Facebook and social media has changed the definition of the word “friend.” Where once it meant someone we cared for and would go out of our way to help, now it means person we may have met once in high school, or, person we worked with for two weeks back in 1999. You wake up one day and realize your world is filled with “friends” who you really don’t know that well and are not sure if you are actually friends with in the purest sense of the word. So what do you do to determine if someone is worthy of your time and attention and energy? Easy, you take them out for Chinese food. Fate will let the rest play out on its own.
The reality is, sometimes life sucks. It just does. Some people get shit on by life. It happens. We can all turn our heads or pretend it doesn’t exist, but it does. Hell, some of us HAVE those lives. While it may be easier to pretend they don’t exist or to not think about it, there are some movies that just grab your face and hold it up to that aspect of life. You walk away from some movies with a skip in your step because of all the wonderful things you just witnessed. Other movies you walk away from changed, aware the world could break you at any moment if it chooses. Here are six movies that make you feel awful for their lead characters (because their lives are such nonstop, flowing cesspool you cannot help but feel like you are drowning in that shit with them). Also, beware, list is FULL OF SPOILERS!
If you are not familiar with the work of Derren Brown, you have done your brain and yourself a great injustice. Derren Brown is, via his Wikipedia page, an illusionist, mentalist, trickster, hypnotist, painter, writer, and skeptic. Whereas American ‘magicians’ (using term in quotes because that is not what Brown is, but what he can best be compared to) use editing tools and simple street magic to impress us, the London-born Brown clearly states time and again that what he does is NOT magic. He uses misdirection and basic psychology along with a slew of other ‘perfect storm’ elements to create his “illusions”, though they are hardly illusions. He is a man who understands the mind and the art of mentalism, and doesn’t need a cheesy Las Vegas show to validate any of this. Though he has an impressive array of specials (like this one), I want to take a moment to talk about one particular special he did where he essentially held a mirror up to mankind to show us what we’ve become. It was an episode of his amazing The Experiments show, and in this case, he used a fake game show as his backdrop to lure in some people. What happens next may show you a side of yourself you are not quite ready to admit exists, yet clearly does. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Just look at that above picture and how haunting it is. It is like he is looking into your soul. It’s funny, I was off by one actor. I had a feeling ONE of the two leads from Dallas Buyer’s Club would end up as the Joker, just felt it. But I picked the wrong one, and looking back, I have no idea why. I have since watched Dallas Buyer’s Club again, now aware of Jared Leto’s Joker coming soon in Suicide Squad, let me tell you, he laid it all out in Dallas Buyer’s Club first. And if THAT performance was any indication, we are going to have one helluva Joker on our hands (which is exactly what we will need as an audience to look past how masterfully Heath Ledger portrayed the clown prince). The Joker is a brutal and ruthless sociopath, but there is also an unexplored elegance to the character, and that might be one key original element he may bring to the table. It’s almost as if his role in DBC was pretty much a demo reel for his impending role as The Joker.
Awesome hat and doll by REMlin Amanda Robertson!
Right now, as I type this, my car is buried under many feet of snow. This is after last week’s storm which dumped us under about two to three feet. Add that up while drunk and it’s like, a hundred feet. Put it this way, if I were able to give this winter a Yelp review, what would I give it? I would take a shit on it. Not sure you can technically (or legally) review something that way, but that’s how I would review it. It’s been THAT bad. So how do we ensure that all this snow vanishes before we inevitably get hit with another storm later this week?
I have a pretty good idea, actually. Keep in mind, been snowed in for a few weeks, so this may seem irrational to most people (and I am okay with that).