For the team here at Man of Many, this week has been an interesting one. With restaurants, bars and some gyms scheduling their reopenings to kick off on Monday, it feels a little like the calm before the storm. We’re all giddy with excitement to get back into a normal pattern, but at the moment, all that energy and anticipation is without direction. What we really need is something to keep us entertained and out of the streets, for another few days at least.
Luckily enough, we haven’t taken our foot off the pedal just yet, meaning we’re still on the hunt for cool shit that keeps our lives interesting and our isolation enjoyable. Here is What’s Keeping Us Sane This Week – May 30 edition.
Nick Hall – Digital Editor
I’ve always been someone who likes finding hidden gems in unlikely places, so when it comes to TV shows, I regularly find myself ignoring the big HBO hits in favour of lesser-known series. One I have stumbled upon recently is Reprisal. The Hulu neo-noir original is a brutal, bloody and incredibly well put-together tale of revenge. Even better, it’s available on SBS On-Demand now.
The story revolves around a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead by her brother and his gang of gearheads, sets out for retribution by forming her own crew of misfit hitmen. As she picks off her betrayers one by one, we slowly learn more about the well-spoken, impeccably dressed suburban housewife and her cruel methods for disfigurement. The revenge plan is somewhat clear, but the door is always open for mysterious strangers and plot twists to spring up at any time.
What I really like about the show, aside from the complex storyline and admirable performances, is the general aesthetic. Reprisal has this weird, hyper-noir feel that blends 1950s style with modern weaponry and motifs. Sure, it kind of looks like Riverdale for adults and at times it’s hard to know which decade you’re in, but I tend to love it. Just look at those outfits.
Marble Racing and Powderfinger
Scott Purcell – Co-Founder
With a complete lack of sport over the past two months outside of horse racing, I’m a little disappointed that it took me this long to come across this. We would’ve all seen that marble run video across the beach track that went viral on Facebook, but Jelle’s Marble Run YouTube channel takes it one step further with a full series of racing across proper tracks akin to F1 Racing. They’ve even got the official BBC Formula 1 and Formula E commentator Jack Nicholls to run you through the races. I would’ve thought this was something that was created out of isolation boredom but it looks to have been running for several years now!
Bonus: Powderfinger is back 10-years later with their One Night Lonely concert to raise money for Beyond Blue and Support Act.
Podcast – Boom Bust: The Rise & Fall of HQ Trivia
Frank Arthur – Co-Founder
Remember 2017? It was the year that Season 1 of Stranger Things aired, the #MeToo movement was born and not long after being sworn in as president, Donald Trump had the world on edge when he threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” in a nuclear dick-swinging contest with his frenemy “little rocket man”.
Another thing you might remember from 2017, is the game-show-in-an-app that took the world by storm, ‘HQ Trivia’, and similar to the opioid crisis of the same year, a new HQ Trivia addiction was sweeping the world.
If you’re like me, you will remember religiously opening the app each day in an exhilarating (and often futile) attempt to win the lauded cash prize on offer. The joy and excitement that this game brought to the world was palpable. It was a sensation unlike any digital phenomenon we’d experienced before, however, just like so many of our favourite online crazes, it all came crashing down.
In “Boom Bust: The Rise & Fall of HQ Trivia” by The Ringer Podcast Network, host Alyssa Bereznak explores the story of HQ Trivia from its origin through to its imminent collapse. From a publicly aired beef between the app’s Founder Rus Yusupov and the game’s fanatically-adored host Scott Rogowsky, to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s guest-hosting appearance, the podcast provides an inside look into what went right and how it all went wrong.
NEAT – The Story of Bourbon
Denise Barnes – Native Content Manager
As someone that’s gradually developing a growing appreciation for whisky, I stumbled upon the documentary NEAT on Amazon Prime Video. It truly is a beautiful story about the rich history of this unique native American spirit. I learned so much in just an hour and 15 minutes, which is how long the documentary runs for. From harvesting and the ageing processes to bourbon lingo and all the hardships. The thing that stuck with me the most though, was the incredible passion of everyone involved. It’s that kind of passion that inspires you to want to be better. It’s a story about patience, excellence, authenticity and innovation, and that’s why I would recommend NEAT to everyone, not just people that are into whisky. It’ for anyone that wants to be inspired, anyone that wants to learn and anyone that loves art, because that’s what it is, a true form of charismatic artistry. And if you’re not convinced, just watch the trailer and tell me it didn’t give you goosebumps. I dare you. Now all that’s left to do, is grow my collection one bourbon at a time.
What’s Keeping Us Sane
Let’s not lie about it, the countdown is definitely on. We’re all working towards a trip away or that first beer in the pub with 49 of our closest mates, it’s only natural. Whatever you’re gunning for, remember to pace yourself.