Stuff We Dig Vol 59

31
Jul

Movies

“Death Note”

Netflix brings us an film adaption of popular Japanese comic series “Death Note” in which a high-school student is given a death book that allows him to kill anyone he’s seen. Our protagonist, Light, uses the book to kill criminals while a detective named L tries to stop him. The film is adapted by horror director Adam Wingard, whose credits include “Blair Witch” and “The Guest.” (Premieres Aug. 25 on Netflix)

 

“The Dark Tower”

In “The Dark Tower” Idris Elba plays Roland Deschain, a gunslinger living in a parallel universe that is dying. With the help of a young boy from our universe, Roland tries to keep both universes from crumbling by finding “The Dark Tower” and defeating The Man In Black. If it sounds trippy, that’s because it came from the mind of Stephen King, whose series of novels the film is based on. The novel series stretches back to 1982 with eight installments, so if this film adaption is successful, you’ll see more. (In theaters Aug. 4)

 

TV

“Manhunt: Unabomber”

The Discovery Channel has yet another interesting true-life series on its hands, this one packing some serious Hollywood star power and a topic ripe for exploration. “Manhunt: Unabomber” is an anthology series that tells the story of the FBI’s pursuit of Ted Kaczynski. It stars Sam Worthington as FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald and Paul Bettany as Kaczynski, plus big-screen vets Jane Lynch and Chris Noth. It’s an eight-episode series. (Premieres Aug. 1 on Discovery Channel)

 

“Comrade Detective”

This might be the most ridiculous thing you see this summer, but it sounds like it could also be spectacular. “Comrade Detective” is an odd series executive produced by Channing Tatum that is created to look like an 1980s police show in Romania. But here’s the twist: It’s dubbed over with English voice actors and the list of talent is crazy. Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt do the voices of the main characters. The cast also includes Jenny Slate, Jake Johnson, Chloë Sevigny, Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Kim Basinger and others. (Premieres Aug. 4 on Amazon)

 

Music

Queens of the Stone Age — “Villains”


If Queens of the Stone Age drop new music, we’re there for it. As we will be for “Villains,” the band’s seventh studio album and first since 2013’s “… Like Clockwork.” You might expect something new from “Villains” as QOTSA’s Josh Homme has said he tried to make something a little more uptempo. The band worked with Mark Ronson — you know, the produce who made “Uptown Funk with Bruno Mars — so don’t be surprised if this latest work from Queens of the Stone Age has a little more dancefloor appeal. (In stores Aug. 25)

 

Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa dresses like a rock star and sounds like a new-age emcee. He’s not what hip-hop used to be. He’s what hip-hop might be in the future. With that thought in mind, a lot of rests on “The Autobiography,” the proper debut album from Mensa — a 24-year-old phenom from Chicago who has already been nominated for a Grammy for working with Kanye West. Mensa has been bubbling for a few years, kicking socially conscious and in-your-face raps on EPs and mixtapes. His album features an interesting mixture of collaborators, ranging from Pharrell to Pusha T to Weezer. (In stores now)

 

Video Games

“Sonic Mania”

Remember when we first saw Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis? He was running through levels like an Olympic sprinter and collecting rings. Mario was the man back then, but Sonic gave us a different style of play. Now, a whole new generation of gamers are about to get introduced to Sonic as he returns to consoles. “Sonic Mania” brings platform-style, 2D gaming back with Sonic as the star. He’ll be back on every system — Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. (In stores Aug. 15)

 

Etc.

10-pound Toblerone candy bar

Let’s be real here: When you have the munchies sometimes you feel like you can eat anything. So if you’ve ever thought you could eat a 10-pound candy bar, we’ve got good news for you. You can buy that now. Toblerone, the delicious Swiss chocolatier, is selling a 10-pound candy bar that is 2.6 feet long. That’s some kinda munchie challenge. Becuase you’re wondering, it costs $124. (Available on Amazon.com)

 


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