Cultural Comforts: Wrapping up the summer

More end-of-summer cultural comforts. 

Cultural Comforts: Wrapping up the summer

This summer has been a strange one, but I hope you’ve all enjoyed it nonetheless. As we return to school/college/uni, I’ve got some recommendations to ease you back into routine. 

You can find last month's recommendations here.

Anne With An E

One of my favourite shows ever: the modern re-telling Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. This version tackles a wide range of contemporary issues such as childhood trauma and immigration while maintaining its period charm through it’s gorgeous locations and costumes. The beautiful writing, especially the leading characters, will make you return again and again. If you don’t know the original story, the protagonist is a young orphan girl named Anne who is mistakenly adopted by elderly siblings and follows her adventures and mishaps in the Canadian town Avonlea. But even if you are familiar, this version created by Moira Walley-Beckett brings some new storylines into play. Essentially, it’s a coming of age story; you get to watch Anne learn and grow from childhood to adulthood. 

I would give Anne With An E my highest recommendation, which I don’t do lightly. It’s a really special show with a special place in my heart and it never fails to bring me comfort. 

Clueless

A surprise sleeper hit in 1995, Clueless now has a large cult following for it’s chick-flick enjoyability and cute outfits. As fashion trends have started to draw inspiration from the 1980’s and 1990’s, Clueless has seen a resurgence and a huge influx of easily recognisable Halloween costumes. It’s funny and easy to watch, and fun fact, was developed as an adaptation of the novel Emma. The movie stars Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd and is directed by Amy Heckerling. But the Beverly Hill movie sells itself better than I ever could, so watch the trailer below to get a taste of Clueless. 

Zombie! 

Orla Gartland is an Irish singer-songwriter from Dublin who started her musical career by posting cover songs on her YouTube account. As of June 2021, her YouTube channel has received over 21 million total views. Her new debut album ‘Woman on the Internet’ released on the 20th August and my favourite track is Zombie! a fresh and fun pop song, the 5th on the album. Zombie! was the third single ahead of her album release and contrasts preppy tunes with lyrics about toxic masculinity. 

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