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Escaping Finlandia is a personal account of a never-ending journey, the path to enlightenment, self-awareness, and a good life.

The Founder/McDonalds Review | Evan Reviews Everything

The Founder

4/5

Great movie, well done, good casting, its gonna be a yes from me dawg.

Man. I knew there was a reason I hated McDonalds. And no, its not just because they have THE SHITTIEST food in the fast food industry. But because of the “why” they have the shittiest food.

I never knew the story of McDonalds. But it’s one I’ve heard 1000 times. Piece of shit business/corporate man ruining the artistic vision of ones dreams.

This is a sad story… and again one that happens to many times in this world.. if you were like me and haven’t watched this yet and do not know the story ill fill you in (spoiler but its history so) Ray Kroc, a struggling and greedy businessman sees opportunity when he stumbles upon what he sees as the most revolutional restaurant in the industry, the real piece of art, the vision, crafted by 2 brothers who started with nothing but a dream. Long story short he ends up screwing them by making a ton of changes they don’t want as well as buying the land that the McDonalds are built on, making a huge profit.

In the end, the brothers sell their shares of the company to Kroc, but he has to screw them one last time by not including the royalties in the written contracts, instead he gave them his word that he would pay them. I would not have trusted him.

This dood robbed them. And I realize he’s dead and everything but I still see Mcdonalds as this evil corporation, because that’s what they are.

Too bad it couldn’t have been the Macdonalds brothers vision.

Everything they didn’t want to go wrong with their brand did because of Kroc, the quality fell, tremendously I assume by peoples reaction in this movie eating McDonalds from back in the day lol. Not everyone had their vision. Not everyone cared, look at the McDonalds of today, disgusting.

And because of that, IMO, McDonalds is the worst Fast Food Franchise out there, when if it stuck to the original vision is could be on the scale of in-and-out. Im sure McDonalds is bigger but quality is what matters and any person in their right mind would pick a in-and-out burger over McDonalds every day of the week.

Anyway, DONT EAT MCDONALDS!!! Thats My review on that.

BUT DO WATCH THE FOUNDER, GREAT MOVIE AND GREAT PERFORMANCE BY MICHAEL KEATON!

Triple Frontier Bomb Review (No Spoilers) | ERE

So HOLY SHIT! We are here! Triple Frontier is finally on Netflix and this is something I’ve been waiting for since the first time I saw the trailer, its got my boys Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam in it, as well as Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal which equals one of hell of a team, the casting for this movie was superb, arguably the most stacked lineup of 2019.

So without giving too much away cuz we all know that’s not what my reviews are about, the movie is about these guys going to get some money from a drug lord. Right off the bat you have a feeling things aren’t going to go as planned. That feeling or suspicion if you will, is soon confirmed. A crazy mission ensues and I was literally on the edge of my seat for most the movie, the suspense in this movie is real.

The soundtrack and score for the movie were great and added to the suspense, the cinematography was really nice, amazing shots and lighting, awesome action scenes, I took notice of one scene in particular when they are clearing rooms in a house, excellent camera work and choreography.

The story is amazing, action packed, and tragic. The screenplay and story are by Mark Boal, the writer who brought us the likes of “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, which are amazing movies. This was genuinely one of the better movies I have seen lately, now that I think about it, I’m sure its my favorite movie of the year so far, unless Im forgetting one. I was never bored, and the movie picks up pretty quick and keeps on going.

If you made it this far Im sure you can conclude that I highly recommend this film, which is live on Netflix right now!

Go check it out and support these badass actors. Its just nice when every once in a while a movie comes out and every thing comes together, great director, all star cast, and everything else behind the scenes, I have such a high level of appreciation for this shit.


Captain’s Log: 004 – It’s Been One Month

Hello Hello.

It’s been one month since I last posted? That can’t be right. But now that I think about it, it may very well be correct, lol. I wish I could be posting more here but as you guys know I am spread very thin, which usually isn’t too big a trouble, but lately I’ve been dealing with health issues, mainly my stomach, and now I’m on new medicine which seems to have more negative side effects. I’m trying to get healthy before anything because I’m just tired of feeling like this. Whats the point of doing anything if you feel like shit all the time??

