Clarence: Dust Buddies

For those of you who haven’t a clue who or what Clarence is check out my  volume one review.

Clarence is a Cartoon Network show that is a neat throw back to 90s cartoons  such asHey Arthur, Ed Edd n Eddy, Rugrats etc. It’s a little less hip and more little kid-orientated than stuff like Adventure Time. It’s also a show that doesn’t rely heavily on gross-ness, or cute-ness. Another aspect I really appreciate about the show is that (like so many 80s/90s kids shows and movies) it deals with some adult themes that kids can relate to. It doesn’t mollycoddle and present a picture perfect universe which I feel like a lot of modern shows do.

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Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

One could say that Jeremy Scott is the Banksy of the fashion world. Loved and adored by many but not  fully embraced by the elite of their fields. For those of you who don’t know who Jeremy Scott is, he’s a fashion designer and the current Creative Director of Italian luxury fashion house Moschino. Celebs such as Frances Cobain, Paris Hilton, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus wear his clothes.

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Best of Enemies

In 1968 the ABC network was struggling to compete with CBS and NBC.  Known for poor quality programming and very low ratings, comedian Milton Berle quipped: “The way to end the Vietnam War is to schedule it on ABC. . . . It’ll be cancelled in 13 weeks”. To pull in viewers during the Republican/Democrat conventions of ’68, ABC hired the conservative pundit William F. Buckley, Jr. and pitted him against American writer and liberal Gore Vidal for ten nightly debates.

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Being Evel

There are certain things that exist in the pop culture universe that I feel like I know everything about but have never watched/read/listened to or seen. Star Wars was a big one (I watched it recently), and now I can add  Evel Knievel to that list. I knew he did motorbike stunts, I knew he was patriotic, wore red, white and blue and was number one, but after watching this documentary I have no idea how I know any of this (apart from this episode of The Simpsons), because I knew nothing about him and have never seen any of his stunts before. Being Knievel is the perfect film for those who know next to nothing about the man, those who loved him as children and for this generation of young extreme sports lovers whose heroes were greatly inspired by Knievel.

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National Geographic: Dino Death Match / T.Rex Ultimate Survivor

Dino Death Match:

In 2006, at Hell Creek in Montana, a rare fossil was found. Given the name “The Dueling Dinosaurs”, the fossil consists of two dinosaurs who appear to have killed each other during a fight. One is a smaller sized carnivorous tyrannosaurid and the other a larger herbivore.  What’s all the excitement about? The smaller dinosaur may provide evidence to back up the theory of a different type or tyrannosaur dubbed the Nanotyrannus.

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Sailor Moon Part 1 and 2

Around the mid 2000s Anime started getting really big. Emos liked it and nerds liked it, all of a sudden it was everywhere. I didn’t get this new phenomenon. Why now? I wasn’t ready to spend my money on anything but everything coming out on DVD from various companies and it just seemed like such a sprawling genre to get into it that I just didn’t. Turns out I’m an Anime geek from way back. From about ages 5-10 I was obssessed with Sailor Moon, Speed Racer and my favourite by far, Samurai Pizza Cats. I had no idea these shows were considered “Anime”, they were just cartoons to me. To get to the point, I still haven’t really ventured into the world of Anime, I did enjoy the Death Note Anime series but I’ve been pretty slack on checking out any others, so if you can recommend any good places to start leave me a comment below.

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Aachi and Ssipak

Aachi-SsipakSometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist government and a tribe of blue psychos, mutated by the narcotic popsicles the populace are awarded in return for defecation. Into the mix comes a cyborg cop, porn actress with amazing shitting powers over whom a war quickly develops.

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Iris

irisIris is a documentary by one half of the famed Maysles Brothers (Albert), about Iris Apfel, a 94 year old New York interior designer and style icon. I had never heard of or seen Iris before but from the moment you see her you can tell she is an interesting character and has a very unique sense of style. Told at a young age that she wasn’t pretty but that she had style, she seems to have got more stylish as she aged. From photos of her youth it’s very noticeable she became more flamboyant and unique over time. Iris is like an amalgamation of high-fashion and kitsch pop-art but with a worldly twist. In the film she says she doesn’t like “pretty”, because it’s boring. I agree with her but I actually found the documentary kinda boring and I seem to be in the minority.

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