Stuff We Dig Vol 32

30
Apr

Movies

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Avengers

It’s May, so that means it’s time for blockbusters at the movie theater. What promises to be one of the biggest flicks of the summer is the latest Marvel title: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The film features your favorite Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and more. In the sequel, Tony Stark activates a peacekeeping program, but things don’t go well. Afterward: Lots of action sequences and special effects. You know the formula and you love it. (In theaters May 1)

 

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Mad-Max

After 30 years, Mad Max is back. “Mad Max: Fury Road” sees the return of this post-apocalyptic franchise that used to star Mel Gibson. Tom Hardy is aboard now as Mad Max with Charlize Theron co-starring. This isn’t some reboot imposter. George Miller, who helmed the original trilogy, is back as writer, producer and director. The new “Mad Max” is years in the making, with the script first announced as done in 2003. Now, finally, it’s here. (In theaters May 15).

 

Music

Snoop Dogg – “Bush”

SnoopBush

The man himself, Snoop Dogg, is back with what he promises is his final album. “Bush” is Snoop’s 13th solo album as a rapper, and it’s entirely produced by the uber-successful Pharrell Williams. The two have worked together on hits such as “Beautiful” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” so you know their collaborations well. Early samples from the album make it sound like it’ll be very funky and less on the gangster-rap side. But Snoop’s 43 now, so it’s hard to blame him for making grown folks music. (In stores May 12).

 

Best Coast – “California Nights”

CaliforniaNights

Indie pop band Best Coast picked a title for its new album that very aptly complements its sound. The title is “California Nights” and it’s the L.A. band’s third album since 2010. If you’re not familiar with Best Coast, you totally should be. They play dreamy indie pop that sounds like the soundtrack to a drive down the coast on a cool summer night. They’re influenced by lo-fi rock of the 1960s and even surfier stuff like The Beach Boys. (In stores May 5)

 

TV

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

KurtCobain

Eight years in the making and “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” is finally here. When work on this documentary started in 2007, with full permission and access granted by Courtney Love, it was intended to be the definitive project about Cobain, the beloved frontman of Nirvana, who took his own life in 1994. Directed Brett Morgen spent years unraveling the real Cobain and maintains his film will challenge the public’s perceptions of Cobain and Love. It debuted in a limited theatrical release, but will premiere on HBO on May 4.

 

“The Island”

Bear

By now you probably know about Bear Grylls, the famous adventurer and TV host. In his native England he hosts “The Island,” a popular competition show similar to “Survivor.” Prepare for some competition here in America, because “The Island” is coming to the U.S. too. It intends to be grittier than “Survivor,” as it tries to get people back to their primitive instincts.

 

Video Games

Mighty No. 9

Mighty-Spot

If you grew up loving “Mega Man,” then ladies and gentlemen, you need to check out “Mighty No. 9.” Keiji Inafune, who co-created Mega Man is back with this new title that’s had the Internet buzzing for a few years now. “Mighty No. 9” is an old-school, side-scrolling, 2-D action game with gameplay that looks a lot like Mega Man with a different hero. It’s updated to look more modern, of course, but if you dig the video-game style of the past, you’ll immediately be drawn to this.

 

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Solo

Solo

They’re calling this the world’s smartest drone. It’s Solo, from the Bay Area-based 3D Robotics. It’s a drone that can autonomously take off, land and follow a pilot. It can stream video through a GoPro and take its own pictures. It’s pricey ($999.95) but awesome. If you’re the type to indulge in technology and robotics, it might just worth the money. (Available May 31).


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