CURATE YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL: BFI PLAYER
Right about now, the British Film Institute should have been launching its big Japan 2020 season to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics. Instead, it’s inviting subscribers to its BFI Player (£4.99 a month after a 14-day free trial) to curate their own Japanese film festival. Over the next few weeks it’s going to drop batches of classic films onto its player, starting with a collection from the greatest director of them all: Akira Kurosawa. Look out for The Hidden Fortress – the film that inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars.
READ SOMETHING DIFFERENT: HUSTLE HARDER, HUSTLE SMARTER BY CURTIS JACKSON
You’ll know Curtis Jackson better as 50 Cent. The ‘In Da Club’ rapper’s new book is somewhere between a self-help guide and autobiography. He opens up about his life and career, telling the story of his rise to fame in the music industry and subsequent transformation into a successful businessman, actor and producer of gripping US drama Power.
UP YOUR WORKOUT ANTE: TRAIN WITH GCN
GCN is the Global Cycling Network. Its YouTube channel attracts more than 250,000 visitors a week with an array of online classes. Whether you’re looking to just improve your at-home health regime or get involved with a new virtual community, it’s got HITT classes, fat-burning sessions and fast-fitness workouts, with classes lasting either 20 minutes or an hour.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW: ALL VISIBLE OBJECTS BY MOBY
Two decades after Play became the soundtrack to a new millennium, Moby releases his 17th studio album on Friday. The 11 songs on All Visible Objects recall the electronic sounds of his earlier albums, making for easy, groovy weekend listening. Because this is Moby, all proceeds will go to charity, with each track raising money for different not-for-profit organisations from Extinction Rebellion to Mercy For Animals.
DRINK UP SOME GOODNESS: HONESTLY GOOD SMOOTHIES
Honestly Good Smoothies delivers all the ingredients and recipes you need to create nutritious and – crucially – tasty drinks at home. Choose the fruit box that matches the smoothies you want to make – perhaps you’re looking for immune-defence or post-workout drinks. The team will then deliver your box weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Prices start at £26.50 a box, with enough ingredients to make six smoothies.
STREAM SOMETHING NEW: THE LAST NARC
Set in 80s America, The Last Narc tells the story of the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. Covering similar terrain to Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, this documentary series dives deep into the investigation of Camarena’s murder and the conspiracy around it, as well as probing the world of Mexican cartels and drug lords. It drops this Friday on Amazon Prime.
LOOSEN YOUR BELT: BLACKLOCK AT HOME
Award-winning chophouse mini-chain Blacklock has launched an at-home meat feast kit. Supplied by the group’s farmer in Cornwall, boxes are £60 and include ribs, fillet steaks, a beef roasting joint and lamb cutlets, as well as recipes, toothpicks and a playlist to set the mood. All profits go to End Youth Homeless. Just beware the boxes are selling out fast – but SLMan has it on good authority there’s going to be a new drop at 10am on Monday…
LISTEN TO SOMETHING STYLISH: BLAMO!
Billing itself as a podcast for the stylish man, Blamo! explores the ever-evolving menswear industry with some of its most notable influencers. Episodes are currently released weekly, with founder Jeremy Kirkland interviewing guests such as designer Oliver Spencer, GQ editor in chief Will Welch and actor Jake Lacy.
TOAST THE NHS: GIPSY HILL BREWING CO.
Brewery and taproom Gipsy Hill is running a ‘Buy The NHS A Pint’ initiative. For every 12-can mix-and-match box of craft beers it sells, it will pay forward one pint to be served to an NHS worker once its taproom reopens. With UK-wide shipping, simply choose your dozen from its seven-strong range of pilsners, sours and IPAs, and Gipsy Hill will do the rest.
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