Media Picks of the Week: Star Trek Into Darkness, Eminem, Washed Out
Each week iMore's editors round up the books, movies, TV shows and music we've found on the iTunes Store and iBookstore that we think are noteworthy. They don't have to be the newest releases, just stuff we think is great. And we're here to share them with you.
The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles - Ally Kazmucha
I've always been a big fan of Sara Bareilles and her Blessed Unrest album that came out this past July doesn't disappoint. I've found myself listening to it frequently while writing or working on projects. It's perfect for the office or for lounging around. It's been my mellow go-to album for the past week now.
If you liked the old Sara Bareilles, don't expect the same though. You can tell she's heavily evolved as an artist, but in a good way. I'd expect anyone who has liked her old stuff, to like her new as well. You'll just appreciate it in a different way this time around.
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Star Trek Into Darkness - Joseph Keller
The sequel to 2009's Star Trek, Into Darkness sees the crew of the Enterprise confront the mysterious John Harrison. A rogue operative who performs a number of terrorist attacks against Starfleet, Harrison is also tangled up in a conspiracy brewing at the very heart of Starfleet. There are a number of nods and references that fans of classic Trek will recognize, though the film stand well on its own. Into Darkness is a fun, action-packed film that serves both as a great sequel to the 2009 movie, as well as a wonderful standalone adventure. Still two weeks away from the release on Blu-ray and DVD, Star Trek Into Darkness is available on iTunes right now.
- $19.99 - Download Now
Eminem - Berzerk - Chris Parsons
It's been a little over two years since Eminem released his last album Recovery but during the 2013 VMA's the hype began once again for 'Slim Shady'. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to be released on November 5th, 2013 but the first single off the album is now available in iTunes and arguably, shows signs of Eminem's return to his traditional hip hop roots. The single, Berzerk, takes on many tones from the Beastie Boys fashion and has been produced by Rick Rubin. If you're an Eminem fan, you need to check it out.
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The West Wing (Seasons 1-3) - Rene Ritchie
The West Wing is my other favorite TV series of all time. It's Aaron Sorkin more mature and serious than Sports Night, yet not as diluted as Studio 60 or The Newsroom. It's an amazing ensemble cast of actors, speaking dialog that approaches oratory, about issues of national, international, and incredibly human import. There's little to no violence. Little to no sex. And yet it makes you laugh, scream, cry, and want for more. It's a love letter to and for those who try and do their best running a country that makes it anything but easy. The West Wing is an ode to states-people and to argument in the very best sense of the word. I watch the first three seasons at least once a year.
I used to watch them on DVD, but they were double sided and started spitting up more and more errors as time went on, so I bought them again on iTunes. (They're not available for streaming in Canada.)
Sadly, Sorkin left the show after that and it lost its magic. He couldn't keep to a 22-episode a year, weekly schedule and NBC wasn't smart enough to do with him what HBO did for David Chase on the Sopranos. But man, those 3 seasons…
Sorkin recently wrote the Facebook movie, The Social Network, and his next project - wait for it - is the official Steve Jobs movie.
If you haven't seen West Wing Seasons 1-3, however, you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be played. Fix that now.
- West Wing season 1 - Download now
- West Wing season 2 - Download now
- West Wing season 3 - Download now
Inside Man - Richard Devine
If Denzel Washington is starring in a movie, there's a good chance I'm going to enjoy it. Inside Man where he stars alongside Clive Owen is no exception, and the primary reason for choosing it this week is because of the 99p rental price currently on offer in the UK iTunes Store.
It's a great movie, though, make no mistake. It centers around a bank robbery, with Owen playing the mastermind, and Washington the detective trying to foil him. I'm not going to give too much away though, but if you've not yet seen it, it's worth checking out.
- $14.99 (Purchase HD), $3.99 (Rental) - Download Now
Washed Out - Paracosm - Peter Cohen
Washed Out is Ernest Greene, an electronic musician who hit the chillwave scene in 2009 with two EPs then followed up in in 2011 on indie label Sub Pop with Within and Without. Even if you don't know him by name, you might have heard his song Feel It All Around, which is used in the opening for cable television channel IFC's comedy series Portlandia.
Greene has returned for his sophomore effort, Paracosm, and it's nine tracks of dreamy psychedelia. Bouncing beats provide a framework for reverb-heavy instrumentation, sound effects and Greene's sometimes indistinct shoegazey vocals. It's a beautiful, trippy and mellow ride with some sweet grooves that won't put you to sleep. It's also a reinforcement of Sub Pop as this decade's answer to 4AD, the label that brought us early dreampop and shoegaze pioneers like Cocteau Twins and Lush.
The version of the album sold on iTunes is "Mastered for iTunes," and a bonus extra track is included, Pull You Down, along with a digital booklet.
- $8.99 - Download now
What caught your eye on iTunes this week? Let us know!