Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday, Sunday (73)

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Wow, a post on a Sunday? Unbelievable! *pats self on back*

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I think I should have watched The Crown closer to the release of season three, because I'm craving it now. I didn't think I'd love the show as much as I ended up doing, and I really cannot wait to see what they do with the new team of actors and actresses that will be taking over after iconic performances provided by Claire Foy (Elizabeth II) and Matt Smith (Prince Philip). 

July was a month of reveals regarding who will be carrying the torch for these portrayals, and Cosmopolitan’s Peggy Truong has you covered with her article that will be constantly updated with news regarding the third season. From the first photographs of Olivia Colman as Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret to the update as to when the third — and fourth — seasons will be filmed and released, Cosmo has a direct line of info for all your Crown season three and four needs. 

Supernatural is currently up to 13 seasons, and I stopped watching after the seventh. Even then, I wanted to stop at the fifth but decided to give the show a chance. That didn’t work out; Well, for me anyway. It’s obvious there are still fans of the show, but in my opinion, it’s overstayed its welcome. But why?

That’s where Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff comes in. His recent article on television may not be about Supernatural but instead focuses on the often troubled second season, and how that can affect the future of a show. Exploring the rules of TV writing and what’s proven to be effective VanDerWerff analyses and explores how to create the perfect second season by twisting dynamics, even as far as detailing how many episodes should be in the first season in order to set up a successful series. 

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Really excited about this one. All that Netflix has released so far is a cryptic trailer and synopsis, but it all seems to be pointing something focusing on a psychology experiment like the Milgram Experiment conducted during the 60s and 70s. There seems to be a literal link to this within one of the main character’s names — Owen Milgrim (spelt differently, but still sounds eerily similar).

Starring Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, and Sally Field, Maniac looks trippy AF and something that’s totally right up my street — especially if it sticks to what seems to be the ‘psychological-experiment-gone-wrong’ narrative. 

A question I don’t even need to ask, but it’s nice to see a timeline of events that led up to Jeff Goldblum becoming an internet sensation. Using a rating scale of 1-10 Goldblums, Dazed’s Emma Hope Allwood marvels at the internet’s beautiful obsession with the actor, and how Goldblum has remained as popular as he was in the 80s and 90s.

I would also like this on a t-shirt: “Jeff Goldblum has ascended like a delightful, Prada-wearing pterodactyl, soaring above Hollywood accompanied by a jazz soundtrack.” 

Love Island is over for 2018 *cue sobbing* but luckily it has produced no shortage of interesting articles exploring why — and how — the show has become so popular amongst the British public. What’s most intriguing is when you see it described through the eyes of an American, as written by Vulture’s Brian Moylan.

Whilst I don’t agree that the show will teach a non-British viewer everything about the UK (since it’s not even set in the UK for starters), I do agree that it does give some insight into a mix of accents, a British way of life (especially abroad), and how we as a nation truly get transfixed whenever this damn show is on. As Moylan describes, “[Love Island] has become a topic of national conversation tantamount only to Brexit, the world cup, [and] the Royal Wedding.” 

I totally stan this trend, I cannot get enough of book covers laden with floral bouquets and patterns — they’re something about them that is so aesthetically pleasing. There’s got to be a reason why these covers just work, and Vanity Fair’s Kenzie Bryant ponders this brilliantly, asking famous book cover designers and illustrators how such a simple idea for cover art can convey a thousand words at once.

I had no idea that Vox had a Netflix series — Explained — and what better way to be introduced than learning about the history of tattoos, and how they transformed from an ancient art form to the unbelievable statistic that “nearly one in three Americans [have] at least one tattoo.”

Vox decide to explore how American’s began to embrace the art of tattooing, asking the question: “So if humans have always marked themselves, why are so many people suddenly getting tattooed now?”

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The Crown has given me a lot of insight into the Royal Family that I didn’t have before, so to hear that there’s going to be a documentary on Princess Margaret is really exciting. The doc will “profile a woman ‘whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century,” Tatler’s Rebecca Cope reports via the BBC. “This deeply personal account reveals how Princess Margaret’s character combined the rebellious force of modernity and a deep respect for tradition.”

Vanessa Kirby portrays Princess Margaret with such passion and enigma that I can’t wait to see what the real Princess was actually like. And boy, was she beautiful. 

This is such a good guide. If you’re like me and cannot get enough of true crime, you’re gonna want to add these books to your ‘to-read’ list — I have.

Even though it’s a bit of a morbid fascination, learning about investigative techniques and psychological profiling is another way to curb my curiosity addiction — especially when it comes to learning why criminals commit crimes. 

I really don’t know I hadn’t heard of this film until reading parts (didn’t want to spoil it for myself) of The Atlantic’s David Sims’review of Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, but it sounds like a must-see. Like really, it won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, for Christ sake. 

