The Underground — Issue #112
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: Pete Holmes has a new show on HBO, The Rogue One behind the scenes CGI feature, the strikingly accurate honest trailer on Doctor Strange, and whether you can use Windows 98 on your computer in 2017.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground
1. Pete Holmes’ new show Crashing shows how much getting cheated on is when you’re a stand-up comedian. I’ve only done a handful of open mic gigs, but I knew that I wasn’t quite right for it. Well, not that I’m not right for it, it’s just that you have to do it so much to get anywhere. Some of the best comedians I’ve even heard are not famous at all except to other comedians and long time fans. Plus, I was really not ready to move to big comedy places because the cost of living is so high, so that’s another thing. Crashing really shows the struggle of being broke, trying to hit it big with comedy, deal with being homeless and cheated on, and trying to be a good person.
Watch the preview for Crashing, then go and watch the first few episodes in HBOGO. This show is based on Holmes’ life when his wife cheated on him, so prepare yourself to watch a nice guy get crapped on left and right. It’s hilarious.
2. Check out what was real and what was fake in this Rogue One Visual Effects feature. Some of the special effects in the film are so good that you can’t tell what is CGI and what isn’t. That’s when you know that the artists working on the film are really busting their asses. The crazy thing about the film is how the director uses pretty simple tech you can buy at the store to test out potential visual effects shots. That now iconic scene where the death star is revealed? The director planned it all out with what looks like a VR device and a tablet. The interviewer was flipping out because it was so cool.
On top of the film being very good, you can really see how much work goes into all the designs. Even when they explain it, it still doesn’t take away from how much talent is behind this film. Have a look at how they put all that magic on screen below.
3. Doctor Strange faces the wrath of the Honest Trailer. This film was probably one of the best Marvel films. It looked great, the acting was on point, it tied in with the universe, and it had Benedict Cumberbatch. I’m sold. The problem is with the film is after you see it, your brain digests it. What you realize is it’s the same plot of Iron Man with a little changes. The entire film is based on a rich doctor who is kind of an A-hole who gets hurt and changes his life. His hands are badly damaged, so he turns to magic. Then, for some weird reason, he still punches people. Punching someone with a bare fist is painful unless you really know what you’re doing. Also because his hands are jacked from a major car accident. Just saying.
That’s just a taste of what the Honest Trailer guys have pointed out. Watch the trailer below to see another Marvel film get lashed by them.
4. Can you use Windows 98 on your computer in 2017? It’s hard to believe that I used Windows 98. Not because it was a bad OS, but because it’s almost 20 years old. I used it recently when I was testing out all my old laptops and computers I have stored in my basement. It still is top-notch compared to some of Microsoft’s blunders that occurred later. I can’t even begin to explain the Windows that used a tablet OS for a PC OS. I can’t tap on my screen. That was stupid.
Below is a video where Windows 98 is reviewed and tested on an old laptop. I won’t tell you whether this works or not, but it really takes me back to burning music CD’s that took a week to download 12 songs. Those were hard times.
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