Gravity

I’m having a wee bit of FB discussion right now with Andrew Wildman and his friends about Gravity. Andrew didn’t like it at all – no character development is his big annoyance. I liked it more the second time around because I thought the existential message ‘hit home’ strongly (you are ultimately alone, and you have to choose whether to accept that or not). One of Andrew’s friends posted a link to this incredible bit…it’s a 7 minute film that was made in addition to what you saw…It is when the Bullock character makes her distress call to earth and gets an answer back…I love this opening and closing pan shot…

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gravity-spinoff-watch-side-sandra-657919

 

For all the Hunger Games Fans

Okay, I’m not going to actually talk about Hunger Games, But I will recommend a different series for any fans of Hunger Games. My recommendation is The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. The series is about a dystopian society where the people are divided into separate factions based on a specific human vitues that each group feels is the most important trait that should be upheld. The 5 factions are: Abnegation, which strives to uphold selflessness; Amity, for the ones who seek peace; Candor, for the ones who value honesty and integrity; Dauntless, for the fearless; and Erudite, meant for the intelligent. The story gives an interesting perspective of what happens when a person pursues one specific virtue, without little concern for the other virtues that basically defines the good in humanity. For me, this series was actually a better read than the Hunger Games Trilogy (Although I enjoyed those ones too). Anyways, the first movie (also called Divergent) is set to release in March 2014 (there is still time to read the book before the movie comes out).Here’s a preview for the upcoming movie,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sutgWjz10sM

Anyways, I guess the real question to consider is whether you feel there is one human virtue that should be valued above the rest? or do you feel that most human virtues should be sought equally?

Lost in Translation

OKayyy, so I DID go and see the latest installment of the Hunger Games series: Catching Fire. I won’t give anything away, but it was everything I dreamed of and more. Tons of action, love drama, and suspense.

Now, the books were aimed at bringing to light how countries can be oppressed by government (in this case, the Capitol), and how one girl can make a huge difference in how people think and react to what’s being shown them via media (in the Hunger Games, in the form of public broadcasting). Katniss is a heroin, a person that people look up to for defying stereotypes, especially those surrounding girls. This is a great leap for woman, as little girls have a role model to look up to (in Katniss as well as her actress, Jennifer Lawrence). However, Lionsgate and Cover Girl have merged to produce a make-up line called ‘Capitol Couture’.. uhm what? This seems as though the message of strength, individuality and going against the grain have been lost. The Capitol was the enemy, why would girls and woman want to embody something that they’ve been told is evil?

Very interesting article surrounding the debate, I encourage you to check it out and make your own judgement!

Ugh

Now that winter is upon us, most people have started dressing warmer, jackets boots scarves and all the works. One particular thing, girls specifically, wear in the winter time are boots and what boots have been immensely popular for a while? the infamous UGG’s. You either love em or hate em and I personally, have never thought they were that cool or fashionable. Though I do know a lot of people that have them, and even buy a new pair every winter.

Now UGG boots, are made using sheepskin which seeing as how popular they are all around the world, you can do the math on how many sheep have been skinned alive to produce these popular shoes. This in my opinion is wrong, I mean can’t they just make the shoes with faux skin altered  to work/wear the same as  real skin? In this day and age, i’m sure they can make something work just as well or even better than real sheepskin. Do you guys think this is wrong? Should they change the material of their products or should people just be more sensible and stop buying these UGGly boots? (pardon the pun)

http://www.uggaustralia.com/about-sheepskin.html

Midnight is when it allllll shuts down.

not really, but the last post for possible credit is at midnight tonight (as I was kindly asked to extend it to this time last week.)   If you want me to delete your posts after the course ends, I’ll do that. If you want to continue posting I’m sure that’s fine too…and I guess it could be your blog with more freedom…I’ll ask Brian Lamb about that…

cheers, jeff

#Disastergram by @samjgagnon

There is an app out there that many of you are familiar with, Instagram. For those of you who don’t know it’s an app where you post photos that you have spent far too long choosing a filter for and thinking of clever hashtags for your followers to see and hopefully like. Sounds harmless enough, right?

Well, sure. The concept of the app is harmless, and I am an avid instagrammer, it’s entertaining; you get to see what all your friends are up to without having to go through an entire album like on Facebook. Also, the filters really do make pictures look better. It’s unfortunate to say that the app should come with an advisory “Rated 18A for explicit content, annoying teenagers, drugs and alcohol”

The problem with Instagram is similar to the problem with most social media sites… People forget that you lose all anonymity when your display name is “@firstname_lastname_birthyear”  and that no only can you friends see you photos, but anyone who has Instagram and searches one of the #hashtags you utilized can also see them, then gain access to your profile and see all the photos you’ve ever posted. (unless you have a private account which most do not.)

