The week in popular culture: “Supergirl,” “Boyhood” comes to Criterion and Moby

Superman and Supergirl in "Supergirl" (photo: The CW)
Superman and Supergirl in “Supergirl” (photo: The CW)

“Supergirl” (The CW). The often-extremely charming superhero series, which co-stars former Austinite Mehcad Brooks as James “Jimmy” Olsen, returns for a second season. The show moved from CBS to sister network the CW, filming moved from LA to Vancouver,  and the cast is joined this year by Tyler Hoechlin (“Everybody Wants Some”) as Clark Kent/Superman, which insures that the Man of Steel will always have five o’clock shadow.  (Oct. 10)

“The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War” by H.W. Brands (Doubleday). The Austin historian breaks down one of the most dangerous periods of 20th-century American history. (Oct. 11)

8192l4agb0l-_sx342_“Boyhood: The Criterion Collection” (Criterion). It was only a matter of time, really. With a 2K digital transfer, supervised by Austin director Richard Linklater, a new audio commentary featuring Linklater and nine members of the film’s cast and crew, a new documentary chronicling the film’s production, a new discussion featuring Linklater and actors Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, moderated by producer John Pierson, a new conversation between Coltrane and actor Ethan Hawke, a new video essay by critic Michael Koresky about time in Linklater’s films, an essay by the great Jonathan Lethem and more. (Oct. 11)

The Austin Film Festival. The 23rd annual fest kicks off with a screening of Austin director Jeff Nichol’s “Loving.” (Oct. 13-20)

Darkthrone, “Arctic Thunder” (Peaceville). Magnificent black metal from some of the best in the game. Drummer Gylve Fenris Nagell, aka Fenriz, was recently elected councilman of Kolbotn, Norway. No, really. (Oct. 14)

The Dillinger Escape Plan “Dissociation”  (Party Smasher Inc. / Cooking Vinyl). The math-metal titans’ first album since 2013. The riffs will be very complicated indeed. (Oct, 14)

Dr. John “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music” (Concord). Concert at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre celebrating John’s music; with  Bruce  Springsteen, John Fogerty, Irma Thomas, Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes,  Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, etc.

Kings of Leon “Walls” (RCA). To the surprise of many, possibly including the band themselves, this is the band;s seventh album. Expect a different, larger sound.  (producer: Markus Dravs; Read here; MP3)

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir “These Systems Are Failing” (Mute).   Most timely, accurate album title ever.


Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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