The Underground — Issue #142
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: A look at the fallen in World War II, some of the most beautiful shots in animated history, a glimpse of the new season of Atlanta, and Hannibal Buress eats some hot wings that would set a house on fire if you dropped one.
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. The Fallen of World War II shows the real cost of life in WW2 from every country involved. If you live in America, most of the media that has been produced about World War II has basically shown the USA as the saviors of the war. Sure, we did come in an help a lot, but dozens of countries were involved. Many lost so many people that it reminds us that a world war is catastrophic. You can look at the numbers of casualties killed in the warfare, but then step back and look at the civilians. Google pictures of Berlin or Tokyo during the war. The USA dropped two nukes on Japan, but the bombing of Tokyo looks like hell on Earth. The whole city was made of wood, bombing it is like throwing a match on firewood soaked in gasoline.
The documentary below shows off how many people died in the war and from where. The longer it goes on, the more you will appreciate not being at war like this in our lifetime.
2. Some of the most beautiful shots in animated film history. When I was growing up, I was going to go into the art business. I was good at drawing because I came from a family where art was focused on. My Grandma drew and painted, and my Mom was incredible at drawing, painting, sculpting, and making other various stuff. She took a rock, then sculpted it into a chain link. I was afraid to touch it because it was so epic.
I didn’t end up going into art because I hated shading. That and I didn’t think I was good enough to actually make any money on art other than to become a teacher at some elementary school. But I still appreciate it. The movie and TV industry has produced some astounding animation. Pixar and Hayao Miyazaki are probably on top of all animation. Miyazaki is the best of all of them. Every scene in his films is beautiful. The video below could just showcase his work alone.
Feast your eyes on the work of hundreds of people to wow the eyes:
3. Atlanta season 2 is full of hype after the first season crushed. It took me a while to jump on the Atlanta train. The buzz on the show was huge, the awards for it were piling up, Donald Glover is awesome, so I finally took some time to watch the show. It was incredible. It was funny, dramatic, thoughtful, and a bunch of other positive adjectives. One episode was so funny that I had it playing on repeat in the background while I worked. I’d overhear lines and burst out laughing.
Soon we will have the second season. The hardest part in movies, TV and music is the sophomore effort. Atlanta as a LOT to top if they want to be better than the first season. I have no doubt Glover and crew can deliver on that. It’s honestly one of the best shows on TV. It leaves you wanting more, and more is coming soon, and soon is March 1st.
4. Hannibal Buress endures the pain of spicy wings on Hot Ones. Buress is on of the funniest people on the planet. His demeanor is that of a man that seemingly has no emotional expression, but then drops funny lines like it’s a hiccup. When you have that personality and add hot wings, you’re bound to activate extreme comedy or diarrhea. Judging from this episode, there is a lot of both.
In the 100th episode of Hot Ones, Buress and host Sean Evans eat some preposterously hot wings. 2,000,000+ Scoville on the last wing? Why would you even do that to yourself. I had a buddy who would order the hottest wings at the bar during a football game, and he just poured sweat and suffered the entire time. He kept doing it, but I never objected because I guess I liked watching him suffer. That’s probably something I should talk to a therapist about… maybe.
Watch Hannibal Buress eat some hot fire in the latest episode of Hot Ones below.
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