Thursday Night at the Cinema presents: Patrick (H) Willems

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been thinking lately about how I’m stuck in a YouTube rut: I listen to the same handful of albums on repeat (Ramshackle Glory’s “Live the Dream”, Streetlight Manifesto’s “The Hands That Theive” and “Everything Goes Numb”, interspersed with NOFX’s “Pump Up the Valuum, Wingnut Dishwasher’s Union’s “Burn the Earth! Leave it behind!”, The Mad Caddies’s “Quality Soft Core” and “Rock the Plank”, and for some balance UNKLE’S “War Stories”, “Where Did the Night Fall?”, and “Never Never Land” [but only the first 30 minutes or so, for some reason I have never finished the album which has always been an unconscious decision]) and I watch the same YouTube channels (Acursed Farms, Film Theory and Game Theory [but only Mat Pat’s, for some reason I really cannot get into Gaijin Goomba’s videos], Alternative History Hub, and Numberphile).  Part of the reason for this is being a working father, family man, and writer doesn’t leave much time for much else (no complaints though, family life and love has been my best adventure yet).

Accurate representation of my music tastes.

 

What my YouTube feed mostly looks like.

Because of this rut (I mentioned before about refocusing my blog but my intentions, like my life, things don’t always turn out the way I was expecting) and I had mostly all wrote off all the other columns (unless someone wants to write with me on this blog, still accepting applications, all you have to do is reach out with a couple of writing samples [CONTACT ME PAGE], no pressure though but there are benefits(1)) particularly “Thursday Night at the Cinema”  because it’s so new and requires time, which as I’ve mentioned becoming a family guy has made me prioritise my projects dramatically.

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This is the “Family Guy Transformation” experience

However I recently discovered Patrick (H) Willems, specifically I discovered this guy on a  Friday (which is usually my “work Friday night shift because, despite my [mostly] self-proclaimed talent and education, I STILL work in kitchens”) which when I work night shifts I have a hard time staying awake/productive through the day because my brain is like “Bro, you need to sleep until you go to work then stay up for hours after your shift”.  So I did my usual Friday morning ritual “get my son on the school bus, make my fineacee coffee, then eat breakfast before going into my office to ‘work’(3)” and I kept falling asleep to Willems’s videos but thinking to myself “these are douchebag brain memefucking brilliant! I need to revisit these later”. Usually when this happens I usually forget or don’t revisit because rut but this particular Friday I had an unusually, but not entirely unexpected, shitty Friday night at work and after getting home and bitching to my fiencee and my boyfriend(4) for a whilst about my night I went back down to my office to roll some cigarettes and I remembered Patrick (H) Willems’s videos and decided to revisit them whilst trying to unwind and I was GREATLY rewarded.

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I feel like this is an accurate representation of PHW.

Patrick (H) Willems (I will refer to him as PHW from here out) is one of the rare YouTube creators whom I feel deeply reluctant to call a “creator” as that term is just so damn vague but I would more feel comfortably refer to as a true “director, cinematographer, writer, and visionary”.  His videos range from the “TL;DR I have too much time and will explain [X] series to you” videos to original shorts that parody greats like Wes Anderson to original content like “The High School Reunion”. The guy is a fucking renaissance man in his field. I won’t lie to you and say I’ve watched all his content (because I haven’t) but I doubt I will because he does include vlog kind of material and honestly I visit YouTube almost exclusively because it is literally an incredible place to find young (as in experience) independent documentarians and filmmakers covering such a diverse body of subjects from theoretical mathematics (Numberphile) to people who over analyse movies/games (Mat Pat of Game and Film Theory) and literally everything in between (I wish I had a better example for “something in between” but again, rut; maybe Grickle?).

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Gickle is fucking great.

In the following I’m including  what I consider a highlights/cross-section cut of PHW’s body of work:

EXPLAINS:

VIDEO ESSAYS:

PARODY:

I highly encourage you all to comment and debate in the comment section, whether related or not, about this piece.  Any and all feedback is deeply appreciated.

