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This week I am seriously digging:

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Atlanta, Season 2

The first season of Atlanta was so good, I feel like I’ve been waiting a life time for it to return. And now Donald Glover and friends (including the amazing Lakeith Stanfield) are back and it’s just as good as ever. Not only is deeply observational, it also has a lot to say about the state of the world, from the point of view of its mainly black cast.

It’s also funny as hell with some of the most off the wall scenarios (particularly episodes 1 (“Alligator Man“) and 6 (“Teddy Perkins“)). One of my favourites so far is episode 5, “Barbershop” which is pure perfection in its simplicity but is written so well and made me cackle all the way through.

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Killing Eve

I’m two episodes into this Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-written thriller and I’m frankly OBSESSED. Starring Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw and always-flawless Jodie Comer as super-assassin Villanelle it’s already been pretty explosive.

Currently playing on BBC America it’s one of my most favourite current shows and I can’t wait to see how Oh’s Eve Polastri fares in her mission to uncover the identity of the woman knocking off several of the world’s most prolific people. What’s more this all feels very female and while we do meet your usual bullshit male bureaucrats, it’s very much the women who shine here.

Jillian, I think you will LOVE.

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This Jumpsuit (Above)

Look at this total babe in her orange kimono sleeved jumpsuit.

I can’t imagine myself looking half as good as this in it, however I still want to swan around in this in the warmer months, a straw bag swinging from one arm and my own statement earrings embellishing my ear lobes.

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Penguin Modern Collection

There are 50 books in the Penguin Modern collection and are only £1 a pop, so you can grab yourself some classics from the greats without breaking a sweat. So far I’ve got:

Fame by Andy Warhol
New York City in 1979 by Kathy Acker
Food by Gertrude Stein
The End by Samuel Beckett
Investigations of a Dog by Franz Kafka
Three Japanese Short Stories by Akutagawa and Others
The Breakthrough by Daphne Du Maurier
The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson
and The Custard Heart by Dorothy Parker

Not bad for under a tenner, eh? And they look amazing on the bookshelf or in my case, dotted around the flat.

What are you digging this week?

Weekly Digest #6

The things I’m digging this week.

*Contains mild spoilers for Insecure & Game of Thrones, if you’re not up to date*

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Tom of Finland (2017)

IMDB Synopsis:

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

This film is wonderful. Life-affirming, moving, inspiring and it’s done in such a tasteful way given its rather hardcore subject matter (not that that’s a requirement for me, obvs). It definitely has an art-house sheen to it but Karukowski sculpts his back story in such a way that you really become attached to the central protagonist, the titular Tom of Finland (played flawlessly, I thought, by Pekka Strang).

Support across the board is strong too, highlights for me being Tom’s sister, Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky) and Alijoki, Tom’s former Captain and friend (Taisto Oksanen).

If you can, try and catch this one, it’s lovely.

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Girls Trip (2017)

IMDB Synopsis:

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Well this film was a blast from start to finish, genuinely. I took myself to a late night showing last Wednesday and the tiny theatre they showed it in was packed. Every one of us was cackling with glee.

As well as being hilarious, this movie is touching in all the right places and invests you heavily in the female friendships. It’s also very sharp on white privilege. One of my favourite scenes is the one in which Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) calls up her agent Elizabeth (Kate Walsh) on her use of African-American vernacular. She then says, of black event, Essence: “You’re a guest here, act accordingly.”

The whole cast is amazing, including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and stealer of almost every scene, Tiffany Haddish. I can’t wait to see it again.

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Insecure, Season 2

I’ve talked about how much I love Insecure before so you can imagine my joy that Issa Rae is currently back with Season 2.

Issa Dee is back in the dating game whilst struggling with her heartbreak over losing boyfriend Lawrence, after she cheated on him. Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji), her best friend and confidante is on hand to offer advice on how to ‘ho’ while also dealing with her own issues, namely the pay gap at work.

