Fangirl Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

I didn't consume much media this week, because I'm still on my "Vanderpump Rules" kick so this is a very mini-Fangirl Friday.

Movie of the Week

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I was going to write a full review of this film, but honestly, I don't think I'd be able to do it justice, and nor am I the appropriate voice to voice it. That being said, I had high expectations for this film and I feel as if they were all exceeded. We were introduced to a lot of new characters in quick succession and they all felt fully-realized and fleshed out. The worldbuilding is outstanding and is never overwhelming. I already want sequels and spin-offs of a number of characters, most notably, Shuri, King T'Challa's feisty, techno-savvy sister. She also has one of the best lines in the entire movie, a line I won't spoil here, but if you're up on your memes, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Run don't walk to see this movie.

Song of the Week

This song is fire. A Prince-inspired bisexual anthem? Sign me the fuck up.

Fangirl Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Podcast of the Week

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My latest podcast obsession has been a podcast I’ve been waiting for for a while, since I heard it was coming out. Crooked Media has been a big part of my life for the past year, despite not being an American, and let me tell you, when I heard they were coming out with a pop culture roundtable with Ira Madison III as host, I was hooked before I even heard the first episode. Each episode is full of quips, barbs and chants of “Keep it”, Madison’s catchphrase, which denotes a person/place/thing that we are no longer here for. It's my Wednesday morning treat, the perfect way to get out of bed, knowing that someone is talking about the importance of the Kim Cattrall/Sarah Jessica Parker feud, the value of Timothée Chalamet's denouncement of Woody Allen, and Catherine Deneuve being... Catherine Deneuve. Don't sleep on this pod.

Movie of the Week

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In my efforts to see all Oscar-nominated films before the Oscars on March 4, I watched quite a few this week, including "Icarus," "A Fantastic Woman," "The Post," and "The Darkest Hour". What left the biggest impression on me, however, was Christopher Nolan's war epic, "Dunkirk". I admit, I was a bit of a snob about this one, not viewing it as anything worth seeing in theatres and boy am I regretting that snobbery. By far one of the most visually stimulating films I've seen in a long time, "Dunkirk" held me tight from the first shot of pamphlets falling to the ground to the final shot of a freed soldier, and didn't let me go. Nolan plays with time in innovative ways, telling the story from three perspectives, and the way those perspectives intertwine is inspired. The film is meant to be seen on an IMAX screen, but still looked unbelievable on rinky-dink TV. Also... Harry Styles bangs in it. Like... he's astoundingly good. My good, good boy is growing up. I didn't think I'd see another nominated film that touched me like "Call Me By Your Name," "Lady Bird" or "Phantom Thread" but I was gratefully surprised.

TV Show of the Week

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This show. I don't even know where to start. I've seen two seasons of it in two days. That's unhealthy. And yet, I can't stop. It's so bad. But it's so good. And I hate everyone. But I love them all. They're so abhorrent. But I get why they did that. And all I want to do is watch more of it immediately. There's a definite schadenfreude I get out of watching bad people behaving badly, and that is at a prime in this show and I'm living for it.

Song of the Week

This song is sexy af. I could listen to it all day. It's got a great beat, it's danceable, and that's literally all I have to say about it. 

Zine of the Week

I found out about "Little White Lies", the film zine, through Tavi Gevinson's instagram, and now I've got myself a hard copy of the "Call Me By Your Name" issue and have now subscribed to the digital version. It dives deep into the process of filmmaking from all aspects, from the director, to the screenwriter, to the actors, and everyone in between. Each magazine is filled with incredible artwork, making you want to poster your walls with each page. It only comes out once a month, but each issue is dense and stuffed with goodies, enough to tide you over until the next one. 

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Podcast of the Week

Interrobang with Travis & Tybee

Looking for a podcast that's just as ranty as you? Look no further than Intereobang . Travis and Tybee go deep with stuff that gets under their skin, like completly owning your personality, why Fall Out Boy is awesome and how dogs can't speak English, God dammit! Download it on iTunes.  

Foundation of the Week

Mat Velvet

I'm constantly on the lookout for foundation that will give me high coverage and won't slide off my face soon after I've applied it. I'm still in Make Up For Ever's camp, and am loving their Mat Velvet finish. You only need a little to cover a lot and it lasts A LONG TIME! 

