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.
What We Do in the Shadows
My girlfriend insisted we watch this “horror” comedy on the basis that it has something like an 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While she loved it, I felt indifferent. It’s about a group of vampire roommates who, well, just kinda live their lives. They go to clubs, get into hijinks, yadda yadda. The movie does a good job with its special effects, especially when the roomies fight and start flying and walking on walls. It has some pretty decent joks, too, but overall, I didn’t find it hilarious—or at all scary.
M83 is a French Canadian electronic band (artist?) with some pretty stellar tunes. The group’s latest album (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming) is near perfect in its execution. The original albums didn’t feature singing, but as the band progressed, they added vocals, which can be pretty humorous (the singer pronounces words ending or starting with “th” with an “s” sound), but overall, M83 makes for fantastic electropop music. Give the entirety of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming a try, but don’t neglect other songs like Farewell/Goodbye, We Own the Sky, and I Guess I’m Floating.
Roast of Justin Beiber
I don’t like Beiber. Not only is his music terrible, but he’s a genuine jerk to people, including his own fans. I watched his roast in the hopes of watching people tear him apart. Most of the show was dedicated to the comedians insulting each other instead of Beiber. Not only that, but a bunch of has-beens made up most of the roast’s cast. At least Ron Burgundy made an appearance. At the end of the roast, Beiber took to the stage and basically apologized for how he’s acted, which I think was noble, but it doesn’t exactly excuse years of douchiness.