Television > Film

I’m serious. Think about it. Films tell a decent story, but if they are really worth it, you always want more. That’s what good television does. Quick logic, but just the same, seems logical. Television is gaining on the film industry quickly. Actors are taking parts in long-term series more often, as do directors and screenplay writers, creating amazing stories that go on for years, building tension and suspense the whole time. Now I want to begin an eleven-part series introducing and analyzing my top favorite programs, hopefully in an overall effort to prove my point in some way. Yes, I am addicted to television. Blame Netflix.

1. Dexter
2. The Office
3. True Blood
4. Entourage
5. Avatar: The Last Airbender

I tried to mix it up, based on what I have watched the entirety of, and I’ll probably add more, once I ‘collect more data’ (aka sit around and watch T.V.)  Maybe I’m lame, but I can explain.  You just wait.

I don't own this picture. Sorry. But Dexter is amazing.

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 4:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Wii + Netflix = Win

This isn’t exactly a video game, so I didn’t mean to mislead, but just the same, it needs addressed. I got a Nintendo Wii about two years, and I really had no use for it. All of that changed when I discovered the wonderful world of wireless internet. I signed up for Netflix, and my life changed slightly. I now had access to many television programs where ever there was an internet browser to be found, and where better to watch television than my television?  Netflix is definitely the best service for movie and television rental right now, and their streaming video has definitely got the upper hand over Blockbuster and Redbox.  The most fun I’ve ever had re-arranging things has got to be on their website, where the instant cue has become for me a semi-endless list of future entertainment.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are entire seasons of titles like Dexter, Weeds, Law and Order, Lie To Me, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Office, Lost, and many more, including countless movies that I never would have watched without the ease of access offered by Netflix.  Seriously, it’s way better than Comcast OnDemand.  And it’s more fun to do with a WiiMote.  It’s only like 8 bucks a month, so go do it.  It’s worth it.  I wouldn’t lie to you.

Finally, the Wii is fun

Bronson

I’m currently watching the film Bronson, and it is awesome.  The film loosely details the life and imprisonment (which has been most of his life) of Charles Bronson, born Michael Peterson, labeled Britain’s most dangerous prisoner.  Other than the great acting and amazing artistic direction, the story offers an interesting insight into psychology, as well as the premise of long-term imprisonment.  For instance, the broad subject, for which I cannot think of a better word to describe than ‘time’, is gifted to this man in a way that his full potential, if you want to call it that, is allowed to be met.  He is a violent man, prone to fighting and immune to compromise.  Yet, from all this, he wrote eleven books, one of which is a virtual manual for semi-advanced physical training while confined in small spaces.  He painted and wrote poetry, creating more art than most aspiring artists can achieve.

Why?  Well, my theory is time.  With nothing productive to achieve, due to his strict imprisonment, Bronson put forth an artistic effort only possible with the gifts of basic needs, for which he did not have to work, and endless time, which continues today.  In some ways, this correlates with my theory of Henry David Thoreau’s success with his experiment at Walden Pond.  He lived in an environment of little resource and minimal assistance, but assistance nonetheless.  Thoreau could not have feasibly completed his self-reliance experiment without aid from his mother and the town nearby.  And he too had time on his side.  But without this assistance, whether it be help from one’s mother or daily meals provided by the correctional facilities, neither of these ‘experiments’ would have been as fruitful as they turned out.  There seems a certain degree of creative ease when one does not have to toil with the everyday struggles of making a living, dealing with society, and being bogged down by mass-media.  I believe this helped along the creative flows of both Thoreau and Bronson.  This connection may seem far fetched, but to me, it makes perfect sense.  What would you do if all you had, rather than stress, grief, obligations, responsibilities, or profound life-goals, was time?  We are rather convincingly led to believe that this amount of time is finite, so why waste something so fleeting?  Some of us have no choice, it seems, and therefore we fall into our daily routines, destined to die before we realize our lives have happened.  This is what intrigues me.  I’m not saying I’d like to go to prison, but if I did, I could see myself focusing more fully than ever.  Bronson is still in prison, and who knows what he will be able to accomplish there.  It’s a strange thought that such a condition could allow creativity and productive thinking to flourish like this.

Perhaps you won’t see the same things I did when you watch this movie, but you should still watch it.  It’s artsy and provocative, graphic and beautiful.  So, go watch it.

Other people like it too

Published in: on April 10, 2011 at 4:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Rampage; exactly what it sounds like

Most people never got to hear about the movie Rampage, because I think it was a straight-to-DVD sort of movie.  This doesn’t automatically make it a bad movie, because it’s actually a pretty darn good movie.  It displays in explicit detail the dire consequences of society causing a man to go crazy and snap.  If you don’t mind gore and violence, you might find it acceptable, at least.  If you like gore and violence, you’ll probably love it.  If you like political/social psychological analysis kinds of movies, you will also love it.  That’s where I come in.  It’s interesting to see what a situation like this might look like, especially if I’m going to have to condition myself to deal with it if it ever does happen.  Paranoid as that sounds, you never know.

