Thursday, 21 May 2015

Recommendation "Mondays": Week 16 - Bo Burnham (Musical Comedian)

So, if any of you need a little break from self-torture that is cramming, then there's this one comedian who's pretty cool. He does (sometimes quite intelligent) musical comedy, with such lyrics as "Girls are like multiplications; if they're under thirteen you do them in your head" and "Oedipus was the first motherfucker". He's pretty crass, pretty funny and, in my opinion, pretty cool.

Check out one of his songs! Or, even better, an entire show of his (called "what") is available for free in its entirety on youtube!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Recommendation "Mondays": Week 15 - Grand Budapest Hotel (Film)

"Grand Budapest Hotel" is a film by Wes Anderson, in which, through the eyes of a young girl reading a book written by a man known only to the audience as "the author", we learn the tale of how, during the outbreak of fascism in pre-WWII Europe, a young lobby-boy named Zero and the impeccable (and amazingly foul-mothed) maitre d of the Grand Budapest kept the hotel runing, broke out of prison and evaded murderers and government officials in a zany chase across the country in an attempt to secure the priceless painting "Boy with Apple" (and their lives).

With a cast including Ralph Finnes (I mean, c'mon, he's Voldemort), Adrien Brody (I mean, c'mon, he's Adrien Brody) and a wonderful range of wacky cameos, that alone could make you enthusiastic about the film (which you can watch for free here).

The music is cool, the cinematography is cool, the story is cool. Please watch it in the original language. It's worth it, if only for Saorise Ronan's gorgeous accent.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Recommendation Mondays: Week 10 - Markiplier (Youtuber)

Markiplier is a Youtuber known for playing horror games (with his first uploads being Amnesia and Penumbra), mostly, but also plays cuter, indie games, posts skits (including How To Pole Dance) and organizes fund-raising events for numerous charities.

He's also known for being something of a Five Nights At Freddy's whiz kid (to the point where other Youtubers have called him for help with their lets plays).

Some of his best videos (and series), at least according to me, include:

Anyway, yeah, that's Markiplier (although these are mostly humorous games, seen as I'm not super into the scary stuff hehe).

Recommendation Mondays: Week 9 - Trick To Life (Album by The Hoosiers)

The Hoosiers are and indie pop/rock band from London whose debut album The Trick To Life came out in 2007.

It lasts a little under forty minutes and, maybe you can tell, I don't really know how to recommend this. It's music, it's good, it's indie and I like all the songs for different reasons.

So, um, yeah, here's a link to a playlist of the full album. It's really good. Okay.

So, um, nice weather we're having, innit?

Monday, 6 April 2015

X at E3 videos

This isn't so much a recommendation as a plea. I love these videos. I may or may not know them of by heart. Please tell me I'm not the only one that finds them funny.

Recommendation Mondays (Backlog): Week 8 - Niell Blomkamp (Director)

Niell Blomkamp is a South African director known for his movies District 9, Elysium and CHAPPiE, who I like primarily for just how... fucking cool his movies look. The special effects used are just... yeah, I really like them.

District 9 (2009) is based in a world where, some time during the eighties, a large alien mothership began hovering over Johanessburg and, after months of no activities, humans entered the ship to find the aliens malnourshished ¡, confused and scared. Fairly soon they became the equivalent of unwanted refugees, suffering social prejudice akin to racism and being confined to a refugee "camp" or district. The film picks up in the modern day; the "Prawns" have outgrown their current district, which is nothing more than a rubbish strewn slum and are being forcibly evict by the MNU. One MNU employee, Wikus, accidentally triggers an unknown device that sprays him with mysterious goo and triggers something... unpleasent, which changes his life forever (understatement of the century tbh).

Elysium (2013) is set hundreds of years from now, in a future where, to avoid the ever expanding lower class, the Earth's wealthiest people built a space station orbiting the planet where they have all the health, clean air and plastic surgery money can by, whilst once great cities, such as our setting, Los Angeles, have become slums spanning miles, where crime and poverty are the norm. Our story follows one man, Max, as his situation forces him to take control of his life in a very drastic way, all in attempt to salvage his ticking time bomb of a body after a very ¡, very bad work related incident

I haven't seen CHAPPiE yet but, c'mon, I love this guy anyway.

Oh and, just by the way, he's doing Alien 5 *rolls away on a skateboard whilst putting on sunglasses* Hell yeah.

Recommendation Mondays (Backlog): Week 6 - GAME GRUMPS OMG (Youtube Channel)

Sorry bout that.

I just adore this youtube channel. To death. I'm not even kidding. If I could only watch one channel for the rest of my life, it would be the Game Grumps.

To explain, the Game Grumps are two super good friends from California who play video games whilst goofing off, making jokes, telling silly stories and generally talking about all kinds of random crap. Currently the Game Gumps are Arin Hanson (also known around youtube as animator and voice actor egoraptor) and Danny Avidan (or Danny Sexbang, lead singer of the comedy band Ninja Sex Party); they play console games, with some notable ones being Super Mario 3D WorldSonic Boom and Out Of This World.

Their channel also hosts Steam Train, where their friend Ross O'Donavan (or RubberNinja) plays PC games, mostly with Danny in the beginning but then expanding to other members of the Grumps team (such as their editor/Danny's housemate Barry and their secretary/Arin's wife Suzy). I recommend Skyrim and Leisure Suit Larry.

Earlier Game Grumps episodes feature a different person alongside Arin; Jon Jafari or JonTron, another comedic video game obssessed youtuber, known for humorous game reviews and owning a robot psycho bird named Jacques.