WATCH | Bird Box
This bone-chilling Netflix original has created an international online craze. The #birdboxchallenge has taken hold of viewers in the extreme, and now people are blindfolding themselves — as characters in the movie must do along their harrowing journey — and undertaking dangerous challenges. Think walking through a busy interstate or driving a scooter blindfolded. While the challenge itself is not recommended, the sound of mind and brave of heart should undertake watching the movie. Its apocalyptic mood nods to John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and Sandra Bullock stuns as a remarkably moving survivor, ferrying her children, Boy and Girl, to the promise of safety. The unseen fear? Some force that causes anyone who sees it to become suicidal. Shiver. Birdbox is available to Netflix subscribers.
READ | The Handmaid’s Tale
It’s a week for dystopias! Originally published in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has become an international phenomenon because of the eponymous Emmy-winning series on Hulu. Set in a (more) misogynistic, theocratic version of America, the tale follows Offred, a former publishing professional now imprisoned as a handmaid, valued only for her fertility and subject to systematic abuse at the hands of her “master.” Estranged from her husband and daughter, Offred’s only hope of escape is to (author Atwood’s homeland) Canada! Atwood is a master of speculative fiction, and she is the headliner of the Key West Literary Seminar, delivering the keynote address this Friday, Jan. 11. Honorable mention: other Atwood favorites “Alias Grace,” “The Blind Assassin” and “The Cat’s Eye.” Available for purchase at Books & Books in Key West.
LISTEN | Lowe interviews Lady GaGa
Check out Zane Lowe’s interview on Apple iTunes with music star and actor in “A Star is Born,” Lady GaGa. Lasting just over 27 minutes, the interview delves into the movie’s final emotional scene, which was filmed on the same day she lost her friend, Sonja Durham, to stage IV cancer. She also talks about working with Tony Bennett and how that revived and brought her back to what she was before. She also discusses the moment she met Bradley Cooper.