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    Denzel Washington's true portrayal of addiction and alcoholism in "Flight"

    Take a look at how Denzel Washington’s character, Whip Whitaker creates a disconnect between consciousness and his underlying alcohol and drug addiction. Modern cinema doesn’t often put viewers in the shoes of someone who realizes their problem by the end of the film. Some of the saddest scenes in the film occur when Whip is drinking. Additionally, he is a great pilot and his drunkenness does not seem to get in the way of that. Perhaps it would be interesting to see how addiction becomes reliance in this case, and how well the movie portrays two characters: drunk Whip and sober Whip.

    • I saw Flight a while ago and I was blown away by Washington's very raw performance and portrayal of an addict/alcoholic. – Sean Gadus 6 years ago
    • Maybe this can be broadened to look at alcoholism in several movies so Denzel Washington's portrayal has some perspective. Are there general ways that alcoholism is presented? Are there significant differences? I was thinking of Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend and Frank Sinatra in The Joker Is Wild. – Joseph Cernik 6 years ago

    Spongebob Squarepants: What's the secret ingredient that keeps people coming back and laughing 20 years after they first watched it?

    I get that there’s a secret ingredient in the Krabby Patties, but for some reason, this show has remained a consistent, entertaining favourite to a majority of adults who watched it even as children. It would be interesting to take a look at some of the long-standing, rustproof, and robust comedic techniques used in the show that make it appeal to people of all ages.

    • Maybe expound on this a little bit. What is it about those techniques that we love? Compare it to other cartoons of the day; did those other shows achieve the same effect? Also discuss how those tactics are being employed by cartoons and other shows today. – EmskitheNerd 6 years ago
    • I remember watching Spongebob with my kids. We were all excited when his movie came out, naturally I had to take them. The series is silly but not in an annoying way. The cast of characters is more than just a select few. The storylines are amusing. At times there is wit. I think those things keep it going. – Joseph Cernik 6 years ago

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    Netflix is great, but I truly miss the charm of renting a DVD. The whole process, the deliberation, even the plastic smell. I was lucky enough to experience the early 2000s of Blockbuster, so I caught some of that DVD-renting culture.

    What’s also different is that on Netflix, if I’m not really “feeling” a movie, I can just exit and pick a new one. However, renting a DVD? Hoo boy, you’re going to finish that no matter what.

    Netflix and Impact

    I’m a member of iRacing on my desktop computer, and I enjoy how realistic it is. Physics are a huge deal to me in all car-related games and one thing I’ve noticed in (almost) all console games is that the controls move the car itself, as opposed to just the wheels. In iRacing and Asseto Corsa, the steering inputs move the wheels, which affect the car independent of its current momentum and aerodynamic force. The steering axle is doing the work. However, having played various racers on a console, it feels way too easy to turn the car and it feels like the controller is shifting the car’s momentum as opposed to its wheels.

    Realistic Console Racer Soup 2017: Principles of Innovation in Racing Games

    Great list, I was drawn to it originally due to the picture of Link, as I thought that Ocarina of Time really did make me think about time as a construct and how vital it is to tell a story. Often, we see everything chronologically, and anything that deviates from that will surely make a reader/player/viewer think twice about the order of events, and why that order is so important.

    Enjoyed the read!

    Video Games That Ask Deep Philosophical Questions