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EVERYDAY THE SAME DREAM is an art game about alienation and refusal of labour. You are a faceless, unnamed man going about his business. The game has alternatives endings. Will you end up going to work and working in a little cubicle like every day, or will you take another route and do something different for once?
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OK LEMME TALK ABOUT EVERY DAY THE SAME DREAM.
My history of game design teacher had us play through this game for ten minutes one class, and then played it on the projector.
At first no one seemed to really get it, it just seemed like a daily life simulator with catchy music (the music carries the game beautifully, don’t play it on mute if you can help it).
Then some of the other students began murmuring and questioning the point of the game after a few play throughs.
Yes, there are different ways to end the day, but the game has only one true ending, which is reached after ending the day every way possible.
Don’t judge the game by the minimalist graphics and simple gameplay mechanics. Every Day the Same Dream is a brilliantly crafted and for some a highly therapeutic experience.
Things you do one day can and often will affect the following days, (your wife leaves you, the homeless man vanishes, you lose your job, etc.) Until you’re left with only one final option, which I won’t spoil.
To paraphrase my professor, this game makes you look for a deeper meaning, not just in the game but also in yourself. It takes you to a place within yourself you need to be to understand yourself and how you interact with the real world.
Play it all the way through and see for yourself.
I think everyone needs to hear this
John Lopez wrote an interesting take for Grantland on the shortcomings of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and what it says about the current state of the film industry.
Ironically the kind of movies Lopez is indicating are impossible to sell (to audiences and studios alike) are exactly the kind of films I find most appealing. I quite enjoyed Mitty, but I know plenty of people who wouldn’t attend because ‘I’ve seen the trailer/poster and I couldn’t even tell you what it’s about.’ Maybe that’s the problem with Hollywood today… if you can’t figure out the entire plot from a :30 second TV spot, You don’t want to see it. In the information age, we refuse to be left without answers.
Same, I saw that movie the first time a few months ago, because it never really got popular and I was so surprised when I saw it, because it’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.
Utopia + Establishing Shots
One of my favourite shows:
One of my least favourite shows:
Do you see my problem
• shirts actually designed for girls with larger chests
• plus size clothing ACTUALLY intended to accommodate plus size people not just scaled up littler clothing
• clothes for tall people that won’t ride up
• pants for people with no butts
• cute bras in bigger sizes
•the fashion industry’s understanding that there’s lots of body types and every body type deserves to feel good in the clothes they wear
Persepolis (2007) - Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Story of a rebel and outspoken young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution.
5 things about this movie:
1- It’s in french.
2- You can learn Islamic history and a lot about women rights.
3- It’s as great as the book.
4- It’s based on the life of Marjane Satrapi, the writer of the movie and the book.
5- It’s an animated movie, yeah, but it’s for adults. (I’m not saying that adults can’t watch disney films)
I fucking loved this book and film
It’s been a while since I listed things.. Here goes. In no particular order.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre - a beautiful adaptation of the novel, TAOJE is much more interpersonal than most vlog-style webseries, and I love it all the more for that.
- Shipwrecked Comedy (Kissing in the Rain, A Tell-Tale Vlog) Everything that is made by Yulin et al. is wonderful and lovely and amazing. Kissing in the Rain is the coolest transmedia-fan-experiment I have ever seen. All the different elements of social media play into it really well. Also Yulin’s tumblr is like the best resource ever if you want to learn more about the film-making process (which is fascinating) or just read interesting stuff. And her past projects are really cool as well.
- Jules and Monty A really cute (so far at least, we haven’t got to the tragedy part quite yet) retelling of Romeo and Juliet, where Jules and Monty literally make you squee with the adorableness of it all. Also, their vlog vlogs are pretty entertaining.
- Anne with an E this webseries is really interesting because its created by high school students (which is super cool), and looks pretty realistic so far.
- Emma Approved After reading Emma and watching the BBC mini-series, I was literally craving to see what they would do with this series. So far, its hard to say. The series has had its moments, like the relationship between Alex Knightley and Emma, something which was lacking from the LBD (for obvious reasons), but it follows a much stricter format which is quite different. One would question the realism, because Emma repeatedly makes mistakes in her videos, which is definitely not something she would approve of. Emma isn’t the easiest read because unlike Pride and Prejudice the characters aren’t so dichotomously good-and-bad. We see many flawed normal, people dealing with the everyday drama of small-town life. I guess thats part of the beauty of it. Also so far all the content on the actual Emma Approved channel has been really random. I really hope we are going to see the mutiple storyline approach which worked so well in LBD.
