Culture Report: 15 Movies, Books, TV Shows, Albums & More Worth Your Time - Airows

What are the movies, book, TV shows, albums and more we're currently obsessing over? Read on.

Big Red Machine, Big Red Machine (Music)

Like mixing two primary colors together to create a third color seemingly out of nowhere, when you mix Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame with the musical muscle behind The National, Aaron Dessner, you get something that exists uniquely outside of those two projects distinct sounds. The frenetic loops of noise from Dessner crash into Vernon's iconic vocals to create something both chaotic and soothing. Its contrast makes it hard to pinpoint exactly how you should be feeling while listening but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. — Keefe Dempsey

A Simple Favor (Film)

A twisty Hitchcockian thriller laced with Gone Girl themes, dark humor and an impressive amount of style, A Simple Favor by director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) is a superb achievement by a filmmaker known mostly for broad comedies. Blake Lively delivers an excellent performance while Feig's appreciation for finer things is on full display through cars (hello, Porsche 911 Targa), clothes and architecture. — Jack Archer

Kurt Vile, Bottle It In (Music)

We’ve been jonesing for more of Vile’s dreamy, lo-fi garage-folk since 2015’s b’lieve i’m going down, and it appears the wait was worth it. — Jared Paul Stern

Maniac (TV)

It's rare that a show can possess so many different characters, settings and twists but still hold so firmly onto its central driving plot, yet someone Manic gets better the more complex and absurd it becomes. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reunite in this beautifully constructed and mind-bending project that's directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga of True Detective fame. Hill and Stone are clinical trial participants in a retro-futuristic world (think 12 Monkeys) who undergo a series of mind-altering experiences in hopes of curing their own traumas. You definitely have to bring an open mind to this one, as the shows strangeness can at times be both charming and jarring. — Keefe Dempsey

Marvel's Spider-Man (Video Game)

Marvel's Spider-Man wows not with its gameplay or graphics (though they're quite good) but with its touching, inspiring focus on doing the right thing and being a good man. While so much of culture fixates on the morally questionable anti-hero, from The Sopranos to Breaking Bad to nearly every video game ever made, it's refreshing and beautiful to indulge in a form of media where volunteering at a homeless shelter and cleaning up the environment are just as important as the punching and kicking. — Jack Archer

sir WAS, Digging a Tunnel (Music)

The sir WAS album Digging a Tunnel, which kicks off with the sublime "In the Midst," is the comedown sound of a summer well spent. Onto shorter days and longer nights. — Ian MacDonald

Cabana Anthology (Book)

Cabana is the world’s coolest design magazine, featuring everything from palazzos in Venice to Ralph Lauren’s Colorado ranch. This anthology hardcover highlights their best-ever work. — Jared Paul Stern

Dean Young (Poetry)

If you can name the last five Poet Laureates then congratulations you're probably in the .01% of literary nerds out there and have already heard of Dean Young, but to the average American, poetry isn't really on literary the menu these days. And we get it, the genre is bogged down by boring self-centered diatribes and romantic declarations of everlasting love. But Dean Young is different, he writes absolutely absurd poems about utter nonsense and it's beautiful. Simultaneously comedic and surreal, he blurs the boundaries of reality and imagination with a patchwork of vivid imagery and reflection that somehow ends up tapping into the profound. The American Academy of Arts and Letters described his writing like this: "Dean Young’s poems are as entertaining as a three-ring circus and as imaginative as a canvas by Hieronymus Bosch." And if that doesn't intrigue you, then nothing else we could possibly say would. We'd recommend checking out his book Fall Higher— Keefe Dempsey

London Fields (Movie)

This film based on Martin Amis’ book from 1989, one of our all-time favorite works of contemporary fiction, looks suitably stylish, scathing and sexy. — Jared Paul Stern

Wind River (Movie)

After penning Sicario and being nominated for writing Hell or High Water, former Sons of Anarchy actor turned writer-director Taylor Sheridan quietly put out this brilliant murder-mystery, backwoods adventure movie starring Jeremy Renner in his best performance since The Town— Jack Archer

Classic Cars Review (Book)

German publisher teNeues has compiled the ultimate book on the world’s coolest classic cars, from Ferraris and Maseratis to more obscure makes. — Jared Paul Stern

Shine, Realism (Music)

Shine 2009’s album Realism, which is several years old now, still manages to sound timeless yet future-forward with icy synths that stab skyward. — Ian MacDonald

The Dragon Prince (TV)

A swashbuckling adventure with kid-friendly Game of Thrones vibes, Netflix's newest animated series from the Avatar: The Last Airbender creators is an all-ages fantasy show with compelling, diverse characters, political intrigue, backstabbing and throne stealing. Your kids might like it. But you'll love it. — Jack Archer

Gridiron Genius (Book)

This first book from Michael Lombardi, a former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner, is a fascinating look into the practices and habits of coaching legends like Bill Walsh of the 49ers and Bill Belichick of the Patriots. As much a book about leadership as it is football. — Benjamin Cooper

Elvis Costello & The Impostors, Look Now (Music)

Costello is a living legend, and this is his first album in five years and the first with his regular touring band, the Imposters, in a decade. It's a must-listen. — Jared Paul Stern