You may have heard of the Rubberbandits: a comedy rap duo from Limerick, Ireland. They're best known for the song Horse Outside, an all-star hit produced by RTE currently sitting pretty at twelve million Youtube views and an all-Ireland Christmas number two on the charts. You might be reading this going, wait, you mean the two guys who go shirtless, wear carrier bags on their heads and speak with a ridiculously exaggerated accent? The ones from that Russell Brand thing? You'd be right: they're all of these things- and more. Recently, they've been stylizing themselves on Facebook and Twitter as, excuse the language (but get used to it): "Gascuntist Artists." They even pulled out of a poll on Joe.IE asking for the best comedian of the year, explicitly stating that they are artists. Despite all this talk, they never really help people to understand the meanings behind their hilarious, deeply bizarre comedy. In this article, we'll try and find out whether the Rubberbandits really are more than just Ireland's answer to Goldie Lookin Chain.
Gone Girl, when I saw it in the cinema last year, was a seminal experience. It was, as many great films of 2014-2015 were, a bit of a life-changer. It made me, as an impressionable, intermittently single young man, think a lot about the nature of marriage, as it should do.
I bought the DVD for my dad this Christmas, and we watched it earlier today. I'd already told my mam the whole plot, so she kind of saw everything coming. Perhaps just as well, for she's averse to violence and since I'd already warned her of the hammer-and-mirror scene and of course the film's blood-soaked twist, she persevered. Unfortunately, my dad, who I'd bought the film for, didn't enjoy it and said that he thought it was probably some kind of attack from "the gays" to destroy the sanctity of marriage. I don't know what makes him an expert- he's only been married once! All I'll say, is, if the Saw Doctors and the Simpsons didn't exist, we'd never agree on anything.
But this is all beside the point. The real theme of this film, I noticed, is the constant mediatization of society. Yes, I'm really showing off where my student loan's gone here.
This blog is an experimental project. Recently, when I've been watching films, reading books, and so on, I've been having a lot of thoughts. I've become a bit of an amateur critic. So I've decided to once again have a go at writing... well, not reviews, as such, but more like analysis/discussion of some themes and ideas I encountered whilst consuming certain media. There will of course be a comment section on every post, and you can also chat to me about it on Twitter. I may also link or copypaste a few of my theories to Reddit (/r/TrueFilm, /r/FanTheories, etc) where other film fans can see them.
This'll also be a great excuse to get me reading a bit more. I hope you enjoy.