Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday, Sunday (37)

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Don't faint, but I actually finished this yesterday and scheduled it. 

The best thing that comes to musicians releasing new material is the interviews. And that is especially true when it’s Noel Gallagher. I remember as a kid I used to be slightly afraid of the way Noel and Liam would speak to reporters/journalists in the late 90s/early 00s, but now as an adult, I can totally see why they did. Hell, I would too; it must be so tiring having to do that day in, day out with the tabloids producing false stories and accusations along with it. 

Noel turned fifty this year, and he’s certainly grown wiser. He’s still the wisecrack, ‘tell it how it is’ guy that he always has been, but he also knows when to stop (unlike Liam). His recent interviews with CBS and Absolute Radio are a great example. He’s absolutely hilarious, but still maintains a strong love for his work and music that really shines through on his recent work with his solo career.

God, I love myself a good cover-up. I’ve always known about Watergate but only recently begun researching deeper into the lies and deceit of the Nixon administration in the 70s. What I didn’t know was that there was another cover-up; the Pentagon Papers. 

I talked briefly about this last week with the release of the first trailer for Spielberg’s The Post, but this week The Guardian released a fascinating piece (written by David Smith) surrounding the history of the leak, those involved and the publication of the paper’s in The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

Released by Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 via The New York Times, the papers revealed actions by the U.S. Department of Defence during the Vietnam war that were not disclosed to the public/mainstream media at the time. The Watergate scandal would also blend into this, as Ellsberg was treated (and charged) as a whistle-blower/traitor to the United States for releasing these documents. Once the Watergate scandal came to light, it was discovered that members of the Nixon administration unlawfully discredited Ellsberg. 

That’s just scratching the surface; if you want to discover more about the leaks/cover-up, definitely give Smith’s article a read.

I’m not a fan of Frozen. That could be a whole other post, but I find it absolutely grating and I just can’t stand it. So, when Disney lump a 21-minute short in front of one of Pixar’s most heart-warming, respectful insights into family, emotion and Mexican culture ... it's just a tad annoying.

Every Pixar film has an original short. They run for around three to five minutes usually, sometimes a little longer. But they are original stories that explore and showcase what Pixar can do. They have transgressed over time, demonstrating the technological capabilities that the company can produce, whilst also producing heartfelt messages and narratives in a short space of time. 

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Disney decided to put a 21-minute Frozen ‘short’ in front of Coco, let alone missing an opportunity to showcase a short Pixar narrative is disappointing. It doesn’t take away from Coco in the slightest, but it has swayed a small amount of audiences to voice their opinions on Twitter and think pieces (Alissa Wilkinson on Vox in particular) regarding arriving at the theatre late to miss the short. Mexican theatres even pulled the short to keep Coco short-less altogether.

I’ve only recently been introduced to Spike Lee’s work via my film course at Uni, and I’ve only seen Do The Right Thing (1989). I believe I was supposed to watch She’s Gotta Have It (1986) as a secondary film … I didn’t, but I did research certain aspects of it to help my understanding of Lee’s work. 

Once it was announced that She’s Gotta Have It was going to be made into a series – directed by Lee himself – I was beyond excited. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive (I mean, why wouldn’t they be) and I really need to get my ass into gear and watch the original film before I binge the series. 

And Lee, you better transition the rest of your filmography to Netflix because it looks absolutely amazing.

Phil Collins has been one of the many facets of my musical life since I was in the womb. I’ve grown up around that man’s voice like he was a member of the family, so it only seemed right that I would eventually see him live – which turned out to be as surreal as I’d expected it to be. 

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You can read my review of the gig via the link down below, and its safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him and will never forget it. Ever.

Oh. My. GOD. I still cannot get over how much I enjoyed The Punisher. I'd done my homework, I finally finished the entirety of Daredevil in preparation for the binge, and boy was I glad I did. 

I'm not a huge Marvel fan. There's something about the cinematic universe - namely The Avengers and Captain America - that seems too gimmicky, cheesy and glossy to me. I like my Marvel comic adaptations either dark and gritty (The Punisher, Jessica Jones) or filled with an insanely 80s-esce color palette and full of stupidly witty humor (Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy). 

I don't think I'm ever going to be able to put it into words how much I love Frank Castle's character, but I've never seen a show -- let alone a Marvel adaptation -- deal with and portray a character such as Castle so thoughtfully and intensely as has been done with The Punisher.

And Jon fucking Bernthal, my GOD. I can't. 


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The day after Phil Collins, I saw the legends that are Royal Blood. Again, there’s a link down below to my review of the show, but b o y was it immense. It a little too loud at times, but immense none the less. Black Honey and At the Drive-In was also sublime, I kinda forgot to mention that in the review lmao. 

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Black Honey has certainly become a new favorite of mine btw, and I cannot wait for their debut record next year.

Please, please, can someone put this on a t-shirt: 

"Well, you know our President's on Twitter-"
"-And so is my fucking brother. And quite literally, I'd put the pair of them in a driverless car each so it fucking ran into each other." 
                                        ~ Noel Gallagher, 2017.

Long before I actually researched comic book/graphic adaptations to film, I tried to watch Watchmen. I was thirteen when it was released, and think I only got through the first half hour. Years passed, and I'd forgotten about it -- only reminded whenever I saw the graphic novel in Forbidden Planet and kept telling myself that I needed to read it. 

Then there were the countless opinions littered over the internet that Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen was inherently bad, and it put me off from watching it even more. 

Then came along NowThis Nerd. My Watchmen bug has been rekindled, my friends. I know that Watchmen is my kind of graphic novel and in turn my kind of film. I just need to watch it with an adult mind and a clean slate. 

I don't particularly agree with the onslaught of Disney live-action remakes, especially when it comes to the upcoming Lion King adaptation that does not need to happen. However, I am far more lenient when it comes to stories like Mulan, and there is an actual legend/history behind the story that Disney told in their classic 1998 animated feature. 

And thank the heavens, as they are actually treating this adaptation right. Not only is it going to be directed by a woman -- Niki Caro (director of one of my favourite films, Whale Rider, which you should all totally see) -- and the casting of Chinese actress Liu Yifei as the titular character of Mulan. 

Benjamin Haas wrote a fantastic article over at The Guardian in relation to the news, which you can read here


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