Stuff Weekender 18/4/15

The films to watch, apps to download and things to do this weekend

Stop what you're doing and listen!

Sorry for shouting, but this is important. After all, you don't want to wake up on Monday morning feeling like you should have done more with your weekend, do you?

Well, follow the suggestions contained herein and there's no chance of that happening - because you'll have spent it watching season one of Peaky Blinders, laughing at What We Do In The Shadows and bashing the heck out of Mortal Kombat X. Or you'll have marvelled at the Science Museum's new food-focused exhibition, read Jon Ronson's great new book and bought a new phone.

Or maybe you'll have done all of them. Either way you'll have enjoyed yourself. And that's the important thing.

BOOK TO READ: Jon Ronson / So you've been publicly shamed

The internet connects the brains of half the planet into a single herd: a giant, methane-guffing hivemind that can turn hoof and trample you, if you’re not careful.

Ronson’s book begins as an enjoyable ride on the infobeast, as it headbutts Daily Mail columnists, but it quickly finds that this power is dangerously unconstrained. The wrong tweet or status update can invite a catastrophic outburst of opprobrium, and the internet is now home to the sort of public shaming that hasn’t been seen for over a century.

Rich in detail and humor, this will make you think twice about joining in the next Twitter witch hunt. 

Stuff says ★★★

Buy So You've Been Publicly Shamed


Recently rediscovered the beauty of the podcast thanks to Serial? Then you need a more powerful podcast player, and Overcast is a good bet on iOS (the Android app of the same name seems unrelated).

Finding new podcasts is far easier than with Apple’s app, it looks much prettier, and automatic background downloads are supported.

Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭

Download Overcast (free) for iOS


So there's four vampire flatmates whose ages range from the ancient 8000 years to the comparatively spritely 183 years old. No, not the start of a horrible joke but rather the premise of this hilarious Kiwi mockumentary.

What We Do In The Shadows started life as a Kickstarter campaign posted by Jemaine Clement of Flight Of The Conchords fame. The campaign was a success and Clement and co swiftly put the cash they'd raised to good use, creating undoubtedly one of the funniest comedies of 2014.

The film follows a documentary crew recording the travails of three vampires struggling to adjust to the modern world. It's very funny and it's available on DVD now.

Buy What We Do In The Shadows


We've always been huge fans of button-bashing beat 'em ups so the arrival of Mortal Kombat X on the next-gen consoles has left us giddy with excitement and blood-lust. 

Frankly, we've always been too impatient to bother learning combo moves and special finishers, instead being content to just hit random buttons as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we might have to change our ways with MKX.

With 27 possible characters to choose from, each one of which has three personal variations containing different sets of moves, we reckon it might be worth figuring out which of those 81 variations best suits your style. 

There are new gameplay tactics introduced from sister title Injustice: Gods Among Us - you can now jump off obstacles and use your surroundings as weapons for instance - but at its heart this is still very much a Mortal Kombat game. And that means lots and lots of gratuitous violence.

If that sounds like your kind of thing, you're going to love it…

Buy Mortal Kombat X here


Not too handy with After Effects or iMovie? This useful app lets you make short videos with custom graphics, all on your iPhone:

1 Download Nutshell Camera (free, iOS). Take three photos – these ‘keyframes’ will form the annotated backbone of your video.

2 After the app has mapped this story into video, you’ll get the option of adding text, graphics and pictures.

3 Once your masterpiece is complete, save it to your photo reel (for emailing or posting to YouTube) or fling straight on to social media such as Facebook.


Good news, punks! Gallows are still furious and still loud, but also now slightly goth. The first four tracks on Desolation Sounds are a flurry of angular guitars and shouty choruses, and singles Chains and Bonfire Season sound way bigger among the chaos. It goes on in angry, brutal and fast fashion to the end, the only breather being the love song Cease To Exist.  Yes, a love song.

Stuff says ★★★★✩

Buy Desolation Sounds on iTunes