Just a note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– Gayle posted a video for her acerbic new single “Indieedgycool”, to herald the release of her forthcoming E.P., A Study of the Human Experience: Volume Two (due October 7th). She was also nominated for “Best New Artist” at the MTV Video Music Awards, but lost out to Dove Cameron (who’s technically been releasing commercially-available music since 2013, so I’d hardly call her a “new” artist, myself).
– Bish posted an intense (epileptic?) music-video for their new single “Sayonara Saraba”, followed shortly thereafter by a very enjoyable dance-video for the same song (top marks to Aina The End for her creepy “ghost-face” near the end!). Meanwhile, Hulu Japan shared the first part of “Bish Is Over”, a documentary following the idol group on tour, in the lead up to their official disbandment in 2023. Of course, the whole thing’s in Japanese, and I didn’t understand a word of it, but there’s still plenty of live performance clips, and physical comedy to enjoy… though I do wish I knew what they were saying during the interview segments (especially when they’re discussing their initial auditions).
– Aina also (briefly) posted a recording of her Kisou Honnou solo show at the Osaka-jo Hall (from March) on her YT channel, to help promote the DVD/Blu-ray release… and considering the price of purchasing/importing Japanese discs to the UK, I’m very glad she did! There are still a couple individual song clips left on there, if you’re curious…
– Hulu released their Predator prequel Prey (2022), a period-sci-fi-action-flick (!) set in 1719, starring Amber Midthunder as a young Comanche woman attempting to prove her worth as a warrior, while her tribe (and pretty much every living creature in the area) is picked-off by an alien trophy-hunter. I’ve seen the first three Predator movies, and the first AvP flick, and enjoyed them well enough… I don’t think this entry adds anything new to the cat-and-mouse formula, but as a Legion fan I’m glad to see Midthunder getting more screen-time here, and the opportunity to impress a wider audience with her kick-ass heroics. The movie seems to be scoring highly on the review aggregate sites (93% at Rotten Tomatoes, 71% at Metacritic), and according to Wiki-P it was “the most-watched premiere across all films and television series on Hulu in the United States”. Hurrah!
– Aubrey Plaza appeared on Conan O’Brien’s “Needs a Friend” vodcast, to talk about her surprisingly quiet childhood (link), how she first became involved with Parks and Recreation (link), her aversion to male therapists (link), her time as a (lying) NBC page (link), her falling out with the Pistol Shrimps b-ball squad (link), and her “criminal” past (link), before delivering a very ASMR-y goodbye (link). She also chatted to Jimmy Kimmel Live guest-host Nicole Byer about the many months she’s spent living in Italy while filming her new movie Spin Me Round and season two of The White Lotus.
– I finally watched Disney’s Zootopia (aka “Zootropolis”)* (2016), a super-cute computer-animated buddy-cop action-comedy, set in a city where anthropomorphic mammals coexist. The story centres around a side-lined bunny police-officer (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who teams up with a cunning con-artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to investigate a criminal conspiracy that could (literally) tear their society apart! Eep! Aside from the impressive world-building, great jokes, intriguing mystery, and sweet/sad emotive moments, the movie also has a strong anti-bigotry message that I found very admirable.
– Patti Harrison starred in (and co-directed) the promo video for Hudson Mohawke’s new track “Bicstan”, which starts off kinda silly before descending into gross/nightmarish surrealism. Yay! Oh, and Sandy Honig co-stars as Patti’s “Mom” (!), getting doused in liquid-poop, as Moms so often are…
– I stumbled onto a fascinating cache of clips from The Off Camera Show, in which Danai Gurira discussed her dual careers as an actor and playwright, and how she came to realise the importance of Art as an “avenue for social change”.
– The Linda Lindas posted a mini “tour diary” from their trip to London (England), complete with the obligatory Abbey-Road-crossing shot! They then headed back to the States for a shopping-spree around Amoeba Music (Hollywood), and excitedly showcased all their swag for “What’s In My Bag?”.
– I binged an old web-series called Seriously Distracted (2014), which was written by Celeste Ballard, and starred Laura Grey and Greta Lee as two young women working at a trend-hopping PR firm, with occasional cameos by Amy Sedaris as their boss. I thought the short skits were very funny, and nicely shot… the credits suggest they were “sponsored” by a (now defunct) soft-drink brand, so that might explain the high production value!
– Lana Condor shared her “Essentials For Wellness” with Self, including the sweet story of how she rediscovered a passion for old-timey photography.
– The Beeb finally posted some footage of Nova Twins performing on their “Introducing” stage at Glastonbury (2022), and it’s electrifying… I just wish there was more than one track (“Choose Your Fighter”) to rock out to!
– Perennial faves include Meg Tilly‘s Cozy Tea Times (link), Ryan George‘s Pitch Meetings (link), Star Wars Explained (link), Bailey Meyers‘s gaming streams (link), Jon Bailey‘s Honest Trailers (link), and Honest Game Trailers (link)!
* Fun-fact: For boring copyright reasons the movie had to be retitled “Zootropolis” in the UK (among other countries), so they “filmed” every scene in which the name of the city is mentioned twice, first with the characters saying “Zootopia” and then with them saying “Zootropolis” instead. Eeesh!