The Best Movies, TV, Books and Music for May
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Welcome to Culture Hound, InsideHook’s deep dive into the month’s most important cultural happenings, pop and otherwise.
An alien child crashes down to Earth, is taken in by a young Kansas couple and begins to show some unusual abilities. But it’s not Superman, it’s a straight-up horror film. This quite specific assault on Zack Snyder’s recent DC films (the trailer begins with almost a shot-by-shot takedown on Snyder’s Man of Steel) marks the creative return of embattled director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), a producer here on a really dark screenplay by two of his brothers.
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David Milch’s violent and beloved Western returns on May 31st after 13 years as a standalone film on HBO. For a real taste of the Wild West, however, you need to travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota and partake in a themed “Deadwood: Heroes & Villains” three-day weekend, where you’ll be able to visit Mount Moriah (where Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock are buried), take stagecoach rides, partake in a ghost tour of the Historic Bullock Hotel and learn of the town’s brothels, bars and architecture from a Con Stapleton re-enactor. (Tours start May 25)
REMEMBER: Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
“Who are these people, and why are they like superheroes that can rap?” Sacha Jenkins directs this four-part docuseries on the legendary Staten Island hip-hop crew, timed from the 25th anniversary of the group’s seminal debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). (May 10, Showtime)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge turned her one-woman show into a heartbreaking, shocking and fourth-wall-breaking miniseries that was also bitterly funny. It’s now spawned a second and final season; since the first series of episodes, co-star Olivia Colman’s won an Oscar. (May 17, Prime Video)
Starting in the late ‘90s, the late Belgian photographer March Lagrange shot a series of sensual and nude portraits imbued with the warm, sepia-like tones produced by the extremely rare Polaroid 100 Chocolate film. Chocolate collects the best of his unpublished work. (May 15)
READ: Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope
A spiritual sequel to his best-selling The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson’s follow-up begins with “We imagine our own importance. We invent our purpose — we are nothing. Enjoy your fucking coffee.” While the book starts with the acceptance of nihilism, Morton explains how to construct a personal narrative of hope (that’s not cheesy, religious or money-based). You can read the first chapter here.
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And don’t forget … After To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee worked on a true-crime novel that never came to be. Furious Hours follows both the original murder case and Lee’s unfulfilled literary quest (May 7) … And the absolute opposite of that would be the long-awaited Private Parts follow-up Howard Stern Comes Again (May 14) … It’s not a real biography, but Anthony Bourdain Remembered serves as a nice tribute to the late chef and TV personality (May 28) … While we wait for new Bojack Horseman, take comfort in the like-minded but female-focused Tuca & Bertie, featuring the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong (May 3, Netflix) … What’s My Name is Antoine Fuqua’s two-part documentary of Muhammad Ali, using recordings of the boxer’s own voice (May 14, HBO).