2:22 – Film Review

2:22 – Film Review

Before I start…

I honestly still have no idea what it was all about…

I usually don’t write film reviews. Mainly because I rarely go to the cinema, but also because I have never believed in film reviews since I might find amazing something that a friend of mine might consider dreadful.
However, this time I have to do it not just for the sake of talking about a film I’ve seen and not understood, but because I desperately need to check if anybody has any idea of what this movie was all about…
For this reason, if you’re reading this or you have seen the movie and have any clues about the plot or about something I’ve missed, please feel free to comment this post or contact me in any other way to make me understand this movie better.

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Let’s Talk About… (Introduction)

I’ve always felt as if social media weren’t used enough to talk about serious topics, so I’m now trying to change this.

As we all know, social networks have this amazing ability to connect people all around the world, regardless of their age, nationality or cultural background.

We’re now used to consider social media mainly to share our pictures, connect with new people, post our opinions or laugh at something that happened recently.

However, I’ve always felt as if social media not used enough to discuss more serious topics or raise awareness about certain social issues.

Of course, people might be more interested in liking a video of several puppies swimming in a pool, rather than discussing the dark side of society and the negative experiences of someone they don’t even know, but I think it’s still important to talk about certain topics and share our thoughts, so that, whoever is reading or watching that content, will realise they are not the only one suffering of a certain problem or having a certain thought.

For this reason, I decided to launch Let’s Talk About, a brand new series on YouTube in which I’ll be exploring your opinions and thoughts about controversial topics such as bullying, terrorism and other social issues. In order to do so, I’ll be using the amazing power of social media: you will be able to interact and discuss these topics during one of my live shows on YouNow, where I’ll be collecting all your submissions, opinions and thoughts in order to discuss them in a video, which will then be uploaded here.

Hopefully this series will make people realise how important it is to talk about these issues, to eradicate wrong beliefs and to sympathise with anyone, who has been suffering from one of this issues.

After all, sharing knowledge and experiences is one of the most powerful ways of making this world a bit better every single day.

D.

Filmmaker Starter Pack

Filmmaker Starter Pack

I’ve been making videos for quite a while now and in some occasions I even made some films, which unfortunately I didn’t consider good enough to be posted on my YouTube channel…
Throughout this period of time I also managed to gather together (both saving money and giving up a small portion of my social life) some very basic equipment, which I would like to share with you. Most of you will probably be reading this after watching my video about my filming gear, but in case you haven’t seen it, you can click here.

Before starting I would just like to point out that I’m not a professional filmmaker and that having good equipment doesn’t necessarily mean making good films: talent is the main element that makes the difference between an amazing filmmaker and somebody who just bought expensive equipment.

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London: the day after…

London: the day after…

One of the song that was on the playlist was “Imagine” by John Lennon. That made me crack a smile, although it wasn’t a sign of happiness. It was more a sign of hope.

I woke up today and decided to have breakfast. I rarely do it, but I thought I might need extra energy for the day since the atmosphere would have been quite tense. Or at least I thought so.

I got out of my flat and started walking to the Tube station with my earphones in and music playing. One of the song that was on the playlist was “Imagine” by John Lennon. That made me crack a smile, although it wasn’t a sign of happiness. It was more a sign of hope.

Everything looked so normal. The same people were walking to go to work, the workers were still fixing the road and the children in uniform were still laughing on their way to school. As if nothing happened yesterday.

I got to the station and got on the train. Jubilee Line to Baker Street and then Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus. I’ve been doing the same route almost every day for 6 months now and everything looked amazingly normal: kids talking to their mother, businessmen in their suits, people reading their Metro(although this time, the front page had pictures of the Westminster Bridge and the victims)…

Oxford Circus Tube Station was less busy than usual, but at the same time I could see Tfl personnel and some policemen walking around a checking that everything was going as usual. Even Oxford Street seemed empty without the usual crowd of people, desperate to get into a shop and buy some item of clothing…

I was quite surprised that everything was so normal only 24 hours after a man ran over several people on Westminster Bridge, crashed against the fence of the House of Commons and then stabbed a policeman while trying to enter the Houses of Parliament, before being killed by the police. At the moment, the number of the victims is 3 (attacker excluded) and several injured.C7l0aOhVsAIMgF3

The most amazing thing is that London doesn’t seem to have changed.

Of course, it’s not because it has already forgotten what had happened, but because it doesn’t want to let the terrorists think that they’ve won.
Among the encouraging messages released by Tfl in the station,
the one that became the most popular one was actually the only one that was discovered to be a fake. But despite this, people kept sharing it on Twitter and other social networks because it  perfectly reflected the subtle wit of the Londoners, who showed the world that diversity is their strength and nobody, not even terrorists, can take it away from them.
Strangers of every religion and race were helping each other yesterday on Westminster Bridge and today people are posting amazing pictures of London on social network, just to show how such a magnificent city won’t be defeated by terrorism and that, despite having been scarred, it will keep fighting terrorism in any way possible.

D.