Virtual Reality Experience

Greetings, earthlings!

I have come down from my very first virtual reality experience and it was amazing! Black Public Media (BPM) held a VR mixer last Tuesday and I volunteered to assist in the screening room. We used the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR headsets.

The Oculus, released a few months ago, is a standalone (un-tethered) headset and remote control that doesn’t require use of a connected smartphone. The VR content is downloadable directly from the headset. Current retail price is ~$200.

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#HeyFeez, where have you been?

Hiya, folks!

These past few months have been very disorganized for me. Between work, life, and all else in between, I’ve been out of balance. Some good has come in the interim, however:

APRIL: I attended a panel on “Authenticity, Sensitivity, Voice & Appropriation in Writing” hosted by the Austin Film Festival (AFF) and the Writer’s Guild of America East (WGAE). It was so enlightening! See my favorite tweet of that experience here.

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BPM+ Virtual Reality Mixer

Hey Everybody!

It’s been a while since I posted (more on that later), but I will be volunteering at a VR (virtual reality) mixer hosted by Black Public Media on Tuesday, July 17th between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at WeWork Harlem in NYC.

If you’ve never experienced VR before, the mixer provides 20-minute viewing slots using the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go headsets on a first-come, first-served basis. It costs $10 to attend (but only $5 if you purchase tickets in advance). I really hope to see you there!

See link here to attend!

Player Piano (Book Review)

I just finished reading an amazing book and I thought to tell you about it.

I don’t read as often as I would like or as I should, but I finally got around to finishing something I started a few weeks ago — Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. This was my first time reading Vonnegut, and as chance would have it, Vonnegut’s first novel as well.

The story takes place in New York, ten years after World War III. It’s a dystopian future where machine has outranked man in social and functional hierarchy. After the men left for war, leaving the homes and factories deserted, machines were built to substitute the lack of manpower. When the war ended, the technology was further expanded to allow the mechanization of any and all possible functions. If a human could do it, a machine could do it better.

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12 Spoiler-Ridden Movie Trailers & One Useful Screenwriting Lesson

I came across this article on Twitter and really enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the work I was supposed to be doing. 😊

A few of the movies I’ve already seen (Shutter Island, Cast Away), a couple I’d heard about (Carrie, Chinatown), and others I’ve since put on my watch-list (The Terminator, Funny People).

In fact, I just finished watching the original Terminator for the first time – and the accompanying Cinemasins for added fun!

WARNING: spoilers included. (Duh). But that’s the whole point of the article. It includes trailers and a small summary on where each one goes wrong. It’s amazing how many of them so readily gave away all their major plot points and even the final reveal! A special shame-on-you for Cast Away and The Double. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.

See the link here.

Annihilation (2018)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Based-on-a-book, Thriller, Fantasy, Science fiction

I saw this film at the behest of Twitter, touting it as “powerful” and “energetic”, the best new-release sci-fi/thriller of late. To the credit of these random tweets, it wasn’t all hot air. The film was indeed a nice ride – and a female driven cast to boot!

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Game Night (2018)

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Game Night was super fun!

I almost have no criticisms because it was such a good time watching the film in theaters, laughing with strangers, even on a Monday night after work.

Let me start off by saying it doesn’t need a sequel. I repeat, this movie does not need a sequel! With that said, it looks like it’s setting up for a sequel, le sigh. Why do filmmakers (producers?) have to ruin a good thing by repeating itself? Like the Oscar Wilde quote, “They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.” Oh well, I’ll probably watch the sequel if it happens.

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