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Film A Week Podcast Episode 26: “Fantastic Planet” (Criterion of the Month)

“Deprived of lessons, I decided to run away.”

Host Patrick Raissi returns to the podcast to join Serg Beret visit 1973’s “Le Planéte Sauvage” or “Fantastic Planet” in our Criterion of the Month episode.

Listen as we discuss how truly alien the film is, the wonderful score, the struggle to find civility in a world where humans are the vermin and the battle to defeat oppression. Also, we discuss revisiting classic films in the theaters in the first half of the podcast.

Top Ten Animated Films that Should Be in the Criterion Collection: thenewsergberet.com/2013/09/12/top-…ion-collection/

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Tangent A Week 4: Mighty Invadin’ Arachnid Archaeologist

“She’s married to Steven Spielberg. She doesn’t need any money.” – Patrick Raissi on Kate Chapsaw

Welcome to Tangent A Week, in which we have a hot mic recording our conversations before and in-between episodes.

In this week’s tangent, we go across the board discussing the return of Invader Zim along with a quick review of 2017’s “Saban’s Power Rangers.” We also talk about Sony wanting ANOTHER Spider-Man universe and Harrison Ford returning for both “Blade Runner” and “Indiana Jones.” All in 15 minutes!

Also, Japanese Spider-Man is amazing. Not discussed, but amazing nonetheless.

New Lyrics Collections by Serg Beret!

Above on the page is a link to these two lyrics collections for your enjoyment here at Lyrics Collection located at the top of the page.

I write lyrics on the side just to keep my mind at ease. These two collections are meant to be seen as wholes working with one another to give a complete focus. Pretty much, they are albums without music to them because music aspirations are not exactly in the cards for me (unless you want to her nothing but percussion and vocals, then we are solid).

RGHTS is the first with 13 lyrics within the collection focused on the end of a relationship, the struggles of dealing with a difficult partner and how to focus on the hereafter of it all. The narrator is going through the stages of grief with by going from a lost soul in “Cancel” to understanding it all had to end in “Endings.”

(E)(P) Escapade Perchance is the follow-up to RGHTS which acts as an epilogue as mentioned in “Endings” in the final lyric of the collection. This collection of only nine focuses on crushes such as in “110,” the longing for true romance such as in the namesake “Escapade Perchance” and “Worship,” and calling out the enemies that plagued the mind in RGHTS with “Phrenic Nerve” and “Worship.”

Hope you read and enjoy!

(E)(P) Escapade Perchance

  1. 110
  2. Phoenix Nova
  3. The Weight of Your Shadow
  4. Escapade Perchance
  5. Phrenic Nerve
  6. Fuckboy
  7. Worship
  8. How Long This Love Will Be
  9. Hungover Heart Song

RGHTS

  1. Cancel
  2. RGHTS
  3. Silent Treatments
  4. Afflatus
  5. Glimmer
  6. Late Sleeper
  7. Early Riser
  8. The Beast Inside
  9. Out of Your World
  10. Alt Paths (These Blinking Lights Fade)
  11. Piercing Words
  12. Moving/Fading
  13. Endings

Film A Week Episode 25: “Summer Wars”

“Please tell me you didn’t break the internet.”

Host Serg Beret is joined by his sister Jenni Chante celebrate the 25th episode of the podcast by doing just that with the 2009 anime film, “Summer Wars,” which totally not a backdoor pilot for another podcast.

Listen as the hosts discuss the wars from the cyber world to the real world of family and Hosoda coming into his own skin. Also discussed is their own attitudes toward anime including Beret’s picky nature with them.

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Film A Week #TBT: The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Written by Serg Beret

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday of the first film in a franchise that, honestly, surprised everyone by being the giant in the film industry it is today. After all, the eighth installment (at this time of writing) The Fate of the Furious is hitting theaters worldwide and continuing the trend of departing far from what the franchise started out as. Let’s take a look back at 2001′s The Fast and the Furious.

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Released on June 22, 2001, (the day after my ninth birthday, but neither here or there), Fast was a hit on the weekend it open by hitting some high marks expected in a summer film, but this one struck a chord by appealing to a younger market and a more culturally diverse market, even from the get-go.

Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) is an undercover LAPD officer investigating a heist in which the thieves used modded street vehicles to help steal the most expensive Panasonic devices ever featured on film. O’Connor decides to use his cover and information to his advantage by working in a local auto parts shop. From here, he meets Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) at a loclal small market for a quick sandwich, where he gets informed about a illegal street race going on the same night.

O’Connor is then met by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) at the race to engage in a competition filled with NOS-fueled action, amazing stunt work and all the Ja Rule one could ever want on film. The two form a fast friendship and eventually gets to know the Toretto’s more including meeting Domn’s tough-as-nails girlfriend Letty Ortiz. This leads O’Connor to dive into the illegal race world, helping Dom fend off his rival Johnny Tran (the underrated badass that is Rick Yune) and see if their new bond can overcome the new information that comes to light in the case.If this plot sounds familiar, it isn’t just because this film has been probably watched by anyone reading a hundred times. It’s because this is a more updated version of 1991′s Point Break except with cars. In fact, I covered that years ago on the original Film A Week.

