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

If you're staying in this weekend to enjoy some me-time, you might be looking for some ideas on how to keep yourself entertained. What better way to kick back and relax than with some great tunes, a quality movie, or a real page turner? Not sure where to start? Check out these media recommendations from Team Windows Central.

TV and movies

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

Bomb City

Recommended by Daniel Rubino, executive editor

Growing up in the 1990's I was knee deep in my local punk scene that spanned from New York to Boston. The California band Filth was very underground but the song "The List" was iconic even on the east coast.

To my surprise though I had little idea about the murder of Brian Deneke in Texas in 1997 and the resulting controversial trial.

Bomb City is about that event and what lead to the premature death of Deneke.

With a Rotten Tomato score of 86 percent, the movie is well done and captures the punk scene – whether you love or loathe it – with accuracy, detail, and poignancy. It's also just an excellent drama that captures the ongoing debate about what is murder and how class, privilege, and money can all to often determine what is considered justice in America.

The Venture Bros.

Recommended by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, staff writer

Cartoon Network was my main channel of choice growing up, which meant I saw a lot of classic cartoons. I have a lot of good memories of them all, but some of my favorites were the old reruns of Jonny Quest. So naturally, as I got older and got hooked on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, I was immediately drawn to The Venture Bros. and its hilarious lampooning of Jonny Quest.

The Venture Bros. features a whole cast of characters that are built off of references to characters from Jonny Quest, The Hardy Boys, and other pop culture figures. And like the characters they're based on, the characters in the show are always stumbling into absurd adventures and situations. And the Venture family's bumbling main adversary, the Monarch, is probably one of my favorite characters of all time.

I haven't watched the show in a few years, but I've been catching back up this week. If you're a fan the type of comedy you typically see from Adult Swim shows, but have never tune in to The Venture Bros., it's definitely worth checking out.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

Recommended by Russell Holly

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is available in English on the Windows Store. Crazy good VR and AR movie. Matter of fact, a photo of Jez Corden watching this movie in HoloLens would make my entire year.

People Just Do Nothing

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

I stumbled upon People Just Do Nothing by accident, though I am a sucker for British television (Fawlty Towers is the best, isn't it?). This is a show filmed in the mockumentary style about an underground radio station ― Kurupt FM ― manned by a group of senseless rappers.

Led by MC Grindah and backed by DJ Beats, this group (with the help of their entrepreneur friend Chabuddy G) is constantly trying to make it big without putting in much time or much effort. This is cringe TV at its best, and you'll no doubt find yourself involuntarily looking away from the screen when the writing gets really good.

Music

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

Does This Look Infected? ― Sum 41

Does This Look Infected? ― Sum 41

Recommended by Richard Devine, reviews editor

It's hard to believe Sum 41 is embarking on a 15-year anniversary tour for Does This Look Infected?. This was one of my favorite albums of my teenage years and recently something that found its way back onto my stereo. It's a 100 percent pop-punk riot with the odd splash of '80s metal thrown in for good measure, and the songs still sound as fresh today as they did all those years ago.


Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack)

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack)

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

This soundtrack from the three-hour HBO documentary with the same name has some amazing Elvis tracks, pulled from different times in his career.

I'm not a diehard fan of Elvis by any means, but I have to respect his work. After listening to this soundtrack, I'm eagerly anticipating the documentary, which is expected to air April 14.


Books

Here are the books we're reading this week!

The Road ― Cormac McCarthy

The Road ― Cormac McCarthy

Recommended by Cale Hunt, staff writer

This post-apocalyptic story by author Cormac McCarthy has a lack of punctuation and flowing style that gives the reader a sense of the anxiety that the main characters feel as they deal with the reality of roving bands of cannibals marching down highways, a serious lack of clean water and food, and only one bullet in an aging revolver.

A father and young son are the "good guys" in this story, though the decisions they make and fear they may one day be forced to make blur the line. It's tense, it's frightening, and, in my opinion, it's one of McCarthy's best novels.


Your favorites?

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

If none of these recommendations strike your fancy, check out a list of all of our past recommendations. We promise you'll find something you'll like.

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