Friday Favorites (4)

Aristocrats by Raleigh Ritchie

I’m wholly in love with Raleigh Ritchie. I was introduced to his music last year and most of the songs that I’ve listened to him have been gems. His latest single, “Aristocrats,” is my latest obsession.

It’s not just the song itself (which is amazing!) but the music video. The costume design in this is stunning with black actors in glorious period costumes that highlight major eras in British history. There’s also interesting uses of symbols like the Union Jack behind the cast that have me contemplating themes with every re-watch.

Favorite Lines:

I don’t even know if I know my own mind
I don’t even know if I’m on my own time
I don’t even know if I know what’s right for

I’m tongue-tied, brain fried
I’ve sacrificed my whole life
I don’t think you realise but you are in my insides
My brain hurts and it ain’t worth it
I’ll keep hurting, I’ll keep working
I’ll go high when you go low
And I’ll get by, you’ll never know

Friday Faves: The Existential Horror of Russian Dolls and the Multiverse

Time loops and multiverses. What could be better?

Fave 1: The Existential Horror Of Russian Doll

I’ve made no secret of my love of Russian Dolls (at least with my friends and family). It’s one of the most well-crafted and thought-provoking narratives that I’ve seen on TV for a while and it features concepts that have always intrigued me in fiction.

Nadia keeps living and dying repeatedly on the night of her 36th birthday party. As the narrative progresses, she learns more about the people around her and her own suppressed trauma. The story delves into the importance of human connection: how it can raise us up, damage us, and heal us. As the story progresses, it gets messy but you’re not going to get any spoilers from me, friends.

But there is also an existential horror element featured in a narrative that cancels out choices with oftentimes violent death. Nobody else remembers but you. And that’s what really got to me at points: the sense of pointlessness and meaning of the death-life cycle. How you end up trudging through the day until your next inevitable fatal tumble down the stairs. And trying to get to the truth of it is being confronted by your own isolation in this experience.

Nadia also confronts the impact she has on people’s lives. She self-professes that having her life dependent on another person is her own personal hell and the audience can see this play out in how she chooses to emotionally distance herself from the people around her. It has all the layers as the title suggests.

So, what I’m trying to say if you like a bit of dark comedy, horror, and don’t mind a bit of gore, please watch Russian Doll. Also, check out the soundtrack because it’s also freakishly good!!!

Speaking of which…

Fave Song: Gotta Get Up by Harry Nilsson


What I’m Excited for (TV Wise)

Did you guys see this trailer? I nearly cried watching this