Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sunday, Sunday / Tuesday, Tuesday (70)

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As I’m writing this, I’m watching Love Island and sipping water out of my personalized water bottle… who am I.

I’m someone who completely disregarded it until I was introduced to it by my best friend last season. The same way I am transfixed by David Attenborough documentaries, the drama, conversations, and actions of the Islanders in Love Island is just too damn interesting. And that’s what The Observer’s Nosheen Iqbal has noted and analysed in her article on “why so many have decided it’s OK to love Love Island”.

From highlighting how the show allows awkward conversations between adults and teens to the girls sticking up the guys and becoming role models in the process, it’s becoming more and more obvious that there is more to Love Island than meets the eye. It’s not Big Brother, the contestants are there to find love, and test themselves and learn from their mistakes in forming relationships. 

I don’t think anyone is going to forget the miraculous rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their coach anytime soon, especially since there are apparently some movies already in the works. 

Vox’s Radhika Viswanathan has given an extremely detailed timeline and analysis of the boy’s rescue, how it worked, how it succeeded, and a clear outline of conflicting reports regarding how the boys were actually taken out of the cave system, including “to what extent the boys were medicated for the journey.”

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After the current head of HBO and the bosses of AT&T stated that they are wanting to consume more of their customers time, Rolling Stone’s Alan Sepinwall explores why HBO becoming the next Netflix might not be such a good thing after all. “More isn’t always better,” Sepinwall states, and I’d have to agree with him. 

HBO may want to produce more shows for viewers to marathon like Netflix does, but what Netflix struggles with is finding a balance. Some end up being too advantageous and longer than they should be (like the second season of Luke Cage), and others just get lost in the Netflix void.

Netflix originals may kind of be shining at the moment, but there can be too much of a good thing. HBO, on the other hand, sticks to one show and focuses their attention for a much longer span of time, like Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Wire, and The Sopranos. “HBO’s best bet to hold its ground shouldn’t be to get bigger, but to stay strong at what it already does so well,” Sepinwall says. True that. 

I’ve loved reading since I could, well, read, and this insight into young adult fiction is very interesting. It’s nice to see PBS show the genre as cross-generational; both teens and adults can enjoy these books, there isn’t a specific in between.

The It’s Lit! series that PBS is currently running is so important and beneficial, more people need to read! And if you want to see what I’m reading, click here and have a look at my Goodreads profile.

We finally got a release date for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia's thirteenth season, and it’s closer than I thought it was going to be (thank GOD). Mark September 5 on your calendar, because the gang are back in business. Well, kind of. Judging by the synopsis, Dennis is now in North Dakota filling his new role as a father:

“The Gang returns — mostly — in the 13th season of the FXX original comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mac (Rob McEhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) return to their duplicitous, scheming ways at Paddy’s Pub, while Dennis (Glenn Howerton) takes on the new role of father in North Dakota… Even without Dennis Reynolds, the Gang has its hands full as Charlie hopes to have a child with The Waitress, Mac sets out to understand his newfound sexuality, Dee takes feminism to new heights, and Frank goes to great lengths for the Gang to experience the greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history — an Eagles Super Bowl history.”

I’m not sure what to take with the synopsis. In my opinion, there will be back and forth scenes of Dennis as a father, ending up with him either failing or giving up and returning back to Philly. Or, he could triumph and succeed in his new role. It is IASIP, after all. 

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So there’s more insight into Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, and I couldn’t be more hyped. As my brother said, these games are everything I have ever dreamed to be in a singular RPG from the Pokemon region, and they’re in Kanto, no less.

The latest update regarding the games show more footage of the riding mechanics, which includes the reveal that you can ride an Arcanine — now forever my preferred mode of transport — your Pokemon can find items whilst they follow you, you can specifically bond with your partner Pokemon and customize them (and yourself), and Pokemon Amie also makes a return (thank God). There is also a glimpse at the gyms and the leaders (Brock and Misty), more insight into co-op play, and a glimpse at co-op training and online or local.

November couldn’t come any sooner. 

Since my parents showed me Silence of the Lambs and Panic Room, Jodie Foster has been one of my heroes. I absolutely love her, and whenever she’s interviewed I could listen to her for days. The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman recently spoke with her, as “the double Oscar-winner is back with Hotel Artemis.” In the interview, “she talks about playing tough characters, the lack of roles for older women, and her friendship with Mel Gibson.”

Foster has such a full career, and she’s still going strong. 

We may not have won the semi-finals, but that doesn’t mean that “Three Lions” is out of my head. In the run-up to the dreaded ‘#WaistcoatWednesday’. I think we hyped it up a bit too much. Maybe it was my fault. I hadn’t cared about the World Cup until Wednesday… sorry guys.

If you’ve been here long enough, you’d know that Die Hard is one of my favourite movies. So obviously, whenever there are articles exploring the success of the movie, I’m going to be all over it.