- Kate the Cursed (Can you guess which Shakespeare play this is from without watching it?) One of the most authentic-feeling webseries I have seen. While initially LBD was a little awkward and stilted, I was impressed by how smoothly the series works, and how engaging Kate is.
- The March Family Letters Based off Little Women. The series doesn’t properly start for a few months, but have recieved funding and have a few episodes out. They also have transmedia roundups, which helps with the twitter story.
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Love love love. No need to explain this one since everyone who has been on the internet at least a little while knows about LBD. Basically this Pride and Prejudice retelling was the catalyst for the literary adaptation-ocalypse that has taken over the internet, garnering a huge fandom and multiple awards.
- Welcome to Sanditon They experimented with fan-canonization in the form of vlogs, although it wasn’t as thorough as it could have been. Still, an adorable story with an adorable cast and interesting choice of novel (unfinished) by Jane Austen.
- My Immortal (hehe. but it’s awesome.) Parodies the infamous My Immortal Harry Potter fanfic which is one of the most entertaining reads ever, but it goes beyond the realm of parody and makes you ship Drarry (with Asian Harry), redeems Enoby, celebrates female friendships (Enoby and Black Hermione FTW) and basically makes you laugh. Season 2 is coming out soon, which is exciting.
Some other adaptations, which I didn’t enjoy as much are: The Emma Project, Notes by Christine (Phantom of the Opera), The Nick Carraway Chronicles
And a couple which haven’t started yet:
Not-literary adaptations? Others:
- The (mis)Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, First, Black Actress (by Issa Rae) ABG is one of my favourite webseries because it has something severely lacking all these literary adaptations - PoC. Its really funny and quirky and weird, and its just great to see a different perspective out there, and Indian on a webseries (apart from the Guild, but we’ll get to that later) and basically I just love Issa Rae to bits. So this is a brand new webseries by the amazing Issa Rae, and it is, in a word, lovely. Like I’m rooting for these characters and its only been an episode. Black Actresses is similar to My Gimpy Life in the sense that we can see an actor’s life through a different lense, and it has amazing intro/outros with older black actresses usually with some beautiful words of advice.
- The Unwritten Rules An absolutely brilliant webseries on blacks in the workplace, starring Aasha Davis as Racy, the new manager at a fashion magazine company. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it sooner, it follows in the vein of ABG in that it is really funny, but deals with race explicitly. The ends of the videos are also hilarious, with talking heads of the other people (usually white co-workers, sometimes black), and they are hilarious.
- Squaresville A wonderful, wonderful show which just has so much heart. Although it infuriated me at the time (when episodes came out irregularly and sometimes not at all) one of my favorite parts of this show are the monolo7ues (idk about the 7), which are just really interesting character studies.
- The Guild One of my favorites, and again a classic example of perfection. The relationships between the characters, the characters themselves from Codex to Tink to Zaboo. And Zaboo is one of the best characters because he embodies every Indian stereotype, (I mean they are obssessive gamers) but at the same time, he’s his own person as well, which I just love. And his mother.
- Classic Alice A really interesting use of the classics, a literature major decides to live her life as the characters in the famous classics do, and sometimes things go wrong.
- Continuum A really interesting low-budget indie sci-fi that, while it may seem a little cheesy at first, has so much potential re: the third (as of now) non-existent season.
- You Suck at Photoshop This is the best edutainment I have ever seen. I actually learnt a bunch of stuff about photoshop, while laughing my ass off. It was awesome.
- Edge of Normal Strong female teenage superheroes, reminding us that magic (or whatever it is) comes with a price. And that girl power is awesome and all that jazz.
- Jessie Cave (Flat Whites, Bookworm, Ikea Girl, Them, Oddballs, The Waiting Room) Her series come off as art projects, with really quirky, unique characters, gorgeous music and a few cameos from fellow HP actors (did I mention she was Lavender Brown? No? She was)
- The Outs By far, this (and Whatever This Is) are the most professional, well-crafted webseries out there on the internet right now (that I have seen). The Outs feels so real and raw, with this beautiful, flawed, complicated characters who you just fall in love with. Its set and filmed in Brooklyn, everything from the soundtrack to the locations, and you can feel the loneliness of the city. It deals with some pretty huge issues in such beautiful ways and I just can’t. Almost forgot. Plot: Its about Mitchell, Hunter (ex-boyfriends) and Oona (Mitchell’s best friend).
