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Entertain Me – October

Our picks of the best flicks, music and stuff to read this month.

Watching

Ingrid Goes West

Aiming its comedy at pitch black, Ingrid Goes West (pictured top, October 26) sees its suitably damaged protagonist (Aubrey Plaza in fine whack-job form) heading (any guesses?) west to track down her Instagram obsession, vacuous LA socialite Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). An unlikely and, ultimately, unhealthy friendship ensues before the superficial union becomes as strained as the turgid social media filters Ingrid views life through in this cautionary tale of how posting every annoying detail of your existence online can create so much more than a little FOMO. 

Tulip Fever

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Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) stars as an orphaned girl forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) against the backdrop of the 17th Century Tulip Wars in Amsterdam in this October 26 release. While the ‘arrangement’ saves her from a life of poverty, the unhappy bride embarks on a torrid affair with a struggling (natch) young artist (Dane DeHaan). Seeking to escape the old boy’s grip, the lovers risk everything on the high-stakes tulip market, hoping to make a fortune and buy their freedom.

Blade Runner 2049

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The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi action noir flick, Blade Runner 2049 has a storyline that picks up some 30 years after the mind-bending futuristic gritty bombshell of the 1982 original left viewers slack-jawed in awe. Stepping into the runaway replicant hunter role is Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, who uncovers a well-hidden secret with the potential to destroy what’s left of society and leads him to track down ex-cop/legendary replicant decomissioner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). With details under tight wraps and helmed by Sicario director Denis Villeneuve with Scott co-producing, we just know it’s gonna blow a whole new generation's minds when it opens on October 5. 

DVD: Despite The Falling Snow

Based on Shamim Sarif’s highly-acclaimed novel, Despite the Falling Snow sees Cold War spy Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) falling in love with her target – idealistic Communist politician Alexander (Sam Reid) in a chilling espionage-laced love story for the ages. Cue obligatory triangle, sacrifice and a thrilling finale/emotional reveal.

Listening

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Snow, Angus & Julia Stone

Across-the-ditch folk indie pop brother/sister duo Angus & Julia Stone’s latest offering Snow brings a suitably chill offering to a back catalogue that includes Triple J Hottest 100-smashing hit and movie/advertising staple ‘Big Jet Plane’. The 12-track album's (the first the pair have turned out since 2015’s sublime The Hanging Tree) eponymous opening track ‘Snow’ brings an infectious mix of breezy rock (inspired no doubt by its recording in Angus’ studio in super chill Central Coast hot spot Byron Bay), scratchy guitars, gently driving organ beat and their signature killer harmonies. Catch the sibling’s sun-drenched melodies on their album tour at the Isaac Theatre Royal on December 17.

Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters

This might be the Foo’s ninth album, but it’s arguably one of their best since their blistering sophomore effort The Colour and the Shape 20 years ago. Despite bringing in the ‘talent’ of, let’s be honest, questionable colabs (Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Boys II Men’s Shawn Stockman!) Grohl and boys have managed what is a cranking rock offering. From the high-rotation radio play of the frenzied riff and rasp of ‘The Sky is a Neighbourhood’ through to the buzzsaw bluntness of ‘La Dee Da’ and ragged anthem charms of lead single ‘Run’, it’s proof enough that some earlier, tepid middle of the road offerings were just a phase after all.

Reputation, Taylor Swift

Hell hath no fury like a wronged Swift and if her November release Reputation’s first single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ is anything to go by, those who’ve crossed the former country crooner will be smarting well into 2018. The mega budget video sees the pop star dripping in jewels (heck, she’s even bathing in them!) and dissing nemeses and declaring the old Taylor dead in a signature Swift-style mic drop!

Playlist

The killer tracks on high-rotation in the Cityscape office.

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Portugal. The Man
‘Feel It Still’
Woodstock

The Black Seeds
‘Better Days’
Fabric

Sons of Zion
‘Live It Up’
The Jukebox Suite

Calvin Harris
‘Feels’
Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1

Queens of the Stone Age
‘The Way You Used To Do’
Villains

Reading

The Break, Marian Keyes

Keyes is back and in brilliant form with this midlife crisis showdown between a long-time married couple, with the husband running off for six months to ‘find himself’ – fans of Keyes prolific work will know endless hilarity ensues from the first to the last page.

Hinterland: Cabins, Love Shacks and Other Hide-Outs, Sven Ehmann/Robert Klanten

The cabin has long been a somewhat rustic escape, but not in Hinterland – discover the best new cabin architecture and design approaches creating the refuges that refresh and revitalise amid the beauty of nature.

 

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