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12 Days of Netflix Finds: Brick

Brick

Genre:  Mystery/Modern Film Noir/Dark Dramedy
Rating:  4/5 Stars
Recommended To:  Fans of Cruel Intentions, Veronica Mars, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl
Special Warnings: Drug use, violence

Brick kept coming up in our recommended films for weeks; I suspect it was the run I did on rating suspense films and watching B-grade horror that did it.  Upon noticing the cast, I decided it was worth a go on the promise of their talent; luckily, it paid off.

Brick is a modern film noir-esque mystery set in the world of high school, much like season one of Veronica Mars.  The dialogue stands out as somewhat anachronistic or simply ‘off’ for a group of teenagers, but it’s a calculated approach that works most of the time.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is brilliant in this movie as Brendan Frye, a loner high schooler whose life shifts drastically when his ex-girlfriend (and still crush) turns up dead.  Understanding that the police will never unravel the mystery of how she came to die, Frye sets out to do it himself, manuevering his way into the seedy drug world of the spoiled brats among his peers, prying out the clues that will lead him to Emily’s killer, and why she made a desperate phone call to Brendan shortly before her demise.

This film will be a bit of an acquired taste; the storyline shifts all over in the same fashion as Go, and the stylistic elements will either intrigue or irritate you.  But the movie is worth seeing for Gordon-Levitt’s performance alone.  Intelligent, darkly sarcastic and able to take a beating without missing a sleuthy beat, he steals the entire show.  Settle in with a tall drink, and lose yourself in the seedy world of Brick.

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Censorship: An Open Letter To YouTube

Dear YouTube,

There are many things about you lately that I am unhappy about – the forced Google account login, for example, that boots me from my main Gmail account, since my secondary one is connected to my YouTube profile; the new layout continues to make basic activities harder (why can’t I X out videos I’m not interested in or see my subscription updates by channel!?); and the general manipulation of your content by greedy corporations is also annoying.  But today, I have a bigger problem,

You are blatantly targeting and discriminating against a single YouTube channel, FLuffeeTalks.

In a video uploaded this week, FLuffeeTalks (hereafter shortened to Fluffee) advised his fans that the reason he’d stopped uploading videos to the channel is that he is under personal attack by YouTube.  All of his honours have been inexplicably stripped (including his #5 Most Subscribed – Canada, which means a lot to him), with the explanation being that the channel is “too inappropriate” to have honours.

Anyone who regularly watches the big content producers on YouTube and knows Fluffee’s channel is rolling their eyes out of their head right now with me.  Too inappropriate?  Are you serious?  What precisely is too inappropriate about Fluffee’s channel that makes him unique from other honoured YouTubers? I feel as a user of YouTube, whose clicks earn the site revenue and in effect, makes me a paying customer, you owe us all an explanation.

For those who haven’t watched FLuffeeTalks, the premise is simple:  Fluffee takes a current news story, and then chats about it for a few minutes.  Being a comedian, his approach is one of dark humour.  The overall message is always a positive one (ie, killing is bad; pedophiles are evil; parents should watch their children).  I personally think FLuffee is one of the best comics out there, and that he and Joe Rogan should go on tour, but I digress.

Here’s an example of a FLuffeeTalks video:

So he swears – big deal!  He’s hardly the only YouTuber to do that.  Plenty of music artists put up uncensored versions of songs.  ItsKingsleyBitch, another of my favourite YouTubers (can he also be on this Rogan/Fluffee tour?) curses all the damn time and has honours – hell, he lists his Occupation as Professional Cunt.  Case in point:

So YouTube, it can’t be FLuffee’s language that’s the problem; a ton of the big YouTubers cuss all the time, and no one cares.

Then, I thought, “They have a problem with Fluffee talking about smoking marijuana.”  Now, plenty of YouTubers make comments about drug use, etc. for comedic effect, so if this is the case, it’s total BS. RayWilliamJohnson – who, for reasons I don’t understand, is HUGE on YouTube – talks about drugs and hey, even fake-smokes a bong in this video, but he still has honours.

So, it’s not the swearing, and it’s not the drug talk…  Is it the content?  How can it be?  Again, only FLuffee is being singled out.  No inappropriate images are shown.  His joke video titles are no worse than sxephil’s titles (now HE deserves to be on top, not RWJ, but again, I digress).  Also, like good ol’ PhillyD, FLuffeeTalks is a news-based show – wherein the YouTuber chats about the news that stuck out in a way that can be humorous.  If anything, between the lines, Fluffee is promoting decent behaviour – sure, he makes harsh jokes along the way, but in discussing pedophiles, his take-away message is, “Watch your children and protect them!”  How is that bad?

Contrast that with the endless date rape jokes Ray William Johnson makes in almost every goddamn show – the reason why I got fed up and unsubbed from him.  Hear that, YouTube?  As a date rape survivor, THAT is offensive and shouldn’t be on the honours page.  THAT bothers me.

TheYoungTurks also talk news, sometimes in a dark humour way.  So, with sxephil, that’s at least two larger channels putting out similar content to FLuffeeTalks, and their honours are intact.

YouTube, you’re busted.  You obviously have an agenda here, and are targeting people for unknown reasons you’re masking as “inappropriate content”.  YouTube, you have some serious explaining to do.  Rules must be uniformly applied, or they are not rules – just personal biases. Censorship sucks, YouTube, and will not be regarded lightly.

Waiting for an explanation,

Amber

(I have also complained over at YT itself; join the thread here.)

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