Horror films are a strange thing. Why do people pay to be scared and to watch horrible things happening on screen? Some of the most famous and biggest films in history have been horror films – from Psycho to The Exorcist, to Friday 13th to the Blair Witch Project. Read more
I’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad and wow what an amazing series it is – for me it’s the best show ever – beats The Sopranos easily and even better than The Wire as well, which I really liked too. Here for me are the reasons it was so good. Read more
2014 has been a pretty good year for music, and here’s a list of my favorites.
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Seems like everyone likes this song. Pharrell can do no wrong at the moment, has been having phenomenal success in the past few years, Blurred Lines was massive too – I loved that song as well despite all the controversy about it. His stuff is often pretty retro but done in such a modern way – and great tunes and style.
Ninety percent of us are avid television watchers and most of get bored to death of the same storylines repeated over and over . However, there is something even more annoying to the TV and movie goer and that is the cliché. And the television abounds with them.
Below is a list of six all-too-familiar TV and movie clichés we’ve all seen a million and one times, and most we will never experience in real life:
1. 555 area codes
It is amazing how many people in TV and movie-land have the area code 555. Whilst it understandable not to want to use real telephone numbers, who in their right mind would want to copy a telephone number down from a TV soap and try it? If they did they would naturally be in for a big disappointment. Now whenever we see a telephone number on the box or in the movies, we half expect it to be 555 something, something, something.
2. Speed writing
Most of us are slow writers and have to stop occasionally and think about what we are writing down. This isn’t a problem for our TV and movie heroes, they can write down complicated instructions in two seconds flat. Addresses and telephone numbers can be etched down in a split second without taking the pen from the paper.
3. The gun butt knockout
This is an all time favorite. Often the bad guys and sometimes the good guys get a quick rap on the back of the neck with a pistol. More annoyingly, this only causes minor inconvenience, and with a shake, the hero is off again sorting out the villains. The same could be said for bullet wounds which also don’t stop our heroes or bad guys. A shot in the arm is nothing and sometimes the hero can run, shoot, and dodge bullets for half an hour before flaking into a heap.
The truth is of course a rap on the back of the head with a gun will kill more often than not. Very few people could continue as normal with a bullet wound to the arms or leg as the pain would be too great.
4. I can’t talk because I am gagged
How many times have you seen someone in the movies with a flimsy strip of duct tape or a white hanky stuffed in or across the mouth, rendering them incapable of speech. The reality is in most cases if you feared for your life you would still be able to scream the house down, gag or no gag.
Amnesia is a common ailment in films. The victim gets a blow to the head and they forget everything, their family, friends and job. They spend an inordinate amount of time in this unhappy state, remarry, set up home, then they get another blow to the head and all is well again; perhaps. I wonder how many of us know someone who has suffered from amnesia?
6. Let’s act incompetent
For some reason, tv actors are often completely incompetent and helpless to perform ordinary tasks and day to day necessities. Does the lawn need to be mowed, gutters cleaned, or squirrel rid from the attic? It can never go smoothly. It will have to end in a disastrously funny way.
The rapidly disappearing subtitle that is gone before one has read the first two words. Not a true cliché but worth a mention. If you watch foreign films it may be better to learn the language first rather than the frustration of trying to follow the subtitles which are gone in a flash.
A few days ago I saw an old Saturday Night Live clip featuring Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley as Chippendale dancers (on youtube). It was pretty funny and inspired me to watch the old Patrick Swayze movie called “Point Break”. It was cool to watch it again since it has been a few years since my last viewing. I noticed different things about it this time (that always happens when you watch a movie a second time, or years later) like the scene where Johnny holds a knife to Tyler’s throat. Now that I have one of the best hunting knives you can buy I was fascinated by the knife rather than the scene itself – it actually looks like a combat knife rather than a hunting knife was used in the scene. It is funny how your perception of things changes over time as you pass through different life experiences and gain maturity.
My appreciation of the surfing scenes has improved as well. I went to watch a surf competition a couple of years ago that featured some of the best surfers and best surfboards in the world. Being in that milieu educated me about the skill needed to even just stay on a board on a wave in the ocean. To be fair, though, the pros make it look easy as they do in every sport. I never did try surfing myself but did give stand up paddleboarding a try not long ago and that was enough for me: even balancing on a board on flat water can be pretty tough.
