Weekend Recommendations

You Need to Check Out 'The Disaster Artist' and More This Weekend

Get down with The Black Madonna in Bushwick and witness the best version of Joan of Arc ever committed to film.

by VICE Staff
Dec 1 2017, 4:20pm

The Disaster Artist (A24) 

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:

The Disaster Artist

You know how some people say pugs are so ugly they’re cute? Well, that’s sort of reception The Room garnered when it hit theaters in 2003. The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco (as Tommy Wiseau), details the insane true story of how that movie, which is widely regarded as the Citizen Kane of bad movies, came to be. —Patrick Adcroft, Copy Editor/Writer

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro doesn't do small. Over the course of a few decades, the master filmmaker has shown us everything from giant robots and allusion-packed horror fantasies to gory, gothic romances and hulking, red-hued superheroes. He's always bringing something interesting and distinctive to the table, and The Shape of Water looks to be no different: The fantasy-romance-drama centers on a mute janitor in 60s Baltimore who helps a mysterious sea creature escape from a government facility. Things, as you can expect, go haywire from there—especially when you've got Michael Shannon as the villain. —Larry Fitzmaurice, Senior Culture Editor, Digital

The Black Madonna presents "We Still Believe" at 1896

House is still largely a boys club, but one of dance music's baddest ladies is coming to Bushwick for a set at 1896, a new-ish venue on Ingraham Street. Marea Stamper, a.k.a., The Black Madonna, hails from Chicago, though she's catapulted to worldwide acclaim over last three years. A champion for the marginalized, a magnetic presence in the DJ booth, and a real audiophile with the record collection to back it up, her sets are a musical walkabout, ranging from funk to disco to techno to house, filled with uplifting earworms you'd have to try hard not to dance to. Friday 12/1 from 10 PM to 4 AM; tickets available here. —Kara Weisenstein

Glassjaw, Material Control

I was ten when Glassjaw released Worship and Tribute, and even though I’m 25 now that they’ve finally released a third album, I can still say with confidence that this band is teaching people how to fuck (sonically). Created “over the series of a couple Sundays,” and originally intended as a surprise for fans (thanks, Amazon! Read the whole story on Noisey), Material Control is probably the best post-hardcore album in ages. Imagine the aural onslaught of Deftones without all the sad-sackiness, combined with the soul-filled syncopation of Every Time I Die without the good ol’ boy shtick, and throw in the animalistic invention of At the Drive-In without the college-boy self-importance—add a wink and a worn-in smile and you’d have the new Glassjaw. Once upon a time, I thought Daryl Palumbo was the most stylish guy in hardcore. Pretty sure I’m still right. —Emerson Rosenthal

Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story

This fascinating documentary takes an unflinching look at the life and tragic death of the first professional soccer player to come out as gay. At a time when the conversation about men, masculinity, and mental health feels more prescient than ever, this doc should come at the top of any “must-watch” list. —PA

Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White and Kathleen: Nan Goldin

Kathleen in her studio, NYC, 1995. Photo courtesy of Pioneer Works

The two exhibitions opening Friday at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, are separate shows, but they showcase two artists who are connected in fascinating ways. Photographer Nan Goldin shot her friend and colleague Kathleen White continually throughout the 90s, and many of the resulting candids were printed for the first time for this exhibition. Some of White's sculptures on view incorporate hair and wigs from iconic downtown performer friends like Lady Bunny, Jojo Americo, Billy Erb, and David Dalrymple. Others feature New York City phonebook pages from the 80s, altered with watercolors, burn marks, and more hair—something like a catalogue of White's social network. Both women were heartbroken by the AIDS crisis, as they witnessed their shared community's decimation by the virus. Together, the exhibitions paint a portrait of a bygone age through the lens of two very different artists. Both are on view through February 11, 2018; this Sunday there's an opening reception at Pioneer Works from 5-7 PM. —KW

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Once upon a time, a 16-year-old virgin cut her hair and raised an army that would retake her native France from the British during the Hundred Years War. Though the unbelievable (mostly) true story of Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, has seen its fair share of screen adaptations, it came to its larger-than-life climax on screen in 1928 thanks to the heroic efforts of Carl Theodor Dreyer and his star, Renée Jeanne Falconetti. This weekend at Film Forum, get your devotion fix with a stunning restoration of the film’s original version (miraculously recovered from a Norwegian mental institution in 1981), replete with a massive vocal and orchestral score by Richard Einhorn. Click here for tickets. —ER

james franco
Guillermo del Toro
Joan of arc
the black madonna
nan goldin
The Disaster Artist
justin fashanu
The Shape of Water
Kathleen White