Anticipated Arrival: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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What is it?!

A Teen Titans Go! movie!

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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the super hero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major super heroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

When is it coming out?!

27th of July, 2018! Next week y’all!

Australian release date has been pushed back until the 13th of September 😥

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Anticipated Arrival: Deadpool 2

Anticpated arrivals

What is it?!

deadpool-2-posterThe sequel to the amazing Deadpool movie!

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

When is it coming out?!

18th of May, 2018!

The 16th of May 2018!

TOMORROW!

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Currently Consuming: The Good Place

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Welcome to the Good Place, where everything is amazing!

About: Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is a bad person who, when she died, accidentally ended up in the good place. The Good Place follows the story of Eleanor as she tries to hide from Michael (Ted Danson), the architect of the good place, and do whatever she has to to stay out of the bad place.

With the help of Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), Eleanor tries to learn ethics and become a better person, all the while coming to terms with the terrible person she was when she was still alive. The show is a dark comedy that explores the human psyche and what it means to be a good/bad person.

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Currently Consuming: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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About: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American television show that follows the lives and misadventures of terrible five people as they run a bar and, put simply, are horrible to each other. The draw card of this show is the truly awkward and cringe worthy moments that litter the show. With episode titles such as ‘Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire,’ ‘Who pooped the bed?’ and ‘The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby,’ the show seems to tackle every taboo, off colour, uncomfortable topic and just run with it.

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Currently Consuming: BoJack Horseman

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So depressingly enthralling I can’t look away. Must. Binge. Watch.

About: A Netflix original, BoJack Horseman is an animated show about the life of anthropomorphic horse BoJack as he struggles to live his life after the success of his 1980s television sitcom. Voiced by Will Arnett, Bojack is a cynical, narcissistic, sarcastic, self-obsessed, wreck of a horse whose life always seems to be on the verge of falling apart. The story of the show is one that revolves around the writing, release, and aftermath of a ghost written BoJack biography.

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Currently Consuming: The Awesomes

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the-awesomesWhat The Avengers could never be… or would want to be.

About: The Hulu original, The Awesomes, is an animated show that follows the lives of a rag-tag group of superheros. The main protagonist, Professor Dr. Jeremy Awesome or ‘Prock’, is the son of world famous superhero, Mr. Awesome.

After Mr. Awesome retires, Prock decides to take over and run the superhero team, the Awesomes. However things don’t go as planned as after Prock takes over, all the competent heroes leave the group. The show follows Prock and his best friend Harry Strong (Muscleman) as they try and find other supers to join the team and stay relevant.

Created and produced by Seth Myer and Mike Shoemaker, the show is very well written, very funny and an original spin on the superhero genre.

Why: I have caught a few snippets of the show on The Comedy Channel and wanted to watch from the beginning.

Best bits: The villain of the show, Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio, is a big draw for me. Bill Hader shines in this role of the charismatic and odd bad guy.

The show is also very self-referential. With characters often drawing attention to certain plot points and commenting on them. Once again, the show is very well written with the whole series following a main story arch that is glimpsed in the first episode and concludes in the last.

Thoughts so far: I have just finished the first season and I am eager to watch more. Bring on season two!

The IT Crowd

ITThe BBC show The IT Crowd, created by Graham Linehan, focuses on the IT department of fictional Reynholm Industries. Roy, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Sapphires), is an Irish IT consultant whose good natured lack of enthusiasm coupled with Moss’s (Richard Ayoade) very intelligent yet socially awkward mannerisms merge to create a dysfunctional workspace. Due to the pairs ‘antisocial’ and ‘nerdish’ behaviour are assigned a new manager whose job title is ‘relationship manager.’ Jen (Katherine Parkinson) has no knowledge of IT, however it is through her interaction and management that the department and the two men continue to function.

As a multi-camera sit com filmed in front of a live studio audience, the It Crowd is a typical British comedy. With only six episodes a season, the show manages to deliver good natured laughs with every episode. Classic episodes such as ‘Return of the Golden Child’ (S2E2) and ‘The Dinner Party’ (S2E4) have the power to still resonate  years after viewing. One liners such as ‘Who’s a Peter File?’ and the Box of the Internet (The Speech, S3E4) prove to be just as funny years later. The humour of the show is often drawn from the Roy and Moss’ ability to interact and be misunderstood by the company and characters.

