Casablanca anyone?

I’ve been wondering about all these romantic comedies that come out of Hollywood these days. Do any of these people actually know what love is? Do they have any clue? Did they ever fall in love? Movies these days are all about casual sex turned into not-so-casual sex, friends becoming lovers, getting-married-because-it’s-convenient-and-then-regretting-it-and-choosing-to-be-with-your-best-friend-instead-because-you-“love”-them. Oh, give me a break! That’s not love! That’s convenience, that’s making the best out of a messy situation at the very best! Or what about all those “I can’t stand this guy but you know he is kinda hot so why not”! I wonder, I really do. Do the people involved in such movies write that stuff because they sell? Or do they actually think that’s what love is?

I wonder if they have ever experienced that sinking feeling, the trembling, the feeling-lost-when-he’s-not-here (or she, whatever), the I-wonder-if-he-will-kiss-me-tonight, the oh-god-please-let-him-kiss-me… Do they know what it’s like to look into somebody’s eyes and actually see love? Do they have any idea what it’s like to actually walk around happy because you are in love and not because you “nailed” someone hot? Sure, that has its place, but it’s not love. Love is driving in traffic in the morning and not caring, being at work and dreaming about the person you love, waiting by the phone for a call or a text, smiling when you hear their voice, pretending to be cool when you talk to them (but failing to do so, because no, you are not cool, you are in love), being sad when they hang up, dreaming about them some more, locking yourself in the bathroom to think about them, because people at the office expect you to actually work and not daydream (how dare they!) and when you finally get to see them you try so hard not to show just how much you’ve missed them or how much in love you are, only to hear them say “I’ve missed you” and then it all falls into place because you never really wanted to hide it in the first place, you just don’t like feeling weak and vulnerable but at this moment you don’t feel weak at all, you really are the most powerful person on earth, because you love someone and they actually love you back, they actually feel the same. You enjoy it because it’s really all you can do. Games are not really a part of it, they can’t be, because it’s real.

So how about it Hollywood? How about another Casablanca, how about a little less of the Friends with Benefits stuff, a little more true love? Doesn’t a real love story sell tickets any more?

Casablanca
Casablanca

Piracy?

It’s a touchy subject, some people pirate music, movies, games, pretty much everything and others just accuse them of killing an entire industry. Personally, I’ve found piracy hard to avoid. I usually buy/rent movies legally and buy all of my games but when it comes to music it gets hard. I love listening to new albums by new artists and I have always found just downloading music much easier. I try to buy the stuff I like the most, while I delete stuff I don’t like. But it’s always there, the feeling I maybe doing something wrong… Maybe it’s not right, maybe it’s OK, I can’t really decide. After all when I was a kid we would tape songs and listen to them many many times after that. Plus, they play for free on the radio and it’s not like I make any money off of it. But I hate hearing that companies don’t sign any new artists because there’s little money for experiments and instead they want to push Britney Spears types of artists who always sell well… That sort of thinking really makes me sad… Maybe spend a little less on games, a little more on artists I really like?
By the way, there’s an interesting take on piracy here: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120825/19545120159/piracy-is-cultural-opportunity-embrace-it.shtml