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This week’s Round-Up is brought to you by stress and the concept of spreading yourself too thin. The more and more your favourite creators become popular and in-demand, the more they want to do. This means they’re in danger of burnout. This is something that will probably happen to everyone at some point, but it’s nothing to be worried about.
The power of “no” is something a lot of famous people, internet creators included, talk about a lot. They spend so much time doing everything they can to get where they want to be that when they get there they’ve got too much on their plate and something gets spilled, usually tears. Work out what’s best for you and simplify your life to make that best thing happen.
This introduction went somewhere unexpected, but hopefully appreciated. A big ol’ Round-Up for you to enjoy as an apology for our ramblings.
DETECTIE PIKACHU RAP | Dan Bull
You ever think you’d be watching a rap about a character from a Nintendo DS game? Us neither, but here we are! Dan Bull gives us another amazing rap about a video game character to go into his pantheon of videos that do such a thing. He eloquently shows the whole, bizarre game in five minutes, including its quirky weirdness. It has to be said that the flow and wordplay of the song is excellent, much better than most mainstream artists, if we’re being completely truthful.
This is the sort of video that perfectly encapulsates what makes the internet unique. You wouldn’t see an artist like Dan become popular back in the days of MTV, partly because no one would know what Minecraft is in the late 80s, but mostly because you’d never see music like this being strongly pushed to the masses. The closest parallel would be someone like Weird Al Yankovic, but he’s different because he parodies popular songs, giving the audience instant recognition. Dan creates new things about subjects that, yes, a lot of people know about, but your mum isn’t going to stream it. She might do if it was Weird Al releasing a parody of Adele’s Hello (called Bellow) where he just shouts a lot for three minutes.
This video is great, the song is great and for anyone asking “Why do this video?”, you need only to look at the video’s description.
Top LGBT Movies of 2018 | Rowan Ellis
2018 is shaping up to be a watershed year for LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream film, with films like Love, Simon hitting the big screen. Rowan Ellis goes through her list of films to look out for in the coming months, featuring Love, Simon, but also smaller films like The Miseducation of Cameron Post starring Chloe Grace Moretz and A Fantastic Woman, a Chilean Oscar-nominated drama centred around a trans woman and her struggles following the death of her lover.
Rowan speaks about all of these movies with a level of knowledge and research we’ve come to know her channel for. The films on this list have now made their way onto TenEighty’s list of films to watch in 2018, alongside the juggernauts of Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
There’s a long way to go before we can safely say everyone is represented equally and fairly in films, but Hollywood does seem to be shifting into a place where ideas, characters and stories from marginalised cultures will be explored by bigger moviemakers in the years to come. Rowan, we look forward to your 2019 list with 25 films on it.
MY STRUGGLES OF LIVING ALONE (DEEP,HONEST, ADVICE) AD | Mark Ferris
Change is something that’s frightening and can bring about certain struggles you may not be fully equipped to deal with. Moving away from home, perhaps to a place on your own, for the first time can be scary, but Mark Ferris is here to give a great overview of what to expect, telling us his experiences thus far.
This video is sponsored by the National Citizen’s Service (NCS), who asked him to talk about something that makes him feel unstoppable. His choice was living on his own. The talk begins wholly positive, talking about the independence it gives you and similar points. He then goes on to talk about deeper, real topics like loneliness, which is something we can all feel at times, whether on your own or in a group of people. This openness is what makes Mark an interesting, engaging creator.
Huge American Haul (Ulta Beauty, Bath & BodyWorks, Glossier & Duane Reade) | Zoella
This Round-Up is good for helping you find new and upcoming creators that post regularly, and this is one of those people. This is Zoe Sugg. She’s only got a few subscribers, so take a look at her newest video.
All jokes aside, this is a haul to end all hauls, with so much stuff from America it makes us jealous to hear about how amazing New York was for her birthday and to see all the things Britain doesn’t yet have. We want it all, especially the sweet treats from Duane Reade and CVS!
This feels like a classic Zoella video, with the added pizazz of a wonderful backdrop and a jumper that looks both new and old at the same time, like it was from a Saved by the Bell collection at Urban Outfitters. (That’s something that needs to happen, by the way.)
Making Rainbow Carbonara WITHOUT the recipe! Chefs vs Normal Guys | SORTEDfood
Fancy watching a video that makes you very hungry right off the bat? Well, here we go, we’ve got one for you. The boys over at SORTEDfood are joined by Romina Chiappa of the Chiappa Sisters to show us how to make Rainbow Pasta Carbonara. As they’ve done before, this cooking has added spice with electric shock devices, meaning that if the “normals” get it wrong they get shocked!
There’s a drinking game to be had with this video, but if you take a shot every time Jamie Spafford‘s hand flies up in the air you could be in for a very rough hangover. Although, we at TenEighty are unsure how rainbow pasta can be four colours and one of those be black, the final product looks divine and we’d like some, please?
SORTEDfood are like a fine wine or a stilton, for as their channel gets older, it gets better. Every video is filled with food that looks so good but seems so simple, it’s harder than it looks, surely? Microwave meals for us, we think.
Want more? Duh, you obviously do…
Bradley Birkholz is an American living in Cardiff. That’s something not a lot of people can say, so with his specific life experiences he’s interestingly poised to comment on this country and the subtle (or not so subtle) differences between the two. He talks about the sheer number of smokers here in the UK, which took some getting used to. There’s a lot to dissect for people from both sides of the Atlantic. Are you from California and want to know about the perma-rain place that is Cardiff? Are you from the UK and wonder what this country is like for non-natives? This is for you!
Lex Croucher has been put through the ringer by her own mental health in recent weeks. One of the ways she finds easiest to cope with it is to watch soothing TV. In this video, she talks through her top five shows that help her to calm down. All five are stellar choices, however, she does recognise that a couple of them could be perceived as problematic, eloquently speaking about why they still make her list. That all being said, she’s put Andy Samberg in there. This list wins for that alone. That man is a goddamn delight.
Will Carne has The Will Carne Show and this specific episode talks about the way certain movies *cough* Ready Player One *cough* try to cheat their way to a cinematic universe by overloading on references to create familiarity with the audience. This is just one of the topics on offer in this video and throughout Will speaks with such a confidence and knowledge of these subjects that it really seems almost effortless.
Lilly Ashton has created a lovely song about the YouTube algorithm, amongst other things. The production is old-school YouTube in the best possible way, with a real DIY aesthetic. There’s Habbo Hotel in this video – if there was ever a reason to watch a video, then that’s it. It really is a great take on the culture of online content as it is at the moment, with creators being such slaves to the algorithm to stay relevant.