The problems of “Black Friday”

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Hello guys, it’s me again. I am here right now to talk to you about something that I’ve been thinking about for a short while. That thing (if you did not read the title) is Black Friday. For those of you who somehow don’t know, Black Friday is the one day every year that occurs on the friday after thanksgiving where stores have some of the biggest sales ever… and people go fucking nuts over it. And I am here to air some of my thoughts on the matter and why it is a bit of a problematic matter. So here we go!

First off, have you seen some of the lines outside of stores on Black Friday? Seriously, Jesus tapdancing Christ they are enormous. I’m pretty sure there have been a lot of times when they’ve gone on for at least one or two blocks. Those types of lines tend to be clear signs of some weird kind of obsession.

But when the doors open, that’s when shit’s gettin’ real crazy. People storm in with no regard to the other people or the employees around. It’s like their lives depend on it… which is not the case. Everything turns into a big fucking mess of people, cheap wares, sweat, loud noises and pain. So while your life doesn’t depend on you getting in before everyone else to get that 60 inch, curved, 4k television… your life does depend on you staying the hell away.

That’s right, if you stay away from it all you might survive. There have been a good amount of injuries and even a few deaths around Black Friday. I’ll link a site that shows the death/injury count from Black Friday since 2006. And even then I think that there might’ve been more injuries than it says. http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/

A lot of people use Black Friday as a way to buy christmas presents at a pretty early time. And I have to admit, that is a pretty good cause but since most people are only driven bytheir greed for cheap prices, the christmas present plans usually go to hell because you see a lot of cheap crap that you don’t need. Sure, some people actually go to get something specific or at least a specific type of object. Maybe they saw some cheap waffle iron when they checked the internet and then thought “Well… I do need a new waffle iron” and that is fine, that’s a plan. Or you could be like John Flickster (AKA “The Flick Pick”) who goes looking for good deals on movies. Not specific movies, only movies in general. Where am I trying to go with this? People buy anything because it’s cheap and when they simply see something and want it because of a damn fine price, I have a hard time condoning that since they’re driven by greed. If you have more of a plan and try to be careful, then I might understand it and I can even support that. Don’t become one of the greedy psychos, stay normal and planning.

Then we have probably one of the biggest problems with this entire thing: the fact that more and more parts of the world are trying to integrate Black Friday into their respective societies. And while I can see the pretty clever idea behind it, it will most likely just get fucked like in the U.S. and people will get injured or even killed in relation to the entire damn thing. I mean, I recently started noticing how it’s becoming more and more popular here in Sweden and from that I can only gather how terribly it will end up if it goes up in popularity as much as it does. I am honestly scared of what might happen if Black Friday becomes as big as it’s looking like it might become.

Consumerism is something that’s taken over a little bit much in our world if you ask me. Yes, things are nice and buying stuff is sometimes fun… but it’s really becoming a bigger problem as it goes on. This is what I appreciate about “Fight Club” and “They Live”, those movies understand how much consumerism is consuming us and our entire lifestyles. Those movies have helped me understand it even better than I already did. Yes, they kind of make it all a bit bigger than it might seem, but at the same time the movies have a big fucking point when it comes to it all. Don’t let it all consume you, try to resist.

Look, to some of you I might sounds like a rambling idiot, but I felt like I just had to get my thoughts out. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, Mr. Company man.
Have a good one.

Movie Review: They Live (1988)

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Anyone else that the tought that we are subconsciously being controlled by everything in our environment? Okay to be fair, I don’t think it’s that bad, but it is an interesting thought.

Ladies and gentlemen… “They Live”.

We follow a drifter named Nada (Roddy Piper, R.I.P) who comes to Los Angeles for food, shelter and work. And while he actually finds that and even a new friend named Frank (Keith David), he also stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that let’s him see that the earth has been taken over by aliens. He sees that some people actually are aliens in disguise and he sees that signs that to the naked eye look like normal advertisements, actually subconsciously tells us what we should do. I’m not gonna lie, it’s actually really clever. With the setup it could have been incredibly cheesy and even bad, but they pulled it off. It is a clever satire on society combined with an alien invasion movie. I’m not gonna lie, I kinda loved that.

Having a professional wrestler star in your movie is a pretty risky move, but here they actually managed to pull it off. Roddy Piper (Again, R.I.P) is actually really good in the movie. Sure, he’s not Mr. Oscar Worthy, but he’s actually pretty great considering he’s a wrestler. I think a lot of that comes from his overall charm because in this movie he seems like the type of guy you’d want as your friend. Keith David also has a pretty important role in the movie and he’s great. There’s really nothing else to say, he’s Keith David, he’s always great. I also have to mention that those two have pretty good chemistry, not really Mel Gibson/Danny Glover level of chemistry, but still good chemistry.

The score for the movie was done by director John Carpenter and composer Alan Howarth. They have collaborated before on other movies like in “Escape From New York”. And while one might call it cheesy, I still really enjoyed it. It is a strange mish-mash of rock, blues, sci-fi (A.K.A. typical sci-fi music) and synth. Some might call that an awful combination, but I call it awesome.

Like I said, this movie was directed by John Carpenter (Sidenote: For some reason I have watched a fair amount of movies by him recently). And he did a great job, the shots look great and the camera work overall is really solid.  I especially love the shots in black and white which if you didn’t know, are the shots we see when Nada puts on the sunglasses. Those shots I just simply love. And the action in the movie is pretty good too.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 52/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“They Live” is a surprisingly clever movie with a story featuring great social commentary. The characters/performances are really good too, the music is really good and the directing is great. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “They Live” is a 9,88/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“They Live” is now reviewed.

I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… And I’m all out of bubblegum.