Recommendations in Brief 31/07/16

Recommendations In Brief 31 07 16This week’s recommendations feature a tiny Jack White wearing an Aphex Twin t-shirt. Everyone should own one. They’re excellent company.

 

 

 

 

 

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Orphan Black

Orphan BlackI 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.)

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Born Standing Up

Born Standing UpI 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.

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The Girl In The Spider’s Web

The Girl in the Spider's WebI think you would like David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the late Steig Larsson’s Millenium Series, The Girl In The Spider’s Web. After the radically different and mundane turn the series took with the previous instalment Girl On The Train, this is very much a return to form.

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A Fortnight Of Culture: Part Two

Chris 2.pngThis is the second half of my Fortnight of Culture. I have been putting together a schedule of music, film, television, literature and more, for my friend Chris who has two blissfully free weeks in need of filling. “How odd,” you might say, “to post this, the second half of your Fortinght of Culture, on a Tuesday rather than on a Monday, which is, after all, the start of the week.” Have you ever attempted to curate an entire Fortnight of Culture for a man who’s only ever seen the film Cool Runnings? I thought not. You ingrate.

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Videos about Films

Videos about FilmsI am once again lucky enough to have been recommended some interesting stuff by No, Totally! On Twitter. Having included an Every Frame a Painting video in my fortnight of culture, they recommended that I check out some other video essayists.

 

 


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A Fortnight Of Culture: Part One

Chris.pngDue to exceptional planning, my friend Chris (pictured) has got two weeks between leaving his current job and starting his new one. As he has only ever seen one film ever (Cool Runnings) I have been tasked (by my own arrogance) with creating a schedule of stuff to fill his fortnight. This is Part One.

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Text-Based Radio Show

Text Based Radio ShowIt’s all well and good recommending things to people, but most of the time they won’t take any notice. I don’t take much notice of recommendations given to me, not because I’m an aloof culture snob, but because I just don’t remember them. Even if I am actually given something to watch / listen to / read, it can take a while for me to get round to it. This week I finally got around to watching the copy of Doctor Zhivago that Grandma leant to me a month or two ago. Even though I just had to put it in the DVD player, sit down, and watch, it felt like it took a concerted effort to do so. When it comes to recommendations, there’s nothing quite as effective as being able to tell someone how good a song is and then hit play and make them listen to it. What I’m trying to say is: I miss presenting a radio show.

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