Ylvis’ Stories from Norway

 

Even those living under the sturdiest rock will remember when in 2013 the sounds of Ylvis’ “The Fox” hit the charts; mixing a comic sensibility with the most recent pop-sounds and blending those with homages to genre-tropes of old, the band had a successful run for about two years before fading into obscurity – till now!

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Father Ted, A Legacy

 

“It doesn’t sound good, you know: three priests living on an island as a sitcom. If I’d heard about it, I’d hate it.”[1] Graham Lineham, the co-creator of the Irish sitcom Father Ted confesses, slightly apologetically. Nevertheless, twenty years since the last episode aired, its legacy lives on, from the unforgettable protest slogan “Down with this sort of thing” “Careful now”  which still finds its way on signs in protests on NHS cuts, freeing Julian Assange, and the 2010 visitation of the Pope in London, to an Irish band covering the famous My Lovely Horse song. What The Young Ones did to British comedy, Father Ted did to Irish comedy: in an almost punk-rock way, it kicked against the corseting idea of Ireland as a backwater – a remote, tranquil hinterland defined by cosiness and harmlessness.

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Meerkat Manor: a reality show about meerkats

Looking at cute beings is not a new phenomenon. Most of us tend to find cats, puppies and babies quite cute; usually it’s the combination of big eyes and a small body that we find adorable and other times it’s because the animal is furry and we want to pet it. All in all, there is no denying that cuteness exists and humans have a weak spot in their hearts for it. Today I don’t want to talk about cute cats, but about cute meerkats. Continue reading “Meerkat Manor: a reality show about meerkats”

Review: Ghost Stories (2000)

 

Look, I wasn’t planning on doing monthly anime reviews. Truth be told, I kind of hate anime overall. Whether it be shōnen, shōjo, or whatever—I will never be able to get over the standard tropes like “magical girl” transformation sequences, “harems”, or the closely related (not to mention, hypersexualized) fanservice that gushes from every facet of the modern anime industry. It is this repetitive, inbred, formulaic approach many studios stick to which I hate. “Hate” is a word I don’t like to use often either, so when I say that a specific anime series is good, you’d better believe that it might actually be decent.

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A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat

 

Armed with hammer, screwdriver, and inexhaustible optimism, Pat and Mat have been taking on the world for over 40 years. In those years their world changed drastically;  born during the dark days of communist Czechoslovakia, they witnessed the Velvet Revolution, watched the Iron curtain fall, and saw their country being split into two. Yet nothing could deter the two Czechoslovak handymen from spending their days DIY-ing around their house like they did in the communist years. How did these two men steal the hearts of both the communist Czechoslovak and neoliberal capitalist viewer? Continue reading “A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat”

Tribute to Television

 

Last month for the second time we gave some much needed (and deserved) love to three under-recognized series, and today we continue that tradition. You might notice that I’ve changed the title of the series from “Reasons to Stay Inside” to “Tribute to Television”; I’ve done this because I think the ironic intention of the former has a pretty short expiration date before it turns sour and unironically depressing[i].

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Reasons to Stay Inside: Part 2

 

Since the Sopranos (1999) kicked off the “Golden Age of Television”, we’ve had great series come out pretty much every year, and many of them are still watched in large numbers today. In this article, as I did in my article last year, I’d like to show some love for some lesser known high-quality series that I think you might enjoy. Check it out!

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