Sunday, 9 August 2020

The 20 Best Shows on Netflix Right Now, August 2020

By Nick Perry and Christine Persaud 

August 8, 2020 via Digital Trends

Netflix has a treasure trove of terrific movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days — or even weeks — on end. If you just finished a good series and need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go, given the service’s phenomenal mix of classic, current, and original programming. Below, we’ve rounded up the best shows on Netflix right now, so you can binge-watch without having to hunt for the right title. 

1. The Umbrella Academy

Based on the comic book series of the same name by Gerard Way, this superhero series follows the lives of seven of 43 children born to women who mysteriously never knew they were pregnant until they went into labor. It turns out they are superheroes, and when these seven children are adopted by an eccentric billionaire, he turns the siblings into a superhero team called The Umbrella Academy. Later, however, the children become estranged from one another and their father. But when they discover he has passed away, they reconnect for his funeral. Warnings of a pending apocalypse prompt them to band together again to stop it, though it isn’t without clashing personalities and plenty of familial dysfunction. 


2. Peaky Blinders 

 
Set in the aftermath of World War I, Peaky Blinders is a crime drama about a British crime family, the Shelbys. After Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) returns from the war, he sets about trying to expand the family’s control of Birmingham, stealing a shipment of guns to give his gang an edge in the world of crime. The show follows Tommy and his family as they move up in the world, butting heads with other crime families and the British government. Peaky Blinders is gorgeously shot, and the story it tells is one of complicated people and muddy morality. 



3. Mindhunter 


In 1977, cultural earthquakes have toppled faith in the American ideal, and the agents of the FBI face an unfamiliar kind of criminal: The serial killer, whose crimes have no basis in reason as far as the agency can see. Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) believes that, with enough research, the FBI can make sense of the seemingly senseless violence. Together with Behavioral Science Unit agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), Ford travels the country, interviewing imprisoned serial killers to understand what drives them, but gazing into the abyss starts to gnaw at the agents. From director David Fincher, Mindhunter is a sleek, eerie production, with a focus on the nature of criminal psychology, rather than grotesque violence. 


4. Queer Eye 


The original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy introduced the world to a whole new kind of reality show. More than a decade later, Netflix rebooted the franchise with a new Fab Five and a new mission. The new Fab Five consists of food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France, and culture expert Karamo Brown. Every season, they travel to new parts of the country to meet and pick up under-recognized people, helping them to find the value within themselves and accomplish a specific goal. It’s a heart-warming, provocative show that sees the Fab Five fly into cities and rural areas where they very clearly stand out and attempt to prove that we’re all not that different after all. 


5. Breaking Bad 


Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is a high-school chemistry teacher diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. To secure his family’s finances before he dies, White uses his chemistry background to cook and deal premium blue meth. His partner is former student and burnout named Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Breaking Bad is teeming with moral consequences and family issues, and fittingly, it’s as addicting as the crystal meth White produces in his beat-up van in the desert. 



6. Penny Dreadful 


Crossovers are not a new concept — superheroes have been doing it for decades — but Penny Dreadful’s gothic milieu helps it stand out, particularly in the television landscape. The show is a who’s who of 19th-century icons, including Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, as well as several original characters. The show begins with stately adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and his compatriot, the psychic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), recruiting American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) to investigate the disappearance of Murray’s daughter, Mina. The case takes them to dark places, but all of them carry their own secrets that may be darker still. True to its genre roots, Penny Dreadful takes things slow, building relationships between characters and coyly unfurling its mysteries. The show’s unique atmosphere and mastery of tone set it apart from everything else on television. 


7. The Fall 


Following a number of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) arrives to supervise the investigation. The killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), is a family man and therapist who’s trying to maintain his personal and professional lives while hunting young women. Unlike many police procedurals, The Fall makes its villain known very early. Thus, for the audience, the tension comes not from trying to guess the killer’s identity, but from watching the detective and murderer go about their days, never knowing who is about to get the upper hand. The Fall is a psychological procedural, focusing more on the lives and motivations of the central characters than hunting for clues. A simmering detective story, to be sure, but one well worth the time investment. 



8. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness 


The “crazy true crime” documentary has become the iconic genre of the streaming age, and Tiger King might be the Platonic ideal. The setup is simple enough: Director Eric Goode is making a documentary about a snake dealer in Florida, stumbling from there into the world of big cat owners, and the eponymous “Tiger King” in particular: Joe Exotic, the grandiose owner of a big cat zoo (and country musician) who was convicted in 2019 of trying to put a hit on animal rights activist Carole Baskin. From the moment he appears on screen, Exotic is an outlandish figure, and the story only gets wilder from there. 


