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Why You Will Think Of A Movie Trailer When You See This Free Beer Commercial?

Saturday, February 10, 2018 No comments:
This beer commercial actually stars American actor David Duchovny. He’s well-known for his role in Californication and The X-Files TV series.

One of the unique things about this commercial is the fact that it's NOT an American commercial and yet it stars an American actor. This is actually a Russian commercial. It's for the Russian beer brand known as Siberian Crown (Сибирская Корона (read as Sibirskaya Korona) in Russian Cyrillic).

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In the commercial, David wonders what his life would have been like if he’d been born in Russia, if he were Russian. In the end, he says that there are many things that Russians can be proud of. Check out this post for more info about the commercial.

Thoughts on the Siberian Crown Russian beer commercial starring David Duchovny

I thought it was an okay commercial, but it was kind of long. In fact, if you didn't know from the beginning that this was a commercial for beer, you would have thought that this was actually a trailer for a movie.

Why you'd think this is actually a movie trailer and NOT a commercial?

It's not just because of the length of the commercial. It's also because the Siberian Crown beer only shows up twice in the whole video (at the beginning when David Duchovny orders beer at the bar and at the end when he gets the beer he ordered) even though the entire thing should have been all about it.

The logo itself can only be seen at the end. So, it's pretty hard to see what most of the so-called commercial has to do with the Siberian Crown beer. I talk more about this issue in this post here.

Controversy and Criticism

There's also a lot of controversy and criticism surrounding this commercial and David Duchovny, considering what has happened in the world (such as the Malaysian Airlines MH17 tragedy, which is being blamed on Russia, and the crisis in Ukraine).

What's your opinion?

So, if you’ve seen the Russian beer commercial, what did you think about it?

If you haven't seen the commercial yet, here's a YouTube video:

Note: yes, it's a commercial for Russian beer, but this particular video includes English subtitles. Plus, since it actually stars an American actor, most of the dialog is in English. There's Russian Cyrillic too for those who can read and understand the aforementioned language.

- Pic is by Bernt Rostad (CC:BY) from flickr
- This was previously published on Niume on November 21, 2016

Why This Movie's Romantic Plot Will Surprise You

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 No comments:
Also known as, "Why this movie annoyed me at first?" and "Why you don't need to be with your first love?"

So, I saw this movie, not that I was intending to watch it or anything. It was more of just flipping through the channels and coming across said film.

A cliché love story

Anyway, the story’s pretty cliché. Girl falls in love with boy. They end up together. They break up. Years later, they meet again and they end up having to work together. You know where this is going, right?

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Once upon a time, the girl and the boy were together. But they broke up. The boy moved on and is now very happy with someone else. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said about the girl.

The girl is still in love with the guy and wants to get back together with him, but the guy already has a girlfriend. Said girlfriend is conveniently not around at the moment though. You know, so the two ex-lovers can spend more time together. Cliché? Yeah, I know.

The movie really makes you think the 2 will end up back together, which is not nice in the least makes for a bad plot. Okay, scratch that. I would have used a strikethrough, but it looks like the Niume editor doesn't have that feature. Or am I just missing something? Oh, well-

Edited to add: Niume may not have this feature, but the Google Blogger post editor sure does, so, here, have a strikethrough.

Anyway, it's not just "not nice," it's horribly cliché in an annoying, unoriginal and uninspired way, like, can't they come up with something a little more different? How many times has this entire scenario played out? Seriously?

How could cheating on someone you love ever be a good thing?

We soon meet the girlfriend and she’s actually nice. What’s not nice is how her boyfriend is cheating on her behind her back. The nerve and the gall of that guy especially considering how nice and kind his current girlfriend is. How infuriating.

What I did like was that the movie actually gave the girlfriend a pretty likable personality. Usually, the current girlfriend will be shown to be a bad person and one who is clearly not good for the guy just so the guy can end up back together with his first girlfriend.

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The guy's girlfriend was actually pretty nice and kind, which was rather surprising since, usually, the current girlfriend will be turned into an unlikable person just so the guy can get back together with his first love.

I don't like that because why do you have to turn a woman into some evil devil or something just to justify the romance between the main characters? It should be perfectly possible to have the guy get back together with his first girlfriend without turning his current girlfriend into a horrible person.

This reminds me of The Wedding Singer movie. In the beginning, the ex of the main male character played by Adam Sandler was portrayed as a likable person. She just wasn't right for the hero of the story, and that was perfectly okay. However, unfortunately, instead of sticking to this, the movie ended up turning the ex into an unlikable character just to create more tension and conflict.

Why would you break up with the person you love?

Anyway, we soon find out that the girl (the first girlfriend) started this mess. She’s the one who broke up with the guy and left him without explaining anything. Now she wants to get back together with him. Seriously, what’s wrong with her? They don’t deserve each other.

Movies shouldn't be so predictable

I keep expecting the 2 to end up back together and the girlfriend to be left all alone. I know, why am I still watching it, right? I don’t know, but I assure you, I was flipping through the channels a lot especially since some parts of this movie take way too much time (for example, when the guy and girl were talking to each other, that scene took forever to finish, I swear).

In the end, this movie turned out to be a pleasant surprise

Guess what, the movie wasn’t so annoying after all. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised when the guy and girl didn’t end up back together. That’s right. You heard me. The guy went back to his nice and sweet girlfriend, and, as for the girl, well, she finally moved on.

Why can't people be single and happy?

I’d say she’s happily single, but the movie seems to think she can’t be truly happy without a guy because the end has her meeting several men. Ugh, I hate that trope.

I'll talk about it more in another post, but, seriously, how come people need to be with someone just to be happy? There are some who choose to be single and are perfectly happy to be single. There's nothing wrong with that, right? What do you think about all this?

Here are some of the comments from this article, back when it used to be posted elsewhere:

Zack Plourd wrote on 27/10/16:
This is a great opinion piece. But what's the name of the movie?

Freya Yuki replied to Zack Plourd on 29/10/16:
Thanks. Unfortunately, I didn't get to watch this movie from the beginning. I discovered it while I was flipping through channels, so I didn't get the title.

- First pic is by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Second pic is by CoDLia (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- This was previously published on Niume on October 25, 2016

Happy Gilmore Movie: Why Characters Need To Die And How To Make Death Scenes Believable?

Monday, April 10, 2017 No comments:
(*Warning for possible spoilers for the Happy Gilmore 1996 sports comedy movie)

Happy Gilmore is about an aspiring hockey player who finds that his talent lies elsewhere and who ends up playing golf for the sake of his grandmother.

Happy Gilmore = so funny that no words can describe it

Happy Gilmore is such a laugh-out-loud humorous film (seriously, you might just find yourself laughing at so many different parts of the movie) that it can be hard to believe that something seriously terrible and horrible could ever happen in said movie.
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Who is Chubbs?

The storyline introduces us to this character named Chubbs Peterson (played by Carl Weathers) who is a former golf player. He was pretty well-known and he was a brilliant golf player, but he had to cut his career short thanks to having one of his hands bitten off by an alligator.

That’s bad and unfortunate, of course, but the movie manages to present this in a humorous and funny way that you can’t help but either smile or laugh or do both.

Funny scenes with Chubbs in Happy Gilmore

It seems almost like a joke, like this incident is just for comic relief purposes especially when we see scenes like having Chubbs’ fake wooden hand get run over by a car or having him shake hands (with the fake hand, of course) with the title character (Happy Gilmore) and having said wooden hand get broken, making it seem like his real fingers got damaged.

Is what happened to Chubbs a necessary evil?

As such, it can be easy to forget or simply overlook what happened to Chubbs. It’s too bad that he can’t play golf anymore, but he’s not the focus of this film and his main purpose seems to be to just teach Happy Gilmore (played by Adam Sandler) how to play golf so what happened to his hand seems to be a necessary evil.
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After all, if his hand hadn’t gotten bitten off by an alligator, he would undoubtedly still be busy playing golf and would thus have no time nor the interest to teach Happy about the sport or to even convince or talk Gilmore into playing said sport.

Death scene in a comedy movie! Who would have thought?

With all that said, who would have expected that Chubbs would actually die just because he’d already fulfilled his apparent purpose in the film?

When the death scene in question was actually happening, I thought this was yet another way to make the movie funny and to get the audience to laugh or smile. The scene didn’t even seem dark at all.

When Chubbs fell out of the window, I didn’t think he would actually die. It seemed like this was going to be played for laughs once more or that, even if he were to get badly injured, he’d just end up getting hospitalized and that he wouldn’t actually die.

Realism in Happy Gilmore

It’s really sad and seemingly unbelievable that he had to die especially since this film is supposed to be a comedy. And yet I thought that this added realism to the story and made it more believable.

I mean, if someone fell out of the window, they’d either die or get horribly injured. It’s also possible that Chubbs got a heart attack after seeing the head of that alligator.

So it makes sense that he died even if we’d rather that he was alive and well instead. What did you think of that death scene in the movie? Do you think it fits? Do you wish that Chubbs hadn’t died?

- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by sinvia (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent Chubbs falling out of a window since the figure in said image also looks as if she’s falling
- First pic is from; link shown above
- YouTube video features the Happy Gilmore trailer