Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday, Sunday (14 + 15)

Wow, it’s July already?! This summer is goin’ fast, boi. 

Two big events in my life are quickly approaching; graduation and my final driving test. Fingers crossed both of those end up going to plan.

In the meantime … 

• June 21 marked the day that I saw Paramore for the first time – alongside Bleached – and it was probably the best gig I’ve been to so far this year. I wrote about it in my review here, but the crowd and Paramore’s energy mixed together concocted an experience I’d never had before at a concert.

image via Samon Rajabnik

• Foo Fighters finally took to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury last Saturday (June 24), at absolutely killed it. It was great to see Dave back on two feet, especially after being caught up in the cancellation storm surrounding his leg break back in 2015 – which constituted their original headline slot at Glastonbury to also be cancelled. Me and my brother sat with our mum in our tour shirts yearning to see them live again; we’re living in hope they do a UK tour next summer … 


• I’ve nearly finished watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia *sobs*, which might be good for ‘Sunday, Sunday’ since it’s all I seem to be talking about. I’m near the end of season eleven now, and Dennis is still stealing the show for me with his terrifying yet hilarious serial killer-esce tendencies.

I’ve come to appreciate the show a lot over the past few months; it’s truly one of a kind. You would think that the antics that the gang expose themselves to and come up with combined with their sociopathic personalities would make them absolutely vile and unlikeable. But that’s the beauty of the show. Instead of watching the characters grow from shitty people into better versions of themselves, we watch five people continuously strive in their depraved personalities that merge into a beautiful mess. There are some episodes that hint to one or more of the gang reevaluating their lives, only to completely disregard it a few minutes later. It’s a realistic sitcom with (mostly) unrealistic situations; which is what makes it hysterical.

Once I’ve finished my never-ending list of television shows (and my X-Files rewatch), I’m going to do a similar rewatch of It’s Always Sunny but in a different style; focusing on my favourite comedic elements of each episode and all the sitcom tropes that the show bashes in turn. 

A rewatch also gives me an excuse to re-witness moments like this. When Dennis begins to sing, I collapsed in hysterics off my sofa. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a gift from God. 

• Royal Blood released their second album How Did We Get So Dark? last month, and it took me a while to sit down and listen to it. I loved their first record and couldn’t wait to see what they’d do with this one – especially after the live debut of ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’ a few years ago.

‘Hook, Line and Sinker’ appears on this album, alongside nine killer tracks that demonstrate how Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have grown over the past four years. They have become two pioneers of the alternative rock scene in this decade, and have shown that they still have even more to give. I wasn’t a fan of every single song on their first record – a collection of them were too similar for me – but with this record I am in love with every single song for completely different reasons.

How Did We Get So Dark? is definitely my favourite record of 2017 so far. 

• You know last week when I reviewed Queens of the Stone Age’s new single, and said I wouldn’t bother getting tickets for their O2 show this November? Yeah. I have. I decided to have a little peek on Ticketmaster to see how much the tickets cost, and ended up buying two for me and my mum. We are beyond excited. I’m so lucky to have my mum, she adores these bands more than I do in some cases and we both love seeing each other light up at these gigs.

She won’t be able to see that when I see Foo Fighters at their one-off O2 gig, though. Yep, that’s right. I managed to get a ticket to the Foo’s gig for the O2 Arena’s 10th Birthday this September! I originally wasn’t going to bother because I wasn’t sure how these ‘birthday gigs’ would play out, but I caved. You could only get a maximum of two tickets and they were pretty expensive so I only got one. This will be the first gig I have gone to by myself, so I’m both excited and terrified. I’m 21 and shouldn’t be terrified – I am literally an adult now – but, still. It’s a new experience for me. 

• I have amassed a crazy amount of films over the years in the form of DVD and Blu-Ray collection. With that, comes several films that I have yet to watch. Either because I completely forgot about them, or couldn’t be bothered to watch them at the time. It’s been long enough with them just sitting there and me pointing out to friends which films I haven’t seen, so I decided to make a list.

The first film was 28 Days Later. Now, I love horror. Absolutely love it. When horror is mixed with possible or true scenarios, however, I become terrified. This is what I googled immediately after watching 28 Days Later

The combination of frantic editing, disturbing plot and plausibility hit me right in the fear center of my brain. 

• The new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle dropped three days ago (29 June), much to the world’s behest. I was in the hate camp to the run up of this trailer and during the first minute … that was until the premise was properly introduced. Instead of being consumed by a boardgame, four teenagers are sucked into a video game version of Jumanji and experience the world through their avatars/characters. These avatars are portrayed by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan.

Look. I liked the idea of the Ghostbusters movie when that released its first trailer, but have slowly begun to hate that movie. Jumanji, on the other hand, does not warrant the hate its getting. They haven’t copied the original, it isn’t a shot-for-shot remake, it’s a film that carries the same basic plot narrative as the original for the younger generation of today. The original was an adaptation from Chris Van Allsburg’s book for crying out loud. It’s hardly an original film if we’re going to be that picky.

We related to the original Jumanji when we were kids from playing boardgames, and kids today will relate to this one from playing video games. As long as it carries the same sentiment and imagination that the original did, then what’s to hate? Yes, Hollywood is continuously making shitty franchises and sequels that no one is asking for (well … that could be debated, seeing as nearly all these films become box-office successes). This film has been in development since 2012, and we honestly don’t know how it’s going to link back to the original yet.

This. Is. Just. The. First. Trailer. 

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