Shelf Life: June 2018
Buena Vista Social Club—Buena Vista Social Club
Cuban music glowed in the spotlight with 1997’s Buena Vista Social Club, both the gorgeous soundtrack album and the award-winning documentary. Produced by Ry Cooder, the album made household names of legends like Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, and Eliades Ochoa. In my house, it’s guaranteed dance-around-the-kitchen music.
Prodigal Son—Ry Cooder
After six years, Ry Cooder returns with his first new release. Attempting to capture the hopefulness, angst, and playfulness of America’s spirit through original compositions and songs of legends like Blind Willie Johnson, the Stanley Brothers, and the Pilgrim Travelers.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Bestselling debut novel from Arundhati Roy. The God of Small Things is an unforgettable tale of a wealthy Indian family that weaves family drama, forbidden love and politics in an intoxicating and unputdownable way.
Warlight: A Novel by Michael Ondaatje
The best-selling author of The English Patientreturns with a dramatic novel set in post-World War II that weaves a beguiling narrative steeped in the labyrinthine qualities of human memory. Nathaniel looks back to the unusual events of his life at age 14 and tries to fill in the blanks of understanding that he has gained as an adult, paving the way for secrets and violent surprises along the way.
The Fly (1986)
Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and body horror on a scale like nothing you’ve ever seen nor will soon forget. If you’re looking for nightmare-fuel then this is ground zero. Director David Cronenber achieves thought-provoking insight while also providing realistically disgusting special effects: It’s a true high-wire act that has to be seen to be believed. Just don’t expect to sleep again any time soon.
AnnihilationIn this flick from Alex Garland, director of Ex Machina, starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, a biologist and former soldier journeys into the mysterious and creepy Area X to find out what happened to her husband. Annihilationis a dreamy, visually arresting movie cocktail that falls somewhere between HP Lovecraftand classic science fiction.
By Sharon Penny