The best new books, music and movies to amp up your weekend



The best new books, movies, and music on iTunes...

So you don't have to slog through a lake of reviews to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the iTunes Store to compile a list of the best new books, movies and music to come out this week.

This week we've found a documentary one of the world’s most iconic bearded faces, an other-worldly album from Fka Twigs, a book about the birth of Korea’s cool pop culture, the funniest summer comedy of the year and much more.


About Alex

When one of their friends tries to commit suicide, seven college friends reunite over a three-day weekend that reignites old crushes and shines a light on the group’s decisions that have made their post-college lives complex. It’s not a very ambitious movie, but Aubrey Plaza pulls off her performance with considerable wit, and New Girl fans will love seeing Max Greenfield get some solid time in on the silver screen.

iTunes - $6.99

The Birth of Korean Cool, by Euny Hong

Everybody in the world has danced their ass off to “Gangnam Style” by now, but the song’s international popularity isn’t just a passing fad, it’s part of an extraordinary and elaborate strategy that has turned South Korea into the world’s number one pop culture export. In her book The Birth of Korean Cool, Euny Hong dives deep into South Korean culture to find out how a nation that once banned miniskirts has become a global leader in business, technology, education and pop culture.

iTunes - $9.99

Director of Photography - Dilated Peoples

After an eight year hiatus, one of L.A.’s most legendary underground rap trios has come back together for the release of Directors of Photography. Dilated Peoples uses the same formula that made their first four LPs hits, only the production and lyrics have been elevated to a new level.

iTunes - $11.99

Burt's Buzz

Burt Shavitz has one of the most iconic faces in the world, but how did a lowly bohemian photojournalist and bee keeper from Maine become the face of one of the world’s most popular cosmetic brands? Burt’s Buzz gives viewers an intimate and fascinating look at how the reclusive Shavitz became a global phenomenon. Best of all, it’s only a buck.

iTunes - $0.99

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

Haruki has followed up on his mega-successful novel 1Q84, with the hypnotic new title Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Year of Pilgrimage that captures the remarkable story of Tsukuru, a young man who’s haunted by great loss and journey’s into the past to mend the present.

iTunes - $12.99

LP1 - Fka Twigs

Before Tahliah Barnett became the singer Fka Twigs she was a dancer, and it shows throughout her first album, LP1 that’s full of glittery audio soundscapes that highlight her voice as it leaps, pirouettes, and flutters over emotional songs that are something like a mixture of Aaliah meets Björk, with a dash of Missy Elliot thrown in for fun.

iTunes - $7.99



Anchored by hilarious performances from both Seth Rogan and Zac Efron, Bad Neighbors and its battle pitting two wannabe-cool 30-something parents, against the entire Delta Psi Beta frat house, was one of the funniest movies you could’ve caught in theaters this summer. It’s basically like a modernized version of Revenge of the Nerds only with crazier parties, tons of weed, and a cute baby.

iTunes - $14.99

Worlds - Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson has been turning heads ever since becoming one of Skrillex’s proteges with the release of his 2011 EP Spitfire. But now that his first full length album Worlds is here, Robinson has taken a sonic leap away from his EDM peers with a unique sound that is so out of this world it feels like post-EMD is already here.

iTunes - $9.99

Art Inc, by Lisa Congdon

Even if you don’t have the skill to be the next Damien Hurst, artist today have more tools than ever to turn their passion and creativity into a career, and with a little guidance from Lisa Congdon, you might be well on your way to making a living from art. Art Inc. offers aspiring artists practical advice on cultivating a business mindset on how to sell and promote you work.

iTunes - $9.99