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Paper Heart (2009)

Starring: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake M. Johnson

Writers: Charlyne Yi/Nicholas Jasenovec

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec

Rating: PG-13 for Some Language

Paper Heart is a movie that I missed when it came out last year due to the fact that I don’t live anywhere near an independent theater. I was initially skeptical to begin with anyway, being as I’m not the biggest Michael Cera fan in the world and Charlyne Yi annoyed the crap out of me in Knocked Up. However, its unique storytelling style and adorably cute story got me through my prejudices, and I ended up loving the crap out of Paper Heart.

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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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