July 6, 2012
With all the books, shows, movies and albums that come out every week, it can be hard to choose what's worth checking out and what's, well, not. At least, it used to be hard. But with RELEVANT Recommends, things are much easier. We give you a list of five things you should be watching, reading or listening to this week.
- Josh Garrels - Love & War: B-Sides & Remixes: Josh Garrels is an odd bird, mixing the old singer/songwriter aesthetic with a spoken word flair, buoyed by a keen eye for social justice. It defies description, so go check it out for yourself. His new album of b-sides and remixes can be downloaded for free right here.
The Amazing Spider-Man: With great power comes great responsibility, and Marc Webb seems to have taken that to heart with his new vision for web-crawling wunderkind. Naysayers expressed skepticism that a reboot this soon after the original franchise went belly up could be any good, but with white-hot stars in Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone on the marquee, and Webb's keen sense for portraying teen angst without getting too, well, angsty, Marvel's two for two this summer.
- The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker: Sci-Fi's slow comeback has been largely marked by a sense of solemness; the genre has slowed itself down fron the breakneck pace of the Star Wars prequels into the plodding, contemplative melancholy of movies like Prometheus. Into this comes Karen Thompson Walker's new novel about a preteen coping with a different kind of global catastrophe: the slowing of the earth's rotation. As days turn into weeks and months, her own inner world proves to be just as delicate as the one around her. An ominous, yet distinctly tender take on science fiction.
Safety Not Guaranteed: If you happen to be one of the lucky few who are close to a theater that's playing this gem, it's well worth your time. The impossible-to-hate Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Rec) plays a magazine writer who follows up on a bewildering classified ad that promises to take her back in time. It's funny, smart and wonderfully heart-felt.
Wild - Cheryl Strayed: Strayed's account of her crushing depression after the double punch of her mother's death and her salty divorce is a journey through the Pacific Crest trail in attempt to find healing. It was a dangerous, solo hike, which Strayed relates with articulate profundity. Her journey to rock bottom and back has landed her a spot on bestseller lists, and it won't take more than a couple sentences of the first page for you to see why.