The Best Movies, TV, Books and Music for September
Charlie Kaufman’s weirdest film yet, plus the return of “Fargo” and football
Welcome to Culture Hound, InsideHook’s deep dive into the month’s most important cultural happenings, pop and otherwise. Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, release dates are highly tentative.
Bumped from earlier this year, the much-delayed fourth season of Noah Hawley’s excellent anthology series features two crime syndicates at war in 1950 Kansas City; the one led by Chris Rock consists of black migrants who fled the Jim Crow South. (9/27, FX)
Other returning TV series and specials: AP Bio (9/3, Peacock); The Boys (9/4, Prime Video); NFL season kickoff (9/10, NBC); Archer (9/16, FX); The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers (9/27, Fox)
Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) takes on Iain Reid’s short but creepy horror novel, turning a meet-the-parents road trip from hell into even more of a meta mindfuck of a thriller. (Netflix, 9/4)
More new films coming to the small screen and big: Tenet (9/3, theaters); Mulan (9/4, Disney+); The Devil All the Time (9/16, Netflix); Antebellum (9/18, VOD); Enola Holmes (9/23, Netflix); The Boys in the Band (9/30, Netflix)
PLAY: Legends Ultimate Arcade
If you’re gonna go retro, at least get a full-size arcade cabinet so you can play more than 300 licensed games. The new Legends release is expandable, too; you can play online, add more games via built-in USB and HDMI ports and also get a kit to add pinball.
More new/retro games this month: Marvel’s Avengers (9/4); NBA2K21 (9/4); Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (9/4)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) helps remake an acclaimed 2013 British conspiracy series for an American audience. The show is about a comic book that seemingly predicts epidemics (hmm) and a shadowy agency that’s out to find some kids who have a copy of a new sequel manuscript. (9/25, Prime Video)
New TV series and specials: Raised By Wolves (9/3, HBO Max); Away (9/4, Netflix); Woke (9/9, Hulu); We Are Who We Are (9/14, HBO); Ratched (9/18, Netflix)
DISCUSS: Agents of Chaos
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear) examines Russian interference in the 2016 election in this two-part special. (9/23, HBO)
More thought-provoking viewing: A documentary based on Errol Morris’s A Wilderness of Error (9/25, FX); the recent-events dramatization The Comey Rule (9/27, Showtime)
READ: Eat a Peach
Momofuku chef David Chang explores his unusual road to success, from his childhood as the youngest sibling in a deeply religious Korean American family to his struggles with mental illness. (9/8)
More recommended new fiction and non-fiction: Rapture by Toronto Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse (9/1); Disloyal by Michael Cohen (9/8); The Invention of Sound by Chuck Palahniuk (9/8); Rage by Bob Woodward (9/15)
LISTEN: The Rolling Stones
The expanded two- and three-CD reissues of the band’s 1973 album Goats Head Soup features demos, rarities and previously unreleased music — including a track with Jimmy Page — along with a live album. (9/4)
More new music: The Flaming Lips (9/11); Marilyn Manson (9/11); Deftones (9/25); Sufjan Stevens (9/25); Tim Heidecker (9/25); plus expanded reissues of Prince’s Sign o the Times and Lou Reed’s New York (9/25)
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