My iphone is a very big part of my life, from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep. Not only do I use it for communication with friends and family, but also through social media sometimes with people across the world. But my favourite thing I use my iPhone for is entertainment. The thought of being able to watch an entire movie on a cell phone would have been unimaginable when I was in high school just 10 years ago, and now I do most of my watching on my iPhone screen because of all the time I spend at work. I guess watching movies and TV shows on a small screen isn’t ideal, but I’ve been able to go through so many documentaries and shows on Netflix that I can’t really complain. This post is going to be a round-up of what I’ve recently had playing on my screen, from movies to podcasts, to albums. I’ll also provide short reviews about them so that you can decide if you’d also like to check them out too.
Very rarely do movies stick with me, especially since I’m more of a TV show kind of girl. I find that characters are much more developed and realistic in a long running TV show than an hour and a half movie. However, once I began watching the 2014 release directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Michael Fassbender, I knew that this movie would resonate with me. The plot focuses on an uninspired song writer and musician played by Dohmnal Gleeson who randomly gets the opportunity to play with an eclectic band after their keyboardist tries to commit suicide. He takes on this opportunity with excitement and revels at the talented, yet mysterious, lead singer who always wears a big, artificial head. Frank’s (Fassbender) talent is enticing and every past keyboardist has made the same mistake of thinking they can be him, but Gleeson’s character soon discovers what a mistake that is.
For anyone that enjoys bizarre yet humorous plots with a touch of humanity to them, I would recommend watching this hipster-esque film ready to both laugh and cry at Michael Fassbender’s performance. He somehow manages to evoke multiple emotions and characteristics while acting through a giant fake head for the entirety of the movie. Another reason I enjoyed this movie so much is that while it’s about music, it’s not a musical. That is a very big distinction that makes a world of difference to me and my enjoyment of a story.
MY FAVOURITE MURDER
This is a relatively new podcast that was started back in January of this year created to satisfy the morbid curiosity many of us have with murder and serial killers. Within a few weeks from being introduced to this podcast I have already devoured all the episodes and am eagerly waiting for Thursday's to roll around when a new episode is posted. Unlike most true crime podcasts, this one is narrated by two friends who sit around in their apartments and discuss the most gruesome and horrible true crime stories of our time. Much like my friends and I, they break up the morbidity by adding a bit of their own lighthearted humour while still remaining understanding and sympathetic of the victims they discuss. I only have good things to say about this podcast, but you definitely have to be into true crime to really enjoy listening to it, otherwise it might be a bit much for any easily spooked listeners.
I have never enjoyed following politics and I don’t think that will ever change. However, I do enjoy learning about the various facets of it and the impact political leaders/parties can have on societies. This Netflix documentary is perfect for anyone who is like me and enjoys learning about the effects of politics without actually having to follow them. It focuses on the American prison system and it’s manipulation throughout the 20th century that has led to the steep incline of incarcerations for minor crimes, targeting monitories in poorer areas. At times it's a bit difficult to watch because of how unfair and unlawful it all seems, but it's very interesting and eye-opening about a topic I didn’t know anything about before this film. I’ve been watching this sporadically on breaks at work, so needless to say it puts a bit of a damper on the overall mood of the day.
TERROR JR – BOP CITY
The only reason I discovered this band is because of the controversy constantly surrounding Kylie Jenner. From fake lips to damaged lip products sent to customers, I can’t stop hearing about her and her life. The story that had me the most interested, however, was that she debuted a song in her lip product advertisement by the band Terror Jr that she is rumoured to be the lead singer of. Naturally, I couldn’t resist checking them out and, in all honesty, I real enjoy the album. It has an electronic sound with a hip hop base that is somewhat soothing and incredibly catchy. I’ve been listening to it the last few weeks while I wash dishes or clean the house, rhythmically bopping around to it. While the lead singer’s (Kylie’s) voice is a bit auto-tuned, I don’t find it to be overpowering or too noticeable that it takes away from the music. I would recommend listening to “3 Strikes” to integrate into their sound as it is the catchiest and most popular song on the album.
WAKING UP WITH SAM HARRIS
Another podcast that I have only recently started listening to is by renowned philosopher, author, and neuroscientist Sam Harris. Already you can tell that the topics he discusses are going to be heavy, but it's enjoyable to be able to learn about something so detailed by someone well-versed in the subject. I have just finished listening to his episode with Neil Degrasse Tyson where they discuss the American election, aliens and artificial intelligence while sounding like they are having a casual chat between two friends. This podcast may not be for everyone as it requires a bit of attention to really pick up the details of what he is discussing, but I find that I can pop it on while riding the subway and listen to it as I mindlessly wait to get to work. However, actually listening to it casually at work is a bit harder so I tend to save the episodes for any long walks or nights in.
What’s on your screen?