Every week 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. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
McDonald's related pop culture
It seems it's no longer en vouge to shun McDonald's, maybe that's too far at the very least McDonald's seems to be receiving some recognition as a veritable pillar of American culture once again. Okay maybe that's too far too but the point is I'm really into McDonald's related STUFF this week.
The Founder hit Netflix and I've watched it multiple times, and even wrote about it here. What really made this week great though is that right as I was talking to everyone about McDonald's and how it's an important part of western civilization Malcolm Gladwell drops a heater of a podcast about McDonald's fries. The same guy that came up with the 10k rule and has addressed topics such as Brown v. Board of education is talking about McDonald's fries. Tell me again how McDonald's is just some junk food with no meaning past that? The contents of the episode itself are truly heartbreaking but I don't want to say anything else. I embedded the podcast episode below, I suggest pairing it with some McDonald's breakfast.
They made the world's greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
I suppose it’s pretty obvious by now that I’m a fan of reading. However, until this past week, I had no idea there was a social media app expressly made for book lovers! Upon hearing about it (from a previously mentioned bookish podcast, of course), I downloaded it immediately and have been surfing through this new little book universe practically non-stop. The app is still pretty new, and has some growing to do as far as bugs and user-friendliness, but the potential is absolutely there. It’s essentially Instagram for books where you can share your recommendations, quotes, or just a pic of your favorite nook where you do your deep reading. There are even adorable stickers you can add to your posts with bookwormy terms like “DNF”, “TBR”, and “Arc”. It’s basically Rory Gilmore’s dream app and I’m obviously in love. So if you want to come commiserate and bond with other book fiends like me, hurry and download it! Then come find me (>>@PatternsOnWalls<<) and we can talk books, of course.
Mozart In the Jungle
I had never been appreciative of classical music, until now, thanks to Amazon's Mozart In the Jungle. Although I may have arrived late to the Mozart fandom, I am excited about a series whose strong points are classical music and Gael García Bernal. Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman (executive producers) chose to embrace Bernal's nationality, accent, and charisma. They use it as another layer to the character's complexity, and often times letting the actor express the character's thoughts in his native tongue.
I find it odd that I was intrigued to listen to classical music through an original series in 2017, but that's what makes the series so unique - utilizing traditional weaknesses or crutches as strengths. A Mexican as the lead actor of a series about classical music doesn't usually sell to the mainstream audience, but Amazon, Roman Coppola, and Jason Schwartzman make it excel.
I love everything about this show, it is instantly one of my favorite things about the MCU, the best season of any of the Marvel shows and it's not particularly close in my book. The style and authenticity the series displays from start to finish helps push it to the upper rankings of my favorite shows in general. The casting is excellent, from getting the perfect Luke to the series’ four villains, each more psychotic than the last, even the side characters are intriguing and I would welcome seeing more of all of them. As with Guardians of the Galaxy, music is the lifeblood of this series and really helped shaped my high opinion of the show as whole. Composed in part by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and designed with a “90s hip-hop vibe” it should come as no surprise that this added element might be it’s strongest feature. The show brought to life Harlem and exaggerated versions of it’s inhabitants(and a super hero) to life in a way that never lost is realness or cool. I can’t wait to watch it again please do more stuff like this Marvel. Now to brave what I have been abundantly warned to avoid, Iron Fist.