I want to let the three of you who regularly read this blog that I am making, slow but regular, progress with my novel.  I have the remainder of part one (of five) outlined so I can now make progress on the regular rather than flailing about anxiously without a direction. Now that I have part one of the novel outlined, I plan to finish the chapter I’m working on then I will begin drawing panels for act II of “The Adventures of Fin & Louie: Reluctant Partners in Crime”.  I promise I am making progress towards finishing these projects. In fact, if you want more and haven’t caught up on Act I of “The Adventures of Fin & Louie: Looking for a Friend in All the Wrong Places” you can view them all here THE ADVENTURES OF FIN & LOUIE.

Stay tuned because there is more to come.

-fin

Footnotes:

  1. I can’t pay you but I will write you an excellent recommendation letter when you do seek paying employment and you will get free promotional material, when I have money and time to make it (I have ideas but money is the main struggle).
  2. Usually includes a cup of coffee whilst I intend to watch a couple of youtube videos in my feed then write but I usually fall back asleep. Yes I do have a bed in my office because sleeping areas are surprisingly important to this insomniac (INSERT LINK TO INSOMNIA BOOK PREVIEW).
  3. Both my home and sex life is exactly as interesting as it sounds.
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Cyberpunk Music Videos (NSFW)

Happy Thursday!

Continuing this week’s Cyberpunk theme, I put together some cyberpunk themed music videos (no repeats from yesterday’s list, no worries).  One thing is should note, the NSFW tag is new here and mostly just a minor warning.  Most of the videos are pretty tame but Brut Carpenter’s remix of Tech Noir is pretty gore-tastic.  Nothing realistic-graphic, more cartoony-funny-graphic.

Cyberpunk Music Video Set list (link to playlist):

Tech Noir – Gunship

Shut em Down – Celldweller

Tomorrow People: A music video novel
This Means War – Volker X

Into the Night – Nero

Shock to the System – Billy Idol

Sentient – Perturbator [UNCENSORED]

Black Earth – Reminor

Tech Noir (Brut Carpenter Remix) – Gunship

 

I don’t have too much to say about these videos, I mostly just like the sounds and the feel of the videos.  I’ve mentioned before my love of animation, I really love claymation style, which is why Tech Noir (original) is the first in the list.  

Tomorrow People is a really interesting idea of making an interpretive graphic novel from found content and I really liked the song.  

This Means War has a really interesting 16-bit art-style I really really like.  The style reminds me of other modern games that use a similar style like Uncanney Valley and, what seem’s to be EVERYONE’S favourite right now, Undertale.  As Ross from Accursed

Farms says “I will take good pixel art to crappy 3D anyday”, and I agree with that statement because to me it speaks both to an artist’s vision and priorities when they choose to make an intentional “compromise” of not using the newest tools they can afford but may not be able to skillfully wield and preferring a more classic style that they can more fully ulitilise.  

When my friend posted the Tech Noir music video, I was impressed.  It had all the elements of the 80’s I like to remember including the synth and the robo-cop stylized character, the hero’s journey trope, and the “at the time cutting edge” claymation which today looks so enduringly beautiful and I was pretty skeptical about a remix music video from some Brut I’d never heard of.  I was so wrong and I’m so glad about it.  

Brut Carpenter’s remix is a live action reimagining of the story of “boy-saves-girl” story

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Easily my favourite in the “toys come to life” movie genre.

told in the original.  The cartoon violence and the goofy costumes are completely on point striking that same tone that b-movies, such as the original.  The cartoon violence and the goofy costumes are completely on point striking that same tone that b-movies, such as Full Moon Features(1), managed to have where it’s just serious enough to make you feel but so over the top that it becomes a borderline comedy at times.  This is why I choose to end the list with this remix (and how i could justify a repeat on the same list).   

 

 

 

 

Tune in tomorrow because 12th May is  Offbeat On-point’s first birthday!  Tomorrow I will be posting the 2017-2018 Manifesto and posting a special comic featuring our newest contributor: Brad Evans.  

 

Footnotes:

 

  1. This reference probably dates me but I have many many fond memories growing up watching Full Moon movies including the Puppet Master series (think Toy Story, but more violent and sexual), Dollman, Demonic toys (I’m starting to see a pattern here that I didn’t see before, maybe there’s a reason why I still like toys/cartoons…).  I had no idea Full Moon continued to be a thing until as reciently as 2013, I honestly just assumed they died in the early 2000’s but if I was to catch up on their releases I have a feeling that’s probably where things went down hill anyway.  Another Thursday, someday, I’ll have a Full Moon Features post.  

