Let’s just put this on record right now; I am a HUGE fan of science fiction. It’s the best genre ever invented, it allows geniuses to tell stories in a way that couldn’t be told otherwise, and it’s responsible for making a star out of Jeri Ryan.
Once upon a time, having a couple of tattoos was the definition of body modification, at least across the US and Europe. But extreme body modifications are growing in popularity, and those…
Everyone has put on a false smile or been asked to the point of madness, “Are you sure you’re OK?” (Answer: “Well, I was before you asked me twenty times, thanks.”)
For better or worse, most of us lead lives where our feelings, hopes and worries are mostly veiled, which inevitably means that misunderstanding and interpersonal conflict are some of the only facts of life. This is precisely the subject matter that Hungarian animator Elro grapples with in his delightful short film, which he calls “Appearance and Reality”.
You see them on every store shelf, prompting you to question your life choices. Products that promise to flush the toxins from your digestive system–your liver, kidneys, and almost every other organ of the body. Supplements, patches, creams, smoothies and specialized diets are poised at the ready – stepping in to save you and your toxic, alcohol-filled, sugar-wracked innards from completely seizing up and rendering you a sick and hopeless mess. You’ve been overindulging on junk food and booze? Then you must detoxify your body in order to get everything back to tip-top working order. Or so they say.
Modern armies may have drones and heat-seeking missiles at their disposal, but the true shock and awe masters were dead long before America even existed.