For someone who spits out thousands of words a week, I struggle to post on my own website. Go figure. Part of the reason for this, I think, is because of social media. I already share every article and project I’m working on there, so why repeat it elsewhere?
So, maybe it’s time I take things back to basics here and talk about all the cool stuff I like and recommend, which I used to do in the old days. Hey, if it opens up one person’s eyes to something they might not have known about and makes their day, I count that as a win.
Must-Watch TV Show: Cobra Kai
Sure, I’m absorbed by Game of Thrones like everyone else, but there’s another series that deserves your attention: Cobra Kai. Based off the original Karate Kid movies, this YouTube drama takes place in current time and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence respectively.
While it’s great to catch up with some familiar faces, the true stars of the show are the new generation of teenagers and their dynamics. In addition, the writing is on point as it demonstrates how everyone experiences their own truth. Two seasons of Cobra Kai have been released and you can stream them if you have a YouTube Premium account.
Must-Read Book: Daisy Jones & The Six
When it comes to books, I normally venture deeper than the bestseller section. This time, however, I caught a glimpse of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six cover and caved, buying it on a whim because of Lauren Wakefield’s gorgeous design. But is the book about a fictional rock band any good? Well, I’m about halfway through it right now and I have no regrets.
In fact, Reid’s writing inspired me to revisit a story I’ve bounced around for a while and rethink the narrative structure. Having been a music journalist for many years, I’m a big fan of the oral history approach, so I’ll be exploring something similar too. So, thank you for the inspiration, Taylor!
Must-Watch Movie: The Babysitter
Nah, fam, I’m not going to put Avengers: Endgame here because that’s too obvious. Instead, I’ll recommend a 2017 horror comedy that I watched on Netflix recently: The Babysitter. The trailer wasn’t anything special and made it seem like a dumb movie, but it sure failed to sell just how much dumb fun it is.
This McG-directed flick is reminiscent of ’80s teen comedies. It’s hilarious and entertaining, as a 12-year-old boy’s heart is broken when he discovers his babysitter is part of a satanic cult. If you’re in the mood for something silly and not so serious, The Babysitter produces in droves. It isn’t an Oscar winner by any means, but it’ll make for a good night in.
Anyways, I’ll wrap this up here. I haven’t played nearly enough video games or listened to new albums to recommend anything in those categories, but I’m sure you’ll find the above recommendations will keep you occupied for a little while. Also, feel free to send your recommendations to me, too