This will be a new feature, hopefully weekly (YOU’VE LIED TO US BEFORE, AARON), wherein I recommend one movie and one album coming out this week based on hype alone and also I recommend great articles to read from the past week.
Movie of the week: Gone Girl
Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a man whose wife (Rosamund Pike) has disappeared. If the movie is anything like the book (and the chilling trailer suggests it will be), not all is as it seems; Nick ends up being the police’s prime suspect in the first of many twists and turns. The director, David Fincher, is widely considered one of the best of his generation (He made Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Social Network. So yeah.), and Gillian Flynn’s novel was one of the best (and best-selling) books of 2012.
Album of the week: Lily-O by Sam Amidon
I know this should probably go to Prince’s new albums (2 of them! In the same week!), but I couldn’t help myself. Sam Amidon is a folk artist from Vermont who incorporates jazz stylings in his original songs and his covers of songs by artists like Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw…I’ve lost you, haven’t I? Look, his album last year, Bright Sunny South, was one of my favorite records of 2013, so give him a chance, huh?
The Lessons of ‘Lost’: Understanding the Most Important Network Show of the Past 10 Years (Grantland)
That’s a bold proclamation in that title, but it should be tempered with the realization that network TV has basically sucked for the past 10 years. Grantland’s TV critic, Andy Greenwald, breaks down the impact that Lost should have had and the wrong lessons the networks learned from the show. It’s a great read for those of us who stuck with Lost for its entire run and loved every second of it.
What Bill Simmons Showed About ESPN (The New Yorker)
The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson sheds some light on what was wrong with ESPN’s suspension of Bill Simmons. I tend to think ESPN suspended him less for his bashing of Goodell and more for his blatant insubordination directed at ESPN itself, but Davidson’s dissection of the situation makes it seem a lot fishier.
Zen Is Still Nowhere Near the Building (Comic Book Resources)
Kelly Thompson has been blogging at CBR for quite some time now, usually focusing on women in comics. The level of chauvinism in the comic book world is staggering, and she is constantly exposing it as thoroughly as possible. This article isn’t from this past week, but, well, y’know.