Let's Face It, You're Watching the Super Bowl This Weekend

Let's hear it for some football. The American version. With the football and the commercials. Gee, I hope someone wins...

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Feb 2 2018, 5:00pm

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Looking for some stuff to catch up on this weekend? Whether it's TV, movies, books, or anything in between—VICE has you covered, from the best movies and the best TV shows to the best music to listen to and the best art events happening across the US. Read on for our staff recommendations on what to take in during your downtime:

Super Bowl LII

"You can't say the words 'Super Bowl' from now until next Monday," my partner told me at the beginning of this week. That's right—this is a no-football household (I'm also forbidden from saying the word "football," just so you know), and yet I've already made plans to saddle up at a bar on Sunday afternoon and take in the biggest game of all. Why, you might ask? Because mass cultural events are like heroin to my stupid, technology-addled brain, and if I feel left out of even the most banal monocultural monolith, I feel like tearing my fucking hair out. I don't want to even think about what kind of person I'd be in the era of public executions—but given football's history of violence and life-threatening brain injuries, isn't the Super Bowl just the biggest public execution of the year? Anyway, enjoy the commercials. —Larry Fitzmaurice, Senior Culture Editor, Digital

A Fantastic Woman

In my extremely humble opinion, the reason foreign films aren't allowed into open competition for Best Picture at the Academy Awards is because it'd be no contest. A Fantastic Woman is that kind of film: sharp, sumptuous, and heartfelt, with a breakout performance by Daniela Vega, Chile's first openly transgender actress and model, and a star-making spectacle from director/co-writer Sebastián Lelio. Don't sleep on this one. —Emerson Rosenthal

What Happened to Monday

One of Netflix’s more ambitious attempts at original filmmaking, Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday, will leave you feeling equal parts excited and exasperated. The premise—that humankind has exhausted Earth’s resources and has therefore agreed to a brutal yet practical one-child policy—puts the protagonists of the film—seven identical sisters (each performed masterfully by Noomi Rapace)—in a precarious situation. If discovered, all but one of them will be taken by the government and cryogenically frozen until a time comes when the planet can once again sustain the masses. And so the septuplets, raised by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe), assume a singular identity when outside the house. Each child leaves the house one day a week; each child is named after one day of the week. It’s all very clever, and falls firmly in the "Fuck, I wish I thought of that" category. —Patrick Adcroft, Copy Editor/Writer, Snapchat Discover

Crimes of Passion: The Erotic Thriller

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. Courtesy of the Everett Collection via Quad Cinema

In the way that the act of peering through a camera is voyeuristic and the edit is incisively violent, every film is an erotic thriller, some just more than others. Starting this weekend at The Quad in New York City is a series of films lustfully devoted to the darker sides of desire. Genre mainstays like Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, and Unfaithful here meet lesser-known and tragically under-appreciated titles including de Palma's manic Body Double, Verhoeven's spiritualist The Fourth Man, and Alan Parker's profoundly unsettling Angel Heart. Come for the mystery, or for the intrigue. Most importantly, come. —ER

Crap: A Beeple Retrospective at New York Media Art Center

For the past ten years, Mike Winkelmann, a.k.a., Beeple, has made a new artwork every single day, including the days each of his two kids were born and the day he flew his family out to NYC for his first-ever retrospective. His short animations are colorful and mesmerizing, and he gives them away for free on the internet—but the best ones are now on display at the New York Media Art Center's gallery. Beeple's work is well worth the trek to DUMBO, and the view of the city from underneath the Manhattan Bridge ain't bad, either. Crap is on display at the New York Media Art Center through February 28, 2018. —Beckett Mufson

Coin Talk

Bitcoin. It's in the news all of the time and is probably important—but gosh is it hard to understand! Luckily, the hosts of Coin Talk know just what to say. The new project by serial podcast host (and Francis and the Lights co-founder) Aaron Lammer and VICE News's Jay Caspian Kang is billed as a podcast for "crypto-noobs." Refreshingly, Lammer and Kang don't claim to be able to make you any money. In fact, they discourage anyone listening to the show from putting even a cent into crypto. While they're mostly responsible, they're still fun to hang out with as they pick the brains of internet famous Bitcoin investors and behind-the-scenes crypto players. Coin Talk is a harmless way to scratch the Bitcoin itch without losing the shirt off your back, to learn a few new words, and get a Hatsune Miku-sung theme song stuck in your head. —BM

Under the Influencer

Last year the Brooklyn warehouse rave impresarios RINSED decided to flip the script entirely and create Dynamic Alpine Sexual, or, DAS, a play-cum-live music video about the plight of a professional skier, played to the brows by Jordan Sarah, who just wants to get his mojo back. This weekend, Sarah rejoins the RINSED team for Under the Influencer, or, UTI, a not-so-subtle skewering of the subhuman personalities you hate to love, and love to hate, on social media. The 360-degree nightlife–theater spectacle only runs for two weekends, so grab your ticket, which includes a complimentary drink and a copy of the score, before you get a bummer case of the FOMOs. —ER

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