The kids are back to school for a new academic year, the British summertime (if we can call it that) is coming to an end, and it's officially an acceptable time to mention that C word (115 days to go!). Featuring a spooky serving of Hollywood royalty, a self-help guide that promotes 'spacing out' and a social media-savvy artist, these are officially the coolest things September has to offer.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple living in an isolated home whose lives are interrupted by visitors in this offbeat story. The film is billed as a psychological horror-thriller, and includes an eclectic cast with Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kristen Wiig. Director Darren Aronofsky says: "It is closer to Black Swan in spirit than anything I have done in a while." An ultra-secretive marketing campaign and hushed-up approach to plot spoilers has led to an abundance of social media speculation - all the more reason to buy the DVD and watch it! Out 15th September.
READ: Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
Has your smartphone become your BFF? Do you feel bored when you're not checking Facebook or Instagram? Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, and explores how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive selves. Get the book today!
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LISTEN TO: Song Exploder
Behind all our favourite music CDs – from Gorillaz' "Andromeda" to Joey Bada$$' "Hazeus View" to the entire La La Land soundtrack – is the story of how they came into being. Host and creator of Song Exploder, Hrishikesh Hirway invites musicians, lyricists and producers from every genre of music into the studio to break down their songs and show us how they're made. Sometimes technical and often emotional, it's always intriguing to see how our favourite playlist components came to be, and how close they were to not existing at all. Available on SoundCloud.
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GO TO: Re:imagine: Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye's career-defining record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, released in 2010, is widely seen as one of the decade's best albums. London-based events series Re:imagine is bringing the city's finest classical musicians together this month to form a 16-piece orchestra, who will re-interpret the cult classic in full. 17 September, XOYO, London.
Ruby Elliot, aka Rubyetc is a 22-year-old artist who creates cartoons and illustrations about her experience of mental health. Ruby draws about everything from depression, body image and eating disorders to anxiety, low self-esteem and working out how to be a 'grown up'. Her quirky style and brutally honest approach is celebrated across social media platforms like Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, and she's even landed her first book deal. Hit that follow button - you won't regret it!
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Which will you be ticking off your list? Let us know in the comments section!
Remember: this is a monthly series, so keep your eyes peeled for lots more – oh, and get in touch with your suggestions for October!