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      Volume 10 - Our Five Favourite Netflix Movies



      It's January and it's shit. The weather here in London is grim and we're all poor.  

      A very negative start I know, but there's one shining light for me over winter. And that's the lack of guilt I feel when I bunker down indoors for a day and watch a film. A day off from work, warm inside your home, watching movies is a blissful thing. I had a day of this bliss recently, and was all ready to watch 'I, Tonya'. This movie has been on my watchlist for months but I'd never got round to watching it. Turns out it's no longer on Netflix and I'm still yet to watch it. Great.

      So that brings me to this volume of Flaash Fuckeries. We talk movies a fair bit on Instagram and it seems most of you enjoy a good film as much as me. So here are my '5 Favourite Films Currently Available on Netflix Right Now'. Or FFFCAONRW for short. Nothing groundbreaking here but each one of these are definitely worthy of a rewatch if you've seen them before! 


      5. The Lighthouse (2019)

      So listing this movie as one of my favourites is a stretch, but oh boy it's definitely worth a watch. Although it's definitely not for everyone, I can guarantee the imagery and symbolism will stick with you for days. The Lighthouse is superbly shot in black and white and marvellously acted by Willem Dafoe and Robert Patterson. The intense storyline places the two of them on a tiny island outpost off the coast of New England. The whole movie pretty much just features the two of them and captures the madness of isolation. It's really weird. But beautiful. If you love film then definitely give it a watch.


      4. Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

      From the weirdly creepy and intense 'The Lighthouse' to the weirdly hilarious and lighthearted Fantastic Mr Fox. I love this movie, it's the perfect hangover cure. Wes Anderson brings the classic Roald Dahl book to life in the way of stop motion. Like every Wes Anderson movie it features his classic dry humour and picturesque shots. Featuring a star studded cast including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and our boy Willem Dafoe again. The story revolves around Mr Fox (George Clooney) breaking his wife's (Meryl Streep) promise and raiding local farms for chickens. The stop motion, talking animals and dry humour is such a great combo. Lastly, just the way the civilised family of foxes eat crack me up every time. 


      3. Nightcrawler (2014)

      Can Jake Gyllenhall put a foot wrong? He's easily hands down my favourite actor at the moment. And like always he's great in this. He plays creepy social outcast 'Lou Bloom' (great name) who wheels and deals his way through life. Lou discovers there is money to be made by selling footage of grotesque accidents to news stations and makes this his passion. Lou Bloom's intense personality and absolute disregard of any ethics line will leave you scarily worried about the world media. It's a fast paced wild ride. A real fascinating watch.


      2. Spirited Away (2001)

      You can't have a Netflix list without at least one Studio Ghibli film being included. When Netflix announced in 2020 they would start showing Studio Ghibli films, I was stoked. I'd only seen a handful at the time and they were always enjoyable and the animation better than anything I'd seen. I've now made my way through most of them, which made choosing which Ghibli film to include in this list super difficult. (In fact we should probably do a whole Flaash Fuckeries post on Studio Ghibli.) In the end we settled on Spirited Away, arguably the most famous of the lot. I actually watched this again last night, and each time there's something else to marvel at, or some new spirit that cracks me up. The storyline follows Chihiro a ten year old girl who enters the spirit world of Kami to rescue her parents who have been turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba. It's weird, wonderful and if you don't enjoy subtitles the English voice acting is great. 


      1. Arrival (2016)

      This movie blew me away. Maybe it was because I was expecting so little but it really did take me by surprise. I've watched it twice over the last month, and every time the topic of movies crop up in conversation I recommend it.  Starring Amy Adams as a Linguistic expert, the film centres around 12 alien crafts landing on Earth. Adams' character Louise Banks is tasked with the job of establishing communication with the aircraft owners and the difficulties involved. Kind of like a race against the clock, Bank's needs to establish why the aircrafts have arrived on Earth before the world powers declare war. It's such a great twist on the alien movie genre and although it moves at a fairly slow pace, I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I think a lot of this is due to the haunting soundtrack and unreal cinematography. 

      So there you have it. 

      These are my favourite films on Netflix right now. Check them out before Netflix takes them away and let us know what movies we should have added! 


      Volume 9 - Tunes To Fold T-shirts To 2021

      Stock image of fake fireworks


      And we got there. It tough sledding but 2021 has less than 24 hours to go. This time last year I bemoaned lock downs,  isolations and work zoom parties. Unfortunately 2021 still contained a lot of these, but hey, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Festivals and gigs returned. Some lucky folks got in some travel and on a personal note, I feel like we brought out two of our strongest collections yet. 

      With the return of gigs, came the return of some mad good albums. In fact the reason this post is so close to the end of the year is because voting was the tightest yet for Fuckeries Album of the Year. British post punk exploded with gems from Squid, Idles, Black Country New Country and new comers Dry Cleaning. Two of my all time favourite but vastly different artists Tyler and Parquet Courts had great new albums. 


