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Controversy, oh, how you never cease to fascinate me.
For as long as I can remember, controversial “stuff” have always caught my attention.
It can be anything really, but as long as it says “Explicit content, not for the faint of heart” I’m pretty much sold.
So why do I like these kind of things?
I think it’s because I’m always looking for something new that can awake emotions within me. Recently I watched a Serbian film called… well, “A Serbian Film (Srpski film)”, and my oh my was I shocked.

It’s the first feature film directed by Srđan Spasojević (quite a bold move, If you ask me) and the film was released to great controversy in terms of its graphic and often sexually explicit violence. It is also said it had to suffered nearly 4 minutes of cuts to gain an 18 certificate. We are looking forward to the uncut version…
Tim Anderson of the horror review site «Bloody Disgusting» likened the movie to “having his soul raped” and dissuaded anyone reading his review from ever seeing it, writing: “If what I have written here is enough to turn your feelings of wonder into a burning desire to watch this monstrosity, then perhaps I haven’t been clear enough. You don’t want to see Serbian Film. You just think you do.
Srđan Spasojević responded to the controversy with: “This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government… It’s about the monolithic power of leaders who hypnotize you to do things you don’t want to do. You have to feel the violence to know what it’s about.

It’s been a long time since a movie made me gasp in disbelief, but this one sure did the job.
(I actually had to watch some brain-dead MTV-show afterwards to clear up my mind before sleeping, and trust me, I’M NOT EASILY STARTLED.)
Now you’re probably thinking I despised this movie. Wrong, I loved it.
As soon as it comes out, I’m going to buy it (and make some poor souls watch it with me again, heheh…)
Oh, and the theme-song is awesome.

If it was up to me, I would show you tons of clips from my collection of sickness, but since I can’t tell who will read this blog, I won’t. I can imagine it wouldn’t be received well with my teachers, with this being a school-blog and all.
For all I know you may be a 13 year old boy looking for something illegal to watch. I don’t want your mom finding out and giving me a hard time, you know…

(I’ll still show you the trailer, though. Shh, don’t tell her.)

THE TRAILER BELOW CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT AND SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED IF YOU ARE EASELY OFFENDED BLABLABLA AND ALL THAT JAZZ.
There, you’ve been warned.

> What is the sickest movie YOU ever saw?
> What is your view on these kinds of film?

Sources:
A Serbian Film IMDB
Wikipedia, A Serbian Film

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Bioshock, pure brilliance

Today, I finally finished Bioshock. It’s been a long time since I first started playing it, and frankly, I adored it. To me, it’s an great example on how far the game-industry has developed from simple two-button games with almost no plot at all, to this epic story. Many will fume over my love for this game, but there’s just so many things that grasp my fascination, from the fantastic scenery, creative characters, and freaky children to the small, pessimistic fortune telling-machines that come up with fortunes like: “Look at the bright side: maybe it’ll be quick and painless.”

Medical Pavilion, the hub for all medical business, was responsible for treating all illnesses and health-related problems in Rapture.

Fort Frolic, featuring art, music, night-clubs and shopping.

Cohen shows the art of music

Many may think that there hasn’t been taken much thought in videogames, the way things look, sound like and how characters act, speak and even move. This is actually carefully developed by hundreds, maybe thousands of people, all specially educated in the new and growing artform that is videogames.
For instance, if you look at the buildings and interior design of Rapture, you will immediately see the heavy influence of Art Deco, a style that rose in the early 20th century and that is seen as elegant, classy and modern. Rapture is a post-World War II world said to have been made in the 1940 – 1950’s. Already here you can see that they have used the designstyle that is up to date with the world you are playing in, as well as a stunning soundtrack featuring Bobby Darin’s beautiful “Beyond the Sea” amongst other classics from the 30’s throughout the late 50’s. I strongly suggest you take a look at the Bioshock’s wiki page to gain more insight to how much work and story that was put into this game, it’s amazing, really.


Old poster in the Medical Pavilion

Spider Splicer

Houdini Splicer

The whole concept of creating a world out of your own imagination is really something I could see myself working with and making a living out of. However, I know it’s a though market out there, and I have great doubts that I will ever succeed out there with the masters of videogames. But we are all allowed to dream, aren’t we?

> What do YOU think of Bioshock and the art of videogames?

Sources:
Bioshock wiki
Wikipedia, ArtDeco


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