Category: Movies/Books

Memento Explained

So I happened across a great video on YouTube explaining the movie the way I’ve always seen it.

On the topic of NOT removing tattoos (I had originally written this to go after the 2nd paragraph but I reversed it, sort of like the movie Memento! Actually it just makes that opening “topic” weird, sorry) I think it’s interesting that the “Remember Sammy Jankis” tattoo is Leonard trying to “come clean” with himself. Basically saying “I’m a con man” like the REAL Sammy Jankis (according to Teddy, I know not the most reliable source but why would he lie about that he has nothing to gain from that). The fact that even Leonard trying to come clean is subverted (by Leonard himself) is interesting. Like, he does remember Sammy Jankis, he remembers that he’s a con/fraud/liar but instead he just “forgets” (again, just himself lying to himself). I’d like to comment more but watch the video if you’re interested.

 

Also on the same video, someone commented this (see below). And I think this comment adds to my views on the movie in that I always thought that Leonard with the “I have done it” tattoo was made in his pursuit of revenge and that’s actually what made his wife leave him (in addition to the insulin incident). But actually the comment makes more sense in that I THINK he has the other tattoos in that image meaning that he’s already being doing this revenge thing for a while (also it’s a lot harder to remove a tattoo). If you look into this comment it actually could mean that Leonard finally admits the truth to himself (happy ending!).

 

Wait, this is my( theory)of ,the real ending,maybe right maybe wrong in my opinion after he killed teddy he immediately went to the tattoo place and tattooed on his left chest that read “i have done it” and made a memory that (his mission was complete)and it signified that his wife managed to live from a coma, why ? This is the explanation when the scene of Lenny and Natalia together facing the mirror, which means that (at that time) Lenny’s wife is considered dead, Natalia said what tattoo will you fill on your left chest? Lenny said : later when I was with him, moved to the (ending scene) where Lenny driving the car to the tattoo place to tattoo the teddy car plate, there is a faint scene where Lenny and his wife fall asleep together and on his left chest is written “i have done it” which means the tattoo was made after the search for his wife’s killer and that means his wife still alive. if you have any questions, we can disscused.

The Spirit Of Christmas!

So I was just thinking about this (it’s not really Christmas anymore but it’s still cold. Anyway, so almost every year my family and I watch the old “Christmas Carol” with Alastair Sim (an amazing British actor that I think is better known for comedies but just absolutely CRUSHED in this movie as the greatest Scrooge of all time).

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You can see him above (actually, now that I think about it, old man, disheveled hair, generous and compassionate, empathetic, cares for the poor, reformed Scrooge is basically Bernie Sanders). Wow, so to get back to my thought, essentially the moral of the story of the Christmas Carol is:

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That’s right, Scrooge got rich and because of that all of the other bits of the movie were possible. In fact, multiple people along the way get screwed over because they are bad with money. The people that seem to have it the best are those that HAVE money and don’t blow a ton of it (like Scrooge’s nephew who uses his inherited money, not to help the poor really, but to throw parties and have fun). The parties aren’t that expensive, as Scrooge himself realizes during the Ghost of Christmas Present revelations.

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So back to the point though. We never would have heard of Scrooge if he was an asshole that was bad with money. Like, the story could have been the same, but then when poor Scrooge “wakes up” and realizes he’s still alive, he can’t start buying a giant goose, promoting Bob Cratchett, saving Tiny Tim (in the poor Scrooge scenario Tiny Tim would still be unable to afford healthcare (libertarianism YAY!) and die), etc.

Therefore, the message of Scrooge is get money (like Scrooge did) or die tryin’ (like Jacob Marley did). If Jacob Marley had taken better care of himself or was luckier, he could have outlived Scrooge, Scrooge could have ghosted HIM, and then we’d tell the tale of happy/generous Jacob Marley (less Jacob Marley, more Bob Marley).

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So merry Christmas everyone! Get rich! Then just chill and throw parties!

Preston Jacobs – Game of Thrones Theorymaster

 

The original cover art for the first book (I remember because my friend Useff lent it to me and I never gave it back)

Alright, so I know that the book series is A Song of Ice and Fire, but I think more people probably know it by “Game of Thrones” since that’s the name of the HBO show. I remember reading the books and finding them decent but by no means spectacular, and then the show came along and the story spread like dragon fire. Anyway, I just wanted to bring to everyone’s (or no one’s, considering the limited readership of this blog) the very detailed and incredibly well laid-out theories of one YouTube poster known as Preston Jacobs. This guy’s channel (link below) goes into detail with all that is happening in the show, but more importantly the books, and does a great job of analyzing everything from the books being science fiction novels INSTEAD of fantasy novels to the genetics of dragons. There are so many plots and subplots within the books and Preston Jacobs really helps to bring them all into focus since it’s hard to follow all of them when they are spread out over thousands of pages.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXU7XVK_2Wd6tAHYO8g9vAA

Movies I saw on the plane from China

I saw several movies while on the plane. I usually watch movies that are new releases and movies I am somewhat interested in, but not interested enough to go see it in theaters are even renting it. Here is the list (not in chronological order).

  1. Jurassic World (below average)
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (average, maybe slightly below)
  3. Ant-man (slightly above average)
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road (slightly below average)
  5. Wall-E (very good)
  6. Interstellar (Interesting, thought-provoking, generally good)
  7. War Games (Classic, good but at many times unbelievable)
  8. Big Hero 6 (pretty good)
  9. Terminator Genesis (FULL of plot holes)
  10. Aliens (AMAZING film that is still great)
  11. Penny Dreadful (not a movie), first 5 episodes (decent, but not that good, I can see it going downhill fast)

I might come back to this post later to go more in depth. I’m really disappointed with Terminator Genesis but it might be a long post to go into it fully (the beginning was okay though).

So that was posted in 2015 and it’s now July 2020. I updated Jurassic World to be below average, otherwise I think the list is accurate. I might give Ant Man an average rating. Then again, most movies are crap so maybe it should be higher. Coming soon -> A post similar to this but for EVERY movie (at least, good ones) along with ratings (like, 1-1000) so things can be fine-tuned and sorted appropriately. I have a son now (born in April) so I want to make a legacy of good things for him to see (after homework is done of course).