Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sunday, Sunday (47)

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Wow, I'm totally on a roll. 2018 is looking like a good year for me getting these posts out on Sundays, as the title would suggest. Fingers crossed this carries on, and that I don't feel as lethargic as I have done for the majority of this week. 
That's it, I'm done. Jake is the only person who can poetically describe the highs and lows of Mario Kart within a family setting. As he beautifully states, 'it's like 60 percent skill, 40 percent pain and 100 percent reason to remember the pain. 

I don't know how it started, but one video after another I delved into the fantastic realm of modern songs being remixed/reworked as though they were released in the 1980s. Producers/remixers such as Tronicbox and Initial Talk upload these masterpieces regularly on their channels and somehow capture that 80s magic of spine-tingling synth lines, drum machines, and many, many harmonies. 

I'm so happy that these remixes are becoming popular, I absolutely love them. 

If you are as interested in the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s as I am, take a read of this fantastic DAZED article written by Oliver Lunn. Listing a number of films to showcase a badass, female-centric decade of underground music, Lunn traverses the documentaries and rockumentaries that truly captured the groundbreaking movement. You can read it -- and be introduced to the films -- here

Portlandia is slowly coming to an end, and as sad as I am that it will be no more, co-creator of the show and alternative band Sleater-Kinney - Carrie Brownstein - is adopting her well-received 2015 memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl into a pilot for Hulu. 

Entitled Search and Destroy, the half-hour show will center on 'a young woman, a band, and a community learning how to be unafraid of their own noise,' via The Hollywood Reporter. It's reported that the show will be loosely based on her memoir. 

If you're looking for a film to be moved by, Alan Coulson's self-funded movie Ashes which is available to watch on Amazon Prime. Produced through Bradgate Films, Ashes follows Jonathon Soter (Rupert Procter), who is on a mission to find the killer of his beloved wife Rebecca (Jane Perry) who was killed by the hands of Donald McKinley (Graeme Rooney), who has been released early from prison. 

As stated in the press release, Ashes 'explor[es] themes of forgiveness, revenge and the tragedy of an existence locked in the past ... [and] is a complex character study and a dramatic modern fable. 

Watch the trailer below.

I've been to America three times, staying in hotels and villas for two-three weeks at a time. When you're out and about all day and return to where you're staying, you're bound to lounge around and watch television. And man, Americans love commercials. There would literally be five minutes of programming, then five minutes commercials.

It's no surprise to me that the Superbowl is the programming block for large adverts and debuts of trailers since the majority of America will be sitting down watching the same channel at once. As much as American commercials annoy me when effort -- and collaborations with actors and actresses -- is put in, they can be epically hilarious.

I've made a playlist below of my favorites, so sit back, have a laugh, and be thankful that none of these are lawyer adverts. And if they were … they'd be Tide ads. 

Paramore have always had a knack for creating fantastic music videos, but the video for 'Rose-Coloured Boy' is on another level. After Laughter in itself is such a deep insight into the psyche of anxiety and depression, and the way in which the band portrays themselves as cheery newscasters on-screen and frantically angry distressed off-screen is fascinating - and needed - in today's society. 

After Laughter teaches acceptance of embracing the darker side of the complex maze that is human emotion, and that often it is the part of us that makes us the most interesting. 

Sequels/continuations of near-perfect films are often despised due to their terribly written scripts and disrespect to the originals. But sometimes, just sometimes, there are gems. Take Terminator 2 or The Godfather Part II; films that took the foundation of their originals, and built and expanded upon them to create near masterpieces. So how did the recent Blade Runner 2049 fair? 

Well, Ryan Lambie tells all in this impressive, in-depth look into the Blade Runner universe, and how director Denis Villeneuve took the film under his wing with love, care, and attention; in turn creating a beautiful rendition of an already beloved film. You can read said article here

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DAZED writer Grant Rindner takes a deep look into the mind and work of artist Jamie Hewlett, most known for his artistic work in the virtual band Gorillaz. Hewlett recently published a Taschen monograph; a massive collection of his work since the days of Tank Girl, which has recently been re-released in a second edition after the initial release at the end of 2017. 

I tend to avoid watching clips of films that I'm anticipating, but I just had to with Isle of Dogs. The stop-animation of Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my true loves, and the characters of the newest Wes Anderson feature are already shaping up to steal my heart. 

Bryan Cranston voicing Chief - the leader of the pack, consisting of Edward Norton (Rex), Bill Murray (Boss) and Jeff Goldblum (Duke) - is already turning out to be absolutely the right fit. 

Ed Accura recently released an important single entitled 'Bear a Witness'; a song inspired by a conversation with a homeless man on the streets of London last Christmas. All proceeds of the single will be donated straight to the Shelter Homeless Fund in the UK, and the music video for the track was shot on-location in East London near Dalston Station. 

Watch the music video and listen to the single below, and donate to the Bear A Witness campaign via Accura here.

My favourite badass is coming back, and I am living. I thought season one alone of Jessica Jones was absolutely groundbreaking, but the latest trailer for the second season is pushing the first season straight out of the water. 

The first season set up the anti-hero that Jessica came to be, and the second season seems to be delving into her past; her origin story mixed with her need for answers. And that clap at the end ... I want to say its Kilgrave, but then again ... I really hope it isn't. 

A TV show based in the year of my birth? YES PLEASE. Even though I went to middle school / high school in the early 00s, it's still strangely nostalgic to see the 90s portrayed in this way since I remember TV shows and other media demonstrating American surburbia and the lives of kids just like this. It's an extremely weird feeling to have to watch a trailer (and ultimately the show itself), but I can't wait for it. 

People seem to be comparing it to Stranger Things for some reason; I'd say it's along the same lines as Freaks and Geeks more than anything, which is a blessing since that series -- or should I say season -- was cut too short. 


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