      Parquet Courts was my most anticipated album of the year. It didn't disappoint


      As tight as it was, this year it came down to 3 albums from 3 Fuckeries faves. All three were on high rotation at Flaash HQ and many t-shirts were folded to them.

      Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams, Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. and Shame - Drunk Tank Pink.

      They all slap and if we could award them all then we would. But as we all know there can only be one winner and for me Little Simz just edges it. It's just a banger of a great album from start to finish. Soulful Hip-Hop featuring groovy afro beats and interludes by The Crown's Emma Crown, you have to listen to this album from start to finish. 

      Little Simz take a bow. Congratulations, Your are the proud owner of Fuckeries 2021 Album of the Year.

      Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is the 2021 Fuckeries Album Of The Year


      As mentioned above there are some mighty tunes that came out this year and I'm sure I missed loads. Below you will find 21 Tunes for 2021. Enjoy these while folding your t-shirts like I do. 

      Happy New Year! 




      Volume 8 - Good Omens

      Well the monthly blog had yet another hiatus. Putting pen to paper is harder than I thought. 

      In fact it's been a weird old year over here. Brexit brought it in crazy shipping complications, plus I dealt with a social media overload which became a little overwhelming. I was stuck in a rut. 

      But it was the little things that brought me out of it. I'm not overly superstitious or anything but I've noticed there are certain objects, occurrences, food or even articles of clothing that set me right. Good omens, I guess.

      Sailors had swallows, shepherds had red skies and when a bird shits on your head this is considered a good omen too. My original symbol of good luck was this heron I used to see on my old cycling commute. I named him Walter and if I saw him in the morning I felt like it would be a good day. I also have a pair of Lacoste socks that make me feel fancy. They were a desperation purchase at the airport, I didn't think wet socks (I got caught in the rain with typically holey shoes on the way to the airport) on a 24 hour flight to New Zealand were a good idea. 

      I've spoken to others and most say the same thing to me. They usually have a lucky hat or a lucky pair of underwear. For me even a good breakfast with a good coffee set's me right. I'm always running late for pretty much everything so this happens more rarely than it should. 

      So for our latest collection I looked at my pillars of good luck and planned everything around them. The Camberwell Beauty is a butterfly that is icon in my neighbourhood. Supposedly finding a butterfly in your home is considered a good omen. The handshake between friends, and if you look closely the pesky shitting bird makes and appearance in this collection too. 

      We also want a piece of our clothing to one day be your good luck charm. Something that makes you feel good as soon as you put it on. It's part of the reason we choose the hardy fabrics we do. 

      So I present you the Good Omens Collection. Enjoy :)

      P.S sadly Walter didn't make it in to the collection this time around but he will in good time 


      Volume 7 - Rianne Evans; Pushing, Pot Plants & Pizza Rolls

      Rianne not only has great fashion sense, she shreds. There's no two ways about it. If you don't follow her already go check out @rianneskate on Instagram and see for yourself. 

      We recently caught up with her to see how she navigated 2020 and of course chatted about my favourite subject, lunch.

      Where did you grow up and how would you describe it?


      I grew up in Bournemouth, right in the middle of the south coast. I have such mixed feelings on my hometown to be honest. I mean the skate scene here is quite small, but it’s always had such an amazing community. Everyone is like family; we really look after one another. Being a town rather than a city, Bournemouth doesn’t receive any attention from the UK skate scene, however, that has encouraged the locals to organise their own events and push the scene on their own. King of Kings (King of the road type event) for example has been going for a decade now and has in more recent years been a celebration of the life of a local shredder (RIP Nathan Heard). Away from the skate scene it’s a very conservative, not very multi cultural area where it seems most people’s aspirations are to look like a WAG. Thank god for the skate scene put it that way! 


      How did you get into skating? 


      I first when down the skate park in Bournemouth on rollerblades with my brother and soon realised everyone else was on skateboards. I remember watching his friends doing rock fakies and tail stalls and was just like ‘wow, I want to do that’. I actually stole/borrowed (hehe) my brothers friends board that he left at our house for months before I persuaded mother to get me one as an early birthday present. I spent every minute of that summer down the park. 


      What and Who inspires you?


      Skating wise, I get more inspired watching people I know than watching some pro video. There’s something about knowing what bag of tricks someone’s got and when they’re throwing themselves out of them comfort zone, which really gets me hyped. I much prefer watching English skateboarding or even European over the US because I find it way more relatable, crusty spots and all that. My biggest inspiration for skating has to come from Una Farrar, Breana Geering and Fabiana Delfino who are just the queens of skating really. Helena long too is always a huge inspiration, best personality and bag of tricks in the game. 


      What's your jam at the moment?


