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RELEVANT Recommends

With all the books, shows, movies and albums that come out every week, it can be hard to choose what's worth checking out and what's, well, not. At least, it used to be hard. But with RELEVANT Recommends, things are much easier. We give you a list of five things you should be watching, reading or listening to this week.


Why We Like It

The CW's television show about Green Arrow—an obscure, bow-and-arrow wielding b-lister from a dusty corner of DC Comic's attic—was not something anyone had high hopes for. And yet, it's first five episodes have been riveting. The powers behind Arrow were taking careful notes from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, and crafted their show around the same strengths. Don't miss it.

Halo 4

Why We Like It

The first entries in this franchise revolutionized the gaming industry in a way few games have before or since, in terms of stark beauty, storytelling gravitas and pulse-pounding excitement. The latest entry in the series isn't a new benchmark in gaming, but it's an enthralling, eye-popping ride nevertheless.


Why We Like It

The reason Sam Mendes' James Bond works so well is that it doesn't feel like James Bond. Daniel Craig's 007 is more grizzled, less invincible, and closer to the end of his rope. Skyfall continues this trend, and it's one of the franchise's absolute best.

'The Annotated Brothers Grimm'

Why We Like It

In light of the recent resurgence of fairy tales, one thing that's getting lost are the original Grimm boys. The bicentennial of their first work, Children's Stories and Household Tales brings us this gem from WW Norton, The Annotated Brothers Grimm. Presenting the original tales in all their grizzly glory, along with copious, fascinating side notes about the historical and cultural context of characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Snow White.

'Chasing Ice'

Why We Like It

National Geographic's James Balog was a climate change skeptic who set out to survey glacial mountains and see if there was any truth to the rumors of their disappearance. What he discovered changed his mind, and gave him hours of haunting, gorgeous time-lapses of ancient glaciers melting to nothingness. It's as beautiful as it is important.


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