Review

TV Review: The Best of Enemies

This week I watched the Netlix documentary Best of Enemies. During the 1968 American Presidential campaign, the tradition among the TV networks was wall to wall coverage of both democratic and republican national conventions, where the party presidential candidates are decided. The ABC network was far behind NBC and CBS in market share, popularity and financial resources. As a result, they downgraded their coverage to nightly summaries, but need something else to attract viewers.

TV Review: Knock Down The House

Netflix released its political documentary Knock Down The House this week. The film follows the campaigns of four non-career politicians that ran for congress in the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, endorsed to run by the Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress committees. The stories and journeys of all four campaigners are riveting and emotional, but perhaps the most famous of which is the story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who contested in the district of The Bronx & Queens in New York City.

Movie Review: Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks The Internet (aka Wreck It Ralph 2) is a fantastic animated film with the irony and metaphor levels of Family Guy while still being family friendly. Along with the well rounded plot and character interactions (extended from the first instalment), the film is full to the brim with internet references and memes, translated expertly into the universe paradigm of the Wreck It Ralph movie franchise. Add in an ample sprinkling of Disney multiple franchise character appearances and you have a very enjoyable watch.

TV Review: Umbrella Academy

I just finished watching Umbrella Academy on Netflix and I think it's great! The marketing image used above doesn't do the series justice. Based on a comic series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the show is about a family of orphan misfits with superpowers that were groomed as children to be a crime-fighting team. That didn't last long and the show starts years later when they are all reunited after their father's death. For me, the show and its aesthetic is a mix between Watchmen, Fringe and Daredevil.

Book Review: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari's third book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is an interesting look at 21 topics where we humans can improve. The lessons are grouped into 5 categories; The Technology Challenge, The Political Challenge, Despair and Hope, Truth, and Resilience. The subject matter for the first part of the book is tough reading. Harari takes a cold and calculating look at the societal organisations and structures that humans have created, from religion all the way up to modern day terrorism, before looking at how the species can be resilient in the face of these challenges.

Book Review: The Information - James Gleick

I picked up The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick last Christmas on a visit to the amazing Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway. My reason for buying it was part intrigue about how the author could fill a whole book about there being too much information in the world, and partly because I must admit, the cover design drew me in. It took me a while but I finally got around to reading and finished the book this week and I was so happy with the choice I made all those months ago.

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