9. The End of the F***ing World 


It seems unlikely that a story about a teenage psychopath traveling with the girl he intends to kill could be funny, or even touching. Somehow, The End of the F***ing World manages to be both. The show follows James (Alex Lawler), the self-described psychopath, and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a modern rebel without a cause. She convinces him to run away with her, and the two embark on a road trip across England, getting into bizarre shenanigans as James plots to kill her. Dark, funny, and strangely poignant, The End of the F***ing World is one of the most unique shows you’ll find. 


10. American Vandal 


If you were to go into American Vandal without reading anything about it, you might think you’ve stumbled onto the next, great true crime story. The show’s setup is ominous. A student, Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), stands accused — falsely, he claims — of a heinous act: Spray painting “dicks” on all the faculty cars at Hanover High School. Given his history of pranks — including drawing dicks on whiteboards — the school expels him. Only Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez), a sophomore who works on the Hanover High morning show, thinks Dylan might be innocent and sets out to prove it. The case quickly becomes stranger than it first appeared. For those who enjoy true crime stories like Making a Murderer, American Vandal is a tonally perfect parody, emulating the lighting and story structure that define the genre. 


11. The Good Place 


Bureaucratic mix-ups can be a nightmare — just ask anyone who has needed to apply for a passport — but on occasion, they can work out in your favor. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself on the good side of a paperwork snafu when, after dying, she ends up in the Good Place, a serene afterlife neighborhood built by a cosmic architect named Michael (Ted Danson). In reality, Eleanor was an abrasive person who only looked out for herself. Now, in order to avoid being discovered and sent to the Bad Place, she must learn how to behave like a nice person. The Good Place is an upbeat comedy whose unique setting and surprising plot set it a notch above most sitcoms. 


12. Master of None 


Created by and starring comedian Aziz Ansari, the Netlfix original series Master of None concerns the everyday life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to navigate the twists and turns of adulthood while making a living for himself in New York City. Reportedly based somewhat loosely on Ansari’s own life, the show even features the former Parks and Recreation actor’s real-life mother and father as Dev’s parents in the show. Even if you haven’t dabbled in Ansari’s prior work (you should, too, he’s absolutely hilarious) Master of None is sure to please with its witty dialogue, multidimensional cast of characters, and relatable storylines. 



13. BoJack Horseman 


Netflix’s original animated show features voices from some of the brightest stars on TV today (i.e., Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul). Comedian Amy Sedaris also lends her voice to this raucous show about a washed-up celebrity horse who attempts to reignite his stagnant career. Ridiculous in all aspects, BoJack Horseman is good for some hearty laughs at the expense of the commonplace celebrity lifestyle. Season 1 starts off goofy, but by the first season finale, the show evolves into a shockingly sad, yet still hilarious examination of depression and pop-culture into the second season. 


14. Altered Carbon 


An adaptation of a popular cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set a few hundred years in the future, by which point humanity has developed the technology to download a person’s consciousness into computers. People can now transfer themselves into new bodies, called “sleeves,” effectively making themselves immortal — provided they have the money. Into this world steps Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a former soldier who has spent the last 250 years in cold storage. He is back, in a new sleeve, courtesy of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), a wealthy man who wants Takeshi to find the man who killed Bancroft’s previous body. Altered Carbon draws on classic noir elements, as Takeshi explores a grimy city where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda.



15. Dark 


Although it drew a lot of comparisons to Stranger Things (due to the small-town setting and teenage protagonists), the German Netflix series Dark is its own thing, a strange, high-concept story set in a town where everyone has their secrets. Dark begins in Winden, a small, wooded town near a nuclear reactor. Teenager Jonas (Louis Hoffman) returns to school, having spent time getting therapy following his father’s suicide, only to find the town in a state of shock over a new tragedy: The disappearance of his fellow student, Erik Obendorf. Erik is not the first child to go missing in Winden’s history, nor will he be the last, and Jonas and his friends soon find themselves on the edge of a mystery that spans generations. Dark is an eerie drama, dense with mysteries and complicated characters. 


16. Black Mirror 


Each episode of Black Mirror tells a single story, with a theme of modern and near-future technology running through each unnerving tale. It’s often compared to The Twilight Zone for its episodic nature, and just like that classic, some of the stories will leave you sitting and staring at a blank television, wondering what you just watched. Beyond all of the thought-provoking, mind-bending, and world-building, the acting and aesthetic is smart and nuanced, and will leave even the best spoiler guessers out there reeling from the sharp twists and turns in every episode.


17. The Witcher

A lone swordsman rides into town, a grotesque beast slung over his horse. The townsfolk cast scornful glances, although he’s slain the monster that plagued them. He’ll get no thanks; at best, the bounty he was promised in full. Such is the life of a witcher. Based on the popular fantasy series, Netflix’s The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a monster hunter with magical powers: A witcher, to use the parlance of his world. Over decades, Geralt hunts monsters for gold, crossing paths with the cunning sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and the refugee princess Ciri (Freya Allen), whose fate is bound tightly to his own. Bloody battles, complicated characters, and memorable songs — courtesy of the bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) — are just some of the charms this dark fantasy series has to offer. 


