Things & Inc #4

It’s been a while, so I thought I’d share a few of things I’ve been into lately. Why the hell not, eh?

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Television: Sense 8

I’m not great at explaining what the chuff is going on in most Sci-Fi stories, most of the time barely clinging on to the plot myself, so I’ll let IMDB explain it for me:

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

Got it? I have just about grasped it now but the first few episodes were not my friends. What sets this series apart from similar, and what ultimately pulled me in and kept me there, is that it’s written and directed by The Wachowskis.

I can’t believe there are many people out there unfamiliar with The Matrix franchise, but if one of you happens to read this post (hi, what have you been doing?); The Wachowskis were responsible for the trilogy. They’ve also been involved in a few films I adore, including Bound (1996) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Even writing and producing V for Vendetta (2005).

What makes Sense 8 rule, aside from great characters and some fucking great action scenes, is that it takes a close look at issues such as sexuality, gender, identity, religion and plays around with our perceptions of those things. Essentially, these eight ‘sensates’ can walk in each other’s shoes and wouldn’t the World be a better place if we could all do that, even for a moment?

I can’t talk about all the characters but I will say my favourite is Sun Bak (Bae Doona), a Seoul businesswoman with a Masters degree in Ecomomics – who is also an up-and-comer in the underground, and male-dominated, kickboxing world.

EXACTLY.

I strongly recommend this though I will freely admit that I nearly stopped watching after the first episode. I’m so glad got over myself as this was so worth my time. With a rumoured 5 year plan in place for the characters and show, the future is looking rather bright for Sense 8.

Film: Creepcreep

I love Mark Duplass. He’s handsome and clever; and frequently credited with pioneering the mumblecore movement with his brother, Jay and a handful of other like-minded writer/directors.

He also does creepy rather well, as this film proves. The gist is this: a videographer answers an ad in Craiglist to be part of a bizarre assignment in a remote mountain town. Things, of course, are not quite as they seem when he arrives.

I have to be careful with this mini review as it would be easy to give the game away, and the beauty of this slightly odd film is in its subtlety. And then not. You’ll see what I mean.

Aaron (Partick Brice) meets Josef and quickly realises there’s something a little off about him. But he also has a sad back story, which has driven him to reach out to Aaron, so what’s a kindly guy to do?

I’ll let you figure out for yourself how Aaron and Josef get on but since this is a ‘found footage’ film, you’ll have the idea going in that it isn’t all friendship bracelets and clinking beer bottles.

Chilling, atmospheric and ominous as fuck.

Music: Go/Shine

The best two songs of the Summer (so far).

Go makes me feel like a superhero when I listen to it, usually whilst walking to work. And I bloody love Years & Years.

Believe me, listening to current music is not something that I do very often, so to be into these is kind of a big deal.

What have you been loving lately?

6 thoughts on “Things & Inc #4

  1. I’m on the 8th episode of Sense 8 (I believe). Sun is one of my favorite characters too. Overall, I like the series although at times some of the lines get cheesy (between Nomi and her girlfriend) and I’m no prude, but there’s one orgy-like scene that I felt was pretty pretentious. Initially I felt like there were too many characters to become too invested in them all and while I still feel that way, I just push through my least favorite ones.

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    1. Yeah, I agree about the orgy scene, was a bit full on and wanky, but like you, I guess I gloss over the elements that are too much for me. And the characters. I don’t dislike any of the main 8 but I my interest does veer more towards Sun, Van Damn and I’m sorry but the actor dude is just so handsome, and I love his partner.

      I HATE Naveen Andrews’ character with a passion, which I didn’t mention in this post. I mean, he’s just watched The Matrix and is pretending to be Morpheus, isn’t he? Stop it.

      It’s not perfect but I’m looking forward to what comes next. Perhaps it will stream line in the next series.

      Glad you’re enjoying it though. It’s interesting x

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  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so much sci-fi, so little time!
    I’m getting geared up for the last season of Continuum. Maybe I’ll watch Sense 8 afterwards so I have something to look forward to after no more Continuum ever again. 😦
    Humans is supposed to be really good too, and Mr. Robot. Oh, and Wayward Pines.
    Ha ha…okay, I’m done. I get the feeling I’m the sci-fi nerd in our relationship. 😉

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