      I have such a varied taste in music. I’m talking, Biggie and Dre to Led Zeppelin to Sinatra. I just bought a record player though so I could listen to my mum’s old vinyl’s from when she was a teenager and I’ve found some absolute gems, it’s been nice finding a new way to enjoy music. I guess a look at my last played would be.. The Velvet Underground, Sade, Sam Cooke, Love, The Capitols,  Cat le bon, Fleetwood mac. 


      The Velvet Underground. Rianne's mum has impeccable taste in music. 


      What was for lunch and what would you rate it out of 10?

      I whipped up some home-made pizza swirls. I’ve been obsessed with them at the moment, as they’re so quick and easy to make and give you days of pizza snacking.. can’t go wrong. Basically just make some dough, top your pizza as usual, roll the whole thing up into a big sausage shape and cut into small sections (to create the swirl). 



      Just a photo I ripped from the internet of Pizza Scrolls. I have yet to see any of Rianne's, but have requested a delivery.



      Everyone can agree 2020 was a shit year for most, but what were the biggest positives for you? 


      I mean I was working through lockdown so it wasn’t as relaxing for me as it was for a lot of people but without being able to skate or chill down the pub I was forced to pick up some new hobbies to keep myself sane. I got really into gardening and houseplants, which is something I had wanted to do for ages as I was totally inspired by Dani G who runs @girlskateUK allotment Instagram (@plot.81 if anyone’s interested). It’s a hobby that has really brought me a lot of joy and I feel I’ve learnt a lot already, so I guess that’s a positive that has come out of it. 



      What's your favourite item in your wardrobe?


      Oh god, I have a big wardrobe haha. I mean there’s definitely a few nice skate brand jackets or jumpers that I would no doubt cry if I lost (yes I’m an over emotional woman). I have a particular jumper embroidered with a fisherman on it that was my granddads, passed down to my dad that I just absolutely love to pieces. Both my granddad and dad have passed now so I guess that’s why it means so much to me. 


      What's your favourite instagram account to follow?


      Is it bad if I just name meme accounts haha

      @Classicalshits – best meme account (always gets to me a good’n)

      @Girlshred – for all your girly shredding needs

      @Getlesta – of course, for some mad UK ripping.

      @plot.81 – Anyone interested in gardening



      Do you have a trick or line you're most proud of?


      I’m someone that is quite hard on them selves to be honest. So yeah I’ll be stoked on something I’ve landed, but I find it doesn’t last long before I’m like yeah but it could have been better haha. With the little amount of skating that’s going on with winter and lockdown I’m just happy to be getting out there, pushing. Bring on summer and normality. 


      A beaut boardslide. If you look closely you will see Rianne is wearing a pair of our socks. She confirmed that they definitely improved her skating ability.


      Lastly what are your goals for 2021?


      My goals before lockdown were to travel so I’m hoping I can get that done this year, fingers crossed. I also want to move city soon, possibly Bristol. I’ve applied for a job there so keeping my fingers crossed.


      So there we have it. Rianne's cooks, skates and grows plants better than me. BUT I have challenged her to a game of pool once lockdown lifts and then all bragging rights will be mine. 

      Make sure you give her a follow on insta @rianneskate  !!



      Volume 6 - Tunes To Fold T-Shirts To ~ 2020

      10 sleeps to go. Then, we're done. 2020 will be behind us. 
      I wish I that would spell the end of lockdowns, isolations and Zoom work drinks, but I'm afraid these will all be following us into 2021.
      It's been a shit year for everyone.
      One silver lining is that  2020 has been a far better year for music than I anticipated. Despite the lack of gigs, musicians continued to bring out slapping tunes which something I am mega grateful for.
      As I said this time last year, music keeps me sane whilst folding t-shirts. So, without further ado here is our Fuckeries album of the year and playlist of our standout tunes of 2020.
      RTJ4 was t he clear winner this year. A huge honour for Killer Mike and El-P to take home, I know they'll be super proud to win the Fuckeries Album of the Year.
      For me this album stood head and shoulders above the rest. Its arrival at the beginning of our first lockdown in the UK really helped me get through those first few weeks of isolation. It's just such a good album from start to finish. Killer Mike and El-P take on take on issues like police brutality and the damning political landscape effectively and still create banging tunes. 
      Despite RTJ4 being the clear winner, there were still a few other albums that I really bloody enjoyed this year. Sault not only delivered one fantastic album but two. Fontaines DC last years winner of the prestigious 'Fuckeries Album of the Year' almost backed it up with 'A Hero's Death'. I was also lucky enough to see them live in February and they certainly delivered. 
      Fontaines DC singer Grian Chatten
      I'm probably a bit more more in tune with British releases but man there were some goodies. Arlo Parks is fast becoming a Fuckeries favourite. Everything she releases is perfect. Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, and Ghostpoet carried the flag for chilled soul and hip hop. While Shame, Porridge Radio and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs ramped it up with sludgy rock classics. 


      Anyway that's enough of my rambling. See for yourself. Or listen for yourself. We've put together a playlist. 20 for 2020. Fold some laundry and crank it up.