And that’s exactly the boat I’m in, seems like my stomach problems, ocd and anxiety are just getting worse and worse and the doctors aren’t giving me what I need, but we will see. Anyway I’ll post more on that in a seperate lifestyle post, I have been wanting to write more about those things since there such a big part of my life…

As for the captains log, there has been new articles added since the last log, but as i stated above, they are a month old. But after this goes live I am also posting a new ERE review for the new movie Triple Frontier. Other than that, I have a few things planned for the sight and upgrades to my setup, but for now, I will announce those things as they go live.

Thank you Thank you.
-evan

Which Fyre Festival Documentary is Better? Netflix or Hulu? | 2 Sides to every Story | Evan Reviews Everything

If somehow you missed the fiasco which was Fyre Festival when it originally happened back in 2007, I’m sure you have heard about it more in great detail this past week with the release of 2 documentaries, a Netflix Documentary called “Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened” and a Hulu Documentary called “Fyre Fruad”.

We all had a laugh at rich millennial’s expense back in 2007 when they quickly realized their THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS luxurious getaway to Pablo’s Oscobar’s island for fine cuisine and top of the line musical performances with beautiful models and influencers was actually a SCAM. It was a huge cultural moment and dominated the social feeds with countless viral videos, pictures, and memes all poking fun at the “poor” rich kids.

As a festival goer I could perhaps feel bad for some of these people, but to me, these are the same kind of people(for the most part) that go to Coachella, because its fucking Coachella, they don’t go for the experience or music, they just want an instagram picture there and to be able to say they were there.

That being said, there are a lot of people to feel sorry for in this story. The locals of Exuma Point that were never paid, Fyre Fest staff never paid, Maryann Rolle who spent 50,000 of her personal savings to cater to the attendees and staff, Fyre Media Staff left with debt on personal cards, investors being lied to and losing millions and countless more.

So which one would I say is better and recommend?

Well both. For different reasons. I think you should watch both to get both perspectives.

The Netflix Documentary
  • Features alot of exclusive behind the scenes footage of the early stages of shitty planning leading up to the epic failure of Fyre.
  • Includes interviews from previous Fyre Team Members and people from Exuma Point that were directly affected.
  • The build up of hype for the influencers just to see that change so quickly is priceless
The Hulu Documentary
  • Goes more into depth about the leading up to Fyre Fest, as well as an interesting look at financial specifics in which Billy was committing criminal offenses.
  • Includes interviews from an (ex) Jerry Media Employee that is quite a revealing look into the Media Company’s role in all of this, as well an interview from previous employees of Billy Macfarland, as well as an interview from Billy Macfarland himself.
  • With the Interview from Billy, he is asked some real legitimate questions about the fraud he was committing and the look on his face/delayed response really expose this POS as a pathological liar.
  • This documentary call’s Jerry Media out for their involvement, the statements made by the ex-employee paint a different picture than that painted by Jerry Media in the Netflix Doc(I wonder why? See below)

Things I don’t like about these Documentaries

The Netflix Documentary
  • This documentary was produced by Jerry Media, and while they don’t paint themselves to be saints, they try to neglect some of the responsibility by putting it on the Fyre Team.
The Hulu Documentary
  • Hulu paid Billy Macfarland for his interview.

My final thoughts on Billy,

He is not remorseful and he doesn’t see anything wrong in the things he has done. Doods a POS. The whole thing was a scam from the get go. And he knew it.

the worst thing about these fyre fest documentaries is that the very scammers responsible for Fyre Fest are profiting from them.

#FUCKfuckjerry

Its all very interesting from a marketing stand point. The whole story is a testament to how powerful influencer marketing really is.

I wonder how many brands will want to partner with Jerry Media after this. In the netflix doc (that they produced) they laid it all on the FYRE team, which when i watched at first I believed them because i have had clients like they were describing the Fyre team to be.

Then after watching Hulu’s it became apparent that they knew much more than they led on in their doc.

If my agency was marketing something like this and we started to figure out what was going on/being asked to filter negative comments, I would have backed out and told the public exactly why.

They were posting up until the day of… trust me those fuckers knew, they should have did what was right but it seems like they thought they were going to be the exception when it came to getting paid. Which they weren’t, so now they can play victim too! oh and they can also donate to the go fund me page to try and save some face.

if they really felt that bad, why not reach out with that money to that lady sooner, why wait almost 2 years untill 2 documentaries make you look bad to give her back what is hers?

