The fashion in Glow: There’s an 80s outfit for everyone

There are a lot of things to love about Glow on Netflix, but what I loved most of all was the authentic 80s outfits and hair. The costumes don’t look like something that a stylist pulled out of Topshop, it looks exactly like the clothes of my childhood. I spent a good amount of time as a kid trying to get Jenny’s exact hairstyle – a long high ponytail to the side with a hairsprayed looping fringe. Of course, it never quite happened because my hair was never long enough, but that was the dream. Now it looks faintly ridiculous, and I’m sure people would laugh and point if I attempted that today.

But let’s take a walk through the fashions of Glow, what we can look at repeating and what should go permanently to a burn pile.

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Okja review: Everyone overacts except the superpig

“A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend — a massive superpig named Okja.”

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Possibly my expectations were too high for this, this movie was a mess. A mess of messaging, a mess of acting, a mess of storyline.

There are half a dozen movies crammed into two hours and it doesn’t know which one it wants to be, there’s a Spielbergian movie hiding in there somewhere with Mija and Okja, there’s some James Bond when 14 year old Mija morphs into an action-heroine – jumping onto trucks and whatever, and some chunk of corporate satire about meat and big business.

Everyone overacts in this thing, particularly Jake Gyllenhall and Tilda Swinton,  it’s like they were in different movies. Perhaps Jake just wanted to let loose from the constraints of ‘serious’ acting because I can’t explain his performance at all, other than to say I’m sure his high-pitched, free-wheeling role was an imitation of something, I just don’t know what.

There’s also some really bizarre side-plotting involving Tilda’s character and her twin Nancy, which could have been cut and not made a whit of difference to the development of anything.

The crux of this movie is that the audience should feel an investment between Okja and Mija’s relationship. Okja wants to save Mija’s life and Mija wants to save Okja’s life. My heart must be made of stone, because I felt nothing. If you feel more for the innocent bystanders being clonked over the head by the police, then there’s a fundamental disconnect happening. News.com.au would like to explain to you that there’s a possibility I’m a sociopath.

If I were to pick a positive point, the action was nicely done, as it is in all of Bong Joon Ho’s movies. If you want to see a superpig roll through a Daiso and destroy everything, this may be the movie for you.

But I can’t find it in my heart to recommend this movie to anyone, who would I sell this to? Not kids. Animal lovers maybe? Paul Dano fans?

Master of None Season 2 – Do you love Italy more than New York?

I loved Master of None Season 1, I very happily watched it twice in a row without complaint, there was something about it that spoke to a) the experience of being a child of an immigrant b) a millennial who has no idea what they’re doing in relationships and life and c) a love letter to New York and lovers of New York

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So let’s be frank, that the expectation for Masters of None Season 2 was exceptionally high and even I was doubtful that it could clear it. It was still very, very good. So let’s get to some of those thoughts:

The best episodes of the seasons didn’t revolve around Aziz.
Aziz himself has said that he’s not sure if he’s going to do Season 3, he doesn’t feel he has enough material and frankly, he doesn’t want to talk about being a millennial anymore. I guess it’s fitting that the best episodes were not Aziz-focussed so that if there was a S3, someone else could take that baton. New York, I love you and Thanksgiving revolved respectively around a day-in-the-life around a group of New Yorkers and Aziz/Dev’s friend Denise, they just felt authentic, there’s no other way to put it.  Continue reading

Trailer thoughts: Okja

I am a Snowpiercer evangelist, I will sing the praises of that movie to whoever listens, so I am insanely excited for Bong Joon Ho’s new movie. What a killer cast.

That being said, Okja (the animal, not the movie) is probably going to go out in a bad way and none of it is going to go well because where are you going to hide a 400kg animal if a corporation really wants it? I wouldn’t get too attached to Okja in the meantime.

I couldn’t make it through 13 reasons why

I love good YA and John Green is my jam.

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However I made it through exactly one episode of 13 reasons why.  13 reasons why is a new Netflix show based on a YA novel by Jay Asher, and it’s about a girl who kills herself and sends her friends and acquaintances a stack of tapes detailing the reasons why and what kind of role they played in driving her to kill herself.

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