Every week (just about) 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:
New Japan Pro Wrestling
The premiere Japanese pro wrestling promotion had the 12th installment of their biggest annual event, Wrestle Kingdom, last night. The event started at 1 AM my local time and to the detriment of my own health I stayed up all night to watch all 5 hours. This event marked a year since I was first turned on the greater wrestling word following historic match between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada at WrestleKingdom 11. Consensus opinions going into this year was that this would be the biggest Wrestle Kingdom yet. Though I am only familiar with about half the stars featured and don't know much NJPW history, for me, the show lived up to the expectations. If this is the level these performers hit in the ring night in and night out I will need to start giving it way more attention. I'm sure I can cut out sleep. There was not a weak match on the card, some stood out more than others like any PPV but never did a match end with me wishing I could’ve skipped it which is more than I can say for at least the last year worth of WWE PPVs. This is the first time I have watched a NJPW event live and there were a few pitfalls. The registration process for the service that allowed me to watch and the initial stream were all terribly executed but honestly 10 minutes into the tag team title match that kicked off the event I didn’t even care because of how good it was and it just got better and better.
Peaky Blinders Season 4
Peaky Blinders is the coolest show on Netflix. Period. I don't think anything even comes close. British gangster in early 20th century Northern England who engage in slow motion brawls and have razors on the peaks of their caps with which they BLIND people all while Nick Cave-ish rock plays in the background. Add all the intrigue and scheming and plot twists and this show should be watched by anyone and everyone who can withstand the violence.
Season 4 just released on Netflix USA at the beginning of the year and it's very good. There's a couple of new characters including a Gypsy hitman by the name of Aberama Gold played by Adam Gillen of Littlefinger game. Our big evil is played by Adrien Brody and his NY accent is one of my favorite things in the whole series. In addition to these two new heavy hitters Tom Hardy reprises his role as Alfie Solomons a Jewish bootlegger and mob boss and steals every scene that he's in. Season 4 is short, it's only 8 episodes and each episode is about 1 hour but each one of them is so jam packed with plot that no scene is wasted.
I can't binge shows, after three or four episodes of a thing I have to get up or change it. I can binge Peaky Blinders with ease. I breezed through this thing in one day.
Also, it's just plain cool.