Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday, Sunday (118 — 120)

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Unsurprisingly, I haven't got around to watching season three of Stranger Things yet. Despite this, I'm pretty aware of the marketing tactics Netflix are using to promote the hell out of the show, including the surprisingly effective relationship between the streaming company and Coca-Cola of all things. 

Obviously, Coca-Cola isn't the only brand to have partnered with Netflix for Stranger Things. But as Vox recently pointed out, not only is the beverage being used to promote the series, but it's also being utilised as a significant plot point.

This has probably been done before in some way, but it's the first time I've fully noticed it. While I find this kind of embedded advertising kind of weird, it's hard not to see how innovative it as well. I think it's better as well that Netflix has made this partnership as evident as possible and haven't tricked viewers or consumers in any way. 

Malcolm in the Middle was literally all I watched as a kind in the early 2000s, along with The Simpsons and Futurama. So to see a retrospective like this from Foxcade makes me so happy. In this video essay, the creator explores how the show spun the '90s sitcom formula on its head, and how it subverted the genre. 

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With the recent, stunning trailer for the live-action Mulan, it's not surprising that the internet is looking back at the 1998 Disney animated classic. And if you're in the mood for some nostalgic light reading about Mulan, look no further than The List's recent article. Here, they analyse how the hero changed the perception of Disney princesses as a whole. 

As they aptly sum up, "Mulan proved that a Disney heroine can go beyond the accoutrements of traditional womanhood and still be believed by Disney fans worldwide."

A fantastic insight into the life of Richard Dreyfuss, Vanity Fair explores the hilarious and iconic actor's career in this continuing series. 

The summer holidays have arrived, and in true British fashion, the weather has turned dreary. It looks like it's going to perk up next week (thank God), but why not use the rain as an excuse to watch some cult classic of the '90s?

Picked for the British Film Institute of London's new season, Stylist has compiled a fantastic list to get you started. Including some well-known titles — like Trainspotting and My Own Private Idaho — as well as other films and shows you may have never heard of before. 

Need I say more? 

Since it's festival season, I haven't really been following what Foo Fighters have been up to. There's no new album in the works (that we know of), but the band did recently launch an archive under the name The Foo Files

Fantastic reference to The X-Files aside, Foo Fighters are also giving fans access to some of their rarities via a collection of EPs. So far, they've released two. One is a collection of live recordings from their 2011 performance at London's Roundhouse, and the other consists of recordings from 1995's Reading Festival and a performance at The Chapel in 2000.

In addition to that, fans can share their experiences and memories of the band, which will be stored in the Files via their site. 

With the release of Toy Story 4Insider explores how far Pixar has come since Toy Story was released in 1995. They also address how much the animation studio has advanced not only as a company but also how they've changed and re-invented CGI in general. 

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This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and it's incredible to look back at such an integral part of human history. But it does leave you wondering why moon travel isn't as frequent as it could be. 

There are actually numerous reasons behind this, of which The Verge addressed in a recent piece, such as a lack of money from the government to there not being a "sense of urgency" to return to the lunar surface. That's soon to change; as external companies and manufacturers like Space X, Blue Origin, and the United Launch Alliance are currently developing less expensive rockets to send humans back into space. 

Rumours had been circulating for months that Nintendo was going to either release a pro or cheaper version of the Switch, and the latter has finally come to fruition. The Nintendo Switch Lite, which will cost $100 less expensive than the original console, will be fully dedicated to handheld play. Essentially, Nintendo is taking the 'switch' option out of the console, and instead opting for a device that will cater to those who prefer their Switch not to be connected to an external monitor. 

If you want some more detail on the Switch Lite, which will release on Sep. 20. I also wrote about its new specs and how it differs to the original console over at Bustle UK — you can take a read of that here.

Shaun of the Dead is probably Edgar Wright's most iconic film, and here Simon Pegg explores how one of the sequences was planned and filmed. From choreographing the moves to Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' to the actors wearing earpieces to hear the music playing, this is such a fresh insight into the filming process. 

All this talk about storming Area 51 to "see them aliens" got me thinking — what happens if we actually hear back from them? Well, a group of researchers from the UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN) are presenting the public with a survey that "could inform an international protocol for responding to first contact." 

This is especially important in the current era of fake news, as Vox points out that "members may use social media to spread all sorts of fake news and conspiracy theories about the aliens, their message, and what it will mean for humanity to communicate with them." 

If you want to complete the survey, you can take a look at it here. 

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In the age of remakes, it was only natural that The Lost Boys would be revived in some way or another. And as Vulture reports, there have been at least two attempts to bring this 80s classic to the small screen in previous years, but to no avail. 

Apparently, the first adaptation of the film came in 2016, which "would have spanned 70 years, with each season doing a different decade pastiche." Obviously, that didn't work, so a script revision made it a little closer to the movie. Again, that never came to be. But it seems that a "major retool" is happening at the CW to actually get this Lost Boys series on the air, so who knows what it will involve. 

Despite the ongoing controversy between Pokémon fans and Game Freak, yet another trailer was released this month. This time, it gave players insight into Gigantamaxing. Its basically Dynamaxing and Mega Evolutions combined, with the specific Pokémon changing forms as they evolve to a larger size. 

The trailer also introduced three new Pokémon — Alcremie, Rolycoly, and Yamper — the latter of which was shown during the E3. There was no sign of Impidimp, though. 


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