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Happy Birthday, Neil!

The past couple weeks I’ve been planning to make a rap song for my friend Neil, but I got hurt skating and then it kept raining and it seemed like it would never get done. I recorded the song last week, but there was still a video to be made. Yesterday I started brainstorming and worked on it all evening/night. Get ready to see a half-assed production for a non-half-assed friendship. Happy Birthday, Neil!

My 5 Favorite Fight Scenes in Movies as a Kid

If you've never felt the need to tornado kick a bottle off of the kitchen counter or imagined fighting a cluster of adults as they are trying to rob your house as a kid, then you weren't watching the right movies. I was a 90's kid, which meant that every movie taught me I could win any fight with enough training from a mysterious old man in a forest or repeatedly watching the Power Rangers.

Today, I wanted to take some time out of my day to share with you the action movies that warped my perception of defense and attack skills. LET'S DO IT.

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1. Desperado Bar shoot out!

Desperado was my go-to bar scene shoot out. Every time I watched this movie I grabbed my NERF gun. Nothing breakable in the house was safe. I WAS A DESPERADO. (Am I using that right?)

 

2. 3 Ninjas DUDES!!!!

This movie holds such a special place in my heart. I can't tell you the amount of times I imagined beating up the 3 surfer bonehead dudes who show up to kidnap the 3 Ninjas. Anyone with a surfer accent was a trigger (when being TRIGGERED wasn't a default Tumblr teen emotion). 

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3. Blade

When the music kicks in on the first scene below, THE DAYWALKER STARTS KICKIN' ASS. I remember getting the soundtrack to this movie as a kid and memorizing Snipe's every move. Fast forward to the last fight against Frost (also below) and you've got some KICKASS MOVIE FIGHT SCENES.

 

4. Mortal Kombattttttttttttttt

My girlfriend and I recently watched back through this one and, man, I have no idea why this movie pumped me up. I suppose the same could be asked about the other films on this list too though. It could have been the fighting...yes...but more than likely is the iconic soundtrack that came along with the movie. If you were to turn on the Mortal Kombat song today near me, YOU KNOW I'M ABOUT TO KICK SOMETHIN'.

5. Unleashed

This movie came out a little later than the previous films on this list, but made me want to fight nonetheless. This movie debuted in 2005 when I was about 16 or 17, but I'll be damned if age stopped me from karate kicking the air. To me, "kid" is anything under 18, so this movie counts. Plus, I love Jet Li and I really wanted him and this movie on this list.  

I'm sure anyone reading this is screaming, "WHAT ABOUT THE NINJA TURTLES or KARATE KID??!" and to that I say...

 

BONUS # 6. and # 7. NINJA TURTLES AND THE KARATE KID

Both of these movies were amazing! I don't even need to write anything here because I wasn't expecting to write a 6th movie, let alone a 7th. JUST WATCH THE CLIPS.

Have your own favorite childhood movie fight scenes? Let me know in the comments!

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My 5 Favorite Legendary Cinema Videos and SQUASHING THA BEEF.

It's no secret that Koonagi Media and Legendary Cinema have had a rivalry that spans eons, it's just that most people don't even know who we are. If you're one of those super underground hipsters who listens to Soundcloud music with 5 or less views then you're probably already a huge fan of both of our YouTube channels.

Today, I'm officially SQUASHING THA BEEF by showing my top 5 favorite Legendary Cinema Videos. Let's do this.

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1. Secret Santa: Red Christmas

Secret Santa: Red Christmas is one of the most thrilling stories ever told. We follow a young protagonist named Jimmy as he watches his friend get murdered one by one by a "Secret" killer. The story won many awards from underground cults and serial killers alike. This is a must-see for any horror and action film fan. 

 

2. Life is but a Dream

Following on the toes of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" movie, Life is but a Dream takes what Inception did and incepts it to its very core. Like Shakespeare, words were invented for this movie like "Prizza". Years ahead of its time, Life is but a Dream perfectly emulates what it's like to have a dream. 

 

3. Spooky Night

Jumping back into the world of masterpiece horrors, Spooky Night released and became an instant classic. Scaring kids for years to come, this movie set the tone for movies like The Exorcist and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre from the future - a movie first. Michael commands the screen from start to finish with an acting technique called "Disappear". The reveal is terrifying. 10/10.

