Monthly Archives: July 2014

Top 5 Things You Do Not Say To PewDiePie Fans

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to PewDiePie Fans:

1. The more proper name for the Bro Army is The Fantards.

2. Every good game should have plenty of barrels. Lots and lots of Barrels.

3. I thought Stephano was one of Count Olaf’s disguises in Lemony Snicket.


4. PewDiePie is vastly inferior to better Youtubers such as Onision and NateTalksToYou.


5. PewDiePie makes the gaming community look bad. He is a hyper-active, screaming, lunatic who makes millions of dollars sitting on his ass in a mansion with his supermodel girlfriend while millions of fans think he is some kind of comedic genius when the reality is he is just an overrated, unfunny “entertainer”.

Disclaimer: The statements made above are for the purposes of satire only and do not necessarily reflect the actual views of the writer.

The Generational Divide.

It’s quite odd being the “old” guy in conversations.  I used to think of my late father and his generation as the “old guys.”  They would talk endlessly about how lazy and nonproductive my generation was.  Of course it angered me.  I wanted, as an atypical Gen Xer to prove them wrong.  All in all my generation…the ones who coined the phrase “Slacker and proud of it,” came along relatively well.  Now, ironically, I find myself becoming my father and his friends.  I become so annoyed at the hashtag loving, reboots of childhood favorites and social media loving progeny, that belongs to myself and my fellow Gen Xers.  I suppose it’s ridiculous for me to admonish the hash taggers, Tweeters and the Instagrammers as much as it was for my parents to admonish cassette tapes, VHS and cable.  I also find it increasingly annoying that those of my generation post inane things on social media (Facebook especially) about how much better things were before there was such a thing.  Do I miss playing my turntable outside on a summer day?  Yes.  Do I also enjoy the interaction provided online, of course I do.  I still enjoy both.  I suppose my message is this, balance them both.  Whether one is from the GI Generation, like my 91 year old grand father, a Baby Boomer, like my mother a Gen Xer like myself, or a Millenial like my children.  The point is enjoy your life in every way.

 

Brian Holder

Gladiator Review

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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The film Gladiator is one of those movies that while being very good it’s not quite as good as everyone says. Its praise overlooked serious flaws and its accolades were mostly undeserved.

Does that mean I disliked the film. Not at all. I liked it very much. The story was compelling and Ridley Scott’s use of atmosphere and mood was effective.

But what was missing was a sense of humanity and originality in character development. The emotions that the characters showed seemed real enough when actually portrayed, but they were portrayed infrequently. Most of the time Maximus and Commodus came across as card-board cut-outs of the Tragic Hero and Immoral Villain.

I felt that Ridley Scott tried too much to give us atmosphere and neglected the most important element, his characters. All emotion and feeling is displayed through Ridley Scott’s admittedly brilliant use of colour, visual tone, and music. Unfortunately, the colour, visual tone, and music seems to serve as a replacement for the actors need to emote and convince the audience that they are human beings who actually give a damn about their predicaments.
Perhaps I am missing something. It is possible that Scott was intentionally trying to alienate his characters’ from emotinal connections. Perhaps in a way similar to the heroes and villains in the classic epics like Iliad, Odyssey, or Aeneid where figures were portrayed as bigger than life and made more speeches and less emotional connections. However, I am sceptical that this is what was Scott intended since he often did try to make his heroes and villains emote and connect in key scenes where it is asked for. But most of the time it’s missing and I felt that Maximus and Commodus served just as archetypes with no human connection at all.

That being said, the film has merits. Lots of them in fact. For as I pointed out earlier, Ridley Scott’s ability to evoke mood and atmosphere through his visual style is spot on. I liked the overall story as well. I know historically the film made many liberties with the actual events surrounding Commodus reign and eventual death, but as a work of art the film was effective and beautiful. And the film’s score by Hans Zimmer was beautiful and emotional.

So overall I call Gladiator a great film but lacking in emotional depth at moments where it was needed. Definitely a masterpiece, but probably not deserving of its Best Picture Oscar.

 

You can’t handle the truth!

To most people lying is a learned experience, but others developed lying. Now that being said, everyone knows how to low. In rare cases people can’t lie; which is actually a mental disorder, not that it’s a bad thing. More then most believe lying can also be considered a disorder. There are obvious traits that define this disorder such as pride. Yes, pride. Don’t worry, just because you’re prideful does not mean something’s wrong. Lying and pride themselves are not the disorder, merely a symptom of a possible personality disorder. Lying, unfortunately shows itself more prominent. Or, if you’re lucky, the lack of lying. Just kidding, some people really struggle with constantly telling the truth. Why? Because they know the truth hurts, and if they could lie things would be easier. Now remember, the inability to lie is pretty rare. Now before you start accusing people of being a liar when you know that’s all they do, be sure to analyze their actions. Do they brag, elaborate, act as if they are the center of attention or hide? There are many reasons people lie, there’s low self esteem, control or manipulation. A lot of times they do it seeking for attention. Sadly these traits are looked at then frowned upon, they aren’t recognized as a disorder by most. But when diagnosed the treatment is simple, an anti bipolar medication and counseling. I myself am a physiology fanatic and have been studying it for years. That does not mean all my information is helpful, if you do have anymore questions either ask a doctor or the semi trusty google. I grew up with a mentally unstable sister intriguing my interest in this topic. If anything I talk about is new and useful please let me know.

