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Blade Runner, Caught Up With the Real World

Los Angeles, November 2019. Extremely polluted air, artificial lights, flying cars. No, this is not a dream; this is how Ridley Scott imagined the world 37 years ago in his sci-fi classic, the Blade Runner. 

He found the inspiration in Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sleep and created a movie about the police officer on his mission to hunt down a fugitive group of replicants, or human clones. The story is located partly in outer space and partly in Los Angeles, which makes this movie both futuristic and apocalyptical. 

The Blade Runner Is Happening Now

Everyone who grew up with Blade Runner had an ingrained idea of the future based on this movie. Finally, it is caught in real-time, and we are its witnesses. Moreover, we can be pretty cruel judges about whether Scott was a visionary who predicted the future or his fiction was entirely untrue.

Expectations Too High

Well, we don’t have replicants. At least not yet. So Ridley might have hurried with humanlike clones and artificial intelligence.

But we do have humanoid robots, and that can be considered the beginning. For example, Sophia is a replicant prototype with a human appearance. Luckily, far away from the Blade Runner prediction, our robots are not even close to starting the rebellion.

The next red “x” goes to flying cars. Everyone dreams about such a revolutionary vehicle, but we are still stuck in traffic, down on the ground. 

Also, unlike in the movie, we haven’t yet established a single colony in space. In real 2019, life officially exists only on planet Earth.

What Did the Blade Runner Overlook?

In the movie, there’s no Internet. In a futuristic 2019, people are still reading newspapers. There are no cellphones, either. The creators recognized some things, like voice control or lie detector, as a useful technology, but it is almost comic to see cathode-ray monitors and TV sets as a part of the future/present. 

The movie failed to predict some of the most significant 21st-century discoveries, but perhaps that is the point that makes it even more attractive to watch in 2019. Imagine that you have to fight humanlike androids and robots without the Internet or cellphone. It seems really scary.

What Was Ridley Scott Right About?

First of all, the Blade Runner story brings some compelling ethical dilemmas and a hero who is questioning his own humanity. It focuses on the future of the human race — everything we cause and everything we can prevent.

In Ridley’s year of 2019, the world is polluted in so many different aspects. In the present 2019, things are not much better. Our air has never been worse. The neon lights surround us. We are drowning in a capitalist dystopia, political and ethical bumpiness, dominated by global corporations. We tolerate criminals. Perhaps the movie had a real vision about the future.

Thankfully, we find the beauty in this sci-fi masterpiece, and we find it in our real lives. The Earth is still a home of gorgeous, stylish women, good cops, and fancy drinks. And yes, we are so lucky to have a magnificent Harrison Ford around. Unfortunately, our beloved Rutger Hauer left us at the beginning of the year. Let’s just say he didn’t want to get trapped in real-time, so he became a legend.

SERIES

Good and Bad Influence Of Binge-Watching

A highly practiced trend in watching movies and especially series over the past few years, the so-called binge-watching, is increasingly gaining its pros and cons on social networks and discussions around the world.

Binge-watch refers to a constant watching, episode after episode of all seasons, or even entire series. At first glance, it may seem as addictive as anything else you would do manically, but is it actually that dangerous? 

Have You Ever Binged a Series?

It’s just like with gambling — if you have enough money for sports betting or gaming, you will do it. It will not make you addicted or put you in big trouble. But when you start spending the money you don’t have — that’s when the problem arises.

It’s the same story with binge-watching. An adult and responsible person is completely capable of determining the time they want to spend in front of the screen. It might mean a few sleepless nights or a missed party at the dorm, but it’s an individual choice. After finishing your series, stretch out a bit, fix your hair and move on with life. It’s not a big deal. 

Still, it happens that we find our friends in a terrible physical state after trying to reach them on the phone for days. The reason — they hooked on Marvel’s Punisher. They binge-watched, but also binge-ate and drank the whole week.

With a completely objective approach, here’s why the new trend is so great, but also when you should start worrying about it.

The Bright Sides of Binge-Watch

It’s a perfect getaway. After a tough week, the stress you bring home from school or work, or a lousy relationship, it is good to have some “me-time.” Watching a good series in one breath is an excellent anti-stress therapy.

Quite the opposite, a binge-watch in a dark room doesn’t necessarily mean that you are an introvert who runs away from others. It can be a perfect activity for family bonding, quality time with the best friend, or even a romantic weekend with your partner. Choose some adorable love story, get a bottle of wine and some chocolate, and you can create the perfect date. 

Binge-watching is a pure hedonistic pleasure. In the end, you wouldn’t watch episode after episode if you didn’t find it exciting and worth your time. Everyone occasionally deserves a complete enjoyment.