18. Stranger Things 


The opening sequence of Stranger Things lays out the TV show’s sci-fi aspirations clearly: A scientist flees down an empty hallway, pursued by some unseen force that eventually nabs him as he waits for elevator doors to close; it then cuts to a group of kids playing D&D in a suburban basement. From Alien to E.T. in a matter of seconds. The show is a stew made of various influences from the ‘80s. A mysterious creature and a secret government agency, a group of kids having adventures around their rural town, teens experimenting with sex, drugs, and peer pressure. 


19. Making a Murderer 


Heralded as Netflix’s answer to the hit podcast Serial, Making a Murderer tells the tragic story of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, native Steven Avery. After serving 18 years in prison for a horrific sexual assault and attempted murder crime he maintains he never committed, new evidence exonerates Avery, making him a free man. Now 41 years old and looking to clear his name, Avery sues Manitowoc County for a whopping $36 million in damages. However, shortly after filing the lawsuit, Avery’s name is once again tied to a grisly crime, this time the disappearance and assumed death of photographer Teresa Halbach. Coincidentally, Avery faces the same people who wrongfully put him behind bars in the mid-’80s and yet again maintain his innocence. Incredibly riveting yet downright infuriating at times, Netflix’s Making a Murderer is one of the most fascinating true crime documentaries you’ll find anywhere. 


20. Twin Peaks 


This cult classic of the early ’90s came from the mind of director David Lynch. After homecoming queen Laura Palmer is murdered, FBI agent Dale Cooper arrives in the small Washington town to investigate. Weirdness ensues, with everything from homicidal demons and cryptic dreams to doppelg√§ngers of dead people and an FBI agent who really likes cherry pie and a “damn fine cup of coffee.” Twin Peaks was a revelatory series in its heyday, and it still holds up thanks to its uniquely eccentric characters and memorable moments, even if the murder mystery fizzles out eventually. 

*Not avaliable on Netflix anymore :/

Saturday, 1 August 2020

8 Ways to Keep Your Style in a Heatwave



Yes, it's god damn hot and it's not easy to think about your style during this heatwave but that doesn’t mean you can't. 
Although the only thing we can think about is being as naked as w can during the day, trying to find a way to live in an air condition or other brilliant ideas; we'd like to remind you the 8 sartorial rules you need to be following right now. 
The solution might seem easy: Bermuda shorts, t-shirt and sandals. But that's not all! 
So here, to help you get it right as the weather warms up and the lockdown rules loosen, are 8 key rules for staying stylish in the heat. 

1. Fabrics! Yes, fabrics! 

A simple but important one. Wearing the wrong fabrics in the heat might tak your will to live. Silk-linen mixes, poplin cottons and open-weave pique fabrics are your best bet here. In fact, anything even remotely breathable will be your best friend.

 

2. Hat! But the cool ones...

3. Wear that bloody sun cream!

4. The biggest investment for your style during the year - especially for summer: A proper Sunglasses 

A good pair of sunglasses will have the power to make or, indeed, rapidly break your look. The key, therefore, is to not only spend money on a quality pair that will enhance everything else you’re wearing, but to also choose some that will go with all the summer gear you own. If you tend to sport beiges, blues and greys then opt for a pair of glasses in tortoiseshell. If you prefer primary hues or monochromatic shades, go for black.

5. And, of course, shorts... Get as much as you can! 

Get yourself a couple of high-quality tailored shorts you really enjoy wearing and feel great in, because the chances are you’ll be sporting them much more than usual in the coming months.

6. Never take your shirt off in public (unless you’re lying horizontal or you are in a park) 


7. Sandals rather than flip-flops 

Keep your flip-flops for the gym showers (when gyms finally reopen) instead. You can never go wrong with a good pair of Birkenstocks.

8. Use a non-white-mark deodorant




Tuesday, 21 July 2020

4 TOP FASHION TRENDS for MEN’S S/S 2020



Being comfortable is our priority especially for summer! We do keep the style too though... 
Whether you need a wardrobe update or you’re just searching for a bit of summer styling inspiration, check out out TOP 4 men’s trends for Summer 2020. 

1. Cross-Body Bags 

Keep your belongings safe and also add a little touch to your look with a super stylish crossbody bag. This is a great way to jazz up an outfit and is a practical way to do it.


2. Over the Knee Shorts 

Achieve the ultimate casual feel in a pair of over the knee shorts. These are a great way to keep yourself mostly covered but stay cool in the summer heat. 


 

3. Shield Sunglasses 

Protect your eyes from the sun in the coolest way possible with these shield sunglasses. 






