Whoa! Check it out, I still know how to use a keyboard. Amazing! I wouldn’t say I’m back back, but I’m going to be fiddling around on here again. I don’t need to tell you what a year it’s been, I saw you at the bar last week, ‘letting off steam’ doesn’t come close as a euphemism. We’re all there though, the end of year push, a time when distractions are welcome. So here’s my Monday list of things for you to check out, try out, or buy.
Firstly, and only because I’ve had this on pre-order for something like three months, is the new Editors album ‘In Dream’. I’ve only given it a few goes so this is far from a review, but if you’re a fan I recommend you get it.
The Editors have been accused of a few things before, from pushing things too far, to not pushing things enough, and I imagine they’ll get a lot of the same for this one. It’s a mixed bag. All in all though this is another solid album for your indie collection.
Then, The Martian. I watched this yesterday, at Prestige of course (though the Cavendish offering no longer accommodates time orders for things like coffee and treats for halfway in), and I’d say it’s worth the R120 for the reclining seat and 7.1 Dolby Surround sound.
I do feel it got a little lost in itself a few times. I wasn’t quite sure if it was trying to be a less arty Gravity, or an easier to understand Interstellar. Packed with bad one-liners, unnecessary character builds, and a ridiculous amount of GoPro product placement, The Martian is on the whole rather enjoyable. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Then there’s the Final Spectre trailer. I don’t need to say anything about this. The only thing I’m worried about is the void this will leave in my soul the moment I’ve finished watching it.
Tyler The Creator has lunched an animated series
As a content producer this dude is at the top of my favourites pile. He does everything, literally. Here’s the teaser for one of his latest projects, another animated series, The Jellies – the story of a human teenager raised by a family of jellyfish.
And here’s a little reading for you, because you should know what is influencing the global culture more than anything else. According to a recent NY Times article hip-hop is the most streamed genre of music.
Finally, here’s the new Nike ad that came out last week. It plays to the global trend of celebrating everyone, but thanks to the talent at Wieden + Kennedy it doesn’t come across as soft or wankey.
And finally, here’s Jean-Claude Van Damme’s kill count to get you through the rest of the day.