To stave off possible boredom while at home, every week Marhaba delves in to the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books and music.


The fifth and final season of She-Ra and The Princesses of Power starts on 15 May on Netflix, and promises to be a non-stop fight for survival! She-Ra is an animated series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and is a reboot of the 1985 Filmation series She-Ra: Princess of Power. In this new series, a teenager named Adora gains special powers becoming She-Ra, and leads other magical princesses to defeat evil rascals, the Horde, particularly its leader Lord Hordak. The show follows the ups and downs Adora and her team have to face, and has been praised for its diverse cast and how it deals with themes such as friendship and betrayal, with nominations for a number of awards. Watch this last season to see if Adora and her squad can save the day, yet again.


This week we recommend a movie from 2013, as you should watch this before the forthcoming series, which should air next week. Snowpiercer is a sci-fi action movie based on the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’ by Jacques Lob and is the English-language debut of director Bong Joon-ho (Parasite).

The movie stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris as passengers on the Snowpiercer train, which must continually circumnavigate the globe through snow and ice. The passengers are the final survivors of Earth’s second Ice Age in the not-too-distant future, segregated on the train according to their wealth and status in life. Something that doesn’t please the poor and downtrodden stuck at the end of the train living in despicable conditions. The cinematography is stunning, fusing bleak landscapes outside with luxury and squalor inside, aptly depicting how humanity will do whatever it can to survive.


Self care for menNow, don’t take this the wrong way, we’re not making any sort of comment about appearances – but new book Self-Care for Men: How to Look Good and Feel Great might be just the thing for the gentlemen among us. There are so many books available for women that clearly author Garrett Munce is feeling left out, hence this indispensable guidebook for men looking to upgrade (or perhaps start) their self-care regime. Munce, grooming editor for Esquire and Men’s Health, brings straightforward tips on everything from skincare treatments to stress relief, all designed for the modern man to improve his physical and mental health. This book will help men of all ages live longer, look better and feel happier.


Charli XCX

In April, singer-songwriter Charli XCX announced a coronavirus-influenced new album, how i’m feeling now, set for release on 15 May. The album was conceived and recorded entirely during lockdown, and is indicative of the current times we live in, as she could only use the tools she already had to hand to create the music, artwork and videos. In a recent interview with the BBC, the musician said she would be ‘really, really struggling’ during lockdown if she wasn’t making her new album. She commented that the biggest technical challenge was recording her own voice, something she hadn’t done since she was 15 making demos at her parent’s house. The first single ‘forever’ was released on 9 April, a synth-pop love song, followed by ‘claws’, described in her press release as ‘exploring the feeling of being close to the one you love every day, [it] captures the manic jubilation of love in lockdown in a refreshing way.’ This week Charli released ‘i finally understand’, a garage-influenced dance track, ahead of the ‘do-it-yourself’ album’s release.

Author: Sarah Palmer

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