TL;DR – This might be the
most joyous, charming, and a little bit absurd series I have seen in a very
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Comedy is one of those genres that is so difficult to get right. Sure it is not
hard to make people laugh uncomfortably at gross-out jokes and the like. But
for something to be truly funny you have to care about the characters involved.
This is how shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine,
The Good Place, Parks and Rec, and Futurama
(to name but a few) work. Today I get to look at a show that did all of that
and more, but it did it in only 8 minutes.
So to set the scene, we open in Western Sydney in a carpark of the local
doughnut stand Double Dee’s. Bonita (Monica Kumar) and her friends are getting
ready to go out to the city when a mixup at the shop leaves her doughnuts with
Sokhey (Sophea Op). Hoping on over to her car to sort it all out she gets left
behind by her friends and decides to wait there while her Uber is coming. Which
is the point when Nashrah (Tasnim Hossain) gets kicked out of her learner
driver lesson and then there was three.
TL;DR – Today we chart every
location visited during the Slow Mo Guy’s ‘Planet Slow Mo’ series
Today we are exploring something close to my heart. One of my first ever dives into the world of YouTube back in the day was this little channel (well not so little anymore) of these two guys out of Britain filming things in slow motion.
As a film making technique I have always been captivated by slow motion and to see it used to capture weird and wonderful sights is something I have always love. Over the years whenever there is a new video I always make time to watch it and to this day they are always amazing like creating a fire tornado or blowing up 10ft balloons or even exploding airbags.
TL;DR – Nerve is an ambitious film that gets a lot of credit for tackling one of the big problems of the Internet, its mob mentality, but it doesn’t quite stick the landing
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Nerve as a film is sort of a first, well at least for me it is, as it is the first mainstream film I have seen that really attempts to address the rise of the YouTube celebrity, the Social Media star, the Internet Mob, and the clear problems that come from displaying your lives online for all to see. However, unlike other attempts to engage in this topic which come off as either old people making a film, they think young people will like or indeed, the moralising ‘lazy silly millennials have it too easy’, Nerve is trying to engage with these important issues, but not in a condescending way.