The Underground — Issue #137
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: A new anthology series from one of the best sci-fi writers of all time, an Honest Trailer to prep you for a movie about one of the worst movies of all time, the secret protocol for what happens when the Queen of England dies, and how you can change someone’s opinion that’s obviously wrong.
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. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams looks to bring his short stories to the small screen. Phillip K. Dick is one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time. Some of the best film and TV you’ve watched in the past few decades has gone back to 70 years ago. Here’s a list that includes some great adaptations, and some other adaptations that should’ve gotten a little bit more help:
- Total Recall
- The Adjustment Bureau
- Radio Free Albemuth
- The Man in the High Castle
- A Scanner Darkly
- Minority Report
- The Crystal Crypt
- Confessions d’un Barjo
- Blade Runner
- Blade Runner 2049
As you can see, some are hit more miss depending on who is behind the productions. The important thing is that the material behind the adaptations are solid. This new show is based on the his short stories, and his best adaptations are based on his short stories. Push the hype bar up, kids!
Check out the trailer for the first trailer for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams:
2. The Room Honest Trailer by ScreenJunkies sets you up perfectly for The Disaster Artist. There have been multiple times on this site that I have brought up The Room. It’s the best worst movie ever made. I couldn’t even show anyone the trailer for the film before getting yelled at to turn it off. I’ve tried my best, but no one wants to watch it with me without telling me to turn it off.
Recently, James Franco and crew have made a BTS film about it called The Disaster Artist based on the novel of the same name. It’s currently rocking a 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating, so I am sure it’ll be a blast given who is behind it.
This Honest Trailer goes over the most excruciating scenes of the film with editing that will make you laugh even if you’ve never watched the film. If you really want to watch The Room, you have to watch it with a group of people. Insist it’s a serious film by someone who HAS NO IDEA what they’re doing. Fans will be made.
3. The secret protocol for when the Queen of England dies. Since Elizabeth II is around 900 years old, we haven’t really witnessed what happens when a monarch of such magnitude dies. Is there some kind of ceremony where the next in line has to be rushed into take a quick oath like what happened when JFK was assassinated and they had to do a quick thing on Air Force One?
Since the monarchy in the UK is mostly for show and they have no real power, do they really need to move quickly to put a new monarch into power? Theres are a lot of questions I had before watching the video below. This video might ignite a craving to read up more about this history of monarchs. Or, you can just be lazy and watch season 1 of The Crown. Such a good show.
Learn about the secret protocol for when the Queen dies below:
4. How you can change someone’s idiotic opinion. If you’ve ever gotten into an argument with someone with a differing opinion, you might notice that the more you hit them with your opinion, the stronger their opinion will be to counter yours. It’s called confirmation bias. Here’s a quick conversation I will create between two Lions fans: One is a huge fan, but the other is a fan only because they grew up being a fan:
“I think the Lions will make the playoffs this year.”
“I wish. They have a chance, but I doubt it.”
“They will totally make the playoffs. Probably go 12 – 4.”
“More like 4 – 12. We say they will be good every year, but then they blow it. Typical Lions.”
“That’s BS. Stafford is the highest paid QB in the league for a reason. Plus, our D is solid. Probably go 14 – 2.”
“We have the highest paid hack. Our D gets tired because they’re on the field the whole time. They won’t go to the playoffs for decades.”
And it goes on like that until both are so radically on the other side that neither of them can agree on anything.
The video below teaches you how to change someone’s opinion by being reasonable. I did it during Thanksgiving by listening to opinions, stating mine, then giving facts and views that others could be appealed to. Yelling never works.
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