By no surprise I am going to only assume a lot of you are staying at home more because of the coronavirus and need some quality shows to watch because you are running low on options. I am about to give you some Netflix’s boyfriends of a lifetime. You will have a sexy cowboy boyfriend, a witty pill popping Dr genius boyfriend, and some cute army Dr. boyfriends.
I have watched a lot of Youtube videos over the past few months, where so-called baseball card collectors are opening up packs, boxes, or cases of new cards; going through cards purchased at flea markets just to find the valuable cards. They are not doing it to complete a base set or to find that one chase or final insert card they need to finish a master set. They are doing it primarily to find valuable cards to make money. This is perpetuating the investor mentality and driving the price of new card boxes or packs up and out of the reach of real collectors, which means that the hobby is being pushed out of reach of the average hobbyist.
I was on Twitter, scrolling my life away - as one does - and I kept seeing Avatar memes everywhere. There were debates about the episodes, references about the characters and just a plethora of Avatar related content. Now, if you're familiar with twitter, then you know that it's not uncommon for a singular topic to take over the platform every now and then. Yet still I wondered...why Avatar?
Can You Keep a Secret is a movie that came out quietly in 2019. There was little buzz about this movie and I can kind of see why that was. It's a kind of a very by the books cliche romantic comedy. It's not one of the better ones but it does have some redeeming values.
Imagine being incredible. Think of what it might be like to believe and be able to prove in many ways that you are exceptional. For some of us that will all we'll ever have is an imagining of our own greatness. For Bruce Lee, greatness was evident, it was provable and undeniable. And yet, despite his greatness being obvious to anyone who witnessed him, he was still denied what he should have been assured, worldwide stardom on a scale similar to or exceeding any Hollywood star in history.
We all knew that when they rebooted "Jurassic Park" with "Jurassic World" in 2015, it was never going to be for a one-off. It was always going to be a new franchise with at least a trilogy of films, they just needed that first one to be a relative success. Well, it proved to be a monster hit with a worldwide gross of over $1.6bn; that's Marvel Avenger's money!
I read the book “Anna Karenina” when I was around fifteen years’ old and I’m not going to lie to you when I say that I bought a special notebook in which I wrote down the names of the main characters and who they were married to, who they were related to, who they were friendly and not friendly with. I would write key points about the places they lived and their personalities, I would write things about their often strained marriages - starting with the obvious affair that Stefan Oblonsky had with a French Maid. Therefore, you can imagine that my first reading experience of this novel was pretty intense stuff. I was entirely consumed and obsessed with it. Every detail fascinated me and I spent ages looking for that very particular point for when Anna becomes ostracised from high society Russia. This book entirely changed my perception of sorrow and grief in literature because no matter what Anna did wrong, it was normally done in good faith in order to escape a lifestyle in which she was either dealt a bad hand, or pushed and coaxed towards dulling or muting herself for the sake of another. Whether these can therefore truly be called ‘mistakes’ on her part is still a question I have to answer.
Today I would like to say a few words about pairing classic literature with a favourite drink. Now, I've always been one to love a drink whilst doing some classic reading not only because it helps with the mood and ease into it, but also because it helps somewhat with the atmosphere. I say 'somewhat' because it helps with the atmosphere when you've got the correct drink for the book. Now, you can interpret this 'correct drink' as you wish, but here are a few of mine that I would like to share with you: