Hey guys, it’s time for that totally-not-regular update on what media I’m soaking up!
As I was compiling this list, I realized they all had a common theme:
Making identity up, taking identity on; escaping who you are, becoming who you are.
Yes, I even mean this for the Oreos I ate.
Red Velvet Oreos
Imagine a man in a taste laboratory. He hasn’t left in years.
He has a Pinterest board full of pictures of red-velvet-flavored confections. He yearns for red velvet, but he has no idea how to create it.
No matter. He’ll make it up.
The resulting flavor is not red velvet. It is a Platonic ideal of the notion of red-velvet-ish things.
I will not say that Red Velvet Oreos are icky. They are actually a bit tasty. However, their flavor not, really, red velvet, when it comes right down to it.
Sia: 1,000 Forms of Fear
Sia wears a giant wig and a variety of masks to “conceal her identity.” A quick Google of “Sia no mask” shows her face, so it’s not technically a mystery. It’s more of a schtick. At worst, it’s a cry for attention. At best, it’s a comment on the meat-grinder of celebrity.
Her weird antics sometimes distract a bit from her music. You might think of her “as the chick with the wig.” But she’s so much more than that.
I can’t stop listening to this album. Her voice is distinctive, and pain-filled, and elegant. This is a beautiful collection. Give it a whirl.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
An English spy ring (not run by England itself) recruits new members every time one of its “knights of the round table” dies. Through a series of “ugh”-level plot mechanics, a former recruit’s son gets recruited when he comes of age. This youngster is part of the subculture I have heard referred to as “chavs.”
The English spy ring has to battle against environmentalist-lunatic Samuel L Motherfucking Johnson. He performs the role with lispy zest. He plots to save the Earth by…
You know what?
Let’s not focus on the plot, okay?
It’s not the point. Whatsoever.
This movie is about shit blowing up, crazy technology, sexual innuendo, outlandishness, and Pugs.
It’s like Get Smart had a baby with Kill Bill and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A three-way baby. That’s scientifically possible now.
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