4. Extra-orthopaedic sandals 

For SS20 your sandals should be chunkier than ever. Wear with socks if you’re brave. The trend continued in Paris, with folksy, thrown-together sandals shown at Lanvin and Loewe, and chunky trainer-esque styles at Hermes.


 


Friday, 12 June 2020

50 Best Father's Day Gifts 2020


Just as with moms, there’s no one type of dad. We don't call them “cool dad” specifically because dads are all cool in general! 
Your old man raised you, didn’t he? And now, with coming Father's Day, it's time to pay homage to all that coolness with an equally cool gift for dad. Meaning, not a gift card! 
To help you along, we've gathered great gifts for your father from tech gadgets to fashion garments, and fun games. 
With gift or no gift, just don't forget to call him, hug him or throw a nice message in a Father's Day card too... You'll be golden.

Friday, 1 May 2020

8 Common Home Workout Mistakes to Avoid While in Quarantine

Via: Men's Health Magazine

Athlean-X's Jeff Cavaliere breaks down the errors that could be affecting your gains at home.



Stop Focusing on What You Don't Have to Train 

You don't need a fully-equipped home gym to keep the gains coming, says Cavaliere—all you have to do is take advantage of the stuff around you. Countertops, tables, staircases, doorways can provide adequate alternatives to equipment when you're working out in quarantine. Similarly, Cavaliere points out that often, when training at home without equipment, some people tend to overcompensate by attempting exercises that are beyond their current level of ability. Rather than pushing for difficulty, simply focusing on achieving the correct form in moves like the pushup will be a lot more productive for building muscle.

Mistake: Neglecting the Posterior Chain in Your Home Training 

All too often, home workouts refrain from sufficiently training the back, and the aforementioned absence of equipment makes this a bigger problem. "Your back is one of the biggest areas in your entire body, and it needs a great deal of attention," says Cavaliere. "Forgetting to train it just because you don't have the obvious options at your disposal doesn't make it acceptable." While you're likelier to do pullups, rows, or pulldowns when you stumble across the equipment in a gym, it's far too easy for those moves to slip your mind at home when you don't have access to the same equipment. But overlooking the smaller muscles in your back can lead to all kinds of problems with your posture—especially if you're spending a ton of time sitting—as only training your front creates a muscle imbalance.

Mistake: Using Fixed Rep Counts to Work Out 

Following a prescriptive approach to programming (i.e. setting a certain number of sets of reps) isn't particularly useful, says Cavaliere, as each individual has differing levels of ability, and you won't necessarily be taking yourself to the limit required to create real gains. "Instead of fixed rep counts, focus more on training to failure on this specific day," he advises. "Because that can actually vary from day to day. If you take failure as your guideline, you're basically providing yourself with a number that's actually accurate when it comes to creating overload." If you do want to keep using fixed rep counts, then Cavaliere recommends training to failure or adding a time limit to your workout.

Mistake: Forgetting to Include Variety in Your Workouts 

"Exercise variety is what actually creates the overload, because it applies a different stress to your body," says Cavaliere. Using the example of the pushup again, he demonstrates how performing different variations of a single move can have different effects on the body. Additionally, simply repeating the same workouts over and over again will lead to diminishing returns, as there is no progression: mixing up your moves, adjusting your rest times, and adding time limits to sets are all ways to keep adding that stimulus in the muscles.

Mistake: Prioritizing Cardio Over Strength Workouts 

A lot of the time, home workouts consist almost entirely of cardio moves rather than strength moves. And while cardio moves have their place, Cavaliere believes they should be confined to your conditioning workout if what you're looking for is muscle growth. "If you want to build muscle, you need to focus less on cardio moves," he says. "It becomes more of a HIIT effect than a strength-building effect." The most effective way to build strength at home is by doing exercises which create muscle fatigue within seconds, rather than minutes.

Mistake: You Don't Make Training a Part of Your Daily Routine 

For many, going to the gym is simply a part of their daily schedule, something they do on their way to or from work. For others, training with a workout buddy adds a social element, along with a sense of accountability. All of these things have fallen by the wayside since we began self-isolating, and we've lost that accountability.It's more important than ever to carve out a set time for exercise in your day-to-day, and stick to it. Not only will you feel the physical benefits from keeping up with your workouts, but it can bring some much-needed structure to days which, lets be honest, are starting to blur together.

Mistake: Picking the Wrong Room 

Cavaliere advises that you avoid the most comfortable room in your house. You might be too easily distracted if you're surrounded by your comfortable couch and TV, and that's a recipe for skipped sessions. Apartment dwellers—best of luck in your small spaces. Try creating a dedicated space for your training to get into the right mindset.

Mistake: Repeating the Same Workout Again and Again 

If you do the same thing over and over, you eliminate progression. Once you eliminate progression, you eliminate your chances to improve and advance to challenge your muscles in new ways to challenge your muscles to stimulate growth.