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

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WRITTEN BY MIA QUAGLIARELLO

4:30 pm
10/03/17

Photo Via St. Vincent

Mother’s got you covered each month with five nuggets from the world of pop culture that are worth your precious time, money, and headspace. This month, Stranger Things is back, plus Ryan Gosling has us “Hey, Girl”-ing the new Blade Runner and Futurama jumps on the podcast train. Enjoy!

1. With the unusual decision of calling it a sequel, Stranger Things 2 returns to Netflix on October 27. This time, the terrifying plot centers around a shadow monster that Will sees in the sky every time he flashes back to the Upside Down. Apparently ST2 will amp up the adrenaline—if that’s possible. “It’s almost like season 1 was drinking a Coke and season 2 they drank a Red Bull,” actor Finn Wolfhard told EW.

2. OK, OK, it had us at Ryan Gosling, but seriously Blade Runner 2049 is supposed to be an astoundingly good film—some say even better than the original. Ridley Scott hand-picked director Denis Villeneuve (who’s also behind Arrival) to carry the movie, which, like the first, is an existential detective story with a film noir ethos. (Wired UK also calls Villeneuve “sci-fi’s brave new hope.”) The movie clocks in at two hours and 40 minutes, though, so it’s a definite time and babysitting commitment. Prepare thyself starting October 6.

3. Jennifer Egan follows up her 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad, with a literary about-face, going from Goon’s postmodern style to old-fashioned page turner. The New York Times calls her new novel, Manhattan Beach, “a dreadnought of a World War II-era historical novel, bristling with armaments yet intimate in tone.” Nearly every scene is set against a body of water, too, with heavy symbolism. Read the full review here.

4. Becoming successful can be stressful; for Annie Clark, a.k.a. the musician St. Vincent, it literally made her sick. So, what’s an artist to do? Channel it into work that could make you even more famous! That’s the path St. Vincent appears to be on, with early praise for her new album, Masseduction, out October 13. Get a peep of the powerful single “New York” and get pumped.

5. Futurama anyone? The animated show with a cult following and a history of cancellations just won’t stay down. Now it’s been reincarnated as a podcast because…the future is radio. Listen to the full reunion special and pray this isn’t it. Again.

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