The Week In Culture
Monday, August 15
Feminists, unite! Gloria Steinem is telling it all in her own words tonight. Aptly titled, Gloria: In her Own Words, the documentary features interviews old and new with the icon and what looks to be some fascinating film clips from over the years. Steinem's had a pretty film-worthy life: She had an abortion at 22, went undercover as a Playboy bunny ("I learned what it's like to be hung on a meat hook") and, you know, was at the helm of the women's movement. Tune in on HBO Monday night at 9 p.m. EST.
Tuesday, August 16
Jeff Bridges made an album. Now before you go raising an eyebrow, Bridges actually sang a handful of songs on the "Crazy Heart" soundtrack, and he told NPR that before he became an actor, he seriously considered becoming a musician, so we should have seen this coming. If you're expecting country on his self-titled album, you should really be expecting nothing. "The goal was an eclectic, genre-less kind of album that couldn't be compared to others," Bridges told Billboard. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to hear Bridges bust out some dubstep.
Thirty-four years ago today, Elvis Presley passed away. (On Sunday we heard news that the "Elvis of India," Shammi Kapoor, had also passed away.) This day usually causes nationwide events, and increased speculation that The King is still with us, but here's what we think you should do -- make his signature fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, put on one of his movies on mute ("Jailhouse Rock" will work) and watch it to the music of his Elvis Presley album. Voila, Elvis lives!
This was one of those films we kept meaning to see, but for no good reason, didn't. If you're like us, now's your chance to redeem yourself, when "Jane Eyre" goes on DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday. The film stars Mia Wasikowska ("The Kids Are All Right," "Alice in Wonderland") as Jane and Michael Fassbender ("Inglorious Basterds," "A Dangerous Method") as Mr. Rochester. The film got an impressive 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and was hailed a "fiery and elegant adaptation." This is exciting, but we don't really need a reason to watch the flame of repressed desire grow between our hapless pair once again.
Friday, August 19
"One Day," that movie with the poster of Anne Hathaway kissing someone (Jim Sturgess) in the street, has finally arrived. The film is about two gorgeous British people (except Anne Hathaway is at first back to her "Princess Diaries" days, made to look as unattractive as possible, which is a little harder to do these days) who forge a friendship one day on July 15, 1988. It follows them as they meet each year on that day for the next two decades. Based on a bestselling novel that caused weeping around the world, the film is sure to impel some reaction from you. As for us, look for our interview with Sturgess and review later this week.