It looks kool. Must be kool, right? That was my path of logic.

Other than that, it has a kool plot, believable dialogue, and a neet twist at the end.  Check it out, I think it’s on Netflix right now.

Published in: on April 9, 2011 at 4:27 am  Comments (4)  
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The Watchmen

So now is a good time to discuss this, because I happen to be reading the graphic novel The Watchmen right now.  Written by Alan Moore between 1986 and 1987, it was originally published as twelve issues.  I decided to get all of them at once, because I happen to be an instant-gratification-loving American.  Compared to the movie, it’s actually very similar, and if you’ve seen the movie fifty times like I have, you can see some of the instances where they will take a line from one scene of the novel and make it stick out in a significant way in a different way.  I also hear that the ending is different, but nobody tell me what happens.

The movie, however, is probably just as good, if not better, for those who don’t naturally get sucked into something like I and other fanboys do.  There is so much more info, only sort-of implied or left out of the movie, in the comics that I don’t want it to end.  I already know the story, but not the whole story, it appears.  Reading the graphic novel for me is like hearing a story from someone who gets the basic idea and some kool details, and then hearing it retold by someone that knows the whole thing.

Whatever it is about The Watchmen that has drawn so many fans can probably not be discussed all at once, so maybe somebody can lend an opinion.  For me, I’m a big fan of history, and the interesting take on the altering of the twentieth century as a result of superheroes, especially Dr. Manhattan, is what has really drawn me in.  Plus, it takes an interesting trip through the minds of people living in a time of imminent nuclear war, but I’m an English Major, so maybe I’m in a minority that looks for that kind of stuff.  From that perspective, every character in the novel has something to offer in terms of personal experience, strife, struggle, and all of that fun psychological stuff.  If you haven’t seen The Watchmen yet, or better yet read it, then get off the internet and go watch it.  Comment first.  Then go.

Just in case you were trying to think of a way the movie could have been terrible.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch

Due to the recent release of the new film Sucker Punch, currently in theatres as of April 1, 2011, I am excited to once again dive into the study of what makes the films director successful in his craft.  If you haven’t heard of him by name yet, most nerds like me will be lying if they say they haven’t seen Zack Snyder’s previous work, (300, Watchmen, 2004 Remake of Dawn of the Dead) which, frankly, has reached a new level of action-based film.  To start, the visual work he utilizes is something seldom seen in other films.  The slow-motion fight scenes and random clips suggesting change in speed are no doubt helpful in adding to the excitement of the film, but the concept is running its course, especially in this era, where everybody is so jaded when it comes to entertainment.  When all of your viewers have seen it all, what can you do next?

Zack Snyder stepped up (after Dawn of the Dead, of course) and devised a style all his own.  The result is almost like a mixture of comic book artistry, video game action, and the most action-packed dream you’ve ever had.  Any given shot in 300, for example, can still impress me in some way.  The second thing to note is that his style makes it perfect (or perhaps it is the other way around) to make films based on graphic novels.  Fanboys of this genre of literature no-doubt had mixed feelings when their beloved epic comics started to show up in film, but the accurate portrayal and even, in the sense of adding sound and controlled flow, improvement of these comics is no trouble for Snyder’s style.  I will most likely open new discussions for each of these films, because further discussion is needed to do them any justice.  Or better yet, go watch the movies, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I haven’t seen Sucker Punch yet, but it’s on my to-do list.  Hopefully it will live up to expectations, at least on a cinematography level.

Pretty ladies with automatic weapons. Together, who cares about the plot? Right guys? I mean, right? Haha... Where you goin'?

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Beginning

Welcome to my blog page.  I want to keep this all as informal as possible, but I feel that in order to accurately discuss the subject matter here, a certain level of professionalism should be exhibited.  By this, I mean that if you were to read a scholarly journal entry with open response capabilities, the responses would contain minimal profanity, personal attacks, lude, rude, and/or explicit comments, unintelligible material, and anything else I feel does not conform to our societies generally accepted rules of civil interaction.  With this being said, if you do have something to add, feel free.

What I will be blogging in future posts will involve the many realms of the entertainment industry, from film, television, gaming, music, literature, etc. 

 It is not my wish to mediate between difference in opinion that do not involve the subjects listed above.  If you have a conflicting opinion involving religious and/or scientific beliefs, political/social issues, race/gender/sexual preference issues, morals, ethics, philosophical outlooks, or anything else like these, and they do not directly relate to the discussion at hand, your post will never be seen, so don’t waste your time.

Welcome to my blog.  Enjoy your stay.

Published in: on March 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment