Welcome to Culture Hound, InsideHook’s deep dive into the month’s most important cultural happenings, pop and otherwise.
WATCH: The House of Tomorrow
An unusual dramedy involving geodesic dome homes, the teachings of futurist Buckminster Fuller and the joys of punk rock. Add in a cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Fred Armisen, Asa Butterfield and Nick Offerman, and you’ve got the most interesting coming-of-age tale in years. (April 27)
READ: Hooligan: A Novel
An award-winner in Germany, Philipp Winkler's debut novel (now translated) focuses on a soccer hooligan from the wrong side of the tracks who stages organized brawls with other fans. A footy take on Fight Club, with socioeconomic overtones. (April 3)
PERUSE: Normal Magazine
A high-end quarterly glossy devoted to artsy photography and tasteful nudes. The just-released Issue 10 (with Cara Delevingne on the cover) focuses on cinematography and features erotic stills taken by David Lynch.
EXPERIENCE: Soul Diesel Volume 2
This groovy Record Store Day release features soul-jazz deep cuts from Billy Butler, Melvin Sparks, Gene Ammons, Grover Washington Jr., Merl Saunders, Bernard Purdie, Rusty Bryant, Cal Tjader and Idris Muhammad, pressed on 180-gram hot orange opaque swirl vinyl. Yes, you’re supposed to smoke to this — the previous volume in this series was intentionally compiled to complement the effects of different cannabis strains. (April 21)
WATCH: Killing Eve
Fleabag was the best comedy of 2016 (seriously, go stream it on Amazon Prime). Now, that show’s creator (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) shifts gears to action: Eve is a “cat-and-mouse thriller” featuring a standoff between a bored psychopathic assassin and an overmatched MI5 desk jockey. (BBC America, April 8)
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And don’t forget ... Tracy Morgan returns to TV in The Last OG, a new comedy co-created by Jordan Peele (April 3, TBS) ... Did you know there was an Avengers sequel? They should advertise that more (April 27) ... Al Pacino channels the complicated legacy of Penn State’s iconic coach in Paterno (April 7, HBO) .... Wyatt Cenac is the latest ex-Daily Show correspondent to get his own political show (April 13, HBO) ... James Comey wrote a book (A Higher Loyalty). Wonder if he’s got anything to say? (April 17) ... The nearly-wordless A Quiet Place might be the creepiest film of the year (April 6) ... Best golf film ever? Best Bill Murray film ever? Your answer probably lies in Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story (April 24) ... And finally, the welcome return of the wonderfully bizarre Legion (April 3), as well as Westworld (April 22), Brockmire (April 25), Archer (April 25) and The Handmaid’s Tale (April 25).