'Breaking Bad,' Hemingway, 'Ice Age': The Week Ahead in Pop-Culture

More

A look at the things we're most excited about watching, reading, browsing, and listening to:

imposter 330.jpg

MOVIES

The bizarre, real-life tale of a 13-year-old boy who disappeared from San Antonio only to apparently reappear in Europe three years later—"apparently" being the operative word—gets told in the raved-about documentary The Imposter. Anyone who isn't wary of spoilers should read David Grann's gripping 2008 New Yorker story about the titular imposter.

Ice Age: Continental Drift is the fourth installment in the star-studded CGI kids-film franchise. "Don't go expecting too much and you'll enjoy it well enough," writes The Birmingham Post, summing up the critical consensus.

France's Farewell, My Queen imagines Marie Antoinette in a same-sex love triangle. "But rather than play up the latent (and sometimes not-so-latent) lesbianism for cheap effect, [director Benoît Jacquot] smartly focuses on the toxic relationships ... between the various classes of French society," wrote Jon Frosch for The Atlantic last month.


mission of burma unsound 330.jpg

MUSIC

Mission of Burma—the ear-shedding, '80s, post-punk legends from Boston—have a fifth album on deck called Unsound. How was it recorded? "We are a four headed hydra trying to create unity without canceling or censoring each head," drummer Peter Prescott says in the press material. "So we juggle melody, groove, noise, depression, disruption, ecstasy... tension, release." Seems right.

The artsy Talking Heads disciples Dirty Projectors' sixth album, Swing Lo Magellan, is, in the words of U.K.'s The Fly, "pretty fucking awesome." Check out "Gun Has No Trigger" to see if it's your kind of thing.


radar_farwell_post.jpg

BOOKS

For sale Tuesday:

Didn't like the ending of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms? Then check out a new edition of the high-school-reading-list staple out this week: It includes 47 alternate endings.

Cheryl Strayed is having a moment. First her debut book, Wild, was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club reboot. Now she's got another book coming out: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a collection of columns from her tenure as The Rumpus's advice columnist.


radar_politicalanimals_post.jpg

TV

Breaking Bad, AMC's fascinating series about a high school science teacher who becomes a meth dealer to support his family after he's diagnosed with terminal cancer, comes back for its fifth season on Sunday. The last season was explosive, making the premiere highly anticipated—especially considering there are only two short seasons left.

Ripped-from-the-headlines TV show premises can work surprisingly well: Think The Good Wife, an alternate history of what could have happened after Eliot Spitzer was caught using prostitutes. USA's Political Animals, which premieres on Sunday, also takes its inspiration from a cheating politician and his wife's reaction to his philandering—though this time it's clearly Bill and Hillary Clinton who are the inspiration. Sigourney Weaver stars as a former first lady and current Secretary of State who divorces her husband after he cheats on her.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Eleanor Barkhorn & Spencer Kornhaber

Eleanor Barkhorn and Spencer Kornhaber are senior associate editors at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In