Vulture’s Jason Bailey recently explored “how Die Hard changed the action game,” and how it pretty much defied genre and studio expectations. I mean here’s an action film that has a well-known comedic actor as the lead, an (at the time) unknown British actor as the villain, and was up against Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo III, Schwarzenegger’s Red Heat, and Eastwood’s The Dead Pool at the time of its release and obviously defied the odds.

Who’d have thought that Taylor Swift would be conducting an interview with the beautiful Pattie Boyd, and writing an article? She needs to do it more often. Swift is an extremely imaginative journalist, setting the scene for her meeting with Boyd perfectly:
“As the sunlight poured through the windows, her blue eyes lit up as she spoke. There is a playful quality about her, and surprisingly — considering how much she has experience in her life — a lightness.” 
And she conducts the interview with a comforting sense of ease, allowing a conversation to flow rather than just herself asking Boyd the questions. They’re both interested in each other, and it makes for such an insightful interview. 

David Lynch isn’t really one to participate in interviews, but The Guardian’s Rory Carroll had the rare chance to speak with the surrealist director for the release of his memoir, Room to Dream. The interview is fantastic, and the director is as Lynchian as you’d expect him to be. 

Seriously, I could really benefit from a weekly podcast of Lynch just commenting on trees and buildings; his outlook on life just warms my heart. He may explore the depravity and underbelly of American society, but he also appreciates, well, life.

Carroll also asks Lynch about how his films and Twin Peaks never seem to conclude in a succinct, normalised way. When you finish watching Lynch’s work, you’re often left with more questions than answers. Lynch does this for a reason, of course, and it’s through an appreciation of his audience. 

“I don’t ever explain it. Because it’s not a world thing. It would reduce it, make it smaller […] when you finish anything, people want you to talk about it,” he explains. “And I think it’s almost like a crime. A film or a painting — each thing in words. The words are not there. The language of film, cinema, is the language it was put into, and the English language — it’s not going to translate. It’s going to lose.” 

Produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies, and Illion Animation Studios, Wonder Park explores the mind of a young girl named June (Briana Denski) who discovers an abandoned amusement park in the woods. She soon comes to realize that the park is actually from her imagination, and she is the only person that can save this amusement park to bring it back to its former magical glory with the help of the adorable animals that run the show.

Featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, and John Oliver, Wonder Park looks to be a magical, vibrant insight into a young girl’s mind.

Imagination can be a powerful thing and coupled with this film finally being an original story rather than an adaptation, I can’t wait to see what the legendary David Weiss is going to do with the film. The man pretty much defined my childhood (he created Cow & Chicken and was the animation dir. on the first season of The Ren & Stimpy Show), so whatever work he creates is definitely going to be special. 

I remember watching the trailer for Skyscraper in the cinema before Solo, and me and literally everyone else were repeatedly saying “Die Hard, Die Hard, Die Hard” under our breathes. I mean, it’s such an obvious rip-off of Die Hard, and thank God Nerdist noticed this too. Their 1990 Trailer remix of the film is absolutely perfect and well-deserved. 

I don’t know what it was with U2, but they used to annoy the living shit out me. Notice used to. I don’t know whether it was because they were overplayed on the radio growing up or I had a one-sided view of them, but really didn’t like them. That was, however, until university.

One random day, I decided to give them a chance. I didn’t listen to The Joshua Tree or The Unforgettable Fire, oh no. I found Achtung Baby and fell in love… baby. Obviously, I fell in love with their first album of the 90s, and boy did they embrace that decade. Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop were the pinnacle of their career IMO, Achtung and Zooropa especially. 

These records are often considered darker and more introspective, demonstrating versatility and their experimental side. They weren’t afraid to suddenly flip the table and alienate quite a lot of fans.

My love for Achtung Baby is the same as Vox’s Dylan Scott. He recently wrote a killer article on the “unexpected resonance” of Zooropa, and even though it’s probably U2’s “least-remembered” album, it’s a “stroke of genius” because of it. True that.  

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If there is a work ethic that I aspire to, it’s Ryan Murphy’s. I mean damn, that man has a lot going for him right now. If I were to describe it here, it would be a pretty meaty few paragraphs. Luckily for me — and you — Morgan Jeffery has summed up Murphy’s current career with magnificent gusto.

From American Horror Story coming back this September and the new seasons of American Crime Story and Feud around the corner, Murphy is creating some proper quality television. 

And he's only bloody gone and got a $30 million Netflix deal. I mean, c'mon! 

In a recent interview with The Today Show, House of Cards’ Robin Wright talks Kevin Spacey and what it means for her character — Claire Underwood — to take the reigns of the White House, and how it feels for Wright herself to take the helm of the last season of the series.

Surprisingly, she reveals that she didn’t know Spacey outside the glare of the cameras. “We were co-workers, really,” she tells Today. We never socialised out of work — [it was a] respectful, professional relationship.” 

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I think I’m one of the only few that really digs “the light is coming”, but this track completely blows that one out of the water. “God is a woman” is so majestic and pure, and really cements how I’ve come to appreciate Grande more as an artist with her latest releases — I really do appreciate her as an artist and a person. 


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