Top downloads of the week

We're looking at our favourite downloads of the week, including cinema, ebooks, mobiles games, and albums.
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Top downloads of the week

Each week we’ll be talking about the best things we’ve downloaded from the app stores, to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest entertainment. If you've got anything to add, we'd love to hear what you think we've missed. Drop us a comment below.

Film
Whiplash, directed by Damien Chazelle

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young drummer, excited to have made it into the best music school in the US. However, when he meets Terence Fletcher, a cold-hearted jazz instructor brought to life by J.K. Simmons, his enthusiasm quickly fades as his new mentor pushes him to the precipice of insanity.

Whiplash is available to download or rent from you favourite app store.

eBook
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

It’s the turn of the 19th century, and for a long time in Britain it’s been understood that practical magicians have ceased to exist. That is until one Mr Norrell shows up, performing seemingly impossible magic that the world doesn’t understand. His legacy is unchallenged until a more youthful and daring face enters the scene.

The alternate history story has recently been adapted into a BBC Drama, which you can catch up with on BBC iPlayer, or download the eBook from your favourite app store.

Mobile app
Microsoft Office Suite for Android

It may not be a revolutionary new social channel, or a mind-melting game, but it is pretty handy. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available to download from the Google Play Store.

Music
Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges has been compared to Sam Cooke from the word ‘go’, and he’s not exactly coy about it either. His stylish rehash of 60s soul is not only stressed through his smooth vocals and choppy bar chords, but the wailing organs and polished brass of his backing group.

Bridges is playing at Glastonbury this weekend, but will be continuing his UK tour until the end of July.

Check out Leon on Spotify, or download his album, Coming Home, from your favourite app store.

9 April

Film

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence

The first half of the trilogy finale, Mockingjay Part 1, is now available to download and rent, just six months before the next, and final chapter, hits cinemas in November.

The Mockingjay story follows Katniss Everdeen as she struggles through a corrupt, dystopian world called Panem. The once united nation has become divided into 12 districts, from which children are selected to fight to the death in a live televised event called The Hunger Games.

Katniss becomes a symbol of hope for her people as she attempts to overthrow The Capitol and put an end to The Hunger Games forever. Featuring an all-star cast, lead by Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games is a must see for teens and upwards.

Available to download or rent from your favourite app store.

eBook

The Humans, by Matt Haig

Following a ‘mysterious event’, Andrew Martin, an esteemed university professor finds himself delirious, naked and wandering the streets of Cambridge. He goes on to discover that he feels alienated by his family and friends, and only manages to find solace and companionship in Newton - a dog.

Now a best-selling author, Haig has managed to invent a world that makes us think differently about the one we thought we already knew.

Available to download from your favourite app store.

Mobile game

Snake ’97: retro phone classic, by Arcade

This may seem like an odd choice, but this is no emulator or rip off version of the once great Snake. It’s the real McCoy. Snake ’97 transforms your smartphone into an old brick-like Nokia, with the T9 keys and all, so you can accurately enjoy the nostalgia.

Available for free on Android and iOS, but please note: this app won’t make your phone as indestructible as the Nokia 3310.

Music

Faith Healer - Cosmic Troubles

Faith Healer, aka Jessica Jalbert, has reinvented herself with 60s rock-infused pop, bringing with her the stellar album, Cosmic Troubles. Her sound appears to echo a period somewhere between late-Beatles and the Velvet Underground – which is odd in itself, before you notice the vocal similarities with The Cranberries’ Dolores O'Riordan (see ‘Fools Rush In’).

It sounds like a weird combo, but somehow it’s working out just swell.

Available on Spotify.

2 April 2015

Film

Nightcrawler, directed by Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawleris a dark and disturbing thriller set in the seedy underbelly of modern day LA. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a freelance crime reporter (or ‘night crawler’) who patrols the nocturnal city streets and captures horrific crimes and accidents for the local TV station.

Bloom is a highly intelligent yet disturbed individual, and will stop at nothing to succeed – even if it means becoming an active participant in the stories he’s reporting on.

Download or rent Nightcrawler from your favourite app store.

eBook

So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson Book

These days, a silly joke or misplaced comment on social media can lead to worldwide notoriety. This is the subject of investigative journalist Jon Ronson’s powerful (and deeply funny) book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

Ronson speaks to ‘shamed’ individuals who have felt the brunt of public outrage on social media, and examines the impact it has had on their lives.

This is a book that poses serious questions about online mob justice, and the part that we all play in it.

Download So You’ve Been Publicly Shamedfrom your favourite app store today.

Mobile game

Marvel Contest Of Champions, by Kabam

Marvel contest of champions

If you’ve ever wanted to assemble your own team of Marvel superheroes (or villains) and embark on a quest to save the Marvel universe, then this is the game you’ve been waiting for.

