THE UNDERGROUND — ISSUE #120
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: Logan shows that we’re tired of superhero films, a fake Burger King ad tells the truth about the products, David Fincher and his filmmaking is examined, and does peeing on a Jellyfish sting really help with the pain?
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1. Logan showed us that superhero movies can get old. It seems every week of the year brings us a new superhero film. Ever since Blade showed us that a superhero film can work again, no one predicted that there would be $300 million dollar superhero films that clean up at the box office to clear $1 billion like it’s no big deal.
The problem is that people are tiring of the formula. Logan was refreshing because it stripped all the cliche stuff away from comic book film, and it made it more real. I’d prefer an intimate conversation around a dinner table to another portal in the sky where all the heroes have to blow it up or destroy a machine causing it.
Give the video below a view. As much as you love superhero movies, this video is hard not to agree with.
2. If “real people” commercials were real life: Burger King. If you have ever watched any bit of television in your life, you’ve probably seen the ads where there’s a salesman pitching a product, and then the people in the ad going apesh*t over something as boring as getting a credit card or getting a leased car.
In this fake ad below, it portrays one honest man among a group of idiots who tells the truth about the Burger King chicken sandwich. Are there really people out there who taste this new sandwich and can properly compare it to the previous version of it? How many times are these people going to Burger King and sampling the sandwiches like they’re a fine wine?
If I actually walked into a Burger King and this was happening, I would turn around and run to my car. I’ve witnessed corporate people who are trying to sell their brand at festivals or sports games. Someone says hello, you say hello back, and then they take out a clipboard to try to sell you something. The guy in the ad below is my spirit animal.
3. An inside look at director David Fincher’s brilliant filmmaking. Fincher has directed films like Fight Club and Zodiac. He has a knack for taking books you’d buy at an airport and turning them into a gritty, and detail oriented piece of cinema.
Fincher also happens to make his films better than the book. Fight Club was a great book, but the ending was a bit weird, and it kept going. The film adaptation was superior, and it’s also iconic in how it ends. So many films and TV have tried to recreate what Fincher filmed. It never works out well for them.
The video below examines how Fincher makes his films look the way they do. I’m interested to see what World War Z 2 will look like if he directs it. Since Fincher is so gritty, the zombies will probably the most disgusting things put to screen since the last Sarah Jessica Parker film.
4. Should you urinate on a Jellyfish sting? Everytime someone gets stung by a Jellyfish, someone else says you should pee on it. When the person who got stung is grossed out and asks why, the person who suggested it has no idea. Jellyfish are yet another reason why I will never go in the ocean. Not to mention all the other creatures swimming the finite darkness below your feet, there are glowing alien looking Jellyfish who stings you with gooey tentacles.
Why is this thing of peeing on someones leg when they get stung still a thing? Does it work? Do you and the person you pee all over get married because of the weirdness you just put yourselves through? Maybe, but this video explains why giving someone a golden shower to ease the pain of their Jellyfish sting may be a good or bad thing.
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