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.