Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– A couple weeks back, an advert for a new anime called “Bofuri: I Don’t Want To Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense” caught my eye*, and I’ve just finished watching the first season. It’s a very sweet/cute series about a girl (voiced by Kaede Hondo) who enters a virtual-reality role-playing-game, and takes an eccentric approach to levelling up, acquiring various strange skills and abilities, and making lots of friends along the way. There isn’t really an over-arching “plot” as such, just a series of battles and competitions with some team bonding in-between, but it’s a mood-lifting watch with likeable characters and great visuals, despite the pain of having to pause the picture to read some of the onscreen text during the computer-interface and “chat-room” scenes (though, tbf, that’s my own fault for not knowing Japanese).
– The Guardian interviewed teeny-punk band The Linda Lindas, who recently went “viral” with a video of their righteously-angry anti-bigotry anthem “Racist Sexist Boy” (as performed live at the LA Public Library, in honour of AAPI Heritage Month)… the main takeaway from which is that they’re (roughly) 30 years younger than me, but already 300% cooler/more talented. So, that’s depressing.
– The trailer for a new music-themed mockumentary, The Nowhere Inn, linked me back to an old IndieWire interview with its co-stars/writers, Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), plus director Bill Benz.
– Phoebe Robinson invited Amber Ruffin to teach her gymnastics, with, uh, “mixed” (but hilarious!) results.
– Elle had a brief natter with cover star Zazie Beetz, touching on such topics as cats, knitting, and [SPOILER!] cats again.
– Chelsea Peretti attempted to hype her expertise as a master makeup artist, posting a sample tutorial for “paintless” brushwork via her Insta. Top stuff!
– Lupita Nyong’o starred in a video for Jonathan Singletary’s new track “Never Like This” (ft. Adeline), which is basically just one continuous shot of her as a camera-hogging angel slowly rising up into the clouds, and I am very much here for that.
– Sumo Cyco posted another day-glo, skull-filled video, this time for their new single “Bad News”, from the recently-released album Initiation. Rockin’!
– A harsh retrospective review of Friends on the Forward site (titled “The Jewish jokes from ‘Friends’ have aged poorly… so has the rest of the show”) made a hard push for Fran Drescher’s 90s sitcom The Nanny as a better-aged alternative… prompting me to check out the pilot episode, which is freely/legally available on YouTube. Considering my previously confessed crush on ‘Janice’ (a minor supporting character in Friends), I’m kicking myself that I somehow missed out on six seasons’ worth of obsessing over ‘Fran Fine’, a vastly superior (and far more sympathetic) take on the same “type”, promoted to the starring role. Shame on me! I’d also agree with the article’s observation that this show is still consistently, snicker-out-loud funny, despite the slightly gimmicky premise… and there’s even the added fun of seeing a now-famous actor in a fleeting cameo, but I won’t spoil the surprise…
* Which is apparently why Japanese comics/novels/shows have such long/intriguing titles these days, to help them stand out on the (increasingly crowded) shelf.