Stay InsideShow Pop Culture Picks – Day 14

Due to social distancing, many of us have found ourselves with more time inside than usual. Many of our schedules have changed, giving us the opportunity to try new things. As fans of pop culture ourselves, Sideshow’s Staff is happy to share a few suggestions to help you fill your newfound time with high quality content.

To help encourage everyone to Stay InsideShow, every day this week we will be recommending one film/series, one comic/book, one board game, and one video game that you can enjoy while you practice safe social distancing. These picks are the best of the best, curated and personally suggested by our very geeky staff.


Streaming

Recommended by Kassidy

Parks and Recreation

In a time where kindness and wholesome comedy seems kinda rare, the team behind Michael Shur gives us a sitcom to last for decades: NBC’s Parks and Recreation, featuring Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Follow the journey of a low-level government employee with some D.C. high dreams! Some of the best components of this show are the engaging but unthreatening political philosophies that drive its messages and an incredibly lovable cast. Plus, it’s great if anyone is craving more mockumentary content after The Office – only replace corporate 9-5 with local government antics. Just get through the first season and I PROMISE you will not be disappointed!


Book

Recommended by Andy

BLACK AND WHITE (Tekkonkinkreet)

by Taiyo Matsumoto
VIZ Publishing

I have an old, much-read, and dog-eared copy of this graphic novel that has travelled with me around the world. On the back of the book are emblazoned the words:

“Mean kids practice random violence and senseless acts of ugliness on the mean streets”

This Manga introduces us to Black and White. Two young street urchins that are so damn tough that the cops are scared of them. Hell, even the Yakuza are scared of them. These kids run Treasure town. But when “The Rat” (an old crime boss) returns to the city, things change, and new players enter the arena.

On one level, this is a hyper-violent fantasy set in a surreal cityscape filled with random talking animals, and unsavory characters. But on a deeper level there’s a really compelling story of brotherhood that hits you in the heart.

I highly recommend it


Board Game

Recommended by Bri

Battleship

I don’t think this calls for much explanation but just in case: a 2-player game in which you set up your own ships, try to blow up your partner’s ships, and have a lot of fun. If you haven’t played this game in a long time, I highly recommend picking it up and going for it. It’s so much fun.


Video Game

Recommended by Andrew

Shadow of the Colossus (Puzzle, Action-Adventure, Exploration Game

I’ve only just begun Shadow of the Colossus, but I’ve never played a game like it in my life. You are tasked with going out to the edges of the realm to defeat sixteen massive monsters of unimaginable power and beauty. Each Colossus presents a new challenge, and the journey to each one makes you appreciate the quiet beauty of this forbidden land. The world is silent and peaceful, and your only companion in the whole game is your horse, Agro.


Check out some of our recommendations, and as always don’t forget to Stay InsideShow!