Brain Sprinkles 5

New category today: TV comedy! Enjoy this week’s post, and leave a comment on what you’ve been reading/watching/listening to, why dontcha?

Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.

Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.

Cowboy Bebop

Anime
Cowboy Bebop

My girlfriend is finally home from a two-month long trip to visit her family in Canada. I’ve been waiting to watch Cowboy Bebop for a while, and now that she’s home to watch with me, we’ve finally started. I’ve heard often that Cowboy Bebop is the greatest anime ever made, but—from what I’ve seen so far—not for the conventional reasons of stellar story or art. Six episodes in, I’m in love with the music and the distinct style of the show more than anything else. Cowboy Bebop features some of the best animation I’ve seen in an anime, but so far it seems like each episode is independent of any large, winding narrative. It almost feels like a slice-of-life show set in space. Regardless, I like it a lot, and I have the feeling it’s going to get much better before it wraps up.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

While reading reviews of the movie Her (read Brain Sprinkles 1) I saw a lot of references to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I decided to watch it and realized ten minutes in that I’d actually already seen it years ago and forgotten it. Basically, it’s similar to Her because it’s a love story set in a sci-fi world, but everything Eternal Sunshine does, Her does ten times better, from the music, filmography, acting, writing, setting, story, and beyond. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m willing to bet more people have seen Eternal Sunshine than Her, so if you have seen Eternal Sunshine and enjoyed it, please watch Her. Immediately.

Lana Del Rey

Music
DyE

I think almost everyone on the Internet has seen DyE’s famous music video for Fantasy. I suddenly remembered the song this past week and wondered what else the artist had done. The French musician is responsible for the wonderful album Taki 183 along with a 2014 album and EP I haven’t listened to. Apparently DyE is incredibly young (he might have been as young as 14 when Taki 183 dropped), which only makes his music more impressive. Basically, if you like Fantasy or electronic music, DyE is worth listening to, though I will say Fantasy is his best track. Nike (not an official music video) and Mattias & Charlotte are two other great songs.

Lana Del Rey

I’m ashamed to admit I think Lana Del Rey is great. I’m not one to judge a band or musician based on their popularity (and apparently Lana Del Rey is pretty popular, which I didn’t know until a friend recommended her to me), but what I dislike about Lana is her often simplistic and trashy lyrics. She sings about sleeping around, drugs, and all the other tropes of gross, rich pop stars, but the actual music is so solid I can’t resist bopping my head to the beat. She’s a ridiculously talented singer, capable of flawlessly switching from a low to head voice, and the melodies of her songs can be as soulful as they are catchy. I just can’t boast about my love for her considering the grotesque message of her music. Some of her good stuff: Brooklyn Baby, West Coast, and Radio.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Novel
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban last week, and I have to admit that I’m starting to enjoy the series more and more. Harry Potter is starting to grow as a person—and not just physically—and witnessing that is a cool process. I’m beginning to understand why kids fell in love with the series. Harry and his friends grew up with the readers who love him, and that’s actually a pretty powerful sentiment. I’m only a few chapters into Goblet of Fire (Harry hasn’t even gotten to Hogwarts yet), but this book is almost twice as long as the last one, which gives me hope to might be more deep and complex than the first three novels. Unfortunately, the writing hasn’t improved much (seriously, J. K. Rowling, an adverb per page is way too much).

Community

TV Comedy
Community

Community is another show I had to wait for my girlfriend to return to the States to watch. We started the series over a year ago, and I instantly fell in love with the vibrant and colorful cast of characters that have only gotten stronger with each passing season. It also features some of the most brilliant comedic writing I’ve ever witnessed. Seriously, some of the jokes are so good they’re more surprising in their genius than they are funny. Some episodes aren’t as strong as others, but the show as a whole hasn’t slowed down for me yet. We’re in the fourth of five seasons right now (a sixth is coming to Yahoo in the future, I guess), but I’m scared to watch season five considering that’s apparently the season the show’s creator Dan Harmon was fired and two of the characters (Troy and Pierce) left the show. Still, if it’s being renewed for yet another season, it can’t be that bad.

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