Every thirtheenth hour of the thirtheenth day of the thirtheenth month the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
BASEBALL IS BACK
Baseball never really leaves my life and as with all passions I don't expect most people to care about it to the level I do. That changes for a lot of people next week. I’m writing about it this week because the start of the regular season is official but you'd be forgiven for not realizing it. Until one of the games best players ever decided to call it a career that is. Two games, between two semi-contending teams halfway around the world doesn’t have have the fanfare or decorum we will see a week from today but these games mattered nonetheless.
If you didn’t wake/stay up at/passed 3 am west coast time(where both teams reside) I can report the baseball is good. We saw a ton of home runs, extra innings and one of the most special moments in recent history and it’s only been two games. To say I'm stoked for this season is always an understatement.
This off-season was especially rough. It was mired with labor discussions and and rife with asinine comments from people who I've respected and admired. No longer will need I be thinking about or anxious over the impending labor negotiations. But all that is over now, the reprieve this season brings from all those bummers is one of the best gifts I'll get all year. Surely I'll just be distracting myself from the actual problems but I have no control over them and now I have new leaderboards to sort see.
Of course creators Eugene and Daniel Levy would announce the sixth season of Schitt’s Creek would be the last just as I discovered it. I'm not upset about it though, I'm more proud of the fact that I haven't come across any spoilers since I started binging the show on Netflix. I believe this show is a mega hit, but for those unfamiliar it is about the wealthy Rose family who loses their fortune and relocates to the town of Schitt’s Creek since it is their only remaining asset that Johnny bought as a joke years before.
I had already watched Pop TV frequently because of 90210 reruns and the recently cancelled Hollywood Darlings (how rude) and had seen the pilot of Schitt’s Creek, but I didn't realize this show was 5 seasons in! I incorrectly assumed that some of the show was improvised because Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara were working together once again. Johnny Rose is that “outsider” in a town of eccentric characters including his own family. His wife Moira, a former soap actress, unsurprisingly has a flair for the dramatic and even managed to make it out of their seized home with her many, many wigs. Their daughter Alexis is the millennial stereotype personified, but her bizarre dialect, quirky mannerisms and lack of relatability to the townsfolk make her more fun to watch than cringe as she develops relationships with some of the men. I would believe most feel this way, but Daniel Levy as David makes the entire show. We do get to see the growth and character development from the rest of the Rose family, but David’s friendship with sarcastic motel manager, Stevie brings the joy to the series. His deadpan delivery and comical facial expressions are perfect especially because of his prim and entitled personality, but he is a creator after all and would need to save best for him.
Paddleton is NOT in the Paddington cinematic universe.
Ray Romano plays a lonely loser who lives above another lonely loser, Mark Duplass, who is diagnosed with Cancer and decides to end his life through assisted suicide instead of undergoing any sort of treatment.
Clearly not the Paddington universe.
The movie can be depressing but above all it is a deeply intimate view of the friendship of two people who seemingly hold no value to society but to each other are really the only bright spot in life. If it’s true that no man is an island Andy and Michael are a very tiny archipelago in the middle of the ocean. They only have each other. Their friendship is heartwarming and the rest of their lives such so hard, that it’s totally unfair that this is happening to them.
I’ve often felt drawn to “loser gets redeemed” type movies and thought this would be one of those, often feeling like one myself, I like the fantasy of redemption these types of movies offer but this isn’t one of those. It’s much more real and honest. It’s depressing only because of what happens, but it’s beautiful because it shows the type of bond two people can have and I think THAT is the greatest redemption one can have. More So than getting the girl, or getting the raise, making a connection and truly being able to step outside of oneself and fulfil the needs of another is love and what makes life worth living, as bittersweet as it can be.
It's on Netflix, watch it. Sometimes it's ok to feel a tinge of sadness...