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Real Recommendations | 03

Our Executive Creative Director, Al Mitchell, introduces us to some top drawer entertainment that spans a range of categories for any lockdown occasion. From comical to contemptible, theres something for everyone in this line-up.

BOOK

How Not to be a Boy

Robert Webb

Biography from Robert Webb of “Mitchell & Webb” fame. David Mitchells blogs are also sidesplittingly funny but there is something quite touching and poignant about Webb’s as he brutally lays himself bare. 'How Not to Be a Boy" explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren't the Luke Skywalker of your life - you're actually Darth Vader.

Have a listen on Audible by Amazon


PODCAST

Revisionist History

Malcom Gladwell

Been around for a long while but if you get a chance its well worth a listen. Malcom Gladwell, author of Blink Revisionist History goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.

Jump to the Revisionist History website


FILM

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Hey we can’t always feed ourselves with highbrow think pieces that challenge and improves us. So if you want a good old fashioned belly laugh and a distraction for the world we find ourselves in then check this mockumentary road movie by Zak Galifianakis.

Watch on Netflix

Kissed by God

Documentary movie following the life and death of 3 x World Surfing Champion Andy Irons. It follows his life, his prodigious talent and the demons that plagued him and ultimately Brought about his death. I actually met Andy a few times and his fractured attention and volatility was always apparent, never quite at ease with himself, his surroundings or the trappings that accompanied his extraordinary talent.

Watch on Amazon Prime


SERIES

Manhunt: Unabomber

Andrew Sodroski - Available on Netflix

Dramatisation of the events in the USA as the FBI chase Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who mailed bombs to numerous victims between 1978 and 1995 and the profiler who finally put the pieces together that led to Kaczynski’s arrest.

Watch on Netflix


DOCUMENTARY

The Last Dance

Jason Hehir - Available on Netflix

Even if you are not a basketball fan this is a belter of a series that documents the swan-song season of possibly the greatest team in the history of Sports, The Chicago Bulls team of the 1990s featuring Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen and Dennis Rodman among a roster of true all stars. The series documents the stars rise to glory and their fight for the right to defend their crown after winning six championships with a cutthroat club management who were desperate top rebuild to protect their future revenue.

Watch on Netflix


MUSIC

The Downward Spiral

Nine Inch Nails

OK not one to help you chill out, this is angst turned up to 100% but Nine Inch Nails second album (1994) was a belter and has incredible changes of pace and musicality. Persevere with it, the pure visceral nature of it is pretty incredible… especially if you want to get amped up for a surf! Tracks have been used in numerous dark movies from Natural Born Killers (Burn), The Crow (Dead Souls) Seven (Closer). Props also goes to Johnny Cashes beautiful cover version of Hurt that is originally from this album, also well worth checking out.

Have a listen on Spotify


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