The new BBC America and Netflix adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently books became available on UK Netflix this week. The books follow the surreal adventures of Dirk, a private detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things. In Dirk’s world, murder cases aren’t solved by deduction, they’re solved by finding lost cats and discovering the secret behind eccentric professors’ magic tricks.
Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie has been a long time coming. Louis’s been working on it for over a decade, and Louis fans (Therouxvians, if you will) have been speculating over rumours and trailers for several years now. This Monday it was finally released and featured an hour-long live-streamed Q&A with the man himself and producer John Dower.
This week I saw the new Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years and the 2013 One Direction documentary This is Us. Dare I mention The Beatles (known as musical innovators, the inventors of pop music, cultural icons) and One Direction (known as mere money making marionettes for cultural Beelzebub Simon Cowell) in the same sentence? By now the flaming torches have been lit, the pitchforks sharpened, and a digital snob mob is headed my way, but hang on. Let me explain myself. There are more similarities between the two bands and their documentaries than you might think.
This week’s recommendations feature a tiny Jack White wearing an Aphex Twin t-shirt. Everyone should own one. They’re excellent company.
It has taken about 24 hours for me to entirely change my opinion on Pokémon Go. I initially resisted the temptation to download it, telling myself that I was above the ‘cleverly designed but ultimately pointless reward system that Pokémon is based on’ because I am a dickhead. A dickhead who is determined to not have any fun ever.
I think you would like the sci-fi TV drama Orphan Black. It’s made by BBC America in Canada and was originally aired on BBC Three in the UK, distribution has since been taken over by Netflix, where the fourth series has just concluded. I only realised after 8 episodes had already been released, so had the luxury of binging on the majority of the fourth series in a matter of days. Can Netflix do no wrong? (Apart from the Adam Sandler thing, but let’s pretend that didn’t happen.)
This week’s Recommendations in Brief features quite a few synthesizers, and one of those films that I should have seen a while ago but never got round to it.
From now on, the Recommendations in Brief sections are going to be their own posts because I have decided that they will be. This website is a dictatorship, ruled with a crudely drawn, lopsided fist.
Heddwen recommended that I watch Community. Heddwen is the crack dealer of sitcoms.
If you like the crippling addiction of heroin but lack the funds or contacts, Community is for you.
I think you would like Born Standing Up by Steve Martin.
It has a reputation for being the definitive stand-up comedy memoir, which is the only reason I felt compelled to buy it. To my shame, I have never seen Steve Martin’s stand-up act, and my only experience of his work is the film Cheaper by the Dozen. Yet, despite my ignorance, I found Born Standing Up insightful, entertaining, and beautifully crafted. It is far from being just another celebrity autobiography.