Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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It's no secret that I'm one of many obsessed with the nineties. I may have been born in 1996, but man, did I experience that decade and the early 2000s. If I could go back to that time, I would do so in a heartbeat. An era before the internet consumed as all, where kids television was far more risque than it is now - Ren and Stimpy will forever hold a place in my heart - and CDs, cassettes, Game Boys, and videotapes were prized possessions of mine. 

But why? What made that decade so special? S. Atkinson of Bustle has the answer. 

I've often come across posts on Tumblr describing how my generation - Generation Z - were the last to experience a world before, during and after the popularization of the Internet. We had access to it, but we also vehemently played outside with friends and had active imaginations that weren't consumed by iPad screens and Netflix. 

To put it bluntly, as Atkinson does, we valued our entertainment so much more back then, and will always yearn a time where our media was much harder to obtain. There was a reason why I loved Britney Spears and Pokemon so much as a kid; they were two things that meant the absolute world to me, due to limited access in a decade where CDs and gaming consoles were a huge expense that one would only really expect on Christmas or birthdays. 

I'm definitely planning on doing an essay of some kind of this obsession with the 90s, especially when just writing this is making me want to go into my attic to retrieve my old portable CD player and make a Britney Spears CD skip so I can reminisce on what I had to deal with on car rides before the rise iPod. 

Here's a playlist that includes some stuff from the 90s that makes me want to curl into a ball and relive my youth:

Ohhh boiiii, I'm so close to finishing American Horror Story!! Is it bad that I'm proud of myself? Probably. I've got three episodes left of Cult, which I had to buy because Netflix is a bitch and doesn't have that season yet. 

What's my favourite season so far, I hear you ask? Hotel. Literally, if I could have written a season of that show, it would have ended up being exactly like Hotel. I'll try and go deeper into why I love it at some point in the future - i.e. when I've finished the series, and during the wait for season eight. 

Talking about the nineties, one of the most popular fashion lines of the decade is making its return. Designed by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and stylist Daisy von Furth, X-Girl established itself as a skater girl-esce aesthetic that every rebel girl wanted to wear. 

Actress Chloe Sevigny was one of the brands biggest fans back in the day, and is back modeling for X-Girl for their revival collection 'Back to the 90s'. If I had any sense of fashion, I would totally be emulating the X-Girl look. 

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Following the footsteps of the 1997 sequel to Jurassic Park, it looks as though the dinos are back to terrorizing the streets of mainland America (again) rather than Isla Nublar. Obviously, no one has listened to Ian Malcolm, and a shady organization disguised as a Dinosaur Protection Group have created yet another dangerous hybrid known as the Indoraptor, and are bringing the dinos from Nublar to America in order to auction them rather than save them. 

I'm hoping Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom does not rely too heavily on the nostalgia factor as the first one did. There is apprehension in the air that The Fallen Kingdom might stray too close to the narrative of The Lost World

There is still no word as to when Pokemon will debut on the Switch, but the recent issue of Official Nintendo Magazine has suggested that Pokemon Switch will mark the debut of Generation Eight. This is good news - a lot of people were suggesting that the first Switch game would be a remaster or remake of the original games, or even a huge game that involves all eight regions to traverse in an open world environment. 

As much as I would love to relive all of this, I really want to see a new generation of Pokemon to see what Nintendo still have up their sleeves. Hopefully, we'll get to see some sort of introduction to this new world either later this year or next year. 

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I hadn't heard of John Curran's film Chappaquiddick, which is strange for me since the history surrounding the Kennedy's has always been of interest to me. America doesn't have a royal family, but boy, does it have a regal history regarding this political family. 

Vox's Allisa Wilkinson explores both the history of the Kennedy's and how television and film of today are debunking and revealing the secrets within the family. Chappaquiddick explores the highs and lows of Ted Kennedy during a tumultuous time in his life - one that I had never heard of before. 

