The weekend is here once again, and while there will be a lot of events competing for your attention this weekend (including the massive slate of NCAA basketball games, the championship fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 128 and, of course, the 2011 MTV Musical March Madness tournament), but many of your best options will be found at your local cinema. There is another big slate of eclectic films opening this week, including “Limitless” (the Bradley Cooper vehicle about a pill that makes him super smart), “The Lincoln Lawyer” (a Matthew McConaughey-fronted adaptation of a hit novel), “Win Win” (a quirky indie flick directed by the guy who brought the world “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor”) and “Cracks” (a breakout starring role for former Bond Girl Eva Green).
But if it’s a mix of nerdy comedy and sharp sci-fi you’re looking for, you’ll want to buy a ticket to “Paul.” Written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (the duo who starred in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”) and directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad”), “Paul” follows a pair of nerds through the American desert as they encounter the titular alien Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). It’s a charming, funny, smart road movie that should please fans of sci-fi, comedy and action.
In order to properly prepare yourself for “Paul,” check out the playlist below. It’s full of songs about aliens (David Bowie’s “Loving the Alien”), road trips (Foo Fighters’ “Long Road to Ruin”) and dudes named Paul (Paul Oakenfold’s “Starry Eyed Surprise”). Everything kicks off with Babylon Zoo’s “Spaceman,” an exceptionally weird and almost forgotten modern rock hit from the ’90s.