Movies and music we're into this week

The weekend is just around the corner, and you're probably keen to put your feet up and enjoy some downtime. What better way to relax than with some great tunes or a great movie? If you're looking for some suggestions for either medium, we put together a collection of some of the best stuff out there right now.

Movies and TV

Here are some of the movies and TV shows the Windows Central team is enjoying this week.

Dragon Ball Z

Recommended by Jez Corden, senior editor

Dragon Ball Z is available 50% off as part of Microsoft's anime month on the store, and it's a great option for anime fans of all ages.Dragon Ball Z follows the exploits of Goku as he defends the world from all sorts of supernatural and alien threats. Dragon Ball Z spans several decades across nine seasons, and is filled with eclectic and memorable characters. The first season of this legendary show is also completely free for anime month, too!

See at Microsoft Store


Recommended by Daniel Rubino, executive editor

Paprika (2006) is an animated film by acclaimed director Satoshi Kon known for Perfect Blue (1997) and Tokyo Godfathers (2003). It's a sci-fi whopper built around the idea of a machine called the DC Mini that lets users view the dreams of others, specifically psychiatric patients. Someone steals the device and begins illegally entering the dreams of other people, and it goes from there in a wild and crazy mystery.Paprika is one of those dense and crazy films that you can re-watch a few times to get something new out of it. Moreover, if you haven't seen it in a few years – like me – you forget a lot of the details. The animation is best described as mind-bending, and it will make your head spin as reality and dreams merge into one.One of Kon's last movies before he tragically died, Paprika stands as a testament of why animation is necessary. A film like this would be tough to convey in any other style.

See at Microsoft Store

Rick and Morty

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

I know, I know. I'm way behind the trend. So many people have recoiled in terror when I'm explaining that I haven't yet seen this masterpiece that I decided to sit down and watch. It's absurd, it's smart, and, most of all, it's hilarious. Dare I say it lives up to all the hype I've heard over the last three years?If you don't mind crude language and adult situations and blood and guts and a bunch of other offensive stuff, definitely check out the inter-dimensional escapades of grandfather Rick and grandson Morty.

See at Microsoft Store


Here's some of the music the Windows Central team is listening to this week.

Black Waves — Lost Years

Recommended by Rich Edmonds, staff reviewer

As a massive fan of Synthwave and retro electronic tunes, Black Waves is a stunning album that came out in 2012, but I only recently stumbled across Lost Years earlier this year. Much to my surprise was just how many tracks of this album I enjoy; all of them!

See at Microsoft Store

Pile Driver — The Suitcase Junket

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

Freshly home from a week away at a local folk festival, there's a lot of new music I've been absorbing. This live act, however, really stood out. From the acoustic "dumpster" guitar — yes, it was found in a dumpster — that's been fitted with pickups, to the weird whistling noise that sounds almost like a didgeridoo, it's hard to believe that all this sound is coming from one person. Bonus points to anyone who knows that this is considered Yankee Swamp music.

See at Microsoft Store

Rumours — Fleetwood Mac

Recommended by Richard Devine, reviews editor

If you haven't heard Rumours yet, you're really missing out. Fleetwood Mac's most famous album and their finest hour. Don't Stop, Go Your Own Way and that song from the Formula 1 (The Chain) are but three of the classics to be heard here. It's one of my all-time top five and an album I never get tired of.

Your favorites?

What have you been watching and listening to this week? We want to know, so drop a comment and share your recommendations.

Updated July 12, 2017: We've refreshed this article going into the weekend of July 15-16 so that you're still getting up-to-date information about what we're enjoying while relaxing.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.