You need to see… Magic Mike
. Don’t let the cheesy TV advertisements
fool you. Magic Mike
is far riskier, far sharper and, yes, even far more entertaining than it looks. Director Steven Soderbergh has a deft, winning way with this coming-of-age tale, which moves at a clip and features some truly wondrous male stripping. But it’s the career-best performances from Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, beautifully sending up his oily party-boy image, that will linger once you’ve fanned yourself off. You need to download… “Ruin” by Cat Power.
This has been a great year for fans of enigmatic female singer-songwriters. So if, like me, you’re ready to emerge from the cave in which you’ve been meticulously listening to Fiona Apple on a loop for the past month,this single
from Cat Power’s upcoming album Sun
(out September 4) – is a great place to start. You need to start reading… A Hologram for the King.
In a recent interview, Dave Eggers (author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
and What is the What
) said he thinks his latest may be his favourite yet
. That was enough for me to snag a copy of this timely book, a character study about a broke American business man betting it all on one last, potentially lucrative business deal in Saudi Arabia. Look for a full review in an upcoming issue. You need to hire… A Separation.
The internationally acclaimed Iranian drama is now on DVD. Here’s deputy editor Louise Stewart’s take: “She wants to flee Iran for the sake of their young daughter. He won’t leave his elderly father behind. This starts as a story about the difficult decisions and resulting tension between husband and wife…then something crucial happens, and it morphs into a tale of lies, desperation and motivation. I’m still discussing the thrilling finale with anybody who’ll listen.” You need to catch up with… The Shire.
If you’ve missed the first two episodes of Ten’s hugely divisive new “reality” series, you can still watch them online
. And don’t give me that “it’s-so-gross-I’m-so-ashamed” nonsense. This ridiculous piffle is a must-see train wreck! As Helen Razer so brilliantly pointed out
this week, “This program is really about our failure to take authority seriously; no one onscreen seems to have their heart in it. These guys…are so disrespectful of production standards, they’re almost like reality criminals. This is the Underbelly
series one of dramality.” Watch! Be amazed. And make sure you have something handy to catch your jaw when it starts dropping to the floor. Nicholas Fonseca is madison's features and news editor. You can follow him on Twitter at @NFonseca78
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