The Dark Side of Binge-Watch

The particular warning applies to huge fans of the series and people who are prone to manic worship of anything.

Continuous watching of series can lead to behavior that has elements of obsession. When you notice that you are nervous when you have to go outside, or you ignore your friends because you would rather watch the series than be with them, it’s time to cool down.

Episodes always end in a way that you can’t wait to see what happens next. But when we calculate that the average episode lasts at least thirty to forty-five minutes, and multiply that by the number of episodes we watched, it is a lot of time. Those who have never binged in life will say it is a waste of time. We would disagree, but could certainly use it for something more noble and relevant.

Diving too much into fiction can lead to the loss of the real world’s concept. After you watched a few seasons of the zombie apocalypse series, you can feel “infected” by the story and start thinking about it constantly.

With a little care and moderation, it is possible to enjoy your favorite stories and still have your own when you turn off the screen.

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The New Joker Movie Controversy — What’s All the Fuss About?

The virus called Joker was released this summer during the Film Festival in Venice and seems like it spread all over the world. Months before we could even see the movie in cinemas, the public had started creating a lot of fuss about it. Perhaps it will all disappear after a few Oscars and enormous income, but, what if Joker is ready to stay?

Savage, Sad, and Shocking Story

Critics debate about the movie since its premiere. Also, everyone is talking about Joaquin Phoenix’s brilliant acting. The public is confused and has a million questions and theories like — Why is it so cruel, can you relate it with Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and where is Bruce Wayne? But the most significant hype seems to arrive after the Joker movie was compared to the 2012 movie theatre mass shooting in Colorado.

Could this movie be so powerful that it eventually gets out of control?

Is the New Joker What We Were All Looking For?

Through the eyes of one cinephile, the movie is a true masterpiece. From a complete fiction that Batman’s story is, Todd Phillips managed to create such a complex and deviant character who became more realistic than ever. 

Arthur is a depressed and mentally ill person. He was lonely, degraded and mocked all his life. Therefore, Arthur couldn’t do anything else but accumulate his pain and rage until one day that rage became his superpower. From a sad clown, he becomes a king of terror, someone who takes justice into his own hands.

Only this time, Joker is not a villain. His extreme psychoticism, aggression, and dysfunction turned him into the hero or anti-hero, with the audience full of compassion and understanding for his vigilante justice.

Is Joker More About the Story or Its Character?

There is no story without Joker. Nothing would happen. Gotham City would live its same filthy life like the day before Arthur put his makeup on. The rich and powerful would be still in their big safe houses. On the other part of the city, those poor and miserable losers would be forgotten by every single part of society. So, Jocker was provoked. He was born to make this story happen.

In bringing out the character to the screen, it would be unforgivable not to mention great Joaqione Pheonix. This brilliant actor was Oscar-nominated and celebrated for many incredible roles in his career, but this time his job was to overshadow the legendary Heath Ledger. It probably was one of the worst parts of his life. 

Fortunately, Joaqione is so talented and natural that he didn’t have to take Joker from our beloved Ledger, but he created his own. The way he moves, runs or laughs is an intense and profound revival of one psychopath. With his acting and strange and sad eyes, Joaqione made the clown even more creepy.

Who Should Be Worried About the Joker Escalating?

Society should be a regulated system with people full of compassion and care. They are helping each other and have clear moral codes. All members are equal, and the same rules apply to everyone. So, where fear and violence are coming from?

Society can sometimes be a broken system, where things like mass shootings, aggression, and terror happen — we have seen it all before. We saw how violence could move from the screen to real life, and it was scary every time. 

In this movie, the injustice, harassment, and negligence moved from our reality to the screen. Consequently, many institutions and the public are worried that Joker might come to life, and this time, their concern is justified.

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Ten Fan Theories About Popular Movies

Each movie that captures the interest of the audience must provide enough excitement and energy, as well as have a great script. Yet, great directors will never reveal everything — for the most exciting details, they will give only a hint.

Hidden Messages & Conspiracy Theories

On the other hand, true fans can have a vast imagination. They can make stories even more twisted and complicated than the movie itself. So they create myths, conspiracies, and theories that keep one move eternal.

We heard that Walt Disney was a spy and Willy Wanka a serial killer. There is a Matrix inside the Matrix, and some movie heroes actually don’t exist. From all the facts and theories that movie lovers bring up every day, we will single out some of the most original ones.

John Wick is Actually Neo

Keanu Reeves’ fans might see the connection between his most celebrated character, Neo, and the latest hit about the avenger and fighter John Wick. Many believe that John Wick is actually Neo on his Matrix training program. So, is John Wick a sequel to the famous Matrix?

Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte Do Not Exist

Years after the HBO series Sex and the city is over, the story about the girls from New York got a whole new theory. Some fans came up with a story that Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte were personalized but represented only a part of Carrie Bradshaw’s character.

Kevin’s Uncle Frank Planned the Hole Robbery

Famous villains in Home Alone were Hary and Marv, but the theory tells that uncle Frank actually was the bad guy who arranged the robbery. 

Shining Inspired Disney’s Frozen

In parallel Universum, princess Elsa is Jack Torrence, and her sister Anna is little Danny from the horror classic The Shining. Except for too much snow, do you see any other similarity?

Jack From Titanic Is a Terminator

Some fans believe that Jack is a time-traveler who came from the future to save Rose and make sure she survives. He is related to another time-traveling savior or destroyer — the Terminator.

Harry Potter Is Mentally Ill, Abused Boy

Stories like Harry Potter serve to expand our imagination and make sense of a variety of possible theories, but one of them is particularly disturbing. Imagine that the whole world of Harry Poter did not exist and that he was mentally disturbed after being closed in a dusty, dark staircase, so he imagined everything. Quite a sad story, isn’t it?

Sandy Dies At The Begining Of the Movie Grease

Some cruel fans’ theories indicate that Grease is actually a movie about dead lovers. Sandy died at the beginning, and Danny is singing about it in “Summer Nights.” The final scene in a car that takes off represents her going to Heaven.

The Avengers Overturn — Tony Stark Is a Member of Hydra

Remember Ultron or support for Sokovia Accords? The theory goes that, if you think logically, Tony Star always sabotaged the Avengers, wanting their mission to fail. The only person who realized it was Doctor Strange.

Jamie Lannister Was Mind-Controlled by Bran Stark

GoT characters, Jamie Lannister and Bran Stark, had a really complicated relationship since season one. However, during the first season, things weren’t so bright — Bran controlled Jamie using his mind power in order to throw him off the tower. Jamie remained a cripple but gained powers that eventually led him to the throne.

Nemo Doesn’t Exist

Theorists identify five stages of mourning in this animated movie. A clownfish lost everyone at the beginning, and Nemo is his fiction. The little hero has never existed.

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All the Benefits of Watching Movies

Some people will always lecture you on how you should read a book instead of watching a movie. Books are the best soul food on earth, and we agree with that. But this has nothing to do with movies. Cinematography is a distinctive dimension that can inspire and touch us on a completely different level. The way we connect with a storyline or characters is a unique experience. 

A movie can change not just our mood, but our life course as well. And from the list of the beneficial impacts they have on people, we selected the most significant ones:

1. Movies Can Make Us Laugh

Laughter means health. It boosts our immune system and regulates hormone levels wrecked by stress and frustrations. 

Watching a comedy will raise our mood and help us relax and feel better. Everybody deserves such feelings after a long and stressful day. 

2. Movies Can Make Us Cry

Some people are tough nuts. They keep all their emotions within themselves and have a problem with revealing them. However, psychologists claim that it is beneficial for our mental health to express our feelings from time to time. 

A good touching story can help us clean up our soul and cry out everything that bathers us. It is much easier to cry over the lost dog in a movie than over the exaggerated bills in real life.

3. Watching Movies Can Be Educational

Parents always worry about the bad influence TV can have on their children. But the truth is, we can learn much easier by watching a historical movie, a documentary or biopic, for example. Moreover, no matter if you are a kid or an adult, movies can help us develop our communication abilities. 

4. Movies Can Help Us Overcome Tough Life Periods

There is actually something that professionals call “movie therapy.” It is dedicated to the people who are getting through the harsh time. For example, if you are in the midst of going through a divorce or a breakup, you should watch movies like “Eat, pray, love” to help you lift your spirits.

5. Movies Can Inspire

As grown-ups, we learn how to make the difference between fiction and reality. But did you know that there are so many modern scientific achievements that were actually inspired by movies or books? 

We can catch some great ideas from the screen. But moreover, we can get infected with positive thinking, emotions, and will to proceed with our goals. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been encouraged by “Back to the future” or a romantic Christmas comedy, both of them can be such a strong motivation. 

It is proved that our love for cinematography depends on chemistry — movies affect our brain, the immune system, and heart. They can slander stress, reduce our blood pressure, and even increase pain tolerance. Movies also have a significant role in our growing up by shaping and building our character.

No matter if you see it as a piece of art or just pure entertainment, cinematography changed the world and became quite an important image of it.

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