Music Album – 4:44 Jay-Z
A late-career gem, 4:44 is the 13th solo studio album by American rapper Jay-Z that received widespread acclaim from critics for the wide array of topics it touches upon and its emotional, personal content. The album that features many high-profile collaborators also went on to bag multiple Grammy Award nominations. 4:44 is a praiseworthy example of how vulnerability can make for truly excellent art as Jay Z seems to have taken a step towards genuine wisdom, redemption and ultimately a better world.
Movie – The Post
The Post is an American political thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The movie throws light on the true story of The Washington Post journalists and their attempts to publish classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the US government in the Vietnam War. The striking feature of the movie is its sincere attempt to reveal the truth and its euphoric, angry, and shamelessly sentimental impact. Quite deservingly, The Post was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress for Streep at the 90th Academy Awards and also received six nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
TV Series – American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
American Crime Story is an English crime anthology series that returned with its second season, this time revolving around the assassination of the Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, Gianni Versace. The web series that stars Penelope Cruz, Darren Criss and Ricky Martin examines how cultural homophobia and prejudice delayed law enforcement’s search for Versace’s assassin Cunanan. It also explores Versace’s relationship with his sister and muse Donatella. A non-linear narrative and gripping storyline make for a great, crisp watch.
Podcast – Dirty John
The horror podcast created by Los Angeles Times veteran journalist Christopher Goffard is enough to keep you gripped and sit with an incredulous look on your face. Goffard uncovered con man John Meehan and decided that it was just the sensational story he was looking for. It revolves around how Debra Newell’s online romance with a charming man spiralled into horror which further worsened when she came home to find a strange woman in her house and the lies kept coming.