 

4. Milk

Although marketed as a drama to American and Chinese audiences, Milk was actually intended to be a romance between the leading eye candy Jimmy and, you guessed it, his passion for milk. This video shows a modern day struggle with undertones and hidden meanings about society and prejudices. The video really pays off in the end. 

 

5. MichaelCon Commercial

Although published on the VvXjimmyXvV YouTube, this commercial showed Legendary Cinema creator's mastery over all forms of media. I heard they were offered to host the Olympics after making this, but turned it down after realizing they were too busy like they were before and after the Legendary Seance (Spooky#) video.

 

Closing Remarks:

If you're anything like me and about six other people, then you probably agree when I say, "When will Legendary Cinema return"? Their last video masterpiece was published over 3 years ago.

Will the Koonagi Media/Legendary Cinema crossover ever happen?  Will Ryan ever send a good skit idea via text? Is Chris Marinara really Daniel Day Lewis in disguise? Maybe one day a video will come out by L.C. answering these questions. Until then, we can only dream.

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(For WAY better videos, check out KOONAGI MEDIA)

Forest Adventures of the Fourth Kind

Last weekend, my friend James, Cole, and I went on an impromptu forest adventure after skating Irving Skatepark. Every time we get together as our group the "Alley Katz", some sort of video or collection of pictures come about. This time, we got both.

Besides the video above, I took a few stills as well. I'm new to the photography world, so I set out with my Canon T6 and its kit lens and attempted to capture photos the best that I could. As fate would have it, mid-exploration, a train came by which made for some interesting photo opportunities. (All photos are raw/unedited.)

LBRY: A Decentralized YouTube and Digital Library

I'm sick of Youtube. What once was a great platform to share videos with others has now become a monopolized system. This is great for large companies, but for us smaller guys trying to get our content out to the masses or even other like-minded people, it sucks; especially with Youtube's new monotization rules and the way their algorithm processes searches. The problem is though, Youtube is the largest video community online and to go elsewhere means it's even harder to show people your content.

Every once in awhile I repeat the phrase: "I hate Youtube. I'm leaving!" and then never do because what's the alternative? I never found a viably sound one, until now. 

 Photo courtesy of  LBRY/Twitter

Photo courtesy of LBRY/Twitter

Watch, read, and play in a decentralized digital library controlled by the community.
— LBRY

As their Twitter describes, LBRY is a project created to be a decentralized digital library, ideally free from the constraints of a corporation overlord. I can bore you with a bunch of text of how it works, or I can show you this video about it that explains the concept and how content creators can control the money they earn. Brought to you by LBRY adviser, Alex Tabarrok.

Having made this article, I won't be leaving Youtube immediately. You can bet that I will begin streaming my content through LBRY as soon as possible though. I want to support this project and I hope you will too.

If you'd like to learn more about LBRY and download it for yourself, click the button below. Exciting stuff!

Theresa Kachindamoto: Fighting for Equality, Education, and Children in Southeastern Africa

With all of the negative headline stories in the world right now, I thought I'd diverge from the populous and take an article-moment to give praise to a certain leader. I first heard about her last year in a YouTube video posted by the BBC. She is a leader of roughly 900,000 people and the paramount chief, or Inkosi, of the Dedza District in the central region of Malawi.

Her name is Theresa Kachindamoto.

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Theresa is best known to the media as a leader who has stopped over 1,500 child marriages. This is a huge win for Malawi. Not only because forcing children to marry is wrong (obviously), but because in doing this, HIV is expected to slow.

As of 2012, Malawi was one of the poorest countries in the world and 10% of their population had HIV. 

Young girls, sometimes as young as seven, are subject to sexually abusive traditions that include sexual initiation camps for kusasa fumbi (cleansing)
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In 2015, Malawi passed a law that forbade marriage before the age of 18. However, a portion of the population still sell their children for a lobola (bride price). If the thought of children being sold into marriage makes you feel sick, imagine the way these young girls feel. 

A single decision changed 16-year-old Mumderanji Loyidi’s life. Although she was a promising pupil at Lisungwi Primary School in Neno, southern Malawi, Mumderanji recalls the day that she was told that she would be marrying a man who was three times her age.

Then only aged 13, Mumderanji – who was orphaned at the age of nine – could not believe that her uncle would be sending her to get married at such tender age.

“I had just sat for my primary school leaving certificate and I was young and childish,” Mumderanji told Equal Times in an interview.

