POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: 5 THINGS TO WATCH, READ, & DO IN MARCH

8:30 am
03/06/18

Photo Via A Wrinkle of Time

While March might be Oscars month, it’s some new, long-anticipated films coming out over the next few weeks that have us really looking forward to the cinema. Plus, a video game based on love and proof that Janelle Monae is going to crush it this year (with the ghost of Prince cheering her on).

1. How many families are cramming right now to finish Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time before the movie comes out on March 9? Now 54 years after the book’s debut, Wrinkle is finally a major motion picture—and yet you can still expect the story to be fresh. “When it came to envisioning Wrinkle’s worlds, the first thing [Director Ava] DuVernay saw was not topography but faces,” detailed TIME magazine. DuVernay made Meg biracial and the three Mrs. are played by a rainbow of actors, namely Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling. Wired has a fantastic story about how DuVernay, who’s now the first African-American woman to helm a $100 million-plus movie, has been building a better world for people of color while also doing some seriously cool world-building for the sci-fi canon.

2. Another movie that’s got us breathless with anticipation is Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, out March 23. Have you seen the trailer for this thing? The stop motion animation is so cool, plus you can always count on Anderson’s dry wit and zany storylines to delight. Japanophiles, especially, will go rabid for this one, though early reviews out of the Berlin Film Fest are mixed.

3. And of course we’ve got to mention Ready Player One, based on the popular book by Ernest Cline and directed by Steven Spielberg. Parents will gorge on the ’80s pop culture references and maybe even the Spielberg pedigree, but will the kids care about all that? (This is Spielberg’s first action-fantasy film since The Adventures of Tintin in 2011.) Anyway, while you wait for the March 29 opening, have a study of this promo poster with—count ’em—15 Easter eggs. Pretty clever for a film about a giant Easter egg in a video game/VR world.

4. Speaking of video games, the iOS game Florence from Ken Wong, the creator of Monument Valley, defies “the usual” violence and mayhem of the genre by being built around the idea of falling in love. Love as the premise for a game isn’t necessarily new, but Florence is in 110%, offering players an interactive story that Engadget has qualified as “layered, emotionally raw and, most of all, honest.” “Like a tear-jerking WarioWare,” declares Polygon. And…download.

5. Now stop reading and do this: watch Janelle Monae’s stunning new music videos from her upcoming album Dirty Computer. Press play for a slug of the coolest, creative womanhood this side of the galaxy. Rest assured, Prince would be proud. (It’s been claimed he even wrote some of the track “Make Me Feel.”)

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