Kids in the Street

This video went viral on social media today and is quite fascinating to watch. I just had to do something interesting with it.

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Mary Tyler Moore

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Dec 29, 1936 – Jan 25, 2017

She lived, she breathed

She experienced and rose

One episode at a time

Changing the world

After The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows on TV right now (even though I hardly ever watch it on traditional TV). I have enjoyed watching every season so far up to the first half of season 7 through Netflix and other various means. The show hardly ever varies from one season to the next except for a location change or new deaths but it’s the interesting characters that have kept me in. Cheap plot gimmicks aside and the usual Rick goes crazy and then decides to fight the system formula and this show always manages to keep me anticipating what is up next.

The main villain for season 7 is a brutish man named Negan and the rest of his biker gang known as the Saviors, who all are known as Negan together. He controls the stock of weapons, food, and other essential items (even taking away the mattresses).

As for how this show will eventually end, whenever that is, I hope the producers don’t settle for some cliche ending like the one on Lost. Or that this was all a complex dream of Rick Grimes, the main hero of the series. I am hoping the show goes the route of eventually finding a cure for the zombie virus (which was a brief idea by Eugene a few seasons ago) or that our survivors have developed an immunity to the zombie walker virus that activates when one is bitten or dies. I can even imagine Daryl taking one last look at Rick before he rode off into the sunset on his motorcycle. Or maybe they eventually reach Washington DC and the final shot is of the tattered American flag slowly waving in the calm post-apocalyptic breeze.

I sure hope the show isn’t dragged on for too long and ends as long as the ratings stay positive.

 

 

YouTube Rewind 2016

Another year of YouTube is nearly in the books. To celebrate 2016’s greatest moments, the annual Rewind is back again and better than ever.

This is my reaction video. Enjoy!

Slumdog Millionaire

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If there is one film I would definitely like to see again, it would be Slumdog Millionaire. This was a true treasure of a film and is something that requires a little research to understand. The culture and history of the Indian subcontinent portrayed in this film have been the subject of controversy because some believe it isn’t quite accurate and is being exaggerated (like the issue of poverty in India), while others see this as a way for the country to improve the state of its cities.

Once a sleeper hit in 2008 that wasn’t expected to do much, it went on to win many awards, including eight Academy Awards, one for best motion picture of the year. The film was first shown at a private film festival before being released to the U.K. and elsewhere. As with many of these international films, they don’t usually gain widespread popularity until something big happens, such as winning major awards. I love these kind of films that have very little widespread promotion and go on to become big hits later on. They are instant classics in my mind, one of a kind films that deserve a little more thought and analysis when viewing them.

When I first watched the movie (getting it off a bootleg Internet site), I had no idea the answers to the questions for the eventual Who Wants to be a Millionaire? segment were shown in different scenes of the film. When the quiz show contestant Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel) got up to the 20 million rupees (US $300,000) question, he was suspected of cheating because no one would have thought a simple “slumdog” would know so much with very little education. He was beaten and tortured by the police and asked how he got the answers. Jamal confesses that his secret to getting so many of the questions correctly was based off his past experiences, such as getting the autograph of a famous Bollywood actor and the death of his mother in the Bombay riots. The police questioning him think this is a ridiculous idea and eventually let him continue playing. He ends up getting to the final question that asks who the third musketeer in The Three Musketeers was. After using his Phone-a-friend (calling his brother Salim in his prison cell), his childhood friend Latika picks up and tries to help him. She doesn’t know the answer so he randomly chooses Aramis, getting the question correct and winning the grand prize of 20 million rupees (the same currency used in the Zelda games).

When watching this film again, I’ll look for those subtle clues that lead up to the ending. It’s quite a far-fetched plot that is used and is quite unbelievable but I still loved the film otherwise.

I have figured that the final question given to Jamal about the musketeers was supposed to be simple enough (even a child could have answered it) in order for the organizers to prove that an uneducated slumdog couldn’t possibility walk away with the big money. They thought he wouldn’t even be smart enough to make it that far, let alone past the first few questions, which is why the questions were set up the way they were, but he proved them all wrong. His winning was all based on a lot of real good luck and being in the right places at the right time, which I see as a rather convenient plot device by the writers, but done in a way so as to amaze the viewers later on.

Millions (of rupees)

100 Years Ago Today

The film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, based on the novel by Jules Verne, was released in 1916, nearly 100 years ago today (officially on December 24, 1916). To compensate for the lack of dialogue in this silent era film, there are facts and pieces of biography scattered in the film. Enjoy the entire 10 minute title in this one post.

 

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 

 

I watched this series of videos on YouTube yesterday, prompted by “The Film Theorists”, and didn’t even know what to think. It was the weirdest adventure. They start off like educational videos and then go into a creepy sequence of disturbing images and shock moments. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” has got to be the most beautiful and artistic creation I’ve seen so far. Unlike some viral videos, this one makes you think. It’s deep and layered with a message that is not so easy to understand. The unpredictability witnessed by someone who has never watched these is amazing – it was especially for me.

Now, this sixth and final one (though fans have tried to make their own theorized 7th) is obviously dealing with death. The three puppet friends are in some kind of purgatory. Scenes, characters, and dialogue from the previous episodes are featured. The Yellow Guy lies in bed thinking about his friends that have gone missing, reflecting with an old photo album. The talking lamp tells him how he can dream about the most morbid and nightmarish things and then characters from the previous episodes, such as the steak and clock, randomly appear and disappear in the room one by one, faster and faster until Yellow Guy is going insane.

Oh, and the songs in these videos are catchy as ever, especially in the first video that sings about creativity. “Green is not a creative color”. Why? The first one was probably supposed to be a one time thing done for kicks, but after people started talking about it and theorizing, a Kickstarter program was initiated to fund the second and subsequent ones. I must have watched the sixth one numerous times. It’s such a timeless creation. The whole series, while rather short, is unique. It’s time to fund a “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” feature length film.