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This week I finished watching the six-season epic television drama called LOST. The show is about a group of survivors from crashed airline flight “Oceanic 815” who are stranded on an island together. The show chronicles the risks the survivors of the plane crash must take and the hardships they must endure to survive. At the same time, the show details the lives of the survivors outside of their present day experiences on the island. Amongst all of the adventures on the island there is also a lot of mystery, drama and sci-fi mixed in.

Watching this show was a major commitment but was worth every second. I recall watching the first two seasons when the show originally aired back in 2004 but I was lost before I get to the show’s final episode. This time around I was able to watch the show entirely through Netflix’s streaming capabilities on my household Blu-Ray player.

Binge-watching television shows through services like Netflix Instant Streaming and Amazon Prime makes following the plot of complex shows like LOST almost complete child’s play. Everything stays nice and fresh, easy to follow. This is not something I could say for the show the first time around, waiting a week between new episodes makes things stressful and hard to remember but not this time.

If you are a regular reader of this weekly blog you may recall that I finished watching Vince Gilligan’s own drama Breaking Bad a few months ago. That was the first time I had ever watched a complete TV series front to back, season to season. Finishing Breaking Bad certainly helped to build up some stamina for the staggeringly vast amount of time LOST would take. Weighing in at 121 episodes and roughly 85 hours it’s about 1.5X longer than Breaking Bad, it may not sound like a lot but that much watching is easier said than done. I take it as a personal achievement that I was finally able to watch LOST from start to finish, it’s been a long time coming and now I can finally appreciate the show in its entirety.

LOST has a little bit of everything wrapped in a whole bunch of science fiction and I think that’s why I love it so much. Time to find something else to do.

-Alex

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Wall-E has been on my wishlist of DVDs for a long time and now I finally have it on the shelf. There’s a whole bunch of things that drew me during the film but instead of writing pages and pages to try to explain them, I’ve found a Pixar Special Feature video. Pretty convenient.

This video does a much better job explaining and showcasing the little details that went into creating Wall-E and it hits on everything I wanted to say. I figure it makes more sense for the animators at Pixar to explain their process rather than me shooting in the dark, since I don’t really have the best idea of what goes on over there. Enjoy

-Alex

This morning, instead of waking up at some ridiculous hour only to head to a mall and stand in line forever or break a few ribs trying to get to the car, I decided to finish up watching Breaking Bad. What a brilliant show.

What I think is perhaps my most important take away from this drama series is the lack of faults within the production. So many times I find that movies and TV shows fall just shy of greatness because of one aspect of each episode that could’ve been better. Not with Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad is amazing because it does not have any facet of it that makes me think, “Well, if Vince Gilligan changed this one thing the show would be perfect.” It’s one of the few spectacular productions that allow the special FX and camera crews to really get out of the way and allow the viewer to connect with the show and the characters. Everything fits and runs so smoothly together that no part of the show juts out and distracts the viewer from what was intended to be seen.

There should be a medal for this type of thing.

-Alex

This is another addition to the Artists & Inspiration section of the blog. I don’t add things to this category nearly as much as I should. The concepts that are discussed in this film really resonate with me. It does get a little competitive sometimes in the creative field with everyone trying to be better than their peers. This documentary helps shed some light on the modern art and culture around creativity while putting some restless nerves at ease. Enjoy!


PressPausePlay from House of Radon on Vimeo.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.

But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. http://www.presspauseplay.com @presspauseplay Facebook: http://on.fb.me/y4gEK1

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