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You Need to Check Out 'mother!,' 'American Vandal,' and More This Weekend

Catch up on JLaw, Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry's first film, and a techno party in a national park.

by VICE Staff
Sep 15 2017, 3:30pm

Left to right: Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence in mother!, from Paramount Pictures and Protozoa Pictures. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures © 2017 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.

Looking for some stuff to catch up on this weekend? Whether it's TV, movies, books, or anything in between—VICE has you covered. Read on for our staff recommendations on what to take in during your downtime:

mother!

I hated mother!. Hated it! More than I hate the stupid lowercase that its title is formally written as. But you know what? What is the point of art if not to provoke? And Darren Aronofsky's wild-eyed, visually staggering, and altogether self-obsessed latest is certainly provocative, and art—to the former's point, even by the loosest standards, it's hard to imagine many people liking this movie, or even at the least enjoying it. Simply put, you have to see this for yourself. You might regret it, but you won't be lacking for conversation topics in the next few weeks. —Larry Fitzmaurice, Senior Culture Editor, Digital

American Vandal

To successfully parody a genre, you have to be a fan of it—and it's clear that the team behind American Vandal has obsessed over its fair share of true crime. A new Netflix show from creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, and showrunner Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, an underrated one-season wonder), American Vandal quickly proves to be an effective and often laugh-out-loud funny sendup of the true-crime boom—and, as an added bonus, it's also a pretty engaging high school drama. You won't stop watching until you find out who, indeed, drew the dicks. —Pilot Viruet, Associate Culture Editor

Pecan Pie

Thanks to a new Showtime series called Kidding, Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey are reuniting for the first time since Eternal Sunshine Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Now's the time to bone up on your deep cuts: Back in 2003, the French auteur released his first film with Jim Carrey, a short called "Pecan Pie." On its surface, it might seem like it's just Carrey singing the words "pecan pie" over and over in an Elvis voice for 90 seconds. On closer inspection, however, you realize that he's driving a real, actual race-car bed the whole damn time. The man drives to the gas station in his pajamas, gets his tank filled and his sheets tucked in by the attendants (played by French comedians Eric Judor and Ramzy Bedia), and then drives off. It's simple, but according to multiverse theory, it means that somewhere out there, there's a version of planet Earth in which it's completely normal to drive to the gas station in a race-car bed. Pecan pie. —Beckett Mufson

Meriem Bennani: Siham & Hafida

You know how they say, "Write what you know"? Well, Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani takes what she knows—everyday life in Morocco—and turns it into funny, poignant video art. She just opened a new six-channel video installation at the Kitchen in NYC called Siham & Hafida, about a pair of rival chikha entertainers: female dancer/singers with a history of grassroots resistance against French colonialism and patriarchal rule. The subject matter's ancient and interesting, but the art is also deeply funny, with colorful crabs scuttling about and dialogue, in Arabic with English subtitles, that's full of humor and sass.

Meriem Bennani: Siham & Hafida is on view at The Kitchen (512 W 19th St) through October 21. —Kara Weisenstein

OMNI Event: Lower Tar, Physical Wash, Pelvis Vanities, Hikikomori

What some might call a "really good show" is happening in LA this Saturday, and the best part is that it's not really happening in LA. Instead, in a secluded part of the Angeles Crest National Forest known as the "Mountain Devil's Cage," a suggested $8 donation will get you up-close and pastoral with Lower Tar, Physical Wash (a.k.a., Susan of electro-punk outfit High-Functioning Flesh), PELVIS, Vanities (members of Gorgon Zoloft), and Hikikomori. Writes PELVIS on Facebook, "I booked a powerful line up to quake through a bleeding edge portable sound system in the open mountains. The institutional pigs are uprooting our local venue spaces however they can - so come support this radical new form of music show," so, uh, I hope I didn't ruin this one by writing about it. Oink.

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