All your favourite Marvel characters are present and correct, so you’ll be able to choose from the likes of Spiderman, Iron Man or The Increible Hulk to form your dream team. Then it’s simply a case of endless action-packed fighting as you progress through the levels to ultimate victory!

Marvel Contest of Champions is available for free from the Google Play Store or the App Store.

Music

The Race for Space, by Public Service Broadcasting

Public service broadcasting

This is the second album from Public Service Broadcasting, and they’re following the same unique approach as 2013’sInform-Educate-Entertain. Once again, they’ve done away with traditional lyrics in favour of archive news footage from The British Film Institute.

The Race For Space features excerpts from actual Apollo missions and other major space exploration missions from the 60s and 70s. If this sounds dry or unemotional, check out The Other Side – this track puts you at the heart of mission control, as they wait with bated breath for the re-emergence of Apollo 8 from the dark side of the moon. We guarantee you’ll be hooked.

The Race for Space can be downloaded from the usual places, and is also on Spotify.

26 March 2015

Film

The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum

The 2014 Oscar-winning epic is largely set in wartime Britain, following the acclaimed work of celebrated mathematician, Alan Turing. Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is employed to help decipher a once-thought unbreakable Nazi code called Enigma, but not without a few hiccups along the way.

With support from Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke, and stone-faced Mark Strong as Menzies, it’s a must see for any film boffin.

Download or rentfrom your favourite app store.

eBook

American Sniper, by Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle is a Navy SEAL, and the deadliest sniper in American military history. With 255 kills under his belt, 160 confirmed by the Pentagon, Kyle is a real life war hero. But, are complications at home too much for the decorated solider?

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, to give the book its full title, appeared in the New York Times Best Seller list for 37 weeks. With over 1.2 million sales since release, and 700,000 this year alone, it’s the best selling book of 2015 to date. In 2014 thebook was adapted forfilm, starring Bradley Cooper (as seen above), directed by Clint Eastwood.

Downloadfrom your favourite app store.

Mobile game

Minion Rush, by Gameloft

Minion Rush features everyone’s favourite nonsensical creatures from animated blockbuster, Despicable Me. In the game, which isn’t too dissimilar to Temple Run, you have to avoid oncoming objects and collect bananas for points.

As you advance through the levels, you will encounter new challenges, meaning you’ll have to stay on your toes. A perfect app to keep the kids entertained.

Available for free from Google Play, App Store and Windows Phone Store

Music

Hits from the movies- Spotify playlist

We couldn’t just pick one song or album, so instead we’ve opted for a Spotify playlist that brings together some of the greatest tracks to have featured on the silver screen.

With over 21,000 followers, this playlist features everything from Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Live And Let Die’ to Ray Parker, Jr’s ‘Ghostbusters Theme’. But, don’t blame us if it means sifting through Netflix in search for your favourite childhood film.

Listen and download on Spotify.

19 March 2015

Film

Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan

Interstellar

The 2014 Oscar-winning blockbuster, directed by Chris Nolan, is set in the not too distant future, in which natural resources are beginning to run out on Earth. Drought and famine have devastated the planet, and the only hope of survival lies with Matthew McConaughey and a team of fearless explorers. The film follows the team as they travel through space and time in search of a new planet to sustain human life.

With a supporting cast including Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Matt Damon, it’s certainly not one to be missed if you didn’t catch it in cinemas.

Available from your favourite app store.

eBook

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Having recently been adapted for the silver screen, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was originally published in 2012 and swiftly made the New York Times Best Seller list. The crime/mystery/thriller follows the story of Nick and Amy Dunne’s complex marriage, with many twists and turns along the way.

There are few books that manage to explore several different genres so accurately, but Flynn has managed to accomplish just that spectacularly. One for the virtual bookshelf, for sure.

Available from your favourite app store.

Mobile game

ZigZag, by Ketchapp

ZigZag app

ZigZag has a very simple premise – keep the ball on the track. To operate, you have to tap the screen to change the ball’s direction, and you receive points by rolling into the hovering diamonds. As you progress along the track the turns get sharper, the ball rolls faster, there are lots of exciting colours… you get the idea.

We wouldn’t blame you if you spat your dummy out, swore at your phone and deleted the app after five minutes. Because that’s what we did. And then shamelessly downloaded the app again.

Available from the App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone Store.

Album

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobaias Jesso Jr.

In August 2013, Tobias Jesso Jr. posted a recording of himself on YouTube, plunking away on a knackered piano and joyfully singing along. It soon caught the imagination of one Adele, who decided to tweet a link to her 21.9 million followers. And, as they say, the rest is history.

We’re now presented with a highly polished debut album, which sounds like a glorious mixture of Randy Newman and Paul McCartney. The Canadian is touring the US, the UK and Europe right now, so if you want to experience Goon in the flesh, check out his website.

Available from your favourite app store.

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