Wednesday, 15 January 2014

EDITOR'S PICKS: Tyrone's latest recommendations span film, TV, music and lit

BOOK: Carry The One by Carol Anshaw 
A poetic novel that engrossingly chronicles the quarter-of-a-century following a tragic car accident involving three flawed individuals. It's an event that alters the course of their lives and the lives of the people around them in ways both subtle and dramatic. A powerful read.

DVD: The Kids Are All Right 
Easily one of the most memorable cinematic looks at the modern family, Kids, about a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) seek out their sperm-donor father (Mark Ruffalo), is a whip-smart and terrifically acted (both Bening and Ruffalo earned Oscar noms) exploration of same-sex parenting and teenage angst spun with humour and no shortage of wit. 

CD: Andrea Bocelli, Carmen: Duets & Arias 
With his eighth opera recording, the Italian supertenor challenges predecessors by entirely rethinking and, indeed, reworking the tragic love story, scoring one amazing number after the next. Working with a solid cast that includes Marina Domashenko in the titular role, Bocelli produces an evocatively Spanish delight. 

VIDEO: Usain Bolt's Virgin Atlantic ad spot 
They say it takes a real man to don a dress -- and make it his own. Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt, the gold standard for alpha-male masculinity on and off the track, tries on a couple of fascinating costume changes in his latest TV commercial for Virgin Atlantic, including one that has him rocking a sleeveless frock with a a big dose of attitude to match. Priceless stuff. Bolt's appearance in the clip, as expected, has struck a nerve in the popular psyche. But that's precisely the primary role of art: to incite discourse and challenge the status quo. Check out the clip HERE.

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