I bet if these documentaries were never made, they would have NEVER gave that woman money back.

The netflix documentary and them donating that money is PR STUNT, their way of saving face.

i would recommend watching both for different reasons though, each one features exclusive interviews, and you can better compare the conflicting talking points, and watching both gives you better insight over the whole story.

Just so crazy that something like this could happen the way it did. The power of influencer marketing is astounding.

https://escapingfinlandia.com/2019/01/21/which-fyre-festival-documentary-is-better-netflix-or-hulu-2-sides-to-every-story-evan-reviews-everything/

So, Whats the take away?

The power of influencer marketing. Im a digital marketer so you know I was gonna go there! But seriously, how could they pull something like this off!? Well, all they had to do was make a bunch of influencers believe it was real and post about it. Thats about it lmao.

There is a GoFundMe for the lady who spent her life savings catering for the Staff and attendees.
https://www.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt

In the Digital Age of Influencers/Creators, FAKING CONTENT Is becoming more and more common

Click bait, fake thumbnails, fake videos, fake opinions, and trolling, all in the name of attention and likes.

I have been seeing an overwhelming trend of people faking content for views and likes. So much so I felt that I needed to write this post. I think it goes into the mental health and acceptance aspect of social media, people wanting attention and likes so bad, there willing to make a fake video.

LIKE WHY??? If you have the energy to go out and do that, you have the energy to capture/create high quality AUTHENTIC Content that will resonate with your audience so much more than all the hate and trolling you will receive on your fake content.

Lets break this down:

Click Bait

We all see this on a daily basis, Video Titles on Youtube and Facebook, Or article titles saying some OUTLANDISH or controversial shit, maybe something we know not to be true but still need to click it just in case, or maybe the old “man tries to hug a lion… you won’t believe what happens next”, you know something of that nature, now I don’t have a problem with this, but theres a difference between a factual descriptive attention grabbing title and a totally fabricated click bait title. Any way, like I said not as big of a deal as fake thumbnails, and definitely not as big of a deal as fake videos.

Fake Thumbnails

This is a huge pet peeve of mine, and when combined with a shitty click bait title I get even more pissed, like you will see a title that says “top 10 crazy animals you didn’t know existed” and the thumbnail will be some crazy ass photoshopped animal, and if your actually watch the video that picture isn’t even in the video.

Or you see the “10 things you missed” and something in the background is circled with an arrow pointing to it, I notice this on a lot of videos but I watch a lot of marvel videos so look at this one below, they straight up circle a wakandian soldier and did a zoom in crop effect and put kill monger in it with a title of “top 10 Easter eggs you missed in infinity war” like wtf LMAO, and then when you watch this clip they won’t even discuss the shit displayed in the thumbnail. To me this is a bad practice, you can have nice looking thumbnails without doing that shit. But still, all the things I’ve talked about so far have nothing compared to the next subject.

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Fake Videos

I can not believe some of the fake content I am coming across, people are faking some rediciously stupid videos. Again, there doing this for likes, for attention. Its crazy.

Example 1: In this video this kid claims to be quitting marijuana and goes to throw it away in a dumpster, the only thing is in the video you can see the box in which he’s dumping it safely into within the dumpster.

Example 2: This made me even more mad then the 1st example, just because like, at least for the 1st example its something I could believe happening, this video is so staged, this kid goes on an adventure to search a river, in that river he just so happens to find like 5 iPhones, 3 cameras, bags with money in it, and all sorts of other shit thats in 1 foot of clear water, and none of the items were buried, so like, smh. I just don’t get why people do this shit, lol.

I’m aware these videos can not be embedded, click the “Watch on Facebook” to view them.


In conclusion: Don’t Fake Content Kids! It’s not a good look.

Rick Grimes Trilogy Poster Art | Plot Intro for First Film

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I made this movie poster for the upcoming rick grimes movie. Even though I think they ruined the show by going so far off the source material, I am really interested on where there going to take rick’s story, And I think they totally have a chance at redemption if they do it right.

I’m not even going to guess because I have no idea what they’re gonna do, but I feel like Rick Grimes is going to be the savior for all of humanity, doods gonna be the king of the new world or some shit.

