Picks of the week...
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 the most destructive giant lizard in the world lands on iTunes. The New Pornographer treat us to some happy new indie rock. And Susan Pinker explains why you should put down your iPhone and start talking to people face-to-face.
Brill Bruisers - The New Pornographers
What it sounds like: Happy indie pop rock you just can't help but to dance to.
Why you should listen to it: The songwriting on Brill Bruisers is deeper, riskier and more engaging than anything New Pornographers have made their 15 years together.
iTunes - $9.99
What it's about: Robin Wright plays a version of herself as the former starlet of Princess Bride whose final job involves preserving her digital likeness so she can make enough money to care for her sick son.
Why you should watch it: The entire journey from digital to real and back again is both trippy, compelling and filled with great performances by John Hamm, Paul Giamatti, and Robin Wright.
iTunes - $6.99
Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
What it's about: A 1930's noir era tribute to hard-boiled private detective stories that intertwines the lives of five female characters throughout the Depression and WWII years.
Why you should read it: Feiffer has created a genre-bending book that reads like a film noir with a cartoonist's version of a detective story that features both tremendous breadth and scope.
iTunes - $14.99
LOSE - Cymbals Eat Guitars
What it sounds like: Loud vintage indie with revived guitar tones and clever-tongued turns of phrase.
Why you should listen to it: You need more rock in your life and less Ariana Grande.
iTunes - $9.99
What it's about: The world's most popular monster gets back to his roots of destroying Earth's most iconic cities
Why you should watch it: Gareth Edwards brings the monster franchise back to its roots with a movie that's as much about the humans as the enormous lizard causing destruction.
iTunes - $19.99
Lock In by John Scalzi
What it's about: A highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe, giving one percent of its victims Lock In disease, leaving them unable to move or respond to stimulus.
Why you should read it: John Scalzi is one of the best sci-fi writers alive, and this time he's thrown in a delicious murder mystery into his work.
iTunes - $11.99
10 Summers - DJ Mustard
What it sounds like: Party-anthem hip-hop beats that are whimsical and worry-free.
Why you should listen to it: It's not great contemplative music, but if you're ready to party over Labor Day weekend, no one is making infectious beats to party right now like Mustard.
iTunes - $7.99
What it's about: 10 years after a global economic collapse, Guy Pearce stars as a loner traveling down the road of vengeance after a pack of criminals steal the only thing in the world that matters to him.
Why you should watch it:The cinematography is great. Guy Pearce does a pretty good job at playing a bad ass, and Robert Pattinson does an even better job at being a dimwitted thief.
iTunes - $14.99
The Village Effect by Susan Pinker
What it's about: How your iPhone is destroying your life because face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity.
Why you should read it: Your eyes are tired. Your fingers are sore. And you've realized it's time to step away from iPhone screen for a bit and have real relationships with people.iTunes - $12.99