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My Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar Nominees

THE OSCARS ARE THIS SUNDAY. THIS ARTICLE IS NOT PREDICTING WHO WILL WIN. YOU CAN GO READ THAT SORT OF THING ON LITERALLY ANY NEWS SITE RIGHT NOW (Peter Travers of Rolling Stone is my personal favorite). I’M ONLY HERE TO TELL YOU WHAT I THINK, AS IF IT MATTERS. MAP KEY: If you are the type of person who likes to know other people’s opinions on things, usually to validate your own opinions, then read on! (I’m the same way) At the end of this article, I provided a list of movies that came out in 2016 that I thought were great even if the Academy did not think so. An underline means that you can click on the movie title and be led to my review of the movie. If I have not yet seen the movie, I put an * by it. Only read the below statement if you have a cold heart: ###################If you get worked up over this article, cool it. All of these filmmakers are incredible, and I would give …

My Favorite Television Shows

Can you tell that I’m a bored, 21 year-old in Tulsa, Oklahoma just waiting for her semester abroad to start? I reek of privilege that makes me want to crawl in a hole and think about the fact I’ve done nothing to deserve to live in the U.S. (http://www.ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/). Nevertheless, I have a bunch a free time, and I decided to use part of it to write. Not even sentences of substance.  Just good, old-fashioned strings of words about me and stuff I like. Classic. Today, I would like to tell you all about my favorite television shows. And while this list is embarrassingly long, these are not all the television shows I have ever watched. There are several shows I have seen did not make the cut (looking at you How to Get Away With Murder and American Horror Story). Also I had no (minimal?) friends for most of high school. That’s when I watched most of this good stuff. Without further ado, my favorite television shows (including seasons because let’s be real, it’s rare to love every season of a show): Dramas: …

Some Stuff I’ve Been Watching

When the days in the calendar run out, people tend to reflect—though not in the way you may want, like becoming a literal a human mirror which would be awesome, but mentally and stuff. Personally, I am not opposed to a little deep thinking and searching through my email for GooglePlay receipts in order to sway what you watch this holiday season. I suppose that you might have thought at one point or another that I’m a pretty ratty human since I cannot seem to enjoy a single movie I see in theaters. I would like to dispel this perspective of me, as I watch many wonderful new shows and movies every year. It’s just that normally they are not new theatrical release films, which is what I write reviews for (though you can see what I thought about those movies here). I actually love raving about shows and movies and will proceed to do so right now. I’ll even tell you on what online steaming source you can watch it. Here’s what I spent my fall semester watching… Some …

Movie Review: La La Land

LA LA LAND–the movie you’ve heard nothing but “uh-maaazzzing” things about the last two weeks–the movie that made cinephiles fall in love with movies again–the movie that shut down the highway one weekend–the movie that is a shoo-in for Best Picture. La La Land. That movie. Star rating: 3/4 Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) Starring: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling This movie made me feel all sorts of things. The opening shot is a musical number shot on the 405 (for my friends in LA, you know what thoughts are normally associated with such a highway). The sequence is beyond incredible. A smile refused to leave my face the entire time. At the end, we see Mia (Emma Stone) sitting in her silver Prius, forgetting to move forward, prompting the guy behind her, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) to flip her off as he swerves around her. Mia is trying to become an actress. Sebastian lives and breathes jazz. They are two romantics in a city where being an artist is commercialized and expensive. It’s the …

Film SChool Turned Out To Be O.K.

This post is for those who only keep up with me via social media aka do not know about my daily complaints about everything. Last spring was my first official semester in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), and I complained every step of the way. I thought my classes were too easy, professors too boring, and classmates too stupid (or at least said really stupid stuff). I was frustrated all semester but tried to not think too much of it. Then summer came, which could alternatively be titled the time-of-year-every -college-kids-rethinks-his-or-her-life-because….too much free time (or an internship that ~sucks~). Anyway, I had way too much time to think this summer while traveling abroad and doing things that I really do think matter in the scheme of the world. I got really invested in my religion and human rights class at Oxford and thought screw SCA, all I want to do is study international religious conflict. I very, very seriously considered dropping my major in cinematic arts critical studies. The major that I dreamed about for …

