The end of a year is always a common time to reflect on the past. Writing a blog that focuses on the evolution of Gen X today also has me a bit nostalgic. Following is a small handful of memories that helped shape us from the start. Join me in the new year and we will explore who we are now.
The word on the street is that one either excels at mathematics and the sciences or languages and literature. Many of my friends and acquaintances are evidence of this. However, one can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Some find language learning too daunting to attempt. Rest assured, learning a language is possible. In fact half the population of the world speaks 23 languages. The statistics representing the world’s 7000 languages and dialects are fascinating to say the least.
George Lucas was once considered an unparalleled film genius. At some point, he fell from grace and was demoted to being merely an ideas man. Although the historical truth lies somewhere in between. George Lucas’ talents were balanced by his flaws in other areas, both of which were growing so large that the flaws became undeniably obvious. Lucas was more than just an “ideas man” however. It is said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, which best describes Lucas’ approach.
I wanna start this article by talking about how much I admired Chadwick Boseman. Even before his iconic role as Black Panther he was one of my favorite actors from his roles in 42, Draft Day, and Get On Up. He was an amazing actor and did a lot for the black acting community and the black community at large. His work has inspired many and from what I’ve heard he was an amazing individual off the screen as well.
Inspired by John Green’s podcast ‘The Anthropocene Reviewed’ where he rates different aspects of our human-centered geological age on a 5-star scale, I decided to do the same for quarantine. You can read all my quarantine reviews and sign up to get them in your inbox here.
In 2018, a Youtube channel called Filmjoy released a video called Lessons Animation Taught Us. Which inspired many content creators to make similar videos on their own explaining their own lessons that were taught to them from animation, as was it's intended goal! Now I'm going to make one of my own. I'm going to be talking about my favorite show of all time, Bojack Horseman! Many people have told me that they refuse to watch the show because of how real it is. But I think it's because of that reason, everyone should watch the show. Because the show is so complex, I can't begin to talk about it all. So I'm just going to talk about some of my favorite characters and what the taught me as they transition to the beginning of the show to the end!
Photo by Gage Skidmore
If there was ever a way back for Walter White after tallying 201 souls, settling with Skylar provided the moment. He finally admitted his true motivations. "I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really -- I was alive." But descent was a long road and each rung down wasn’t necessarily marked by Walt’s darkest moments. In other words, Walter had to build an evil tolerance and develop the skills to sink to such hideous depths. Otherwise, he could never have executed deeds like allowing Jane to die or poisoning Brock. So here’s a look back at the seven steps that gaves us Heisenberg in all his glory and secured Walter White's place in Hell.
I have this ritual where I watch movies multiple times. I am a movie buff. Therefore, once a year, I watch the Godfather part 1,2 and 3. I always discover something subtle that I previously missed. There is also another movie I watch religiously, more than once a year: The Dark Knight. The 2008 masterpiece by Christopher Nolan where Batman faces his archnemesis, the Joker played by the unique, once-in-a-generation talented actor, the tremendous Heath Ledger.
Video games have been around longer than we realize! Computer Space was created in the early 70’s, with Pong, a more popular game on its heels. It wouldn’t be till 1980 where we got a proper mascot character in video games, which would be Pac-Man. Other characters soon followed, with the need to cash in on them all. These endeavors included board games, stuffed toys, figurines, and eventually, animated cartoons. Now, a lot of these strayed a little far from the source material, because let’s be honest, how do you make a cartoon about a character that runs around in a maze eating dots all day? Let’s take a look at these early attempts to cash in on these properties, though I warn you, some of this is cringe as hell.
When thinking about gender representation in the media a myriad of stereotypes come to mind, most of which communicate ideals of gender that perpetuate unrealistic and limiting perceptions of who we should be. One such trope worth exploring is the ‘Cool Girl’ trope, which is more than just a fictional stereotype played on screen. An article by Jason Hellerman aptly refers to this trope as a “Real Life Fantasy, Screenwriting Nightmare”.
I have never been of the opinion that love can be restricted to that between two people of the opposite sex. Rather, it can embrace love of all kinds and all who consent to involve themselves with the practice. Even if, as can often be the circumstances, the love goes one way alone.
The lore of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is extremely in-depth and far-reaching. From comics, to films, to video games, and more, Marvel has created a world that feels as real as our own, and continues to put out content that enriches the mythos of its stories. With 23 MCU films having already been released and at least 14 more announced and in development, the MCU provides plenty of material to explore beyond the films.