For me, the Nintendo Switch will be a bit of an investment; £279 is quite a lot to fork out for a gaming console. Once Nintendo actually decides to confirm and reveal a release date for the first Pokemon installment on the system, that's when I will finally cave and give Nintendo my money.

You don't know how much self-control I'm having to induce now that Nintendo and Sega have announced a partnership, bringing another part of my childhood - Sonic the Hedgehog - to the Switch next summer. Not only that, but Sega will be bringing more than fifteen titles released under the Sega Ages line-up, with only three titles actually confirmed (Sonic, Phantasy Star and Thunder Force 4). 

Just hearing the Sega intro makes me want to cry - I miss Sonic and Sega Park so much. 

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I still have yet to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but I have seen the film. The film is absolutely hilarious and truly defines true British wit, so I'm glad to see that a female writer - Catherynne M. Valente -  has gotten her teeth deep into the comedy/sci-fi genre.

I found out about this book through a feature written by Andrew Liptak on The Verge, in which he believes that Valente's Space Opera might just give The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'a run for its money, because it's one of the funniest books [he's] ever read.'

Once I've managed to get through the pile of books on my to-read list (I'm currently reading Pillars of the Earth - help), I will definitely give Space Opera a read. 

It's still unbelievable that Prince isn't with us anymore. What's more surprising is the announcement of a memoir that he had been working on before his death in 2016. Titled The Beautiful One, Prince's unfinished memoir will be released this year. Elegantly handwritten - no surprises there - Prince only managed to submit 50 pages of his work before his death, but he had been working with author Dan Piepenbring on the memoir who has finished the memoir for him. 

Described as 'an unconventional and poetic journey through [Prince's] life and creative work', there's no doubt that The Beautiful One will be a must-read this winter. 

I've always loved Vanity Fair's 'Notes on a Scene', but this one with John Krasinski is extremely intriguing since it's a close look at a directional debut from the actor. 

I still have yet to watch A Quiet Place, but learning about how Krasinksi and the screenwriters strove to make sound a main character in the film is eye-opening, to say the least. Absolutely incredible. 

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Cyberpunk has always been one of my favourite genres of fiction, especially when it comes to film and now anime. I watched Ghost in the Shell for the first time last year, and absolutely adored the aesthetic and its vision of the future. It opened up a whole new world for me in anime, and also the conventions of cyberpunk in general. 

Ryan Lambie explores the beauty and intricacy of Ghost in the Shell on Den of Geek, exploring how the cyberspace displayed in a cyberpunk world creates instant connections (as it does so now), and the ambivalence that it can create through the isolation provided by robotic enhancement.

I don't know what it is with cyberpunk; maybe it's the feeling of change or the overexuberant ideas of what the future may hold ... but I absolutely adore it. Probably because it was one of the best genres in the 90s. 
I still don't really know the backstory of Venom, only that he/it is the archenemy of Spiderman. The official trailer for Venom is certainly better than the teaser, fully demonstrating Tom Hardy's ability to morph into villains and anti-heroes with ease. The CGI actually looks decent - and terrifying - and I'm loving the vibe that Sony are producing for this film. 

Fingers crossed they don't ruin it like they have done with Fantastic 4

Growing up, I saw commercials for both Euro Disney and the American Disney Parks. Without a doubt, the American parks looked far more appealing than going to Paris. Matterhorn Matt explores the reasons behind these feelings, including the crazy amount of money spent on a park that was doomed to fail from the beginning, and its current state. 

Reading the comments is also interesting, as many people raise points about the climate in France which certainly doesn't suit a Disney park, and that Euro Disney was originally meant to be placed in Spain - a more obvious choice than France. 

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Hadley Freeman's feature on coming-of-age films is a must-read; she explores three of the 80s most treasured films about the trials and tribulations of growing up - Pretty in Pink, Dirty Dancing and Say Anything - three films that are extremely dear to my heart. 

As much as I love teen movies, the coming-of-age movies since the 1980s just have that special something that really moves you, tugs at your heartstrings and makes you want to be somebody. God, I could gush about these films forever, but I'll let Freeman do so instead. 


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