The IT Crowd has had such an impact on viewers that, to this day the phrase, ‘Have you tried turning it off and on again?’ has become a staple in any sort of technological situation. The resonance of this quote is not only from the humour of the show but also from the actual mouths of anyone who has ever been asked for tech support. No matter your technical proficiency The IT Crowd is a show that does not discriminate as even the most low tech person will enjoy the show, indeed they may even learn something (such as the hilariously explained (S3E3) revelation that IT stands for Information Technology). If you have not seen the show, it is one that I highly recommend.

Pamela August Russell’s B is for Bad Poetry

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The possession of Pamela August Russell’s collection of poems, B is for Bad Poetry, was the result of a last-minute addition to an amazon order. For the ridiculous price of $4 (plus a dreadful amount of shipping to Australia) I came to own this marvelous and surprising book of poetry.

B is for Bad Poetry is everything the title says it is not. From the first to the last page, each poem is one that inspires either a wistful sigh or warm chuckle. With sweetly sarcastic and borderline bitter moments, B is for Bad Poetry is one that doesn’t take life too seriously. Whether this is done by pointing out the light-heartedness of stressful moments such as a breakup (à la ‘Capitalism Can Fall Not Like I Fell For You’), or merely pondering the process of baked goods in Hell. (See ‘Betty Crocker’s Oven-Free Cookbook Tops the Bestseller List in Hell’)

Throughout the collection, however, is the motif of love gone awry. This feeling however is not one typical to the genre and is dealt with in often obscure and imaginative ways. The sheer brilliance and distinct style of Russell’s can be seen the clearest in the below example. If you have are not a fan of poetry or anything of that ilk, I would highly recommend you give Russell a chance to sway your opinion, you will not be disappointed.

Elephant.

There’s an elephant

in the room.

He’s wearing your

favourite T-shirt,

cooked us a delightful

lasagna for dinner

and left a note

on the fridge that says,

“You should break up.”

I wonder what he wants?

-Pamela August Russell (2009, p. 81)

 

 

William Shatner’s Has Been

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In light over my guest blogger Amy, the mood has called for a comedy album review. William Shatner’s 2004 release Has Been is one that while not strictly a humour album is difficult to listen to without a smile. While certainly not featuring any stand up comedy, the music that fills this album is full of superbly crafted wit and irony.

With the help of producer and co-writer Ben Folds, Has Been is an album of almost undefinable proportion. The eleven songs that feature in this album cross multiple genres, from country to rock, to pop to poetry. The use of Shatner’s iconic singing/acting style bring home the meaning behind the lyrics, with moments and core lyrical elements of the song often being brought to attention.

Has Been however is not without its serious side. Fiction, nonfiction and deeply personal songs feature heavily on the album. ‘What Have You Done,’ a 1.46 minute song that details Shatner’s experience at finding his third wife’s body is a particularly haunting one. The softly spoken soliloquy captures the pain and anguish ever so beautifully.

Tracks such as ‘It Hasn’t Happened Yet’ and ‘That’s Me Trying’ explore aging, perceived happiness and regrettable family relationships. Themes such as these flesh out the album and make it feel almost like a poetry reading. A number of songs, such as the romantic ‘Familiar Love’ and funny ‘Ideal Woman’ coupled with Shatner’s iconic style are what really make the album difficult to define. The emotion and wide-ranging topics behind the lyrics provide this album with a refreshing depth. At first glance this album may seem like an indulgence by Shatner, especially with his talk singing style, but once the album has finished so much has been laid bare that it’s hard not to respect the man.

Despite all the sadness and pain, for me, Has Been is still a humourous album. One that manages to draw in and include the listener. This involvement and happiness that can be taken from listening, is one that has seen me return many a time. Has Been elicits the feeling of a shared joke, a shared pain, and a shared existence. This offbeat album is one that is not only a pleasure to experience, but one that should open your eyes to the versatility and sheer awesomeness that is William Shatner.