop band releases their fifth album this week. Beach House is known for their dreamy pop sounds, ambient and spacey with enough of a pop through line to get stuck in your head. It’s the band’s fifth release and already quite acclaimed by a few major critical sites. As the summer fades and you begin to look toward lighter sounds to accompany that gentle fall breeze, this could be the record for you.

Queen of Earth

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The latest film by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) stars Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Katherine Waterson (Inherent Vice) as childhood friends who rent a beach house together but figure out their companionship is not what it once was. It is being labeled as a psychological thriller and early artwork for the film show a more frightening and abstract bent than the plot description might indicate.

Narcos

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The latest Netflix original series tells the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and Drug Enforcement Agencies trying to bring him down. At this point nearly every new Netflix show is an event, and there is some buzz surrounding it so it’s at least worth a shot if the subject matter sounds interesting.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Belt

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Netflix is all about the movie business nowadays and one of their first projects is strangely a sequel to the popular Chinese-language 2000 martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Some of the cast is back, but auteur director Ang Lee is not–someone had to be asking for this right?

Turbo Kid

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A throwback to the action films of the 80s, Turbo Kid is an independent film about a teenage boy who goes on an adventure to save his robot girlfriend. He becomes the sort of futuristic warrior that he could only become in the movies, defeating bad guys and bosses all over the place. This thing appears to be pure fun, making no bones about its influences, and celebrating the excessive gore and violence that comes with this comic genre.

Others: Z For Zachariah; Yo La Tenga Stuff Like That Here, The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Masses, Destroyer Poison Season, k-os Can’t Fly Without Gravity

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