Press F to Pay Respects

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” may mostly be remembered for becoming a meme in a moment where you’re required to press a button to “pay respects.”

It unfortunately feels all too real when our “thoughts and prayers” statuses are looped into an indefinite deja vu.

I have strong, emotional and passionate feelings toward what happened in Parkland and our useless government of accomplices, but these adjectives will be the length of it.

Everything I want to say, is being said. And I’m too emotional to be rational, and too apathetic to attempt to be hopeful.

So… I’m listening and that’s that. Back to making it about our entertainment.

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The worthlessness of Top 10 lists

The Media 10 name originated from me wanting to create a website of Top 10s.

It was early on in the decade just before Buzzfeed hammered “list” articles into the ground which subsequently perpetuated clickbait content across the web.

More clicks, more ad revenue. This isn’t rocket science. It’s also a plague transmitted by the consolidation of corporate media.

Anyway, I’ll lower my pitchfork and step down from my soapbox… for now.

So yeah, lists were everywhere. Not only were they a mine for ad revenue, but they were easy to write and easily digestible for the reader.

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RIP Johann Johansson

“Wow, this looks incredible!” I thought to myself after viewing the trailer for “Battle Los Angeles” starring Aaron Eckhart.

The movie would end up with a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, and ultimately… I never saw it.

Still, to this day, I tell people it was one of my favorite trailers. Without Johann Johannsson’s track “The Sun’s Gone Dim” the trailer would’ve been a more accurate representation of the film – bland and unimaginative.

I dug up the song, put it on my iPod, and would turn it on occasionally when I wanted to hear something emotional, yet powerful.

Johannsson was an atmospheric composer and he would compliment tension expertly. He was more of a Carter Burwell type as opposed to the bombastic nature of the likes of Hans Zimmer/John Williams or the moody, quirky nature of a Alexandre Desplat or Danny Elfman.

Sicario was his masterpiece for me. The opening scene, like a lot of the film, carried by his creeping, yet powerful score. Arrival and Theory of Everything were icing on the cake – this guy was good. No, perhaps he was the best of our generation with his best still to come.

Johann Johannsson passed away earlier today at age 48.

The heart of Stardew Valley

We’ve seen this game before in many variations. Harvest Moon helped streamline simulation-RPGs in the 90s. Animal Crossing helped popularize the genre as well.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One won’t be the first film about simulation gaming. However, it once again introduces the conversation about how we embrace alternate realities and what we can learn about ourselves from them

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Top 10 – Television Shows of 2017

Here are my personal top 10 favorite TV shows that aired in 2017:

Some quick honorable mentions:

 

Atypical – Season 1

This is one of the funnier new shows I saw in 2017. It has a strong heart without being overly sentimental. It’s funny, it’s endearing, and at times can feel all too real.

You’re the Worst – Season 4

This is one of my favorite modern comedies, but unfortunately season 4 was undoubtedly the weakest season. There are still some strong poignant moments that tackle the mental illnesses of the characters. I will always love watching these characters figure themselves out and compete with there neuroses.

Godless – Limited Series

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Early 2019 Oscar Predictions

Picture
Backseat
If Beale Street Could Talk
First Man
Beautiful Boy
Ad Astra
Sunset
Peterloo
Everybody Knows
A Star is Born
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Alternates
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
The Favourite
The Tale
Widows
The Irishman
Isle of Dogs
Boy Erased
The Sisters Brothers

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One small step toward monopoly, one giant leap toward corporatocracy – The Disney, 21st Century Fox merger

Imagine you’re a CEO of a multi-billion dollar entertainment corporation. You have multiple assets and sources of income, but your entertainment franchises benefit your corporation the most.

Some low-level employee has an investment idea – an original story based on an original script.

Well, you have to say no right?

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2017 Golden Globe nominations – final predictions

2018 Golden Globe predictions are listed by most likely to be nominated. Check back here for most up-to-date predictions.

Last Updated: 12/08/17

Motion Picture – Drama
Dunkirk
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
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Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Controlling the human condition

I love it when a movie reveals a philosophical perspective on the human condition that shifts my own views.

To me, that is the bookmark of a great film. Three Billboards not only says “Hey, look at it this way..” It also reveals the nuances of the subject while displaying your own moral skepticism.

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Film: The Florida Project – the reality we don’t want to see

I’ve lived in Central Florida for 7 years. When I travel home I’m often asked “How often do you go to the Beach?” or people say “Damn, must be nice living next to Disney World.” And it is… if you can experience those things.
Central Florida may perhaps be the tourist capital of the world. But whether it’s Paramore, Pine Hills, or around the edges of OBT – this place isn’t the fairytale that Floridian politicians and advertisers are selling.
Hearing about The Florida Project was borderline euphoric for me. Such an important, cultural topic being created by the same filmmaker who just came off of Tangerine – also one of the most important films of this decade.

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