The Best Movies, TV, Books and Music for May
Alex Garland's "Men" is the year's creepiest film. Plus, "The Kids in the Hall" returns after 27 years.
Welcome to Culture Hound, InsideHook’s deep dive into the month’s most important cultural happenings, pop and otherwise.
Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) is behind this A24 film, a creepy and mysterious folk horror tale that also touches on the ideas of masculinity and aggression. (5/20, theaters)
More new films coming to the small screen and big: Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (5/6, theaters); The Takedown (5/6, Netflix); Operation Mincemeat (5/6 theaters, 5/11 Netflix); Firestarter (5/13 theaters, Peacock); Pleasure (5/13, theaters); The Valet (5/20, Hulu); The Bob’s Burgers Movie (5/27, theaters); Top Gun: Maverick (5/27); Emergency (5/27, Prime Video)
WELCOME BACK: The Kids in the Hall
It only took 27 years for this groundbreaking Canadian sketch show to get a sixth season. If Cabbage Head and Headcrusher return, all is good.
STUDY: Black Gold
Darren Aronofsky produces this climate change documentary that sounds more like a political thriller, involving a scientific discovery, a black ops cover-up and even a U.S. vice president. (5/11 theaters, 5/17 Paramount+)
I’d normally steer clear of a biographical take on a band that’s already been blasted by one of its core members, but John Lydon’s complaints aside, a Danny Boyle-directed miniseries on the Sex Pistols sounds like a perfect mix of auteur and subject. (5/31, Hulu)
More new series: The Pentaverate (5/5, Netflix); The Staircase (5/5, HBO Max); Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (5/5, Paramount+); Candy (5/9, Hulu); The Essex Serpent (5/13, Apple TV+); The Lincoln Lawyer (5/13, Netflix); Conversations with Friends (5/15, Hulu); The Time Traveler’s Wife (5/15, HBO); Angelyne (5/19, Peacock); Night Sky (5/20, Prime Video); Now & Then (5/20, Apple TV+); Obi-Wan Kenobi (5/27, Disney+); Shoresy – a Letterkenny spinoff (5/27, Hulu)
What happens when the great ones — whether in sports or the arts — begin to age? That’s the path author Geoff Dyer takes in his examination of the last days and last works of writers, painters, footballers, musicians and tennis stars. (5/3)
More new books: (5/3) Keanu Reeves: Most Triumphant by Alex Pappademas; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Journal by Mark Manson; The Power of Conflict by Jon Taffer; Trust by Herman Diaz (5/17); Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore (5/31) Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris
LISTEN: The Smile
On A Light for Attracting Attention, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood utilize orchestra and a brass section to create epically moody soundscapes with elements of prog-rock, Afrobeat and post-punk, with some comparisons to Radiohead’s pre-OK Computer work. (5/13)
More new music: (5/6) Arcade Fire; Belle and Sebastian; The Black Crowes; Warpaint; Sharon Van Etten (5/13) The Black Keys; Florence & The Machine; Kendrick Lamar; (5/20) Craig Finn; Flume; Harry Styles; The Clash (reissue) (5/27) Def Leppard; Liam Gallagher; Wilco
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