In that respect, it is a sub-par version of Point Break lacking in the same charm as that film with awkward dialogue and no real chemistry between any characters. It feels forced and no one feels natural. Walker was still finding his groove, but is quite bland in this. Then again, O’Connor is not exactly given the best lines nor has anything memorable to say. Diesel does his best with the work given and not a horrible actor. He captures the charisma of the top racer, commands a presence and makes the character. He is no Patrick Swayze, but who is.When the two interact, however, it feels less like a real friendship and more like a forced concept of a bond. Maybe it was intentional as O’Connor is undercover, but even with that said, it doesn’t work. Even when Walker is with Brewster, the chemistry is as palpable as seeing paint dry. The plot itself is also hindered by the fact that Point Break exists because it took the base of the plot and allowed time for the characters to understand and get to know each other. In here, interaction feels as an afterthought because of the true stars of the film being the car races and the action.

The action directed by Rob Cohen throughout the film is quite good with capturing the thrill of the race, the adrenaline that rushes throughout and the white knuckle thrills of defeat. It has an impact and intrigues us into seeing what happens next. In the moments of gun play and fist fights, Cohen knows to keep the camera on what is going on compared to modern action that seems to fall all over the place (save for John Wick).

One moment in the film that is a personal favorite is in the final minutes of the film. The sequence of Dom ready to escape and outrun O’Connor and a train is brilliant. the tension builds and builds so that when they jump over the track, a sigh of relief comes to calm the senses as Dom’s Charger gets wrecked. It’s a great moment in cinema and plays to a strength sorely lacking in the film.

The Fast and the Furious is not exactly a great start to a franchise, but this franchise does not get good until Fast Five. Yet, it was successful for Universal and for the cast as a surprise hit that would have suffered at another time. It was refreshing, exciting and fast-paced, even if looking back is a bit cringe-worthy. Yet, with all families beginning, it can be rough and, luckily, it blossomed into something greater, faster and more furious later on.

Lyrics: “Hungover Heart Song”

Thinking of things
I’ve only seen in a dream
Fitting the mold of our time
Spent on the earth with us as one
Always much better than with none

Can we stay there?
In that daze that we made
Hazy with technicolor hues
Only the most lovely of views
Can we stay there?
I hope to have always you to care
If we stay there

Dreaming of it
The warmth of your touch
The beating inside begins to rush
Staring into those eyes
The gaze that changes in size
Dilated in attraction of love

Can we stay here?
In a night with no fear
Darkness covering us in harsh tones
Only two lovers frozen in time

Because this heart needs to know
If its love can still go
Its been beaten to little to no pulse
Guard is up from before

I need to let it go

Can we stay here?
Can we stay there?
Elope one day to get near

Wish we were there

Tangent A Week 3: A Case of Ampersands

“YOU’RE GOING HOME! YOU’RE RUNNING FREE!” – Serg’s bad Coheed & Cambria impression

Welcome to Tangent A Week, in which we have a hot mic recording our conversations before and in-between episodes.

Recorded in-between the “Summer Wars” episode, Serg Beret and his sister Jenni Chante discuss Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, galling out of love with chocolate and debate if Coheed & Cambria was emo or not.

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Lyrics: “How Long This Love Will Be”

Keep quiet, not a sound
There are still others around to hear
Sneak in my bedroom on this night
Careful as others can break us with might
Undress yourself, our imperfect perfect bodies
Will meet in to be sure of it
Love to be on an unmade bed
Come closer to feel the warm benefit

Lay down, I shall comfort your being
Take on me, make me yours gently
Enamored with every portion of your body
Pulses racing against one another to see
How long this love will be

Moon shines, silhouettes gracing the wall
Deep breaths, the silence is fading
Forms change, let’s pray not to fall
Eyes closed, imagination is the reality we are creating
Come now, the beauty starts to form
Relax, for now we now

Lay down, I shall comfort your being
Take on me, make me yours gently
Enamored with every portion of your body
Pulses racing against one another to see
How long this love will be

Another go around can us to be in ecstasy
If we simmer down, we can be us once more
Another hour can fulfill our destiny
If we leave now, we can shake off the rush
But you say “not to go now, we fit with the perfect touch”

Lay down, I shall comfort your being
Take on me, make me yours gently
Enamored with every portion of your body
Pulses racing against one another to see
How long this love will be

 

Lyrics: “Fuckboy”

Why are you so curious?
Don’t be one of them
It’ll make you furious
Repressing heartache while in someone
Using them just to mend a hole

Don’t be delirious
It’ll drive you mad
No connection will not make you glad
Satisfaction for an hour will never last

A fuckboy never heals
He only reels and reels
Until his bait’s unhooked
Only to be left shook
Giving into them

A fuckboy knows not of feel
Only a fuck to muck it up
With no relief

Why be the villain in
Someone’s quest for love?
Spitting and chewing another for
A sense  fun

You’ll just be a statistic
Among the others that surround
A story left to bar flys
Out to find romance on the prowl

A fuckboy never heals
He only reels and reels
Until his bait’s unhooked
Only to be left shook
Giving into them

A fuckboy knows not of feel
Only a fuck to muck it up
With no relief

He will come say some words
To get you out of the clothes
That you wear and just stare
Christian Grey in his eyes
A stalking being in reality

A fuckboy never heals
He only reels and reels
Until his bait’s unhooked
Only to be left shook
Giving into them

A fuckboy knows not of feel
Only a fuck to muck it up
With no relief

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