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Every month now (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.


Joseph:

Mannywood part two

Depending on your dedication to the sport and/or frivolous events MLB’s All Star festivities are usually an objectively boring endeavor. Don't get me wrong personally I loved it. We got a new Captain America, MLB kept hammering home how great Trout is, there was a bunch of homers and everyone got to play, even a guy named Scooter. One thing in particular captivated me throughout the week however, the way in which Manny Machado’s inevitable departure unfolded.

The Orioles were always going to trade Manny Machado it was just a matter of to who, when and for what. A player of his caliber was certain to bring a sizeable return and the Orioles had to due their due diligence. With a number of teams in the mix news broke late Monday that Manny was basically a Dodger. However paperwork is a bitch, it would take some time to finalize the trade and the All Star game was that day. Manny suited up for the American League team wearing the Orioles orange as expected. Then the show began.

The Orioles have been mediocre for the majority of the superstar shortstops career and he finally escaped he was on a world series favorite now. He took selfies with his new co-worker and had an exit interview during the game. The deal wasn't even finished and given the Orioles humorous history with player physicals was far from done. What if it all had to be undone, awkward. It was surreal watching this game of stars revolve around one so much. It was like the end of a movie or if you're a sad downtrodden Orioles fan…


Rod:

Somebody Feed Phil

I love food, and I love food shows. Travel shows about food are the best, and Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix is one of the ones I've enjoyed the most in recent memory. Phil Rosenthal is the lead of the show and aside from starring as Adam Sandler's sous-chef in Spanglish he's best known for being the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond. He's about as NY Jew as they come this side of the cast of Seinfeld, except the man loves food. He travels the world and eats food while also learning about and interacting with the locals.

Phil doesn't have the "credentials" of a chef, so what really makes his show worth watching is how he interacts with people. He's a dorky looking guy who is incredibly happy to be presented with food and also seems genuinely sweet when talking to the people he encounters on his trip. It's similar to Parts Unknown in that it threads the needle between being about food but also being about exploring the world and learning about what makes unifies us as a human race and expaning our horizons. What also makes the show work really well is that he'll eat street food and fancy chef food in the same show and he'll end every episode with a skype call to his parents. Those are often the highlight of the show.

Season 2 just got added to Netflix in the last month and each one is well worth watching!


Liz:

Welcome to Marwen

Janelle Monáe’s appearance is only the cherry on top when it comes to my anticipation of Welcome to Marwen. The second trailer for this film was released and I just can’t get over my excitement for it. I will watch any story no matter how historically inaccurate it may be if it includes Nazis getting their asses kicked and even more so if there is an element of surrealism to it. Based on the true story of artist Mark Hogencamp who suffered traumatic brain injuries after being attacked outside a bar which left him with no memories of his adult life, the film brings to life his fictional town of Marwencol. In the trailer we learn the residents of Marwen are modeled after the real women in his life who have helped him during his recovery and whom he describes as his protectors. We sort of get the full story from it including the love angle between Carell’s character and that of the lovely Leslie Mann, but I am looking forward to watching how the story is told with these stunning, and I mean stunning dolls. I was nearly blown away and not because of how detailed they were constructed, but because this is what we’ll actually get to see on a huge screen as we learn about Hogencamp’s journey. When was the last time we saw a movie like this? Yeah, okay Small Soldiers was a masterful piece of cinema, but I am willing to bet that Welcome to Marwen delves deeper on an emotional level as we go into a dreamlike reality. Films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Midnight in Paris came to mind when I saw this trailer and those won Academy Awards...so just saying. I hope I’m not wrong, but we are getting a film written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) and starring Steve Carell and if you’ve seen Dan in Real Life and Anchorman you know that man’s range and I have no doubt he will deliver in this as well.