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Weekly update: Trailer. Park. Shark.

Greetings, Gothamites!

It has been a hot one in Australia this week, with temperatures where I am rising to 44ºC (111ºF). One night, the overnight low was 29ºC (84ºF) so all I can say is “Thank Spock for air-conditioning and ice cream!”

A bonus of not moving much is that I plowed through a couple of books. One is reviewed here today and the other will appear in Thursday’s For the Love of Pop Culture, a new article featuring my endeavours to include more things I know I love in my weekly servings of books and movies. 

Here’s a list of what I did while I was laying under the AC!

 

Trailer Park Shark (2017)

Trailer. Park. Shark.

Actual footage of me discovering this film:

I found Trailer Park Shark to be one of the slightly better quality b-grade movies, similar to the Sharknado movies. The acting was cheesy but wasn’t out and out bad. The same can be said for the dialogue. Not so much the special effects, they were still just bad. But all of this came together to form one of the more fun b-grade natural horror movies I have seen. 

There was also a cameo from Tara Reid who is not only one of the queens of b-grade horror thanks to her character in all of the Sharknado movies, but she also starred alongside Trailer Park Shark’s leading actor, Thomas Ian Nicholas, in American Pie. It made for a fun few nods to both series. 

My only real concern, which is more production based than a criticism of the film, is that in 2018 I was able to buy a DVD that didn’t have subtitles. Every single DVD sold at this point should have subtitles. This is the pettiest hill I’m willing to die on. Yes, I still buy DVDs. 

 

Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber (2018)

I’ve been eyeing off Challenge Accepted by Australian comedian and actress Celeste Barber since it came out. Unfortunately, my plethora of hobbies and limited income kept us apart, but I finally got down to reading it after a friend loaned me their copy — and I smashed it in one evening.

As a fan of @CelesteBarber, her hilarious takes on celebrity photos and her fun impromptu Instagram stories, I was excited to see what Celeste had in store for readers. And let me tell you, Gothamites, it was damn good. 

Celeste shares hilarious stories, gross stories, and heartwarming stories. I also learned that, even if you’re not usually squeamish, a graphic description of open heart surgery may get you there. I ignored the warning at my own peril, so I feel I should warn you, dear reader, that she’s not messing around. 

Challenge Accepted is a must read for anyone who enjoyed Bossypants by Tina Fey, anything by Jenny Lawson, or Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. By the end, I had laughed heartily and ended up with something in both my eyes.

 

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

There’s been a lot of talk about The Ted Bundy Tapes, a new Netflix docuseries featuring tapes and video of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy alongside modern day interviews with police, lawyers, friends and victims involved in his life and death.

I thought the series was a fascinating look into one of the world’s most twisted minds. From his initial and vehement denial of any wrong doing to his subsequent admission to murdering more than 30 young women, the recordings of Bundy are chilling and gripping.

And, yes, I watched it alone.

 

What’s your favourite way to keep cool in summer? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!

– CJ

The Open House (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote

Starring:
Dylan Minnette, Piercey Dalton

Other notable appearances:
Patricia Bethune, Sharif Atkins, Aaron Abrams

Running time:
94 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Strangers

 

After the death of his father, Logan (Minnette) and his mother (Dalton) fall on hard times and move in to his aunt’s mountain holiday home. The holiday home is for sale so the family 

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Annihilation (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Alex Garland

Starring:
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny

Other notable appearances:
Benedict Wong, Oscar Isaac, David Gyasi

Running time:
115 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Interstellar, Contact, A Wrinkle in Time

 

When biologist Lena’s (Portman) husband returns from a covert military mission with a life-threatening condition, she must enter ‘The Shimmer’, an invasive anomaly that is continuously expanding, to save his life.

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Nailed It!: Season One

Review by CJ

 

Judges:
Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, Sylvia Weinstock, Zac Young, Valerie Gordon, Dave Arnold, Yolanda Gampp, Jay Chandrasekhar

Running time:
33 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
6

 

In each episode of Nailed It! three amateur bakers compete in two rounds of baking challenges to recreate elaborately decorated baked goods.

Continue reading Nailed It!: Season One

The Crown: Season Two

Review by CJ

Director:
Philip Martin, Benjamin Caron, Philippa Lowthorpe, Stephen Daldry

Writer:
Peter Morgan, Amy Jenkins, Tom Edge, Edward Hemming

Starring:
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Goode, Victoria Hamilton

Other notable appearances:
Jeremy Northam, Daniel Ings, Greg Wise, Will Keen, Harry Hadden-Paton, Pip Torrens, Alex Jennings, Lia Williams, Jared Harris, Paul Sparks, Michael C. Hall, Jodi Balfour

Running time:
54-61 minutes

Number of episodes:
10

 

Following on from season one, The Crown details the world and personal events that surrounded the British Monarchy from 1956 to 1964.

Continue reading The Crown: Season Two