By Abby Schott

P.s. It’s okay to lie if you’re ready for the conciseness, human nature involves caring for others. Not ever truth has to be said.

Nerds? Why have they become so cool?

I myself am a huge comic book geek along with D&D, Magic: The Gathering, cosplay and Larp. It’s very different for me to see these teenagers even adults chiming in on this “hipster” phase. Although it’s simmering down there are still out there being “different”. Trust I’m not saying this is a bad thing, years have there phases some last longer then others. Now going on a little of a year of the “hipster” phase, I’d love to dive into the physiology of it all. I know I was a big trend setter in my school which irritated the heck out if me, being I wanted to be me(aka different). People now of days see different as a chance for attention, so they take it then it sets off into a trend. It’s quite simple once you get down to the basics. All there is to trends is media, different or you’re lucky and set a trend. People love to be the center whether we realize it or not, so we become what we think isn’t a norm which leads it to be a mainstream. Hipsters are finally dying down but definitely still around. So watch out for those who think they are a need it might be a trap.

Hipsters by Abby Schott

Live long and prosper

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Top 5 Things You Do Not Say To The NeverEnding Story Fans

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1. Never Ending Story III was an unexpectedly good and fun entry in an otherwise boring series of movies.

2. Moon Child? So THAT’S what that kid bellowed!? What a stupid name!

3. I think a better name for The Rock Biter would be The Mineral Biter. I mean he ate limestone in the movie. That’s a mineral not a rock! Jesus, Marie!


4. Atreyu and Bastion are such dull characters that I can’t even care about what happens to them for a moment. I don’t even care whether or not I care.


5. The Nothing? Seriously? Well, it’s nice to see a movie about using one’s imagination that has writers with no imagination themselves when naming the villain which happens to be a giant hurricane with no dialogue. In fact, speaking of imagination the Fantasians have probably chosen the most unimaginative brat to save their world when you think about it. All he did was recreate everything he read in the book. I don’t remember him adding anything new of his own.

Disclaimer: The statements above are for the purposes of satire only and do not reflect the actual opinions of the writer.

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

Superheroes: Our New Pantheon

For what seems like forever, superheroes have always been ingrained into our pop culture. From the pages of books to the silver screen, one thing has become apparent, maybe even obvious when it comes to the modern day hero. They are our idols. But what if this isn’t only a modern day thing, or for that matter, only a superhero thing. Perhaps Superheroes are literally our idols. Our gods who we worship. Hard to believe? Well how about we start with the obvious stuff.

If you were to go up to any fan of many superheroes and ask them why they love the hero they love, you might get  a wide variety of answers. Interesting powers, cool suits or maybe even how they relate to them- but we’ll get to that later. For now, we should observe one thing that is consistent across the board when it comes to asking this question about Superheroes. The fact that they almost always teach us something.

 Now, it’s obvious that when it comes to fictional characters that we are bound to learn something from them. Jean-Luc Picard may teach us the value in empathy, almost in the same way that Tyler Durden may teach the value in the lack of it. But never before has there been a more shining example of this than when it comes to superheroes.

 Let’s take the most obvious of examples here. Superman. When you think of Superman, you are unquestionably thinking of the most iconic Superhero in all of history. Here is a being who represents absolute, lawful, good. He stands for Truth, Justice and the American Way in the face of all evil and has become the perfect archetype of that.

So it’s no question that eventually someone like Superman would teach those kinds of values, not only to the people he saves, but to the audience he is in front of. It’s easy to see the parallels here between Superman and our perception of a god in this sense, how we would be inspired to uphold the values of this character.

But it’s easy to look at Superman and see a god in him. If I were to go over the religious symbolism on Superman Returns, that alone would be its own article. So let’s look at many more heroes.  Like, say, the Justice League.

Composed of an entire collection of Superheroes (members and numbers vary, depending on the story arc), the Justice League is what can only be considered a Pantheon. No matter who is in the Justice League at any time, the one thing that always holds true is that no two members are ever exactly the same. Different powers, very different personalities, and most importantly, different values, are always held between the members. While Superman may choose to bring justice through lawful rule, promoting the value of trust in the law, his teammate Batman, would choose to use fear, instead inspiring a healthy distrust of it. Wonder Woman might simply be in it for a fight and whoever knows what flash is up to?

Now look at Pantheon of Greek Gods. Zeus, Hades, Athena, Poseidon. Different people or different personalities with different values with different goals. All of them ruling over the everyday man and inspiring entire ideologies to them, and the people who read about them. If you are a Spartan warrior from ancient Greece (well first off, congrats on the Time Travel), then chances are that you worshipped Ares more than Athena,

The same way how if you value willpower in the face of struggle, you might just be wearing a Green Lantern ring.

 In mainstream pop culture, the line between Superhero and Greek God has blurred to the point where it’s hard to distinguish between the two. Is this a bad thing? I wouldn’t say so. Good? Well that’s for you to decide.

But in the end, what we have are extraordinary heroes in an ordinary world, put into amazing adventures. And along the way, we realize that we not only have a lot to learn about these beings, but also about ourselves. It’s a common thought to say that there is a bit of God in all of us. So who says that it is so crazy that we may also have a bit of Superman as well?

Contributor: David Eli Voltaire