Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sunday, Sunday (113 — 117)

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The final episode of Game of Thrones marked the end of an era, and it's understandable to wonder whether there will be another GoT-sized hit that will take its place. That's the question Vox recently explored in an article on the future of television and judging by past shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad that preceded it, it's not unlikely that a show will take its place pretty soon — especially with the popularity surrounding current shows like Killing Eve and Black Mirror

Hopefully, by the time this next GoT-sized hit comes around, I'll have caught up with the mountain of shows on my watchlist. But let's be real — that probably won't happen. 

Think back to the last animated film you watched — were there any voices you didn't recognise? Until watching Lindsay Ellis' latest upload, I hadn't realised how these films have practically become star vehicles. Gone are the days where character actors brought animated icons to life — now it's all about hearing a voice you're familiar with and using their fame as a major selling point. 

But where did the switch from character actors to actor unfamiliar with voice-acting come to be? Well, as Ellis points out, Shrek may have codified it, but Aladdin inadvertently started it after Disney went against Robin Williams' wishes of using his voice as a selling point for the film. Basically, the drama that unfolded between Williams and Disney and the success of Aladdin caused the fallout of celebs in animated movies — something that Williams never wanted. 

Yet another trailer dropped for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Despite it being another peek at the bare bones of the film, it did contain a tiny little tease regarding Charles Manson's (played by Damon Herriman) involvement in the story. It also featured a smattering of small, quick scenes with actors other than DiCaprio and Pitt, including Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, and Timothy Olyphant. 

As I'm still catching up with Killing Eve and other shows, Good Omens has been lying dormant in my watchlist at the moment. Although, that hasn't stopped me from watching the cast — mainly David Tennant, Michael Sheen, and Jon Hamm — in hilarious interviews, including this beautiful Wired Autocomplete that features an aggressively Scottish Tennant. 

What more could you ask for? 

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It's been a few weeks, and a lot has happened with the Pokémon community. From the initial Direct to the realisation that Game Freak wasn't kidding about omitting a National Dex in Sword and Shield — among other things — it's pretty clear that fans of the franchise are more than peeved off. 

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I would jump into it here, but I have been covering some angles of what's been going down over at Bustle, which you can read here, here, and here. I would write about it now, but I'd only be covering the same points since there's not really any new findings yet — other than Nintendo seemingly sending out cryptic surveys to some players. 

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Well, I was going to write about how I finally finished Yoshi's Crafted World, but it turns out it has a pretty hectic post-game that had no idea about. Not only do I now have to re-battle the bosses with new time goals (super aggravating), but I had to go through all the stages again to find a character and also complete a new land. I've done both of the latter, but re-battling the bosses is something else. I thought the Hidden Hills was the hardest, but boy was I wrong. 

And don't even get me started with the final boss battle. I tried it once, but I deffo need some practice before I even attempt to do that again. In the meantime, I did complete Cadence of Hyrule so at least that's something (which I thoroughly enjoyed). 

Y'know, it's always refreshing to see someone as obsessed with crime shows like Dateline as I am. And seeing Bill Hader get excited over meeting the show's narrator Keith Morrison is even more joyous. 

If you'd told me 2019 would the year for a Jonas Brothers renaissance, I wouldn't have believed you. I didn't think I'd been missing them as much as I had seeing their humour again. It's so lovely to see them back and enjoying themselves, more so than they were before. 

Thanks to my short attention span, I tend only ever to watch a maximum of two episodes of a show in one sitting before I start getting restless. If I'm really invested, I may be able to push it to three, but I wouldn't be able to focus for as long as I'd need to so I can watch an entire season. 

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And that looks like this is a good thing, as some experts are beginning to study the impacts binge watching can have on the body, as the potential health implications are increasingly becoming more apparent. As clinical psychologist Brad Lander sums up in this article by The Washington Post, "[t]elevision has some positive psychological effects. The problem is when you do it too much." 
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Galaxy's Edge has finally opened in Hollywood, and while I would happily drop everything and fly out there to experience it, I can now do so vicariously online thanks to Polygon's photos of the park in all its glory. And what's the thing I'm most excited about from these photos? The single sliding doors. 

Even though there's still plenty of 2019 left, I'm pretty confident that HBO's Chernobyl is the best piece of television I've seen this year. I thought I was pretty clued up on what happened, but the raw emotion poured into this project and the brutality of it all just opened my eyes more than I thought. 

As Wired UK points out, it's the combination "forensic attention to detail and chilling terror that has made Chernobyl, now IMDB's highest-rated TV series of all time, compelling." So compelling that I'm already planning on watching it again so I can listen to the podcast after each episode. 

Similar to Pokémon, I also covered the insanity that was E3 this year over at Bustle. So, if you want to read my picks of the most hyped games at the convention, take a read here. Spoiler alert: I'm most excited about Cyberpunk 2077 for a multitude of reasons, with the added bonus of a swoon-worthy actor. Woah. 

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