Archive for February, 2010


Second Skin (2008)

The internet is one of the most important inventions in human history, and since it went worldwide in the late 1990’s, it has become so ingrained into all of our lives that imagining life before it is not only absurd, it is impossible. Everything you could ever want, both legitimately and porn-wise, is at your fingertips, and it has opened humanity up to one another. People who could not previously communicate with each other can now do it with the greatest of ease, and with the internet, everyone can voice their opinion in an open world environment (like, say, a guy who watches a lot of Netflix Watch Instantly stuff and wants to tell people about it…). At the same time, the internet is creating adverse effects as well, especially in the way of person to person communication. Simply put, leaving the house to meet people has become almost obsolete, with Facebook and other such networking sites telling everything you want people to know in one convenient profile.

With this has also come the rise of the massively multiplayer roleplaying game, or MMORPG for short. In these games, people create an “avatar” (character) and join up with other characters to slay demons, go on quests, or even just hang out (such is the case with the social simulator/creepshow that is Second Life). Second Skin, the 2008 documentary directed by Juan Carlos Piniero Escoriaza (say that three times fast), examines the life of a gamer and how their in-game antics affect their “real world” life. The results are startling, disturbing…and at the same time, sweet.

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District B13 (2004)

Who knew the French were so damn good at action films? Co-written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) and the first film directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), District B13 is 85 minutes of pure mayhem. Set in the future of 2010, Paris has become full of crime and corruption and because of this, the Government has begun sectioning off the more troublesome areas of the city in an effort to keep crime down and to let the gangs destroy themselves. Cyril Raffaelli stars as Capt. Damien Tomaso who is sent into District B13 to disable a bomb that has been stolen by criminal mastermind Taha (Bibi Naceri), head of the biggest gang in the area. To get in, Tomaso enlists the help of prisoner Leito (David Belle), who has a vandetta against Taha for kidnapping his sister Lola (Dany Verissimo) and turning her into his drug-addicted slave. Together, the two attempt to find the bomb, disarm it, and stop Taha from selling it off…but is everything really what it seems?

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Ira and Abby (2006)

Marriage, to me, is an absolutely insane idea. It may be because I am young, but the idea of two people deciding to be together for the rest of their lives? That goes against evolution as a whole and what our natural instincts are (natural instincts being “bang as many people as humanly possible with little to no discretion”). Ira and Abby, a 2006 independent romantic comedy, seems to be in agreement:  marriage, as an institution, isn’t the best idea.

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