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:
The Stranger Beside Me
The excitement to start this book is 100% fueled by all the behind the scenes photos Zac Efron keeps on posting on Instagram. For those of you who may not have heard, Zac Efron will be portraying Ted Bundy in the upcoming biopic film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. It will be told in the perspective of long time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, and chronicles not only the the crimes Bundy committed, but also the prosecution after he gets caught. As described by its screenwriter, Michael Werwie, “The device that structures the script is a letter he’s written to her from jail, which allows us to be put in her point-of-view as he manipulates it. We, like her, are the ones being seduced by Ted. We fall in love with him. We are attracted to his charisma, his intellect, and everybody likes the underdog so everybody sides with the underdog” which makes it all the more intriguing.
Which brings me to why I need to read this before the film. The first few chapters following the brief introduction about Bundy's birth and family describe Rule's friendship with Bundy, her first impressions of him, and her reluctance to consider the evidence that he might be responsible for the crimes of which he was accused.It is not until Bundy's capture and trials in Florida that Rule fully accepts that Bundy is a serial killer. It is fascinating to me that Bundy was not only able to elude capture for so many years, but also charm his way into people's lives to the point where they refused to believe he was capable of committing the crimes he did.
My excitement doesn’t end there. In addition to the film and starting this book, a documentary called Theodore:The Documentary directed by Celene Beth Calderon and produced by Sean McKenna & Timothy Psarras, tells the story of the victims and how their lives and family’s lives were impacted by Ted Bundy’s actions. It can be easy to get sweeped up in the details of what and how and why these killers do what they do, that remembering the victims can be overlooked at times, which is why this documentary in particular is very important. Even the film and the book are told not to glorify the crimes that were committed, but as a testament of how manipulative Ted Bundy truly was.
Star Wars Rebels
Speaking with me about Star Wars since 2014 always comes back to the same statement “you need to watch Rebels.” As of now I know only 3 people that watch it regularly enough to discuss it, an unforgivable number considering the quality of the show. A point further proven by the uproar of Luke’s force projection in The Last Jedi; had you been watching this you would have known Yoda accomplished this feat before he even met the son of Anakin Skywalker.
The storytelling and relationships that have developed between the Phoenix Squadron over the last four seasons are the best kept secret from the mass Star Wars audience. The crew are some of the best characters. Hera Syndulla is literally the best pilot in the galaxy. Yes even better than Han and both Skywalkers; they all wear Hera pajamas. Kanan, though not the strongest or wisest, might be the most intriguing jedi tale that has been told. Sabine is like if Boba Fett were as actually cool as you think he is and also a woman. Ezra the most rebellious of the diamond in the rough heroes we’re accustomed to from the universe. Chopper the most mischievous droid and Zeb, for lack of a better term, their wookie speaks english and carries a bo staff. To say you’re missing out is an understatement, my top two favorite moments from the entire universe happened in Rebels. One of which recently forced me to explain to co-workers why a cartoon made me cry, multiple times.
The good news about your negligence is you get to experience it for the first time, I envy you for that. The show wraps up next week on Disney XD so you have some time to binge in time before the finale with is poised to be every bit as incredible as the last four seasons. Even if you miss the finale check out it out since you won't have to wait to follow the entire story, If it is not the best Star Wars tale you’ve seen I will personally tell you how wrong you are and why.
Online Window Shopping
Yes, this stems from watching Bravo reality TV, but hear me out. I don’t envy the wealth of these people who are featured on shows like Million Dollar Listing and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It’s more of a fascination because even if I worked as hard as humanly possible I don’t believe I’d be able to acquire the level of wealth without having to compromise some of my morals or sell pieces of my soul or do something really really illegal. All of which I have considered, but ultimately decided against.
A pastime I enjoy is adding items online to a cart then closing my browser window and feeling sad for a few minutes. I only recently discovered Million Dollar Listing and started shopping for high end appliances, backsplashes and hardware for my fake kitchen as well as decor from Saks Fifth Avenue. I also priced out a few Birken bags and a pair of gold Prada wing-tip platform loafers as well as Tom Ford sunglasses all owned by Kyle Richards. I regularly visit real estate websites to shop for my home in Beverly Hills or in Brentwood, never the valley, but I’m humble, I haven’t looked into the cost of chartering a private jet yet. Which brings me to my next level of delusional planning, booking extravagant vacations as seen on TV! This hobby can be a little self-defeating, but unlike a real shopping addiction I’m not hurting anyone so I can justify it. Besides, after I cheer up I visit Nordstrom Rack’s website for clearance designer items thinking “yeah I could afford that, but I don’t need it.” I am perfectly happy with my 60% off Topshop sandals.
LeBron James' Wizardy
If I could be as good at writing as LeBron is at Basketball, I'd be ATLEAST the greatest writer alive. Just take a few seconds and watch this video.
LeBron James has been playing basketball forever and he's still doing amazing things. Just look at the below video. Look at it and tell me that's not gonna go down in history as one of the craziest things a human has done with a sphere.He went behind the back, split two defenders, put the ball between a teammate's legs, and finished with his off hand. I'm not even creative enough to make that up in a story and LeBron did it in an NBA game.