So with the rest of the crew doing their VLogs, I figured I’d chime in. Not with an actual vlog, as I’m far too lazy, so instead I’ll just do one about the horrific movie: VLOG.
Let’s take a history lesson that I’m all too embarrassed to recall. Dig back a decade, give or take a few years, on the internet. Webcams were becoming a big thing and provided the most ‘instant’ method of getting oneself from real life onto the net. Now video sites were really non-existant. Best case you uploaded grainy MPG files or something similar. Maybe encode them as wmv, and then try some clunky embed code. We’ll ignore RealVideo files, since that was painful on all accounts.
Now I haven’t seen a portal in ages and did a quick web search to see if there are any still in existance, or at least some old broken down website links serving as relics from a past age. About two came up, but Google kindly suggested that I do NOT click on them, else I end up with some terrible net-STD. This leads me to the overall point though. With this new and powerful technology, and the ability to post a live (close enough) picture for all to see, the concept of cam-whores appeared. While I’m sure any activity can be written off due to x% of the population just being crazy, and there were certainly social experiments at work, there must have been some compensation for doing unsavory things in front of a webcam. If memory recalls, it was usually for online wishlists or something. I’m sure some new shoes will have been worth it when a future job starts doing a background check.
One thing is for certain though. In 1995 any page on the internet could get a following. In 2000 you only had to have some effort. Now it’s utterly hopeless, but such is the nature of anything that develops over time. One who did stand out is Brooke Marks who tried to vary things up a bit with some humor and a bit of video editing. I’m guessing most was the standard fair, but if you browsed the viral video sites long enough, you may have come across the World of Warcraft parody. I’m guessing this got someone’s attention, and they must have had a trust fund in order to make a movie.
We are to assume that Brooke is a legit Vlogger and really wants to tackle some issues. Aside from talking endlessly, she takes the show on the road and starts performing some social experiments. Oh yeah, the first clip is her being killed on camera, but that’s just an aside. Instead we need to view awkward dates gone wrong and humiliation aplenty. Despite the segmented structure of the movie, it does follow three main acts. Brooke dating several people, which all end poorly, savage revenge via found footage and accompanying how-to instructional narration, and then twist endings; several of them.
The found-footage of the ultimate murders makes little sense in the grand scheme of the movie, but I can sort of see how it would be acceptable in the web clip format. The thing that gets me is not the fact that murders were recorded and then sent to taunt the recipient, but rather the instructions for step-by-step dismemberment and cleanup. I’m quite sure a little household cleaner will remove all trace of a homicide. Have you ever tried to remove blood. It’s not easy.
This review was way too long for its own good, but I guess I needed to justify the viewing, and also gloat that I was part of the golden age of the internet. Oh man that’s sad…