Now divorced from her 42-year-old husband and back in school, Mumderanji is one of the estimated 50 per cent of Malawian girls who ends up as a child bride.
— Equal Times

 

Even though the overall fight for child marriages continues, Theresa persistently fights for this and better education for both boys and girls. Malawi is a country where poverty is commonplace and education is scarce. As the paramount chief, she plans to overturn both of these issues.

 Photo courtesy of Yahoo

Photo courtesy of Yahoo

I'm not sure that I can point to many current U.S. leaders that are having the same impact on their country as Theresa Kachindamoto has had on hers. She will forever be added to my list of heroes and I can't wait to see what else she achieves for her country and woman's rights in general. 

I've attached a really great video below on an interview of hers back in 2016.

6 Horror Films I'm Excited for in 2018
 Photo courtesy of ComingSoon.net

Photo courtesy of ComingSoon.net

I can't in good conscience say that I am a huge horror fan, even though I'd like to pretend I am. Compared to the many die-hard fans of the genre that I've met, I consider myself more of a neighboring cubicle to the fandom; often popping my head in to see what's new on Dave's desk or what's so damn funny about the meme on Neil's computer. 

Having said that, My favorite film of all time is a horror film (Martyrs) and I thoroughly enjoy them. That's why today I've decided to start the new year with a cliche countdown of the six horror films I am most excited about in 2018. Let's dive in.

1. Annihilation

This movie initially reminded me of Stranger Things, but it seems like this movie could go in a different direction than the upside down (down upside?) Either way, this movie looks really interesting. It's almost a mix of Stranger Things and the movie Arrival. I also love Natalie Portman, so even if the film sucks, her acting will more than likely still be phenomenal. 

2. A Quiet Place

This movie has me excited in all the right places. I love movies with small bits of dialogue, especially horror films(House of the Devil). With John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as the lead characters, I'm really rooting for this one. It seems intense (well actually in a house) and hopefully it'll be well-paced. I can see how a movie like this could be really amazing or dull as hell, depending on the writer, director, and all around cast. 

3. The Strangers: Prey at Night

Generally, sequels to great horror films fall flat as the pressure of finding a balance between the same tone and something as fresh as the original is a hard task to accomplish. Though one could argue The Strangers movie that came out in 2008 isn't necessarily untypical, it was incredibly well made.

One of my favorite scare tactics in the original film was how silence was used during what could have easily been cheap jump scares. A character would slide into the room as the watcher gasps and spills their popcorn, screaming at the screen. Oh, wait, that was just at the AMC 30 in Mesquite, Texas. (Please don't scream or talk to characters on a screen. We all hate you.)

I can't wait to see what early 20th century LP record is used to scare us this time around.

4. The New Mutants

Up until now, Marvel films have explored a variety of comic book characters. While most are still stuck in the same superhero-type movie tropes, the new Marvel film "The New Mutants" is ready to explore horror and it looks fantastic.

The movie has a great cast including Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton. I really hope this turns out as good as the last time Marvel tried their hand at a little horror with Legion. It's also exciting to see Marvel characters like these finally getting screen time. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

5. The House That Jack Built

This movie actually hasn't released a trailer yet, but going off the description and cast, I'm incredibly excited for The House That Jack Built. The story follows Matt Dillon (Jack), a highly intelligent serial killer. The movie will take place over a twelve year span as we watch Jack develop into a master at his art. It releases in December 2018, so we'll probably be waiting awhile for a trailer.

 Photo courtesy of IMDB

Photo courtesy of IMDB

6. The House With a Clock In Its Walls

I'm eagerly awaiting to buy this book this weekend as I've heard nothing but good things about it. Although the book released in 1973, the movie is slated to premiere this year under the helm of gory director Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno, Cabin Fever). I've always enjoyed Eli Roth's movies so when I heard he was adapting this story to the big screen AND Jack Black was in it...needless to say, I was and am interested. 

This movie hasn't released a trailer yet, but you know damn well that when it does, I'll be writing a post about it.

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Honorable Mention (because I'm not sure how to feel)

Halloween is one of those franchises that I love the originals of and have a hard time wrapping my head around for the new ones. I loved the original and it's awesome to see Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter returning, but I could see this flopping just as hard as I can see this soaring to the top of the box office like IT did. (Well, maybe not that high up.) I suppose we'll have to wait and see.

What movies are you guys excited about?

Let me know!