Every Question Asked in Inception!

Every Question Asked in Inception. Christopher Nolan's Inception is steeped in mythology, and it's all about the questions. But how many questions are there? Here's an Inception Supercut to answer just that.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

Inception and the Problems with Blank Slate Characters

I have many issues with Inception. Ariadne is a blank slate character where everything is introduced to her through the film. Inception's rules are pounded into your head, even when they don't make sense or line up. The totems are broken, the kicks are broken, limbo is broken, and Ariadne is the worst. But the movie is a great film, if only for the first viewing.

I have a love-hate relationship with Inception. While it is a tight film that manages to hold down a lot of ideas, unfortunately it spends so much of its run time explaining those ideas that subsequent viewings do little to nothing to draw you deeper into the story.

Today, I take a look at that and why I hate Ariadne so much.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

mother! - Spoiler Free/Spoiler Review

No matter what Aronofsky touches, it is a polarizing experience. mother! is no exception. And here’s my best advice – go in as clean as you can. I’m going to talk broadly about it before the credits, but if you have any interest, stop now and I’ll be here when you get back.

mother! follows the suitably named “Mother” played by Jennifer Lawrence as she works on restoring the house of her lover, Him, played by the amazing Javier Bardem. I guess the best way to sum this up is IMDB’s misleading but apt description:

“A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

It Chapter One (2017) Review - Non-Spoilers/Spoilers

Welcome to Dubious Consumption. We're here today to talk about Stephen King's It 2017, both a non-spoiler and a full spoiler review. Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise is mesmerizing, although it's weird to have the physical presence there but the personality missing.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

Top 10 Movies, A Thank You to My Subscribers

As I type this, we've now crossed 160 subscribers, and 21,000 views. I want to thank you all for helping push this channel forward. For everyone that's shared and liked a video, who has told their friends about the stuff I've done: THANK YOU!!!!

This one was an interesting put together. It was a combination of all the skills that I've learned so far, put into a video to thank you all by giving something a little off the beaten path.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

House of Leaves - A Man's Descent Into Insanity

Today, we're going to delve deep into the Horror novel, House of Leaves. While it does play with many genres, I'm going to focus on the three main storylines, delving into Johnny Truant, Zampano, and even the hidden story of Pelafina. We even jump over to music to discuss Mark's sister, Poe, and her audio companion piece, Haunted (2000). So buckle up, cause we're headed straight into the heart of madness with House of Leaves

In my YellowBrickRoad analysis, I mentioned that film was the closest we’d ever get to a House of Leaves adaptation. That, ultimately, was in reference to the way the land shifted around them, playing with concepts of time and space, as well as driving the expedition quite mad.

There are other films that pick up other aspects of House of Leaves, such as Johnny’s obsession appearing in The Number 23. 

However, none of them quite reach the book’s glory.

Seeing as there will never be a film adaptation of that novel, at least not outright, today, we’re going to talk about Mark Z. Danielewski’s debut novel House of Leaves.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

Causal Loops: Time Travel in Primer, Looper, The Butterfly Effect, and About Time

Today we discuss one of my favorite topics: Time Travel. Specifically, causal loops and how they are mistreated in most time travel stories. We deal with everything from Terminator to Back to the Future to About Time to The Butterfly Effect. None of the mainstays are safe!

Truth be told, this is all in an effort to talk about one of my favorite movies, Primer. A 2004 Indie darling, Primer is a complex look into what would happen if two garage engineers accidentally made a time machine. It's complex, down in the dirt, and all too real of a look into how quickly things spiral out of hand. Add to that, this 77 movie features over 11 timelines, most implicit rather than shown in film.

As for the other movies in this list, Looper had a lot of promise but it's Terminator-style rules definitely turned me off, The Butterfly Effect does a decent job at staying true to causality, and About Time is relatively safe, but emotionally satisfying in a way Primer could never be.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

Stephen King's IT - 10 Things Lost in Translation

Today we jump into 10 Things Lost in Translation from Stephen King's 1986 masterpiece, IT. We discuss things most people don't talk about, including Pennywise's origins, the structure of the book, the taboo sex scene, Pennywise's weakness, as well as many others.

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

The Ninth Gate - The Satanic Book Detective

Not necessarily an accurate title, but, regardless, The Ninth Gate is an awesome movie directed by Roman Polanski, while you could somewhat still categorize Johnny Depp as "normal." This week, I do things a little bit differently and delve into the differences between the book and its film adaptation, though I do have issues with calling it that.

Afterward, I look into the characters and how despicable they can be.

Tell me what you think of the analysis. Is there something you want next? Do you like the format? Let me know. Now, onto a movie with a surprising portrayal of a Hunter S. Thompson like figure, played by Ted Levine...

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

Daybreakers - Stylish Vampire Hijinks

And here's my second video in my Analysis series. This could also be titled "Where It Went Wrong." Daybreakers is one of those special cases where it could lose you over and over again, but somehow manages to drag you through this insane vampiric dystopia.

Please comment below and let me know what you think!

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.

YellowBrickRoad - An Existential Romp Through the Woods

I've been wanting to work on this for months. Early last year, I was introduced to Lindsay Ellis, which then tripped me over to Kyle Kallgren's Brows Held High, as well as NerdWriter1, Wisecrack, KaptainKristian, along with many others. However, the original for me will always be Rob Ager's Collative Learning.

That all being said, you can easily see my influences written on my sleeve. There's plenty more where these came from, but hopefully you guys will be able to give me an idea of where to go with these. What works and what doesn't.

Please like, share, and subscribe. Everything you do is a huge help!

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Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.