There's never any shortage of utterly amazing things happening in the world—things to watch, things to eat, things to listen to, things to buy and things to play. Which is why the phrase, “Shut up and take my money” is so amazing. Sometimes it's all there is to say. Here's the stuff that has the Funko crew yelling “Shut up and take my money” this month:
After two years of catching and training Pokémon even the most diehard Pokémon Go fans have to appreciate the frequent updates. The latest round of updates features a smorgasbord of shinies including the ability to give friends nicknames; sort friends by name, nickname, friendship level and pending gifts; a 200 XP reward for sending gifts and the ability to trade with friends.
Nike Parra x Air Max
Stripes, polka dots and clouds in a sea of cheerful pink, blue, orange, red, gray and white? Nike and Amsterdam-based artist Piet Parra's previous collaborations resulted in several popular Air Max 1 designs including Cherrywood and Amsterdam but that was eight years ago and eight years is a long time to wait to say shut up and take my money. Before we talk about the shoes there's a few things you need to know: Parra is a nickname that's short for paranoid and the artist doesn't have a single pair of shoes from his previous collaborations. Now, about the shoes. Parra said, “The colors are close to my usual palette and come from the initial artwork I made for this. I started with the artwork and moved on from there. At some point I thought, ‘What if you throw a white Air Max through the drawing? What would stick to it, color- and pattern-wise?' So it turned out to be an abstraction of an abstract landscape.”
GLOW Season 2
Wrestling, hairspray, spandex, rivalries, female empowerment: It really doesn't get much better than GLOW season 2. We get conversations about race and gender and sexuality, explorations of grief and trauma and the sheer joy of watching someone—in this case several someones, almost all of them women—do something they were clearly born to do. As The Atlantic shrewdly states, “The thrill of the first season of Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive's series wasn't in its bedazzled '80s aesthetics. It was in the rare opportunity to see a television show about a group of women finding fulfillment at work.”
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been around for a while now, having debuted on Netflix March 6, 2015. While the premise is dark—the titular character is rescued from a cult that held her hostage for 15 years and must now navigate modern life as a free woman—the show itself is vibrant, joyful and bizarre, mostly due to Ellie Kemper who plays Kimberly "Kimmy" Cougar Schmidt. However, some would say Kimmy's bestie Titus Burgess is the star of the show and for good reason. Titus' riff of Beyoncé's Lemonade in Season 3 makes the entire three and a half seasons currently available worth binge watching.
Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now
We could all use a laugh, or several, and Sully of Funkast fame is guaranteeing—maybe not his words, but what's wrong with some embellishment?—that Jim Jefferies' 2018 Netflix standup special will make you laugh until you cry. If you're on the fence about giving it a try, the trailer's pretty entertaining. Plus, the guy has an accent.
My Favorite Murder
True crime and comedy are thrown together so rarely that you might be scratching your head thinking one or both of those genres was a typo. But that is not the case. Comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark have been taking on serial killings and brutal murders with humorous flair since 2016. And given that they're frequently on the top 10 iTunes' comedy podcast chart, they conducted a sold-out nationwide tour and have been featured everywhere from Rolling Stone to Entertainment Weekly to The New York Times, it seems to be a winning formula. Start listening to their weekly podcast and become a Murderino today.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7
Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. It ran for six seasons and a total of 121 episodes, ending March 7, 2014, a dark day for Star Wars fans. Then Lucasfilm went and blew everyone's minds by announcing a seventh season including 12 new episodes at San Diego Comic-Con where dreams are made. We're still waiting on a release date, making this the perfect time to go back and binge watch the previous seasons.
A murder mystery TV series adapted from Gillian Flynn's debut novel? How many languages can you say “Shut up and take my money” in? The New Yorker beautifully writes, “The plot builds such that the murder mystery hatches the suspense tale of Camille racing against the past, which is never dead. Her consciousness flickers to the screen in a Southern Gothic stream of gory memories, ghostly mirages, half-repressed remembrances, and flares of grief. The flow of fragments, of flashbacks to adolescence and other formative traumas, pools into a psychological portrait of a damaged person. Adams conjures her woundedness without sentimentality. In a performance that is raw but understated, she elicits thrills and occasions sadness, at the center of a tale about a house haunted by itself.”
If you happen to be a fan of solving complex math problems in your free time—and really, who isn't?—then Brilliant is the app for you. The app store describes it as “oddly addictive, bite-sized learning” and there are monthly and annual subscription plans available for those who are eager to entertain themselves by stimulating the old parietal, prefrontal and inferior temporal regions of their brains.