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What’s the latest with American Horror Story, I hear you ask? Well not only have Entertainment Weekly confirmed that the show has been renewed for a tenth season (meaning that a 9th is also in the works, seeing as Apocalypse is the eighth), but Vulture has also reported that Jessica Lange is at least reprising her role of Constance from Murder House, according to actress and executive producer Sarah Paulson.

Who knows, she could easily reprise her role of Fiona Goode from Coven somehow; it is American Horror Story after all.

Back in May, I (obviously) purchased the June 2018 issue of GQ magazine. In Jonathan Heaf’s interview with Dave Grohl, he managed to coax a cryptic description of an idea Grohl had that involved him performing a 23-minute song on one instrument at a time. All of this will be filmed, and the videos of Grohl playing each instrument will be merged together to create a Grohl-infused one-man band.

This is literally how Grohl could have documented the first Foo Fighters record back in the 90s if he had the filming equipment to do so. Filmed by Brandon Trost, the documentary — titled Play — first came about when Grohl began to take his daughters to music practice:

“Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing and play drums, it brings me back to the time I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening,” Grohl explains. “When I take my kids to the place they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out.

“And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out… it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.”

And according to Rolling Stone, the documentary will be split into two parts. “The first part of the Play documentary focuses on the behind-the-scenes preparation for the performance, which is unveiled in the second part.” Play is also “intercut with young musicians from the Join The Band music school in the San Fernando Valley practising their craft, working relentlessly to get it right, and always coming back to the conclusion that, in Grohl’s words, ‘just like any kid, the reward is just to Play.” 

When the fam and I went to Seattle in 2011, it was our duty to snap some well-known shots relating to Grey’s Anatomy for my auntie who is a huge fan of the show. We had to do our own researching though, because weirdly enough there is no official tour for the show in the city.

If only Cyssi Ngo from Popsugar were there because she recently posted the integral guide when it comes to experiencing what Seattle has to offer with Grey’s Anatomy. From the intern house to the waterfront, Ngo has you covered. Although, she did miss one crucial landmark — Harbourview Medical Center. I.e., the hospital that the Grey’s Anatomy one is based on, so add that to your list if you’re planning on undertaking this self-made tour. 

If I haven’t mentioned it already, I’ve been to Orlando three times. Each time I’ve spent there, I’ve had a tinge of regret that I never got to visit Nickelodeon Studios in Universal. The first visit was in 2005, a couple of months after the studios closed in April. I mean, I saw it since none of the facings had been taken down yet, but it was upsetting to not be able to explore the place that pretty much captivated my entire childhood.

So, the next two times we went to Orlando, we’d always pass the Nickelodeon Hotel whenever we’d go to Universal or Disney World. That was my second chance, but we never took it and I’m grateful for that. Watching Defunctland dive into the history of the complex, the hotel wasn’t really looked after very well lmao.

Still, it’s sad to have not been able to go to either place to at least experience it, but at least I can vicariously through channels like Defunctland and urban explorers. And I’ll take any video that explores the history surrounding hotels complexes in the Orlando area — there’s such a unique history surrounding that city thanks to the likes of Disney World and Universal Studios. 

Whilst I disagree with Polygon’s Julia Alexander that Shane Dawson’s recent documentaries aren’t Netflix worthy (they totally are), I hadn’t even processed how said documentaries were changing the game, or how they came to be in the first place.
Alexander traces it all back to 2008, the year the Kardashian’s took to our screens and how they’ve managed to hang on since. She also remarks how they’ve stayed relevant during cultural changes via social media, and how personalities on YouTube followed suit. YouTuber’s like Tana Mongeau and Jeffree Starr have capitalised on the voyeuristic trend of vlogging, creating their own mini-series and personalities.

Recently, Shane has been diving head-first into uncovering the hidden truths of these personalities, which are surprisingly candid about their work, troubles, and scandals. Whether it’s because Shane is often a friend of theirs or his personality allows them to open up, he’s been able to push these YouTuber’s to finally open up, and let fans and viewers know their true personalities.

I still can’t believe it’s just Shane and Andrew behind these documentaries — just two people creating quality content. 

Just iconic. That’s all I can say.

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It’s still a while until Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee arrives to the Switch, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be inundated with sneak peeks. The latest is a few videos demonstrating the difference between each Pokemon and the way they follow you, including the leaping Venusaur, the rolling Electrode and Graveller, the adorably slow pace of Caterpie, and the ability to ride Onix.

This just adds so much charm to a simple aspect of the game. Before it was just pixels on a screen following you in Yellow and HeartGold and SoulSliver, whereas now each Pokemon has their own personality, adding yet another layer that can be transferred into later RPGs. 


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