All The Things You Should Have Seen, Read And Listened To In 2019

05 January 2020
Culture, Film, Music, Trending, Elton John, Succession
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Presenting last year's culture kings

The world may be falling to pieces, yet somehow pop culture is still going strong. To help pick the good from the bad, we present all the things you should have seen, read and listened to in 2019. Don't worry, there's still time.

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The guilty pleasure — Me by Elton John

Put away your pride and lean right into it, because this is about as tantalising and juicy (and actually well-written) as celebrity autobiographies get.

Also worth checking out: Between Two Ferns: The Movie and Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen’s surprisingly good 19th studio album (no, really).

The sophomore season — Season 2 of Succession

The first season was a slow burn. The second was a knife-sharp zeitgeist-tapping opus that should come with a treatwise warning because wow, it’s addictive.

Also worth checking out: It: Chapter Two and Lanny, the Booker-longlisted second novel by Grief Is The Thing With Feathers author Max Porter.

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The comeback — The Beach Bum by Harmony Korine

Lyrical, charming and totally scuzzy, after a seven-year hiatus, this Matthew McConaughey comedy couldn’t be more Korine if it tried.

Also worth checking out: Top Boy, the 2011 TV series Drake re-lit and ’90s icons Hootie & The Blowfish, who dropped an album and a reunion tour a decade after parting ways.

The kooky kit — This Is How You Smile by Helado Negro

A oaty, funky tapestry of introspective lyrics in Spanish and English, the Ecuadorian- American artist’s sixth album is his best yet.

Also worth checking out: Spanish comedy Los Espookys and Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest, author Hanif Abdurraqib’s tribute to the ’80s hip-hop sensations.

The crossover — Stirling Ruby

Paint-splattered and stamped with the insignia ‘S.R. Studio. LA. CA.’, the cult American artist’s debut fashion collection was one of the season’s most exciting.

Also worth checking out: Joey Bada$$’s acting debut in Wu-Tang: An American Saga and Hangover director Todd Phillips’ foray into thriller territory with Joker.

Via GQ Australia