Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
People have been raving recently about Alphabear, a mobile word game, so I downloaded it to check it out. The game checks all the necessary boxes for a successful mobile game: It’s cute, it’s quick, and it’s fun. Basically, you spell words with dwindling supplies of letters to make various bears on the screen grow, leading to big points. Beat a level with a certain score and you unlock common, uncommon, rare, or even legendary bears with specific powers you can combine for even bigger scores. It’s simple and addicting, and that’s all you can really ask for in a mobile game.
I watched 12 Years a Slaves based solely on the fact that it got excellent reviews. It wasn’t until the credits rolled that I realized it was based on a true story, which makes it that much more impactful. The movie centers around a free black man in the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold—illegally—into slavery. The movie covers the next 12 dreadful years of his life as he tries in vain to escape his shackles and return to his wife and children. As we all know, slavery was a terrible thing, but this movie, with its terrific actors, really cements how cruel and unbearable it truly was.
A friend recommended I watch Ex Machina, and I’m glad I did, as it turned out to be one of the best films I’ve seen in quite a long time simply because it’s a perfect combination of being emotionally gripping and thought provoking. In the film, a young man, Caleb, is the winner of a contest to meet the head honcho of the search engine company he works for. He’s flown out to the middle of nowhere and finds out the company founder, Nathan, is developing an incredibly lifelike AI known as Ava. Nathan says that Caleb will be testing Ava to see if she’s truly indiscernible from a real human being. What follows is a smart and engaging story full of interesting and thoughtful conversations between the movie’s three main characters. By the time the movie ended, I was left wondering how close we are to robots that will act and think like real humans. It’s a disconcerting thought. Watch it with a friend or two, because you’ll want to talk about it when it’s over.
I caught Jurassic World last weekend with my mom. What struck me is how similar it is in every way to the original Jurassic Park. There’s the macho explorer dude, the tough and smart lady who isn’t quite ready or willing to fight through packs of dinosaurs to survive, two young children who nearly end up dead, and tons of dino fights. That’s not to say the film isn’t enjoyable. Even when I knew what was coming, I still had a good time sitting back and watching it all play out. Give it a watch if you don’t wanna think too much but still have a good time.