 

Good Morning, Mr. Magpie (Urban Legends #2)

Happy mystery Monday!

Several months back, I did a post on an urban legend from my home town of St Louis about the spooky Zombie Road and to quote one of my favourite you tubers, Ross Scott of Accursed Farms, “Like a porn series that already knows it’s going to have a sequel, I’m putting a big number 1 in the title.”, I named the last post “Urban Legends #1” because I knew that this is a subject that I would like to revisit because I value the tradition of story telling and urban legends are something I feel like are waning in style.  I don’t mean to say I feel like they’re going obsolete nor that I believe there will ever be a time we move away from them, in fact Slender Man is arguable proof that urban legends are alive and well(1), however there are smaller local legends that rarely leave the city or place of their origin unless told and retold by wandering bards(2), like yours truly.

This one, however, is much less sinister then the two previously mentioned but none the less has an element of morbidity which, I’ve come to terms with, is quite an attractive element in stories to me(3).

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This was one of my favourite images from the my favourite anthology series “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”.

I first learned about this story because I was walking with a friend and we saw a solitary Magpie and she saluted it and said “Good Morning, Mr. Magpie. How are the wife and kids?” and kept going like it was something completely normal well adjusted adults do.

magpie

Just in case if you didn’t know what they look like. I had never seen any before coming to England.

And I’m not one to judge I talk to animals and plants like they’re people all the time however, never have I ever considered saluting one (or anyone for that matter). I asked and they just told me “That’s just what you do when you see one alone.” and then recited the following nursery rhyme:

One for sorrow,

Two for joy,

Three for a girl,

Four for a boy,

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret never to be told.

“Brilliant. That Explains everything. ಠ_ಠ”

So I did what I do and learned a few things about the magpie and why this became a thing.

I learned that magpies, like many species of bird, mate for life and that seeing a solitary magpie is a sign of sorrow because it can mean the solitary bird has lost its mate and if you see two it is a sign of joy ergo the rhyme “One for sorrow; two for joy…”.  The salute is a sign of respect, similar to tipping of the hat, and asking after its wife and kids is to assume that it just happens to be away from the family.

The rest of the rhyme comes from a tradition of divining the future based on the behavior of birds called “Augury”, IE if you see five magpies you’re in for some money.

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I *finally* understand the name of this card.

The depth of the myth goes on with variations of the rhyme, why magpies are bad luck (or in Chinese symbolism, they’re actually good luck), and different ways to ward off the bad luck crossing a singular magpie.

If you have a piece of urban lore you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment below about it.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Slender Man seems to fit the definition of “urban legend” as provided by dictionary.com

Urban Legend (n)

a modern story of obscure origin and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humor, moralizing, or horror
2. I realise that “bard” is defined as “one who composes and recites poems” and as I do write poetry (rarely) but do not identify as a “poet” I am abiding by the archaic Greek definition of poet meaning “maker, author”, the use of poetry can be seen as recently as 1821 by Percy Shelly‘s essay “A Defense of Poetry” which is an excellent and extremely empowering read for any writer.
3. In talking to one of my friends about some of my favourite authors, bands, poets, movies, video games, and the stories I’m working on she said to me “Fin, I think you might be a little death obsessed.”  Now I’m taking a Victorian Gothic Horror class at university and I kind love it.  Love thy self, right?

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (book) Review

Happy Monday everyone.

dont panic

The best advice ever given.

I’ve decide to set up a system for the reviews for The Hitchhiker’s books which looks something like this:

A) 3 sentence summary

  • self explanatory, I figure I can get away with it because of how canonized these books are

B)  cast

-character bios

C)  Free ball thinking, maybe there’ll be a point

-Not really sure what this is all for yet, the series is pretty light hearted but there are somethings that Adams seems concerned with and things I’m concerned with Adams portrayal of some human characters.  Mostly Trillian…but we’ll get there.

D)  Footnotes

-read everything before forming an opinion

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