It’s really smart, funny comedy and I love both Issa and Molly. Support is solid in Lawrence (Jay Ellis), his new fuck buddy Tasha (Dominique Perry) and the brilliantly loud Kelli (Natasha Rothwell).

Special shout out to Issa’s white colleague Frieda (Lisa Joyce) as she tries to get her head around the black Principals’s open racism towards his Hispanic students – and Issa’s subsequent argument that they should let it go and focus on all the good they’ve achieved.

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The Hound & Tormund, Game of Thrones

A selfish entry but it’s my blog so what? A special tribute to the Bromance developing between the mighty Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and my man, The Hound (Rory McCann) as they take on the White Walkers and fight on the side of the King of the North.

Sure, the season finale is tonight (at the time of typing this) so it may be nipped in the bud before it ever gets going but for now it’s beautiful and pure. Two warriors on the same side, quietly admiring one another’s immense skillz. It has also gifted us this amazing video.

If loving these two brutes is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Right?

 

What are you digging this week?

New Year, Nice Things: 2 Things I’m Watching

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So January has been dubbed New Year, Nice Things Month (by me) because we all know how truly shitty it is getting back into the swing of it, having to work and adhere to rules while simultaneously dealing with the fallout from Christmas, a nice time admittedly but quite pointless in the long run.

Having to deal with zero money, diet chat, people talking incessantly about going to the gym when that’s the last place you want to be, the cold (which NGL I LOVE) – all of that can take its toll. (It’s meant to snow tonight, yey).

Which is why I’m doing small and lovely things for myself to remind me that I’m Worth It and in more than just the Jennifer Aniston hair flicky way. I started with a new hair colour, booked in a new tattoo (for the 27th) and treated myself to a cinema pass so I can take myself on dates whenever the fuck I like.

I’ve also been watching a lot of TV and Film, which is great because I now have a purpose: this blog and All Out of Bubblegum (of course). Not that I ever need justification to watch a movie about two twin cannibal mermaid burlesque sisters*, you understand.

Anyway, I’ve just smashed two TV shows in a week that I really wanted to share with you because they are so good and watchable. Both are female driven, which is always a plus and without question my favourite kind of television. God knows we need more of the good stuff.

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Insecure (2016)

IMDB Synopsis:

Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

I got into Insecure on James’ recommendation and god, I just loved every episode. Dipping into the life and times of Issa Dee (played by Issa Rae) and her best friend Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji), it’s really funny with some of the sharpest writing I’ve seen in a while (since Fleabag maybe).

It’s also incredibly relatable, raising such true points about dating, relationships and the pressures of getting things done by a certain age. It also looks at white privilege and racial insensitivity in such an honest and fresh way, has some brilliant side characters and is just generally amazing. I really hope to see more of Rae, she plays Issa so sympathetically, I just want all the best things for the character, even when she’s messing up spectacularly.

Whether she gets them remains to be seen but Season 2 has just been green lit so I can’t wait.

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Search Party (2016)

IMDB Synopsis:

Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.

Another thoroughly enjoyable televisual treat starring one of my favourite faces, Alia Shawkat. I mean, what a face, right? She’s so watchable and in one scene, when her character Dory is shouting at her boyfriend, Drew (John Reynolds) in the street, I couldn’t have related more.

Dory, as it turns out isn’t the most together person, with no real direction in life, that is until she learns about missing Chantal, an old (and vague) acquaintance from college. Suddenly it seems she has new purpose, which leads her on a dark and twisted adventure she may never recover from.

Dory’s boyfriend Drew and her self-absorbed best friends Elliott and Portia (the excellent John Early and Meredith Hagner) are amazing characters, tagging along for the ride as Dory gets more and more embroiled in the mystery surrounding Chantal’s disappearance. The comedy is so dark and subtle that at times you almost miss it. Shawkat is as great as always, again giving a very flawed and selfish character the heart she needs to keep you interested. I highly recommend.

So that’s some of what I’ve been watching. Check them out yourself, if you fancy. ❤

*Jill, god I hope you can locate this!