Spent most of the day watching some of the new movies I picked up the other day.
Immortals - Much more than a film about dudes F-ing other dudes up in slow motion. It does an impressive job of taking the myth of Theseus to life. A 5 out of 5 on the being a badass scale.
Hangover 2 - Sucks, moving on... A 5 out of 5 on the over hyped and ultimately sucking hardcore scale.
Melancholia - Not only has Kirsten Dunst, one of my favorite actresses, it also has a very compelling story of a women with severe depression with a back drop of the end of the world. A 5 out of 5 on the pretentious opening sequence, but making up for it at minute 10 with a well put together and thought provoking movie scale.
When the zombie apocalypse occurs, and it will since it's inevitable, the zombies we'll see won't be the ones from most pop culture films.
They'll have heart beats:
Without a heartbeat the human cells can't survive more than a few minutes. I'm not a biologist, so i'm basing this on the what happens to your body if you were to hold your breath while exercising. Lactic acid builds up on your muscles, so less oxygen is able to enter your muscles and they tense up until they completely stop functioning. Without a heartbeat there would be no way to circulate blood and therefore oxygen so the human body zombie or not would fail within minutes.
If they're the slow type they'll die within days:
Besides the obvious handicap of the difficulty in getting food, the types of viruses that would effect the part of the brain that effects motor functions has already effected the more critical regions of the brain and would likely continue to spread to the brain of the brain supports life.
The most realistic zombies
The infection will probably either be a failed attempt to cure Alzheimer's or a biological weapon. The infection will more than likely cause the brain to swell inhibiting higher level of thought but still allowing basic survival, and motor functions, and possibly even allowing them to process information in the same way animals do. This would more than likely cause them to become pack animals hunting in groups like wolves. Allow them to be functional enough hunt and forage, allow them to associated noise, heat, smells with food, and maybe even allow them to create ambushes.
If their brains are indeed swollen, they would likely have migraines causing them to be sensitive to both light and loud sounds.
Assuming you don't have a huge trust fund you can put towards a bad ass fortress or an armory the best way to survive this outbreak is to adequately barricade your strong hold. During the day, go out and sanitize a large area around your strong hold focusing more on destroying their habitats than just killing they the zombies. If you do come across a group make sure that none of them escape.
When you do find them and you have a ton of money to spend on a 50 cal machine gun buy it, if you don't a semi automatic, and a machete will probably give you the best zombie protection for the cost, and replacement bullets are easier to find. While you're hunting for their hiding places, it would actually be safer to purposely make a little noise to allow them to know someone is in the area. Surprising them would cause them to react in an unpredictable manner, letting them know that something is around will allow to stay in a more relax state and would make them easier to finish off.
Growing up we're all told that we're special, but at a certain point we all figure out that some of us are more special than others. A lucky few people are born to be truely great, but this birth right comes with responsibility of using those gifts to inspire others. So it really pisses me off when I hear stories about geniuses who work at menial jobs. Singers that use drugs to the point they can barely function, and World class athletes that do stupid things like sell drugs and join gangs. Are you really so stupid that you don't realize that a single stray bullet or even a billy club to the knee will end your dream forever.
I find it highly hypocritical to claim that your gift is your passion in life if you're willing to be so reckless with it. That's not to say that you shouldn't live and have fun, but if you truly want to become the worlds best ballerina then you probably shouldn't be ghost riding your friend's car no matter how much they beg you to do it.
The cynical side of me feels that if they are stupid enough to waste it than it serves them right when they lose it, but no one wins if that happens. So just don't be retarded. Easy day.
But the biggest crime of all is Anorexia. The number 1 killer of Hot women in America. Actually I Just made that fact up but I don't care. The famine look isn't sexy at all.
Today I went to see Chronicle, that new movie about the guys with telekinesis. Afterwards I stopped by best buy to pick up In Time, the movie about time becoming the new currency in a world where some people can live forever starring Justin Timberlake.
Immediately after watching each movie I noticed that I felt that I still felt connected to the story. That even though the credits were now rolling the story hadn't quite ended yet. At one point I even looked down at my own arm to see how many hours I had left before remembering that real life doesn't work that way. This of course peaked my curiosity and I just had to figure out what caused me to want to check my own arm after spending just 109minutes watching the movie.
The following is what I came up with.
1) The story needs to go further than just having realistic characters. The characters also need to have traits that readers/viewers can relate to.
2) The story either needs to stimulate one of the more prevalent emotions(love, aggression, fear, empathy) to an audience that is susceptible to it. Trying to tell a love story to a person apathetic towards love is a waste of time.
3) The story needs to be fairly predictable so that the audience can subconsciously think about what will happen next. The more complicated the story, the more activated the readers/viewers mind will be, the easier it will be for the reader/viewer to realize that the story they are following is not reality.
4) To have a lasting impression the story can't end with an emotion that wasn't the emphasis over the course of the movie, or end with the main character being defeated.
5) Good music doesn't hurt
I'm sure there are a ton of other aspects that make a story immersive, but I'll leave that to you to add in the comments.
I love starting my Saturday's with Pati's Mexican table. Her show is spell binding. I can't really tell you why, but the I assume it has something to do with the Spanish guitar playing in the back ground. Maybe it's the way Pati narrates what she's doing in a very distinct accent. It may just be the fact that all the food is in HD, or some combination of all these things.
What I do know is that at 10:30 my television always seems to end up on her show, and at 11:01 I wake up from my trance not really sure of what happened, but whatever it was it must have been amazing.