Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 | Autumn Favourites


I'm nearly halfway through my 16th year as a student, which means that for the past 16 years autumn has felt more like the advent of a new year than January ever does, with the start of a new school year and renewed season of busyness. Arguably my favourite part of autumn - aside from the cooler weather - is the return of fall television. I have been very happy with both the new shows that have started this year and the returning seasons of old shows, along with a few other miscellaneous finds.

Film

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The Martian
Currently America's biggest film and based on Andy Weir's popular novel, The Martian is a sci-fi film starring Matt Damon as an astronaut who is mistakenly left on Mars and must survive on his own with only the materials left by his crew. Despite the tense premise there are plenty of hilarious moments in the film, and with Ridley Scott as the director it's a guaranteed hit. The star-studded cast can make the number of characters feel overwhelming and crowded at times, but overall The Martian is an incredible film deserving of its success.

Television


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Quantico
My mom got me into this terrorism thriller and I was hooked from the first episode. Usually it takes me a few weeks to get into a new show but Quantico captured my full attention and I now impatiently wait every Sunday for the next episode. The show follows the lead, Alex Parrish, on two timelines: the first when Alex goes through the FBI Academy and meets her fellow agents, and the second after a bomb is set off in Grand Central and Alex is blamed for it. The dual settings make each episode even more tense; as more is revealed about the agents in the past, the more exciting the future feels. The network has ordered seven more episodes of the show and I have my fingers crossed for a second season.


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Doctor Who
I regret to say it but I was ready to give up on this time traveling alien tale after the last few seasons; the show seemed to have lost its way and was getting harder and harder to watch. Thankfully the showrunners have worked out many of the kinks and the current ninth season has been utterly incredible so far. The season thus far has been three two-parters, each one allowing the extra time to tell a story or develop side characters. Additionally the Doctor is, I feel, back to being what was originally intended of the character, and I'm thrilled to see the changes made and what's to come in the second half of the season.


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Brooklyn 99
Numerous friends have recommended this show to me in the last year and I finally found myself with a bit of extra time to watch the first season - I think I've found my new favourite comedy series. Set in a Brooklyn police precinct, Brooklyn 99 follows a set of detectives headed by Andy Samberg's Jake Peralta as they interact with each other and occasionally solve crimes. Each character is dimensional and hilarious in their own ways, and the show has some of the best jokes since Parks and Rec.

Literature


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The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
One of my favourite books last year was Marra's debut A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, so when I heard that he published a collection of interwoven short stories I immediately put myself at the top of the library queue. The Tsar of Love and Techno is set in Russia, beginning with the tale of a propaganda correction artist in the 1930s and weaving its way back and forth across history, each story building on the last. Marra's writing is, as in his last work, swimming in small, beautiful details, and even the irrelevant pieces of information tucked into each story become important later. From these first two works, Marra has proved his success isn't a fluke, and I hope he publishes many more works in the future.


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Modern Love by Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari - most known for his role as Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec - teams up with Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist, to tackle how the dating game has changed in the next fifty years, looking into things like online dating profiles, texting, Tinder, and cultural differences while backing up their findings with data from real life experiences. While the material itself can be a little thick at times, Ansari's comedic insight makes Modern Romance a hilarious, fun read.

Music

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Playlist: Under Cover
I have a weakness for good covers and well curated playlists, so naturally this playlist is one of my favourite things. The versions included are excellent and suit the autumnal vibes of the month.

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Dopamine by Børns
Børns became a hit when his song "Electric Love" went viral earlier this year, and now he's released his debut album. Full of synthy electropop capturing feelings of fantasy with smooth falsetto, Dopamine feels like a blend of Beach Boys and early Passion Pit, and is a fun, polished ride from start to finish.
Favourite tracks: Dug My Heart, The Emotion, Past Lives


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Kiddo by Tove Styke
Tove Styke - known by her role on a Swedish televised music competition - released her debut album over the summer, but I felt as though the vibe fit the autumn scene better. Full of slick production and a zero cares attitude, Kiddo is the perfect album for when you need an extra bite to your music. Blunt lyrics paired with stuck-in-your-head-all-day melodies makes Kiddo a debut to be reckoned with, and I know I'll have this on repeat for months to come.
Favourite tracks: Ain't Got No, Who's Got News, Walking A Line


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