“Rubber” (2012)

maxresdefault-1This film had to be the saddest comedy I have ever seen. Due to my spite that resulted from this picture wasting my time and the fact that I have not figured out a way to explain any evidence of a plot I will simply state what was  shown in some manner which
I hope will help make some kind of sense. So there is a rubber car tire, and yes it comes to life, and yes its name was Robert. Robert was enamored by a woman as she drove by and so he seeks her throughout the film. Robert, still being a rubber tire, discovers some sort telekinetic abilities. Unlike spider-man, this super-being does not care for the responsibilities of its powers and uses them to blow the heads off all the humans that fall barrier to it being with the woman it saw. Now, not to give away such a thrilling experience, but the aftermath of a ductile mass-murder was shown which really stepped things up! The film concludes with a gripping battle between officer and buoyant life-force which led to Roberts demise. Lucky for Robert, his legend spearheaded a movement, as a tricycle and other wheels follow the notorious tire marks that Robert had left behind. This movie would be perfect for someone who is going on a first date and wants to have lots of subject matter for dinner or simply needs to capitalize fast. In all seriousness it seems as if this film was meant to be a commentary on something unique and when the director realized how awful it was and that it was going absolutely nowhere he decided to further overdo each scene and call it a comedy… but I am sure he is a great guy and all.

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tilt (app)

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Tilt is a social crowdfunding company that prominently functions as a mobile application, however is also a web database. Tilt efforts to establish the simplest form of financial transaction for various endeavors or purposes. The three categories of funding are; commercial product sales, sending and requesting money, and organizing events, fundraisers, or any group funding for that matter. This rapidly growing and credited company branches out through various marketing tactics and appeals to many reputable businesses as a sales platform, and their consumers in turn.

The app layout is easily navigable as the company applauds itself for its minimal need for interaction to process transactions (“Pay or request in 2 taps!”). When opening the app to the home screen, tilt welcomes its user and displays the three funding options as well as a news feed for all transactions that peers or followings are involved in which can also serve to exemplify new ways of using the app concurrently. Entering bank information is also a breeze. One simply needs to scan the front and back of their bank card and voilà! Tilt does its best to make the user experience as simple and as practical as possible whilst providing many potential ways one could utilize the app and does it with style. Not only is the app aesthetically presentable and coordinated, but affiliated with many prestigious companies that would draw attention from its targeted user which ranges from the late millennial to the young adults that are well immersed in today`s workforce.

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This app, with a young following, will promote digital and mobile transaction and progress the way the everyday person will process finances. With a focus on such an age range, the working class of tomorrow will increasingly use these innovative software to expedite tedious funding ordeals and promote further development towards future generations.

The main competition for the app is “Venmo” another app that has a large following as it manages personal transactions. Tilt, however, took the concept three steps further as it provides certain amenities that reside outside the scope of Venmo. Despite the fundraising and commercial sales features, tilt also provides documents that can be printed or downloaded that allows the organizer to view who has contributed or how much. Also, when executing funding for something like a group item order, tilt allows the contributors to select what size and specifications of the order that one wishes to have. Also, tilt demonstrates its superiority as there is no processing fee involved in returning funds to the proper bank accounts (which happens the following business day).

For the concept that it embodies, tilt combines an innovative and efficient manner for both crowdfunding and money-pooling and I am sure it will continue to develop and thrive. Its easy-to maneuver platform and its ability to simplify the financing process for countless purposes instill a secure foundation for an increasingly prospering company that certainly marks a quid pro quo with its users that typically involves zero opportunity cost in download and use. I would certainly recommend the app as a continuing user and would confidently put my word on the line.

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The Accountant (2016)

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Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff a math wiz who grew up learning to manage his neuro-developmental disorder while subject to a straight-edged militaristic background that was keen in enforcing extensive self defense training. While under the radar at a small accounting firm, Wolff serves as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations across the globe. The National Treasury Department Crime Enforcement Division, under Ray Kings rule, began investigating the identity of this notorious “Accountant” who has proven to seek vengeance on those who straggle from his moral code by killing them with unparalleled precision. Wolff’s prestige brings him to a much more legitimate client which was a robotics company that labored to develop reconstructive parts for wounded humans. An accounting clerk within the company has discovered a suspicious deficit involving millions of dollars, bringing Wolff in as his reputation deems him the best man for the job. With his mathematical expertise and tactical aptitude, Wolff spills blood in effort to complete the puzzle.