Seeing Hitchcock on the Big Screen is as Amazing as You Would Think

Right before leaving Los Angeles, I went on a little adventure with one of my best friends, Marta, who just graduated and is moving to San Fransisco in just a couple of weeks. To commemorate her graduation and our last time hanging out for a bit, we decided to go do something CRAZY. For us that was a most delicious Ramen dinner in Santa Monica and a double feature at the historic Aero Theatre. I had goosebumps sitting in the sold-out theater with my arms dripping in popcorn and candy. The double feature was Rear Window (which I had not seen before) and Psycho (which I had seen before). Marta had seen neither. Goody!! I was transported to 1954 and 1960 that night. Everyone knows Alfred Hitchcock is super famous and the “master of suspense” and all that jazz. I’d seen Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, etc. and I thought I was a fan. I thought I knew what made audiences fall in love with his films. I thought I knew the effect his films had. Suffice to say: I did not. The way …

10 Things I Learned Interning at a Production Company

This spring semester, I had the pleasure of interning at Phoenix Pictures for two and a half days every week. While they are famous for making Black Swan and Shutter Island, my all time favorite film of theirs (and the one I specifically mentioned in my cover letter to them) is Holes starring none other than Shia LaBeouf. The president of Phoenix is this amazing man named Mike Medavoy who has been in the industry since forever–the dude is 75 years old and works more than my pre-med freshman residents. For example, during staff meeting one Tuesday, good ole Bob De Niro called him up and the two chatted as I sat there staring at Mike the entire time. Mike also told me about the party he threw for Leo DiCaprio after the big Oscar win. You know, stuff like that. My days usually consisted of reading scripts and writing coverage (another post for another time). I would cover the producers’ desks and take down messages. On Tuesdays the interns would attend the staff meetings and discuss the scripts read the previous week, which usually involved pitching …

Making a Short Film in 24 Hours

This past month, I competed in the Ed Wood Film Festival at USC with two of my dearest friends Trevor and Rachel. For those who don’t know, the Ed Wood Film Festival is an event where teams of up to five students are given 24 hours to create a short film using a random prop and theme selected by the organizers. This year, the theme was “I’ve got a feeling…” and the prop was a greeting card. Unfortunately the idea to make a music video to the classic Black Eyed Peas song was scratched pretty early on. But you never know, it could happen soon… Onwards to the story! Trevor, Rachel, and I forsook showering, sleeping, and eating (just kidding, we ate pizza and cookie dough all night long) to create our film, DOUBLE BLIND. Now, I am not a screenwriter, which is what normally inhibits me from getting film projects done. That’s where Trevor came in. He is a senior majoring in applied mathematics who has accepted a job to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in the …

Movie Review: Zootopia

Star rating: 2/4 REALLY?! Yeah, this movie didn’t blow my mind the way it did for your hair dresser, mailman, or Facebook friend. Sorry. It was a whole bunch of thinly-veiled allegory that was more about teaching me a lesson than entertaining the 6 year old inside of me. Sure, movies should be politically motivated. I’m never opposed to that. But there should be a little something else. If I wanted a lesson in social justice, I would hop (lol) on over to the Residential Education Office for a discussion on stereotypes and oppression (it’s not like I haven’t sat through days and days of training on the topic as an RA). Look, I’m not trying to rain on everyone’s parade because “Zootopia is like so good. Like, maybe even better than Inside Out good.” I enjoyed Zootopia. I think that when film historians look at film from the year 2016, they are going to get a glimpse of what was socially relevant by watching Zootopia, WHICH IS COOL. The social justice was just a little …

“I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.”

Here’s the deal: women don’t stand a chance in Hollywood as filmmakers and that affects you, whoever you are. I’m about to go somewhere in my car and I want you to come with me. I just wanted to let you know that’s where we are ending up. No cow patties, I promise. When I was younger, I thought that movies just sort of…appeared. Imagine you are going to a movie—the pastime for 340 million people in the United States (and Canada). Let’s say it’s a Saturday and you want to take a break from whatever you’re doing and go see the new Quentin Tarantino movie. You go online to buy your ticket and discover that everyone has had tickets for tonight’s show since in utero and you settle for seat 8 row ZZZ. To make matters worse, you drive yourself to the movie theater alone because all your friends saw the movie at midnight when it opened and “forgot to invite you, besides you don’t even like movies anyway.” After apathetically handing your $16 …