If where ever rick is being taken to, ends up being allies, he will probably become the leader since no one is more badass than Rick, and I’m sure some how he will reunite with his group/family by the end of these 3 movies. Who knows whats gonna happen? There’s so many possibilities at this point. I hope its something epic.

Imagine this:

Rick’s helicopter lands on a navy carrier thats floating off the east coast as he fades out. Jadis steps out as a figure thats not yet revealed to the audience says to her “welcome back.”

The unknown figure looks down at rick. “it cant be” he mumbles to himself.

Ricks vision is blurred, he looks up to see a figure in a lab coat, he then fades out again, this time slipping into a coma.

The unknown figure instructs some others to bring Rick to the infirmary.

(6 years pass, or a few years to make it easier to line up with the shows time skip)

Rick starts to wake up in bed, his vision unblurs to see Jadis sitting next to his bed, he then notices a man in a lab coat facing the other way, he finally manages to mumble out, “Jadis, where are we?”

Before Jadis can answer, Dr. Edwin Jenner turns around and says “France.”

BOOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!! thats the intro for the first movie
(if you remember from season 1 Jenner is the Dr in the CDC, he mentions the French were the last ones working on a cure…of course they would have to explain how he survived the blast but im sure walking dead could figure that out lol)

Where ever hes going its safe to assume it will be pretty far away, other wise I feel like the Rick Grimes we know would just go right back home, his journey his gonna have to be some odyssey type shit to keep him away for years.

What do you think is gonna happen?

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ERE: Black Mirror Bandersnatch is simply, AMAZING

So right off there back I love this idea. As a kid I always loved those choose your own adventure books, its very exciting to see this in a movie/tv format.

A few choices in and I’m like fuck, I’m gonna have to watch this a few times thru making different decisions to see how it plays out. Its just like video games that have multiple endings, I’m always indecisive on the route I want to take, I always have to have a few run thru and experience every possible outcome.

I made a choice and one of the main characters told me, “wrong path mate”, fuck, I’m fucked. I already want to restart lol. … but wait, I see… this is dope!!!! Just like those books saying flip to page 47 to reveal you fucked up so you gotta go back, the movie fast forwarded thru what I had just watched and brought me back to the decision point I messed up, BUT the character that had told me “wrong path mate” was acting different, what could that mean?

But I did just run into a decision point that had only one choice so I don’t get the point of that. But moving on… (Found out from one of the links below there is a way to unlock another choice here)

As always Black Mirror delivers a fucking killer story, I’m not even half way thru and this story is amazing, without giving spoilers thats all I can say, its incredible, I love this type of story telling, black mirror makes me want to get back into writing for sure.

I don’t want to give to much about this experience away but this was a really sick idea that was executed very well, its really cool(spoiler) how you control this characters fate and they start to become aware, you almost feel like a mad scientist running an experiment.

I highly recommend that you watch this at least once, who knows you may find yourself going thru it a few times lol.

Okay, I finished it… and as I said half thru it, it was amazing, what an awesome concept that they pulled off beautifully. That was an awesome experience, an awesome story, awesome outcomes, an awesome ending, in typical Black Mirror fashion. Now like I said before I may have to go back and watch it a few more times to see how much I can change the beginning, middle and end of this story.

IMO, this was a huge success for Netflix, Black Mirror, and the future of interactive media.

(SPOILERS BELOW)

SideNote: I loved how they included Netflix into the choices, very meta of them, lol. (That ending is being called the Meta Ending lol)

I wanted to expand on this : “how you control this characters fate and they start to become aware” I absolutely loved how instead of the story just unfolding with what decisions we made, with the character being none the wiser like in typical choose your own adventure book, they made the character become aware he was being controlled but also weaved in a mental health issue

If you want to know more about all the possible outcomes/endings fans have begun creating flowcharts, mapping all the decisions and outcomes in Bandersnatch. Vulture as also released an article explaining all the endings, The links are below:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/netflix-movie-black-mirror-bandersnatch-wants-change-way-we-watch-ncna952951

https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/28/18159516/black-mirror-bandersnatch-interactive-choice-maps-endings-easter-eggs-netflix-charlie-brooker

https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/29/18159525/black-mirror-bandersnatch-all-endings-guide-netflix

https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/black-mirror-bandersnatch-all-endings-explained.html