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the original soundtrack to “where the wild things are” by Karen O is amazing.
to be expected i suppose coming from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
However when i found a remix ep by EMAY, I was shocked.
While on the topic of Where the wild things are. check out Jacob Patterson’s dope vans paint he did some time ago. so much respect for this man.
Not Saying Thank You...
Tonight one of my good friends, Jacob Patterson (who is an amazing artist you should all absolutely be paying attention to!) decided to hop on aim and compliment me on how I present my thoughts on line, especially in comment threads and online forums. Rather than thank him for his incredible compliment I acted like a self important ass and said “Well it comes from blah blah blah…” I didn’t want to do that.
As soon as the conversation was over I realized I didn’t do things I should have like ask him how he’s doing, see what he’s up to, thank him for the compliment and tell him how well spoken I think he is when it comes to his daily vlogs, blogs and videos. The man has a way with words and paint and I truly think he’s a brilliant talent and I don’t know if I’ve ever really complimented him about it.
Instead I got all self centered and acting like an ass and because I use this blog to be honest and even call myself out on my shit, here I am doing it. Sorry Jacob and thank you very much for the kind words. It’s great to have friends like you who take notice.
Jacob Patterson is following me..whaattt? :)
Jacob Patterson, who some of you may not know, is one of my artisit-idols. He’s and extremely talented shoe customizer/street artist/painter/etc. hopefully, he will read this!
Anyways, in celebration of him following me, I thought I’d post something art related. This is actually perfect because I’ve been meaning to post this link for a while now.
Check out this link for one of the coolest things of seen. These guys basically fuse visual art with sound and create “sound sculptures” Hard to explain, but worth the look!
Here is my favorite photo from the video:
What Order to Watch Star Wars In...
Recently a friend of mine, Jacob Patterson did a daily vlog about showing Star Wars to a friend for the first time who knew NOTHING about Star Wars. I’ve come to the conclusion that if some one is going to watch all six Star Wars films that the best way to do it, the most dramatic way is this… Phantom Menace, Clones, New Hope, Empire, Jedi, Sith… in numbered order, 1,2,4,5,6 and then 3.
Why? Well I made a video about it but I felt as though I should write it out as well to make it as clear as possible. I believe that Star Wars as a full series has it’s biggest faults in the last act of Episode III. Here’s why:
If you watch Star Wars in the order I’ve laid out above what you essentially start out with is Anakin’s story. You see him move away from home, grow with his best friend and mentor, Obi Wan, and eventually fall in love. Sadly his story ends when The Clone Wars start and he has to go off to war. If you skip Episode III and move to IV, then the wars are a big mystery and are shrouded in question.
We meet Luke next and Luke is growing up on his farm. Very different life from his father who we can all Assume is Anakin Skywalker. But why is he living with his aunt and uncle? Where are his parents? What happened? Clearly he doesn’t have the full picture himself and now the audience will want to know more. They have a context for what the Clone Wars are, who Anakin Skywalker was and then we are finally Reintroduced to Obi Wan Kenobi, now Ben Kenobi.
This is where the blanks start to get filled in. The audience is invested in the truth, and therefore is also invested in Luke learning the truth. His goals line up with theirs and when Luke finds out his father was a hero, a pilot, and a Jedi Knight, Luke wants to be like his father and why not? His father seems like a great man. But we also learn that Darth Vader killed his father and now we have a villain. We have some one to hate. This guy killed some one we care about as an audience because we saw him as a little boy, grow into a man and fall in love, get married etc.
Move forward and Episode IV ends with Luke saving the day, destroying the Death Star, becoming a hero and now he and his friends are on the run from the Empire. Most of Episode V is just an action packed chase movie and a bad ass version of the Karate Kid. I mean come on… Yoda and Mr. Miyagi have a lot in common. Moving on. Here comes the most important part in the entire film and it’s in the battle between Luke and Vader. Luke wants revenge for his father, wants to save his friends and make sure everyone is ok. Then he finds out the truth. He finds out that Darth Vader is his father.
Now this is an interesting thing I’ve discovered when watching Star Wars with some one who is truly completely oblivious to the franchise. People think Darth Vader is lying. They don’t believe him and think it’s all a trick. This reveal can be incredibly powerful when they don’t have the prior knowledge from Episode III in the way.
On a dramatic level Mark Hamill’s performance, the scene’s direction, everything make it just that much better and that’s why it’s one of the most quoted lines in movie history… incorrectly too.
Moving on to Episode VI we have Luke dealing with a horrible truth and struggling with it, Ben revealing the truth and confirming it for the worst all with the explanation of “From a certain point of view” and we learn that there’s another Skywalker. This of course is also incredibly important and the reveal throws off the audience again. If the audience already has Episode III in their heads they go “well no duh” but without it the news of another Skywalker is great and now we know that when Luke finally defeats Vader he won’t be losing his entire family. Dramatically while not as powerful as the reveal of Vader being his father it’s a pretty big moment.
Big fight, dramatic battle then we have Anakin finally getting his redemption and throwing the emperor into the pit. But there are still questions left unanswered and if you the audience want to know, then go back to episode III and fill in the rest of the gaps.
Here we see the fall of Anakin, understand everything about this family once and for all and see the whole picture and it ends in a way that’s kind of perfect when you already know about Episode IV. It ends with Uncle Owen looking out at the Twin Suns on Tattooine in a pose that Luke would later make. It’s not as dramatic the other way around. Once you already have that image it just becomes better.
I honestly feel that if you’re showing Star Wars to some one for the first time, whether it’s your girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, or who ever, this is the best way to do it if you’re going to show them all 6.