Sunday, 28 January 2018

Sunday, Sunday (45)

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Wow, a Sunday, Sunday actually posted on a Sunday? Look who’s getting organized. Don’t faint – but I’ll also have a review of The Post up this week as well. 

The New York Times recently posted an article focusing on the annual Sundance Film Festival; a film festival that has gone from a niche, indie market and captured the attention and praise of mainstream audiences and critics. 

Sundance has always been known for being culturally diverse, advocating gender and race equality since the formation of the Sundance Institute by Robert Redford in 1979. The institute -- and the festival itself -- remain committed to broadcasting/showcasing character-driven narratives, often outsiders, and the trials and tribulations they face growing up. 

A lot of films I love were originally given a chance at Sundance, so I'm happy to see that it's still going strong. 

Look out demons, the boys are back on the investigative prowl. January 26 marked the beginning of the third season of their true crime series, with an eerie, on-location reportage on the infamous case of Jack the Ripper. 

As an introvert myself, this list provided by Bustle is certainly helpful when happily sinking into my own sanctuary of loneliness. Writer Maddy Foley lists seven books that taught her how to love being alone, brushing away the shame often tied to the idea of being alone, particularly for women. 

People say never to judge a book by its cover, but the artwork of the books listed (Little Fires Everywhere and The Lonely City in particular) have already triggered the aesthetic pleasure-center of my brain. So all seven books are now sitting comfortably on my 'to-read' list on Goodreads, along with 80+ other books that will probably take me at least a couple of years to read. 

Here we have one of the most underrated content creators on YouTube. Uploading extensive, mini-documentaries of abandoned theme parks, malls and other sites of interest, Jake (@DatJakeWilliams) picks a location to talk about and finds information that is absolutely staggering.

His work on abandoned/cancelled theme park attractions -- especially in regards to Disney -- contain plans and information that for someone who is so intrigued by theme parks like myself, is surprising that it hasn't been covered more (I'm talking about the original plans for Epcot, Disney's America and Disney's River Country). 

Now creating a fascinating series on events that haven't been overtly studied/researched, Jake has so much more up his sleeves and I can't wait to see what he and his channel present us with next. 

Every Foo Fighters fans' dream occurred on January 25, when Dave invited 22-year-old Joey McClennan up on stage at a Brisbane gig to play 'Monkey Wrench' with the gang after reading his sign in the crowd. 

Grohl greets Joey with a joke, 'Are you sure you can play it? The last thing you want to do is come up here and shit the bed in front of 40,000 people in your hometown', and Joey certainly knows how to play that famed guitar riff. 

The entire video is a goldmine, with Grohl pouring water over Joey's head ala his style, with Joey completely emulating Grohl by tearing it up and down the stage whilst rocking a huge crowd. 

I cannot imagine Joey's headspace during all this -- I had heart palpitations from Grohl catching eye contact with me and grinning at Milton Keynes, let alone going on stage and performing a song with the band. 


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