Comic Book of the Week

Faith

I never read Faith Herbert aka Zephyr's origin story but she has re-emerged in her own comic book series, Faith  . Faith is a 'psiot' who can fly who used to be part of a superhero crime fighting team. Now she's out fighting crime on her own by night and works as her alias Summer Smith, a columnist, by day. Though not much has happened in the first two issues, what drew me to the comic initially is that Faith is a plus-sized superhero and LITERALLY NO ONE MENTIONS IT. It's glorious and I can't wait to read more. 

Ship of the Week

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Jane/Michael - Jane the Virgin

I took a mini-break from watching Jane the Virgin  so I just binged the latest episodes all at once. I forgot how much I adore these two. Sweet, compassionate and so in love, they are the least complicated part of this telenovela. They are endgame and I am glad to be back on board #TeamMichael! 

Fangirl Friday

This week I'm excited about a lot of things so I have to do a Fangirl Friday.

Game of the Week

Life Is Strange

Never have I been quite so enamoured with a video game that  you do so little in. Life is Strange is a narrative choose-your-own-adventure video game in five chapters and the final chapter was just released a couple of days ago. It's about a senior in high school, Max, who discovers she has the ability to turn back time, which is great because she's able to stop her best friend Chloe from being murdered. However, every action has an equal and opposite reaction and with every choice you make in the game, the more things get altered. This incredibly well-done, emotionally stirring game is a must play, especially for fans of TellTale Games.

 

tv of the week

Jane the Virgin

I know I've spoken about Jane the Virgin already but I never actually finished the first season. In search of a show I could binge (and seeing that it was up on Netflix) I started it up again. GEE WHIZ is this show bananas in the best possible way. There's really not much to explain (the basic concept is a virgin gets accidentally artificially inseminated and then everything goes absolutely NUTS) except the show is beautiful and unbelievably addictive. Once you're in, it's hard to get out.

 

Song of the Week

Hello - Adele

Really, how could it be anything other than this? This is bombshell news. ADELE IS BACK! AND BACK WITH AN AMAZING TRACK. This could have been an Episode I nightmare of building up anticipation to only be let down. BUT IT'S NOT. BECAUSE THIS SONG IS GORGEOUS. I am legitimately counting down the days til this album drops.

 

Fangirl Friday

IT'S BACK!!!!! It's a short one but I'm just getting back into the swing of things. Also, the site looks a bit different. So there's that too.

On with the show!

Getting What You Want Song of the Week

Get On Your Knees - Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande

*clutches pearls* Have you actually listened closely to the lyrics of this song? Nicki is all about female empowerment and female pleasure and she doesn't mince words in this sexy track. Nicki goes after what she wants and she doesn't really care what you think about it. The song is steamy and makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

TV Show that Shouldn't Be as Good as It Is of the Week

Bojack Horseman

I know I spoke about Bojack Horseman back in April but the second season has just been released on Netflix so it bears repeating: THIS SHOW IS INCREDIBLE. I'm reading back what I wrote about it the first time and I legitimately feel exactly the same way (and am doing the same thing) so I'm just going to repost it, because FUCK YOU, I CAN.

This show, you guys. This motherfucking show. Netflix is churning out the hits like nobody's business. On the surface, the show seems crass and crude, but when you really look at it, it tackles some very real issues like abuse, the portrayal of women in media, neglect and other topical themes. Obviously, it's also hilarious and has a killer cast. I'm actually going through the show pretty slowly, because I'm enjoying to so much. I'm trying to savour it. One cool thing that I like is that the show actually has a running plot. Most animated series are pretty stand-alone, but Bojack has running jokes, a series long story arc and recurring characters. Highly recommend, go watch it now.  

Flashback of the Week

Backstreet Boys

After seeing and loving Magic Mike XXL last week, my love of the Backstreet Boys has been completely rekindled. My first loves, my first concert, the Backstreet Boys were everything to me back in the day and it's been so wonderful to revisit them and see that they still actually hold up after all these years. Their music is often times slightly ridiculous and overly manufactured but the fact that they were so marketable and in my ears still so listenable is definitely a feat of achievement.