THE ROUNDUP: Regional pop-culture highlights from December

Updated 03 January 2019

THE ROUNDUP: Regional pop-culture highlights from December

DUBAI: Here are the regions pop-culture highlights from December 2018.

‘Close My Eyes’
Omar Offendum
This visual and musical tribute to his late father and to Syria might just be the finest work the Syrian-American MC —  one of the most vital voices in regional hip-hop —  has produced so far. The video, directed by Wesam Nassar, is the perfect accompaniment to this hard-hitting, heartfelt meditation on loss, grief, fatherhood and mortality.

‘Bright Lights (Live at Wickerpark)’
The Lebanese dream-pop outfit just released this live take —  from September’s Wickerpark Festival — of the standout track from their debut full-length album “I’ll Be Here in the Morning.” The one-time quartet are currently a trio, but, as this video shows, they’re no less powerful without a live bassist.

‘Comedians of the World’
Four Arab comedians — Ibraheem Alkhairallah (pictured), Rawsan Hallak, Adi Khalefa, and Moayad Alnefaie —  are among the 47 standups from 13 different regions (covering eight different languages) featured in this ambitious Netflix original series exploring international humor.


Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

What to watch on Netflix this week. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 January 2019

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you plan on staying in this week, here is what to watch.
The Last Laugh
Starring Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell
Where Netflix
Retired talent manager Al Hart is reunited with his first client, Buddy Green, at a retirement community. Green is a stand-up who quit showbiz decades ago, but Hart persuades him to escape the community and hit the road for one last cross-country comedy tour.

Friends From College
Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage
Where Netflix
Second season of the comedy series about a group of friends from Harvard. As Max’s wedding approaches, the friends have to come together and face the issues raised by season one’s revelation about an affair between two of the group.

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft
Where Netflix
A darker, live-action take on DC’s “Teen Titans” franchise. Batman’s former sidekick Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth encounter other disillusioned young heroes, including Beast Boy and Starfire, and form their own crimefighting group.

Carmen Sandiego
Starring Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard
Where Netflix, from Jan.18
Animated series based on the fictional globe-trotting master criminal regarded as a villain by international law enforcement agencies. But her actions are more like those of a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing from evil corporations and giving back to victims

Starring: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie
Where: Netfix, from Jan. 18
A young scientist — one of the last survivors on earth — tries to find a way for mankind to survive without leaving their home planet. As the departure of the last shuttle approaches, her resolve is tested.