Have been on a bit of a kick trying out new podcasts and tv shows, as well as revisiting some old faves. Here are some of the best I’ve been watching, listening to, and reading of late.
- Conan O’Brien needs a friend: Candid, funny, honest conversations with fascinating artists and comedians. Hosted by one of the most original and brilliant American comic minds. One of my favourite new podcasts
- Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon Levitt – Really stimulating and cool chats about the creative process with filmmakers, visual artists and more. JGL is a real hero, and I recently returned to his super interesting collaborative artistic website HitRecord.org
- Reply All Easily the most interesting and engaging podcast around. Likeable, engaging hosts explore the minutiae of the internet, that end up becoming fascinating explorations of what it is like to be a human in the digital age. Funny, interesting, unique.
- Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard: Simple, honest conversations with artists and scientists. Dax has a very laid back and amiable interviewing style.
- Hip-Hop Evolution on Netflix. Brilliantly crafted documentary about the history of hip-hop as told my some of the giants of the genre
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The most insightful and simultaneously funny look at the news and world around us
- A Touch of Cloth – Genius parodies of crime procedural dramas written by Charlie Brooker, and starring John Hannah
- All of the Fast & The Furious films, in a row. Yeah, that’s right! My son asked me, how would you rate them on a scale of 1 to 10. I replied, they are both a 1 and a 10, thats what makes them amazing. These have been so much fun to watch with my brother-in-law David, as we have also come up with a set of awards for each movie “Worst Dialogue”; “Most nonsensical car-related dialogue”, “Worst actor”, “Best preposterous stunt” “Actor who doesnt realise they are in a Fast & Furious movie”
- Avengers: Endgame Haven’t been that invested in the Marvel series overall, but this was a rolicking, enjoyable closer to the series. Spoiler alert, Beards and Haircuts are part of the story.
- Ready Player One: Zips along and is a fun read. Could have maybe done with another round of edits, but you forgive it for the pacy, pulpy fun that it is. For kids of the 80s its a treasure trove of fun.