To give you a bit of insight as to where this is coming from, I have seen countless photos of girls’ bare #bums, pictures of actual vomit from a #drunkennight, pictures of a girls tongue in a guys mouth (talk about kissing like a golden retriever), #Ripped guys taking mirror pics  with their boxers so low you really do being to wonder…etc. This is public, people. In my opinion, if you wouldn’t go to Superstore looking the way you do in this photo, it shouldn’t go on the page. I really don’t want to see your “toosh”, #sorrynotsorry.

Oh! Let’s not forget, the infamous selfie #girl #pretty #me.. Really?! I will not neglect to mention that yes, I occasionally take a “selfie”, and why? Well, I don’t want to say I’m egotistical and want people to make me feel good about myself…(let’s be honest, that’s why). But in my opinion, there is definitely a line. A selfie every day is a bit excessive. What’s even worse is I’ve seen users post more than one selfie in the SAME day, posing in the SAME way. Why? A picture of you looking slightly away from the camera (ouh, mysterious) while in a car on the way to school is not an event worthy of being documented. But today’s technology is so accessible and distributable, that coupled with the #IDGAF attitude so many people have (we all know you do indeed, GAF), is a recipe for inappropriate photos, annoying selfie spam and pictures of food (I’m not even going to go there with the food). Yet, I won’t get rid of it, because then what would I complain about? Ahhh the first world !

@TheEllenShow touches on the subject in the video below, it was quite amusing and her Instagram page is one of the few that never disappoints me.

sense of importance?

So any tears shed last night over the death of a main character on The Family Guy?

I won’t spoil it (so don’t click on the link above if you don’t want to see who it is). But I notice that some people are complaining about those who are upset, stating that ‘there’s so many horrible things going on in the world, this is what you cry over?’  Surely that sort of comment is far to simplistic…we get attached to characters and tv shows…they become a part of our routine – who is happy when their favourite show ends (assuming that it hasn’t just been dragged out and no longer any good anymore). It’s always upsetting when there is a loss of something you enjoy.

No Spoilers

I have not watched the second installment of the movie “The Hunger Games” yet, but I have heard from more than a few people about its greatness and how I have to watch it. The Hunger Games for those who don’t know is about last man standing competition, to the death, executed by children.

Since this being one of the “movies of the year”, I have a few friends already asking me to go watch it with  them. But just like the first of this series, I chose not to listen to any details about the movie or watch any reviews. This idea is relevant to the topic of meaning we talked about in class. For the past couple years I have gone into movies with no prior knowledge about them and therefore no expectations. I love it. I have enjoyed movies more and it has helped me make my own opinions about them.

One of the better movies I have done this for is Inception. Although it was hard to avoid the buzz about the movie since many people were talking about it, I went not knowing a thing. Whether it was drama or thriller, love-story or fantasy, or if there was a lesson to be learned. This way of viewing movies and all artistic forms (music, television, books) give you a sense of open mindedness in a world where you are always told what to think and what you are supposed to take from watching or listening to something.

What do you think about this? Is it a waste of money? Should we as viewers always know what kind of movie we’re watching, how good or bad it is, and what the major plot points are before we watch anything? Or is being uninformed a better way?

Seasonal Cycle

One of the things that I love the most about living in Canada is the four different seasons that we get to enjoy every year. Each season has particular things that is good and bad about it as far as activities and weather but with each changing of a seasons also comes the corresponding retail bombardment. This has always been something that has annoyed me because I feel that this barrage of seasonal marketing is often very pre-mature. As consumers we are constantly being shuffled through the endless cycle of seasonal events with hardly the slightest break around mid-summer. Not only does this inevitably become exhausting but it ultimately takes away from the enjoyment of the season because the very next day we are immediately bombarded with the next seasonal event even if it is over a month away!

Those who watch the news will remember the huge controversy the erupted last November when Shoppers Drug Mart switched on its Christmas playlist the day after halloween. Many customers complained that this immediate switch to holiday themes overshadowed Remembrance Day and after mass opposition Shopper’s was forced to postpone its Christmas music until later in November. What was so interesting to me is that when I seen the story on the news I realized that I felt the same way but the switch often occurs so subtly that many people (like me) don’t even realize they are being pushed into the next season.

One last point I would like to make is seasonal foods and beverages. I realize that some things are better when kept only for special occasions so the enjoyment does not loose its significance, but Tim Horton’s has always frustrated me. Seasonal cookies and muffins is just not fair! I don’t know about anyone else but I could certainly eat pumpkin spice muffins, gingerbread cookies and candy-cane hot chocolate all year round!