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.

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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The complex categorization of Get Out

When you apply a genre to a film you are trying to squeeze it into this box. The reason we sort films by genre is simply to help viewers decide what they want to watch.

Is “Get Out” a comedy? is it a drama?

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My Moviepass Endorsement

Moviepass has the potential to be the life-jacket to a sinking industry.

Well, that’s a bit hyperbolic isn’t it? The industry is not “sinking” per se, but it’s also not floating comfortably.

2017 was the worst summer in 25 years for movie theaters. In the midst of all the empty theaters Moviepass’ pie-in-the-sky pipe dream came to life. Continue reading

The Weinstein Effect – The necessity of the Hollywood Purge

We are in the midsts of a historical year for the entertainment industry – there is no denying that. Victims, both women and men, suppressed by the lingering aura of those in power, are starting to feel comfortable speaking out and sharing their trauma.

Before I get into the meat of this post I have to give a shout out to these brave women and men. It’s easy for us on the outside to judge and critique public figures. You’ll often find in comment sections – “Why’d it take so long for you to speak up?”

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Film: The Fall of Harvey Weinstein

Film: The Fall of Harvey Weinstein

It’s been everywhere.

Facebook, Twitter, Reddit… So you pretty much have an idea now that Harvey Weinstein is a despicable creep.

Along with these multiple allegations, we are learning more about the complicit behavior of a lot of performers and industry leaders alike.

This is not okay.

There is a poison in Hollywood. While the Hollywood elite preach their left-wing ideologies of inclusiveness; studios fail to employ female filmmakers at alarming rates, studio CEOs and production heads sexually harass men, women, children – whoever they want.

They believe they are power. That they can deliver dreams and therefore can control people – objectify them. It’s a truly despicable cognitive dissonance that is evergrowing within the elites not just in this industry, but in many industries in a country that has let unhinged capitalism and corporate greed run amuck.

In our country if you have money, you are above the law.

Harvey Weinstein will throw money at these cases. Retire peacefully and quietly. And those who were complicit, his brother, the board of TWC, and the many industry insiders who stood by and accepted this as normal or okay will clap the dirt from their hands with empty PR-filled apologies and sustained silence.

Hollywood is a dirty, dirty, despicable and hypocritical place.

We watch movies and shows for the escapism. For those fleeting moments of bursting emotion that we receive from them.

We all need to remember though, that the faces we fall in love with on screen are not the same faces in the real world. Separating the art from the artist is one thing, but we cannot condone an entire industry placing itself above the law and above basic human rights.

Be vocal, be supportive of those who have been victimized. These people are frightened to speak out, let them feel welcomed, let them know it’s okay to speak up.

Hopefully some cleansing of Hollywood can come from this, and the fall of Harvey Weinstein will put those elite bastards who haven’t been caught yet into check.

Emmys: Final Predictions – 2017


Final predictions are ranked from most likely to win to least likely.

Last Update: 09/16/17

This is a tough year. The Handmaid’s Tale vs. This is Us vs. Westworld vs. The Crown vs. Stranger Things has to be one of the closest 4-way races the Drama Series category has seen in years. Any of them could win.

I based a lot of these picks on who won the early Emmys. So, in the end, I favored Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, and This is Us in most categories.

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is Us
The Crown
Stranger Things
Better Call Saul
House of Cards

Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Film: Fox wants an Oscar for War for the Planet of Apes

Film: Fox wants an Oscar for War for the Planet of Apes

There were several articles about this recently.

It won’t happen.

Can a summer blockbuster that is both financially and critically successful score some Gold come Oscar season? Absolutely, and it has happened before.

Fox can pour some money and resources into this, but it’ll be to no avail simply because War for the Planet of the Apes wasn’t good enough. Hell, it may not even be considered the most critically-acclaimed blockbuster of 2017.

It will also always invite comparisons to its vastly superior predecessor. Having “Dawn” to compare it to only highlights the flaws of “War.”

Would absolutely love for Serkis to get some love, but we have never lived in a just world.