Talkin’ About Films

So a while ago, my friend Corbin and myself decided that we wanted to try an experiment. We would make a podcast. Whether that had anything to do with the fact that we had just finished listening to a hilarious podcast about the band U2 is beside the point.

It’s always be on my bucket list to do something in radio, whether that’s being on an actual radio show, which I got to do earlier last year, or start a show of my own. I figured that starting something up on my own would take more work than it was worth. I was kind of right. This is the genesis of our little experiment.

Corbin and I talked about doing a podcast in jest, like, “Wouldn’t it be great if…” As all things start out, we didn’t really take the idea seriously. Then one day, after finishing the U2 podcast, we decided that we wanted to create one badly enough. We decided on the topic of talking about our favorite films growing up as kids. Films that aren’t necessarily Oscar worthy, but in our hearts, get al the praise. Most of them were more cheese than laughs, but all were worth talking about. Continue reading “Talkin’ About Films”

Shia LaBeouf: Artistic Narcissist or Viral Genius?

If you haven’t heard already, Shia LaBeouf has minutes ago wrapped up his 72 hour marathon watching his movies. The thing is, he set up a live stream of himself…watching his movies. yeah. In New York City’s Angelika Film Centre, he sat through, in reverse chronological order–I can only assume so that people would see his better works first, for three days. AND, you could watch him watch his movies for the entire time that he was watching his movies…wherever you were in the world. HERE is a link to some of the feed that was recorded.

I can only assume that millions have tuned in to see what the big deal was about. He made news headlines, the story hit viral on multiple sites, twitter exploded with people who were watching or were in the theater with Shia watching, facebook tossed around his live stream site, etc, etc. Some were tasked to watch as much as they could to take snapshots of all the best moments of Shia watching his films. At roughly 7pm East Coast time, the marathon ended with Shia getting up and walking out of the theater to everyone applauding. He shook three hands on the way out, but then it was over. As quickly as it began, it ended.

I would say that I watched about 30-40 min of his live stream. Some yesterday, and some today after work. I made sure to catch the end of it. I have to say, I had some thoughts about the whole thing during and after it was all over. It’s not news to me that in the past five years or so, Shia has been branching out artistically. He will do things to make people think, or to seemingly shock and awe people. People would think him weird and odd. Some would say that he has mental issues or that he’s “not all there.” I wouldn’t be so quick to label Shia in this way.

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Life Lessons: Raised on Movies.

 

I grew up in a house with over 900 movies in it. My father loved movies. I grew up being able to recognise movies within seconds of seeing a random scene from them. I also grew up on the classics. Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Rocky, Star Wars, and many, many Disney films. In my years growing up, I learned a few things about life from movies. This is bound to happen with so many movies in the house. I decided to create a list of things that I happened to learn from the movies that I watched. They are mostly 90’s movies.

In a list of no particular order, here are life lessons from 90’s movies:

Jurassic Park: T-Rex can’t see you if you don’t move
The Truman Show: Convinced me that there were moments that I swore people were watching me and everything was about my life.
Sandlot: Shoes make you run faster and jump higher. Also you can survive a 20’ fall off any object as long as you land on your back.
Peter Pan: Having a group of friends and adventures in the wild is good.
Home Alone: If I wanted, I could fend off my home with toys. Also, aftershave really burns the face.
Little Rascals: Club House = Yes. Boxcar Race = Yes (this turned out to be a horrible mistake)
Harriet the Spy: Launched my obsession with being a child spy. Gear, notebooks, the works.
Tom and Huck: Living in the wild would be so sweet. Also, blood packs are cool.
Blank Check: I just wanted 1 MILLION DOLLARS! that’s it. That’s plenty, right?

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Next Stop…Brain Landfill.

This fast from media really couldn’t have come at a beter time. I’ve been getting more done in the past couple days, than I have in weeks. I seriously think the equation is simple. Remove yourself from those things that are drawing your gaze, and take a break from them. I’ve known some people who love to race. Bike, swim, or run. I’ve known them all. People who race, and are good at it, hold to a certain code. “Nothing is getting in the way of my concentration. Not a thing.” And you see it too. Olympic athletes who wear the earbuds before a race. In interviews they say,

“It keeps me focused on what I have coming up and prevents me from daydreaming.” 
“it helps me block out distraction and actually having to focus in on trying to get relaxed and calm.”
“it keeps me focused and I feel like I can focus on how things are going during or before a match.”

Life is a race, whether you are running or taking it in. There are SO many distractions to draw your gaze. Often, I let them draw my gaze and I don’t mind. But, doing this in repitition will cause your brain to create pathways and those pathways will get larger, and wider making it easier to become distracted. We need to actively try and forget that which is not important and will just clutter up our minds. (http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/01/11/the-importance-of-forgetting/player)

I have always been a huge fan of youtube, and I love watching videos that intrigue me, wow me, and even surprise me. I feel that video can be a very raw gateway to the human condition. still….I feel that for the majority of the time, it is junk. I sometimes feel that I am cluttering up my mind, and it is getting stuffed with pointless information/cultural bile. I feel this way about a few other things as well. Some TV, movies, the entirety of reddit.com, sorry reddit lovers.

The fact is, your brain is like a hard drive, and the more that you put into it, the more your brain has to remember and recall. Eventually, you are going to have to delete the junk and throw it into the recycle bin or trash. If you train yourself to only allow certain things into your mind, then you can free up a lot of space in there. This can cause you to become absent minded, forget things easier, feel like your brain is processing something that used to be instant. Your mind should not be a Landfill that you dump images, videos, and other sensory data that has no purpose. Treat your brain right.

With this in mind, I am grateful for the time away, as it gives me clear conscience to leave the junk behind. What junk are you dragging with you?