Songs of Praise

Album by Shame

 

UK guitar band Shame, consisting of four South London school friends all in their late teens or early twenties, has been together for a little over three years, and in that time has garnered a reputation in the UK for their thrashing post punk sound and exhilarating live shows. The band has played over 47 festivals this year in the UK and across Europe, and has toured with the likes of Warpaint and Slaves. Their highly anticipated debut album, Songs of Praise, is out this week on Dead Oceans, harnessing their frenetic energy and razor sharp wit into 10 tracks. (Dead Oceans)

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In the Fade

Film by Fatih Akin

 

Acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Soul Kitchen, The Edge of Heaven) returns with this riveting and gritty thriller set in modern day Germany and starring Diane Kruger, acting in her native German, as a grief-stricken mother seeking revenge after the death of her son and husband in a Neo-Nazi terrorism bombing. Co-starring Denis Moschitto and Numan Acar, the film premiered at Cannes, winning Kruger Best Actress, and was recently nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Golden Globes. (Magnolia Pictures)

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At The Edges of Power

Book by Winfried Bullinger

 

Compiled by acclaimed photographer Winfried Bullinger, At the Edges of Power is a photobook featuring portraits taken over ten years and across six countries in Western Africa. Shot with a large-format camera, the photographs explore the complex relations between individuals, their tribe, their livelihood and the encroaching influence of Western power. The photobook, which on the surface showcases individual personalities and tribal affinities, bears strong undertones of the appreciable hardship of being a rural nomad in an increasingly modern world.

›› ISSUE Feature: Winfried Bullinger in conversation with Lia Marie Hillers

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Everything Beautiful Is Far Away

Fim by Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson 

 

The directorial debut from Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson, Everything Beautiful Is Far Away is a sci-fi fable about two humans and a robot head who traverse a barren planet in search of a mythical lake. Starring Julia Garner (Ozark), Joseph Cross (Big Little Lies) and C.S. Lee (Dexter), this sparse and thoughtful debut is bolstered by an enchanting score from Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo. (The Orchard)

›› ISSUE Feature: Alan Palomo discusses composing the film’s score

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The Disaster Artist

Film by James Franco

 

Based on what is largely hailed by entertainment publications as “one of the worst films of all time,” The Disaster Artist (2017) is a biographical comedy-drama from director James Franco. Starring both James and Dave Franco and based on Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book of the same name, The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (2003), a cult-status film known for its bizarre storyline and technical and narrative flaws. The supporting cast includes Alison Brie, Seth Rogen and Jacki Weaver. The Disaster Artist premiered at this year’s SXSW and won the top prize at the 2017 San Sebastián Film Festival.(A24)

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Call Me By Your Name

Film by Luca Guadagnino

 

Starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hamer, Call Me by Your Name (2017) is a romantic coming-of-age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on André Aciman’s novel of the same name. The last installment in Guadagnino’s star-studded “Desire” trilogy, which includes I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015), Call Me by Your Name follows the budding romance between an Italian-American 17-year-old and his father’s 24-year-old student. In a similar aesthetic vein as the other “Desire” films, Call Me by Your Name is rhapsodic, capturing the slow burn of first love, and many of the scenes are languorous, set against the lush summer backdrop of 1980s Italy. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and has won several awards, including the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award for Timothée Chalamet at this fall’s Hollywood Film Awards. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Bible of Filth

Book by R. Crumb

 

One of America’s most recognized cartoonists, R. Crumb uses the popular medium of the comic strip to address political disillusionment, sexual fantasies, and the absurdity of social conventions. The artist behind iconic and heavily-referenced comic strips such as Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, and Keep On Truckin’, Crumb’s frank sexuality and stream of consciousness style helped to define alternative cartoon subcultures of the 1960’s and 1970’s, catapulting him to international celebration as a contemporary artist. Bible of Filth, a chronological collection of his subversive and satirical comic strips from throughout his career, was originally published in France in 1986, but was never released in the United States due to it’s graphic content and outrageous sexual references. The second edition of Bible of Filth, which is forthcoming from David Zwirner Books, is a revised and expanded version of the scandalizing first edition, containing all the pieces in the 1986 release as well as an additional 100 pages of material, including an entirely new selection of work created after 1986. Organized chronologically and audaciously printed with the look and feel of a traditional bible, Bible of Filth chronicles the fascinating evolution of a highly influential counterculture artist who spent the last four decades critiquing modern consumer culture and unapologetically examining the sexual and political underbelly of human consciousness.

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JR: Inside Out

Book by JR

 

After winning TED Talk’s 2011 TED Prize, which awards three individuals $100,000 towards accomplishing their “wish to change the world,” French street artist and activist JR, real identity unknown, set out on his Inside Out Project, in what would become an award-winning, global art campaign. JR: Inside Out showcases the most important works in this international project, which features enormous black-and-white portraits plastered on the sides of large city buildings, showcasing the diverse individuals who live there. Hailed by Shepard Fairey as “the most ambitious street artist working,” JR has visited cities from Paris to Palestine to the villages of Kenya and Brazil’s favelas Inside Out and has received approximately 200,000 portrait contributions. By nature, Inside Out advocates for equality and peace and encourages a spirit of idealism toward humanity. The project has also created an intended ripple effect, inspiring artists to launch campaigns in their own communities. JR: Inside Out provides an in-depth look at this revolutionary campaign as well as JR’s vision and model for activism art, featuring contributions from writers and artists such as Pharrell Williams. (Rizzoli)

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