April Staff Picks

Felicia’s Picks

The Whole Story (Kate Bush)

A fantastic compilation album from the experimental British pop icon!

What We Do in the Shadows

A super fun vampire mockumentary! Definitely check out if you enjoyed HBO’s Our Flag Means Death.

Eric’s Picks

April Fool’s Day (1986)

A hidden MASTERPIECE from the teen slasher Renaissance of the 80s! Though it often gets lumped in with other Holiday themed slashers that were in vogue at the time, April Fool’s Day is far funnier, more ambitious and more clever than any of its peers! If you consider yourself a fan of horror films or “who dunnit” murder mysteries you owe it to yourself to check out this film!

Tropical Paradise/ La Roux

With summertime right around the corner, this album by English synthpop sensation “La Roux” is the perfect soundtrack to get you in the mood for some sun and surf and maybe a Mojito or two! Tropical Paradise is, top to bottom, all-killer/no-filler. Every song on this album is an absolute banger that would be the hit single and best track on anyone else’s album. As a musical act, La Roux remains criminally underrated and this album is one of her absolute best!

Kim’s Picks

Eden:  Untamed Planet  

For BBC Earth, Actress Helena Bonham Carter narrates beautifully this 2-disc documentary about five of the world’s still pristine locales:  Borneo, Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands, Africa’s Namib Desert, Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago.

The Code Breaker:  Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of Humanity  

The author of many exemplary biographies, (Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, Einstein), Isaacson delves into the modern technology of gene editing, specifically CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats).  Jennifer Doudna and collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 for pioneering this technique.  Despite the complicated science involved, Isaacson makes it intelligible and thrilling as he interviews a plethora of biochemists, bioethicists, and microbiologists to track the discovery, advances, and ethical disputes involved in the new world of genome editing that promises cures for disease as well as enhanced human beings.   

Jessie’s Picks

Free Guy

This hilarious movie is a must-watch for video game fans! Ryan Reynolds is unaware that he is a character in a video game, and that he might be essential in saving his world and exposing a greedy video game developer.

City of Brass

Narrator Nankani brings this Middle Eastern set fantasy to life.  Nahri flees Cairo for the djinn city of Daevabad with an ancient warrior that she accidentally summoned.  But she faces new dangers due to Daevabad’s palace intrigue.

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