Acid and Bulletproof Umbrellas, This Way

The best books, TV and movies for February

By The Editors
February 4, 2015 9:00 am

Because you don’t have time to find your horizons (let alone broaden them), we give you Meanwhile Elsewhere: InsideHook’s essential guide to cultural happenings. Much more this way, including our February Spotify playlist.

READ: The Family Acid

A serious time trip. Based off a popular Instagram feed showcasing the psychedelic, often double-exposed slides of photog Roger Steffens, this tome of (literally) acid-fueled pics features stark images from the Vietnam War juxtaposed with Steffens’s home life and rather chill hangouts with the likes of Bob Marley, Hunter S. Thompson and Timothy Leary. (Feb. 5)

WATCH: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Partly an ode to the Roger Moore-era Bond films — ridiculous weapons, deformed henchmen, megalomaniacal villain (Samuel L. Jackson) — Kingsman also provides a sly meta-critique of those flicks. In other words: comedy. And Colin Firth kicking ass with an umbrella while wearing a Mr. Porter-approved wardrobe. Crazy, no-brainer fun. (Feb. 10)

LISTEN: Radioooo

Musical time machine: Pick a decade. Then a country. Finally, a mood. Then sit back and enjoy the music that reps your preferred time, place and disposition (say, “slow” music from ’70s Argentina … which is kinda sexy). Unpredictable and addictive. And a nice break from Pandora’s repetitiveness.

DVR: The Jinx

This HBO doc profiles the reclusive real-estate scion Robert Durst, a murder suspect in three different murder cases. Directed by Andrew Jarecki (of the equally captivating, did-they-or-didn’t-they Capturing the Friedmans), this seven-year investigation should satiate fans of Serial. (Feb. 8)

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