Movies, TV, music, and books we're into this week

It's November. And it's almost the weekend. And you know what? You deserve some downtime. And you probably need something to enjoy during that time off. Soooo, now's a wonderful time to peruse our latest set of movie, TV, music and book picks.

If you don't find anything here that finesses your fancy, hit the link below for a looksie at our past picks.

More media recommendations from Windows Central


The Man With No Name Trilogy

Recommended by Jez Corden, games editor

Also referred to as "The Dollar Trilogy," the Man With No Name Trilogy is a collection of spaghetti westerns directed by the legendary Sergio Leone, featuring the equally legendary Clint Eastwood.Three separate tales in the Wild West, Clint Eastwood's iconic gunslinger 'The Man With No Name' takes on various bandits, gangs, on a quest for fortune and glory. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly in particular is widely regarded as a landmark in cinematic history and must be viewed by literally everybody.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Recommended by Al Sacco, managing editor

I know I'm in the minority of film lovers who don't love superhero flicks these days. But I don't care. I don't love 'em. That said, I like Paul Rudd a lot, so when I saw that he'd starred in the first Ant-Man movie, I checked it out about a year ago. And I really enjoyed it. So when the newest movie was released digitally last month, I was all over it. And I liked it even more than the first one.The cast is great, in addition to Paul Rudd. Evangeline Lilly of Lost fame stars as The Wasp, and two quirky superheros bounce, or often fly, around the city of San Francisco, attempting to track the Bad Guys and locate stolen technology that could help Lilly find her long-lost mother. It's fun and funny, with just the right amount of action to keep you interested without being over the top.


Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

Halloween might have passed, but the celebration is just beginning. I'm hosting a get-together this weekend and plan on playing the original Nosferatu to keep the creep factor up while people mingle. It's an "unauthorized adaptation" of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and its silent nature — albeit with orchestral accompaniment — should be perfect for playing in the background.Max Schreck, the actor who played Count Orlok aka Nosferatu, provides a legendary performance that many other horror films of the same nature attempt to live up to. There's no glitz and glamor to this vampire; it's all about suffering and misery. It might be a very old movie, but slow pacing and eerie music build the suspense until the final climax.

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Marvel's Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D.

Recommended by Richard Devine, reviews editor

Continuing the trek through all things Marvel, the huge back catalog of Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the slate and the first season picks up pretty much straight after the first Avenger's movie. Agent Phil Coulson puts together a team that takes on all kinds of weird cases that, in the end, all lead to one point. And you get a cameo or two from Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, which is always good.


The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 — The Traveling Wilburys

Recommended by Richard Devine, reviews editor

What do you get when you combine Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison? The Traveling Wilbury's never really called themselves a supergroup, but that's what they were. To celebrate 30 years since the ensemble put out its first music a special edition vinyl picture disc has been released, with classics like 'Handle with Care' and 'End of the Line.' Timeless tunes every one of them.


Wrecked (An IQ Novel) — Joe Ide

Recommended by Al Sacco, managing editor

Wrecked is the third novel in Joe Ide's 'IQ trilogy,' and it's probably my favorite; Ide's books just keep getting better. I featured the first and second novels, IQ and Righteous in Windows Central weekly media recommendations before, because I love this detective series. It's quirky funny, well-written, well-paced, and it keeps you on your toes.Isaiah Quintabe, or 'IQ,' is an oddball private detective in Long Beach, Calif., who basically helps friends and neighbors and people in his neighborhood with their personal problems. Often for free, and with intriguing results. All the IQ books are packed with memorable characters, such as Junior, a violent drug dealer who likes to show how smart he is by using large, complicated words in his speech that usually don't mean what he thinks they do.This book keeps you on the edge of your seat — or, in my case, the edge of my couch —due to its mounting tension. But it's legitimately hilarious too, and I giggled to myself multiple times while reading, which I don't do very often. This book was just released but I'm already anxiously awaiting his next novel.

12 Rules For Life — Jordan B. Peterson

Recommended by Rich Edmonds, staff reviewer

Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answers to the most difficult questions facing humanity in the 21st century, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to better parts of their life using cutting-edge scientific research. There are also lobsters involved, for some bizarre reason. It's a compelling read and one that can set you on a better path to becoming successful at not only the career level but also in wider society.

WC Staff