The brains behind the film implemented many techniques that contributed to the overall aesthetic quality. The cinematography not only immersed the audience, but supported the motif of Wolff being trapped in a box. At times like when he was calculating the financial discrepancies in a glass conference room or had all of his valuables in a mobile storage unit,  the cinematography enhanced the theme if the movie being his fathers harsh combat teachings as he foresaw his son encountering trouble growing up with a developmental disorder. The multilayered plot and scene cuts between characters and their stories also had the potential to confuse the audience however develops a stronger sense of the and births the main conflicts. With a stoic protagonist who was always so sure of himself, it would seem hard to build tension out of the story however the directer effectively tackled this. Scenes cutting back to Wolff’s childhood gradually led to the climax as more was revealed about his character each time. The execution of the film successfully made the film more than it could have been and Affleck`s convincing performance was more than enough to convey a message.

A fierce yet supportive uprising caused a negative outlet for Wolff’s disorder as he was taught to defend himself from inevitable scrutiny from being different instead of acceptance and independence. The movie was a rather extreme example in demonstrating the consequences of this false parenthood but was a good direction to take it nonetheless, to establish a sense of moral bearing in the midst of violent slaughters.

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As a fan who always seeks out thrilling action movies I can confidently say that the film satisfied the elements that it needed to despite my personal bias against Anna Kendrick and the occasional moment that was either overdone or lacked in development. The fighting was choreographed impressively, the math was even all authentic and verified, and a sturdy plot served as a nice foundation to a great action film. There is not much more one could ask for.

 

Black Mirror: “White Christmas” (S2: E4)

The opening scene exposes two men interacting in the early hours of Christmas day in a curious cabin encompassed by the winter flurries. The dialogue between the unfamiliar characters initiates an enigmatic tone. Matt, provokes conversation with Joe in effort to reveal a sense of his character. Matt elaborates from his past a time which he guided inexperienced young men through the perils of picking up women by tapping into what their minds received through technology, corroborating a futuristic era. The operation ended in unforeseeable disaster which led to Matt’s wife literally “blocking him” from her life via remote. Matt then exposes that this misfortune was all a result of his hobby and his actual profession was installing replicas of people’s brains into devices that operate to fulfill household functions to the preferences of the actual brain and the body it maneuvers. Joe then shares out of pity. His wife “blocked” him after the discovery of her pregnancy in effort to escape the imminent explosion that would arise from her affair. Though blocked, Joe could still see blurred outlines of both his with and daughter. His brokenhearted persistence brought him to his wife’s cabin each Christmas to simply peak from the woods and “watch” his daughter grow. His wife passed away the following year and the block was lifted, exposing his interracial daughter. In a fit of rage he assaults his wife’s father and fleas. His daughter later left to seek help and didn’t survive the surrounding blizzard. Upon his confession he discovers that the cabin was the same as his wife`s house and that he is a copy that Matt interrogated to get him to admit to his crimes while the real Joe refused.

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The makers of the series are always keen in developing proper aesthetic appeal―this particular episode especially. The directors got really artistic with the cinematography which stood out the most and really contributed to the episodes overall quality. A really effective tool in this was changing to first person in order to establish a sense of perspective in moments like when Matt was guiding a young man in a mingling environment. The episode (titled “White Christmas”) had a luminous bearing of bright whites. These not only supported the plot but contributed to the futuristic feel of the show on various occasions. Such qualities worked harmoniously with the natural and complex dialogue of the show which instilled a respect of authenticity. The story is developed through the narratives of each character as scenes depict the memories. Matt’s stories were not only to make Joe feel comfortable enough to confess his crimes but also to introduce the audience to the concept of the “cookie” which is the copy that can be made of the brain and used in different ways. This all set up the exposition for the true subject matter of the episode which was determining Joe`s guilt of the crime as an undercover catalyst communicating with what was only the cookie taken from Joe`s actual person. This was an interesting technique because throughout the story the audience would be flooded with questions about why they were at the cabin in the first place and where the story was going with both of their flashbacks. The gradual reveal of plot was really engaging and exciting!

The message behind the episode was to emphasize the perils of our rapidly advancing technology and its potential impact on our society and evokes many questions of ethics: The copy of one’s mind did not know it was a copy and felt trapped in the “cookie” and the ability to “block” a person via remote button both proved imminent detriment and social flaw.

There was very little to critique. This near immaculate episode exemplified a taste of a progressive society under the strong influence of advanced technology and how it could corrupt the essence of the values of humanity that we bear today.