I’ve been too busy stuffing my face with festive food to come up with a proper list with a modicum of analysis this week. However, a few massive pop culture treats have dropped in the last couple of days, so I’ll recommend those, along with a Netflix true crime doc and a Facebook video of some ludicrously acrobatic Azeri dancing.
This popped up in my Facebook feed somehow. Before anyone jumps in with regional animosity, I know it’s very similar to Armenian and Georgian dances (and other folklore from the area). Just sit back and enjoy, and know you’ll never look this good at a wedding.
Making A Murderer
If you loved Serial and/or the Jinx, get ready to disappear down this latest true crime blackhole. Steven Avery was wrongfully convincted of a crime, spent 18 years locked up and was later exonerated by new DNA evidence. A few years after he's released, he ends up locked up again. Is it a local law enforcement vendetta? Is something darker going on? In this masterful 10-part documentary, we go into a complex family, a small community and the failings of the US legal & justice system (of which there appear to be many). Netflix made the first episode available for free on YouTube, and you can watch it below.
Deadpool - Second Red Band Trailer
I’m only mildly interested in comic books and their cinematic & small screen adaptations. But this year’s been a treat, with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Deadpool going for another part of the audience-base. Foul-mouthed and unhinged, Deadpool is my kind of superhero (I’ve stocked up on some comics to gear up for February). And this new Red Band trailer came out just in time for Christmas.
LCD Soundsystem – Christmas Will Break Your Heart
Now this is truly a Christmas miracle. After five LCD Soundsystem-less years, we are given a new, beautifully miserable track on Christmas eve. Couple that with rumors of a reunion in 2016, and everything looks a bit brighter.
Radiohead Spectre Theme
Despite some impressive set-pieces, Spectre was one of the most lackluster movie offerings of the year, and it came delivered with one of the most lackluster Bond theme songs of all time. Well, Radiohead have just shown us what could have been. Bless them.