Point Break was made in 1991 and so the movie making technology has evolved a lot since then. In 1991 filmmaking was done with, well… film. It wasn’t until 1998 that the first feature-length film — “The Last Broadcast” — was made using digital technologies. George Lucas with “The Phantom Menace” and later movies in the Star Wars series was the first to really push feature-length digital movies into the mainstream. Nowadays digital movie making is no longer the purview of professionals only. High quality surfing footage is all over the internet as well as, of course, TV. Back in 1991 it was not unheard of to see great surfing film and surfing TV coverage, but it was rarer. In the last while it has been especially common to see excellent quality clips from water and wave level, as well as from completely under water — that was a rarity in 1991!
Though Point Break only got a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes there are apparently a lot of people who are crazy about it and it has developed something of a cult following over the years. I’m now really curious to see the remake — yes, there is a 2015 version of Point Break coming — and see if it finds as much popularity as the original. Also I wonder how close the remake will adhere to the original’s plot. From the looks of the trailer it is only loosely based on the 1991 Point Break.
If you’re anything like most people, then at least a small chunk of your brain has probably rotted away from watching too much television or too many movies. It’s not completely your fault; they are quite tempting, and they’re easy things to do when you don’t feel like doing anything. But it doesn’t have to be like that, as there are plenty of fun activities that don’t involve watching TV or movies, and here are a few of them. One of my friends Mark has been trying to get me into more extreme sports for a while, so I added his suggestion in here too. Hi Mark!
One great thing to do is read. Remember books? Those things with the pages and the words, well they can be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or an evening. It’s something you can do at any time and at any place, so just find a comfortable spot and open a book. If you give it a chance, the stories you’ll find in books can be just as exciting and entertaining as anything you’ll find on television or in movies, and you may actually learn something useful while you’re at it.
If you want to forgo sitting around altogether, then get outside and go for a walk or a hike. It’s important to stay active and get some exercise on a daily basis, so even if it’s a low-impact walk around the block a few times, it’s better than nothing. If you’re looking for a little more excitement than a walk or a hike, then you should give an extreme sport like paintball a try. You may need a few things to get started, like a mask, vest and the nicest paintball gun that you can find for your price range before you head out, but once you get started it’s a blast! Of course, finding a nearby park and going on a hike would be ideal, as it’ll really get your heart pumping, as well as give you a chance to enjoy nature, which you may end up finding more enjoyable than television or movies.
Another great alternative to television is cooking. Even if cooking isn’t normally your favorite activity, turn off the TV and give it a try. Surely, there’s a special meal or dessert that you’ve always wanted to try, but never got the chance, so take a couple hours off from looking at a screen and get in the kitchen. If you just give it a chance, cooking can be fun and engaging, as it gives you a chance to experiment and try new things, which may end up capturing your imagination more than any movie or television show.
If you want to get as far away from your television as possible, go out for a drive. You don’t have to take a long road trip, although that can be fun too, but at least go for a spin around town and do some exploring. There has to be a part of town or some back roads that you’ve never been before, so take a break from watching television and check it out. You can crank up the radio, do some sightseeing, clear your mind, and maybe even find a new favorite spot, giving you another place to visit in lieu of watching television or movies.
Finally, go to a museum, which may be the antithesis of watching movies and television. Surely, you have something that is of interest to you, so whether that’s science, history, art, or something else, there’s probably a museum nearby to visit. Museums are a great excuse to get out of the house, as well as a place that can be relaxing and eye opening, and spending a day in a museum is certainly a better use of your time than watching movies or television.
My friend and I have been dying to try this new game. I haven’t had the chance – and time, to play because I have been busy what with all the stuff going on right now. That, and not to mention that my said friend who was living just down the block from me until recently, has moved away. I know, right? He left me… Just kidding.
We used to play all sorts of video games together at my apartment, and then we would go to the local video store to buy some more games to try. Oh man, those were the days. But alas, both of us have been both busy with work, and of course, there are a lot of other priorities that must come first. Due to work reasons, he had to move.