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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 3/12 – 3/18

You walk to school using your normal route. Making your way down the neighborhood roads, you notice a stone well in the space separating two houses. Was that always there? You approach it, but suddenly stumble over a rock. You tumble into the well. You brace for impact with the ground… but it never comes. You fall and fall for what seems like an hour until, at last, you somehow find yourself outside again. But everything is… different. The architecture, the roads, the clothes people wear–all of it is different! Dazed, you stare around you and happen to spot a hooded figure. It approaches and hands you a scroll. Tentatively, you unravel it and read the words: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV: 3/5 – 3/11

It’s a work day and you have just finished your coffee when you get a call on your cell phone. You scan the phone number but don’t recognize it and end the call. A few hours later, after lunch, you check your email. There is a new message labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” You figure it’s spam, but as you’re about to delete it you get a call from the mysterious number again. You end the call and glance at your inbox and see five more emails each with the same subject line as the one before. Your heart rate quickens. You leave for home, the entire commute your phone rings. You turn it off. It still rings. You get to your apartment and check your mail. There is a letter labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” Hands shaking, you open the envelope and find a sheet of paper labeled “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”

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The Art of Anxiety: Why “Living in Oblivion” Will Blow Your Mind

There are lots of ways a piece of art can be “mind-blowing.” The easiest is to create something that looks weird and makes no dang sense. And that’s probably the easiest way to go about it — because making something not make sense doesn’t actually take a lot of work. But one of the hardest, and most effective, is to create something extremely personal and extremely relatable under the weirdness. Something that, when you step back from it, makes complete sense.

Living in Oblivion starts out as one, slowly pulling its strings together and becoming the other over the course of the movie. Because somewhere between the flashbacks, the explosions, and the apple-wielding dwarfs, there’s something a lot of us can relate to: the anxiety of doing our job well.

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 2/19 – 2/25

You’re waiting for the walk signal at a crowded city intersection. Your breath forms into temporary clouds before dissolving into the clear, frigid air. You hear a tinny, artificial tone and look up to see the sign has changed to ‘walk.’ You look down at your phone as you’re walking, weaving in and out of the vast surge of pedestrians ebbing and flowing like a living river. Halfway across the street everything falls silent. You crash into the person in front of you and look up, dazed, frantically apologizing. “I’m sorry, uh-” You stop midway through your sentence. The entire world is frozen. People, feet extended half-gait; birds suspended in flight; the ripples of a puddle caught in some strange temporal stillness–time has stopped. You stand there, for how long you don’t know, not even trying to make sense of anything, but simply taking in the reality of it all. You get up and begin to walk, haltingly, through the street. You see a child on the sidewalk, his rubber ball trapped halfway between his open hand and the floor. You reach for it, grab it, attempt to move it, but it is immobile as a building. You explore the city this way, experimenting here and there as you did with the ball, but everything is similarly stuck. After hours (days?), you collapse on a park bench. Looking at the morning sun (it’s been morning for so long) winding through the tree branches overhead, your phone suddenly vibrates. Shocked out of your reverie it takes a moment for you to even remember what to do in this situation. You grasp your phone and see that an unfamiliar app has opened, something called… “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”

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Dark Affection: Emotional Intimacy in the Harsh World of Let the Right One In

In cartoons, it’s portrayed as the angel versus devil conversation. Amongst friends, it’s a joke you try to laugh nervously off. For every action we take, there’s a consequence – a misfire in our synapses, a large ‘what if I wasn’t so good? What if I was selfish?’ battle that wages back and forth in our brain, being pushed into the corner because that’s what being an adult means: making larger sacrifices for the greater good, and being responsible for your own thoughts. Let the Right One In begs to differ.


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The Game Changing Story Behind Rooster Teeth’s Sci-Fi Opus

Lazer Team is a rollicking sci-fi adventure that manages to translate Rooster Teeth’s signature charm into a feature film format. The film is much more than a fun viewing experience, it’s also a bit of a film industry anomaly! What did Rooster Teeth do differently to market their movie? HOW THE HELL did they secure a $2.4 million budget?! In what ways was this project different than your typical indie film? These are the questions we’re answering today!

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Profiling the Film Giants of The Director’s Chair

Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair is like the Super Smash Brothers of contemporary filmmakers—seeing people from all across the film industry come together with Rodriguez for an intimate chat has an oddly similar appeal to the all-star fighting game. We wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing creators featured on the show, so we decided to profile the careers of some of the talented film greats featured on the show!

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The Weekend VRV Forecast—1/4

Welcome to 2018, friends! A new year brings new possibilities, new goals, and tons of new stuff to VRV! 2017 was a great year for us and we’re excited to make 2018 even better. Without further ado, let’s get into what new stuff is coming to VRV this weekend!

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The Weekend VRV Forecast—12/27

2017 is winding to its close and it’s certainly been a wild ride! From all of us here at VRV, thank you so much for helping make this such a great year! Here’s a list of new stuff coming to VRV to help you ring in the new year right.