- Whatever This Is I like to think of it as a continuation of The Outs, in a similar tone but zooming out a little, so it incorporates more characters, and its about, to quote them: how long are you expected to do work that you hate, for pennies, until it becomes something that you love that pays the rent? is that even possible? Obviously, its about much more than that, its about relationships and people, but it is the catalyst to a lot of things.
- Bloomers Similar to Whatever this is, but with more characters and more diversity. There are two latino, two desi (British-Indian and Muslim-something) characters, and they deal with tons of issues in a really beautiful and hilarious way. The indigogo campaign for Season 3 is FUNDING NOW!
- Runaways This show is what Pretty Little Liars could have been, but chose not to. While it isn’t nearly clever enough to satisfy my ridiculous expectations, and there are just one too many repeat shots of the same scenes (and to be fair, they are there for good reason, as the plot unravels these scenes reveal things in pretty interesting ways. I just wish they’d filmed a few more scenes) this was a great show. Its also the kind of show where you can actually speculate what happens and actually have clues to base your speculation off of (unlike certain other *PLL* shows), which I find immensely entertaining. I suggest watching the “Before they were Runaways" segment as well, either before season 1 or 2, so that you can learn the backstory.
- I Hate Being Single
- My Gimpy Life A really great webseries based on the creator’s (Teal Sherer) own experiences of being an aspiring actress in Hollywood. Its funny, sweet and a really different perspective.
- Noirhouse A parody of the film noir genre, while you don’t need to be familiar with the genre, definitely a must-see for film noir buffs.
- Husbands Hilarious show about two gay celebrities who accidentally get married right after marriage is legalized in LA and don’t want to get a divorce now because it’ll look bad for the cause. The show is much more like gay portrayal on TV, but obviously more nuanced as you get to know the characters, and its got some amazing guest stars (Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon).
- Hipsterhood and is also just a very quirky love story between two hipsters living in hipster central (Silver Lake City, LA). Fun fact: Julia Cho from LBD was involved in this project. What I really took away from this show, though, is the hipster-like tendencies I had (like vintage, typewriters, organic vegan food). just an interesting observation. also what are hipster POC like?
- Geek Love A documentary on speed dating at ComicCon, which is at times adorable and at other times quite sad, but that’s life I guess. Also awesome costumes for the win! In a subverted way (in that it isn’t explicitly discussed) gender roles are mentioned, and its quite interesting to see the double standards that there are.
- Kate and Joe Just Want to Have Sex Its hilarious. Enough said.
- Anna Akana, whose shorts (especially Afflicted, Inc.) are pretty interesting.
- Dorm Life A comedy about, you guessed it, dorm life! In a mockumentary format, which was suggested to me by itshornokplease.
- Croissant Man It follows a Depressed Croissant trying to find meaning in the superficial world of Bourgeois pastries. The first episode is out!
- The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy From the producers of LBD, starring the cute guy from Sanditon and some other hilarious people (including an Indian (India-indian) too which is awesome). Its funny, quirky and completely different both in tone and style from any other adaptation I’ve seen so far. The integrative use of technology means we see more of the character’s inner lives. Also: Fairies do exist in this world, but its part of the story in a very organic way.
- Blank Verse Just starting it now, but it looks promising - following the lives of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in a modern setting.
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- Nothing Much To Do An adaptation of, you guessed it, Much Ado About Nothing, based in New Zealand. Its kind of like Kate The Cursed in the sense that it feels organic, but it looks promising! The story is split into Benedick and Beatrice’s stories, which is a refreshing change after the majority of current literary adaptations (not that we don’t need tons and tons of awesome female protagonists, but it does shake the story up a bit!) And Ursula, a side character, runs a photography blog and does film projects too, which give further insight into the characters’ lives. Thanks to scarletwinterraven for recommending it!
- Adult Wednesday Addams As a HUGE Addams Family buff (and mildly disappointed by The Goreys Season 1, a tribute to the gothic parody genre which had so much potential) I was hooked the minute I saw the title. It is actually amazing, Melissa Hunter plays (and writes) the perfect Wednesday, exactly how I would have imagined her and she has an ease to her kookiness which makes it all the more awesome. All I want is for cameos of the rest of the Addams family in the second season.
- The Death Vlogs Related to The Goreys, but not necessary to understand what happens in these vlogs. Oliver, the main character, is absolutely hilarious. Although you should check out Season 2, which looks much more promising.
If anyone else has any suggestions, please message me and I’ll add them to this post!