Through hours and hours of countless film watching, there have been very few that have stuck with me. John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is high on that list, as I grew up watching it and know the script verbatim. Impacting my mindset during my time in high school and college, it has taught me to live life to its fullest, even if it means breaking a few rules.
Freaks and Geeks is one of the rare series, cut short, but hangs together perfectly as 18 episodes of pure genius. It has a beginning, a body and that rare quality so hard to find in singular seasons cut short; an end. As such it does not suffer the same fate as so many series, unfinished for lack of renewal. Irrespective of the fact that there are so many success stories that evolved from this unique series, the style, vibe and humor was way ahead of its time, and stands on its own as an iconic creative accomplishment. It defined the 1980s for a generation of millennials. The 18 episodes are literally a pop culture encyclopedia. The detailed analysis that follows takes a look at each and every episode, specifically looking at the show from a pop culture trivia standpoint wheneve applicable. As you read through the episodes, it becomes clear that the show was about more than its individuals, more about the whole and mostly one huge metaphor for the 1980s. The show was about defining the categories that separate us, and then using pop culture to deconstruct those divisions. At the end of the 18 episode story arc, pop culture unites us all, and we realize we are all Freaks and Geeks.
YouTube is a place that’s full of all types of videos for gamers. From Let’s Plays to Walkthroughs, every type of gaming video exists on YouTube, and frankly it can get a little repetitive. Meet Andrew, better known as Beta64. Beta64 is a truly unique channel in that it’s all about the development of video games. Basically, this channel tells you how games came to be, for example, how Banjo-Kazooie was originally a pirate RPG or how Diddy Kong Racing was at first a real-time strategy game. He researches what steps the game’s creators went through in order to make famous titles like Super Mario World. He also tries to figure out why these steps were taken throughout the game’s development. Beta64 is a must watch for anyone interested in the behind the scenes of video games. I had the privilege to speak with Beta64 about what goes into his channel and how it came to be.
I find it annoying to invite to a romantic comedy movie only to be met with: "Huh? Isn't that a chick-flick?" And the next thing I know, I am being re-oriented to the latest action movie and on 3D IMAX, no less.
Perhaps Occupy Wall Street and the movement's concern for corporate greed should not have been summarily dismissed. There is evil lurking in the boardrooms of television series and their shows' fictional characters. Many of these corporations are based in reality. With the Cold War a distant memory and a country hard-pressed to let the silent enemy of terrorism become a character on a hit TV show, producers and show-runners have turned their eyes on fictional oligarchs of corporate America. From Mr. Robot's E Corp, and yes, the E actually stands for Evil, to Calista Flockhart's Catco Worldwide Media, based firmly on The Huffington Post, corporate characters have become an integral part of contemporary TV.
There are few better ways to access a galaxy far far away than to engage yourself in the best Star Wars video games. Pick a side and play as the Empire or the Rebels in Empire at War. Or play as your favorite character, and navigate planets and missions. If you are a fan of LEGO, get your hands on Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, the game that follows the events of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. These games, among many others, will catapult you into an alternate universe full of Jedi, Stormtroopers, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Use lightsabers, drive AT-ATs, and gain wisdom from Yoda, all from the comfort of your home. The possibilities for an out-of-this-world gaming experience are infinite with any of the best Star Wars video games.
With the mystic entry of Marvel’s hot n’ fresh cinema star Doctor Strange, it’s time for a peek back at who fired the MCU’s boosters in the first place.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for holiday movies. Whether you are trying to make your way back over to Santa's nice list or attempting to hide away from the relatives who have taken over your home for the holidays, the nice list of Christmas movies features the classics that are sure to please everyone. The stop motion animation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has delighted families for over 50 years along with Frosty the Snowman. Revel in the humor of Ralphie and his family in A Christmas Story, but if you really want to get away, take a trip on a TARDIS and watch Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol. The nice list highlights the happiness that accompanies the holidays, while offering you plenty of opportunities to escape the busy kitchen and enjoy a trip through your childhood.
Don't blink or you might miss that trick shot. While Tom Cruise knows how to hustle pool in the movie, The Color Of Money, it’s not often that you fall in love in a pool hall, except for when it comes to billiards movies. There never seems to be a lack of beautiful women in the celluloid world of pool halls. Perhaps cracking balls has its appeal to the fairer sex, especially when they are good with a cue. The women in these billiards films give the guy shooters a real run for the money.