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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 …

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 …

MY LEAST FAVORITE MOVIES

Much like Donald Trump taking an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, a movie can be bad on so many levels. From a critical standpoint, picking apart a movie is very easy. Almost too easy. I often sit in my film class discussions wondering what I’ve done in my life to lead me to this very moment, sitting in a chair, watching absolute crap, and being expected to write a paper about it. From a personal preference standpoint, some bad movies are sort of good. Like, LOL or Wild  Child…there’s something about certain horrible movies that makes me fall in love. But most bad movies are bad because they are the acting is bad and also the directing and music and screenplay are all bad. Bad make up and bad costume contribute to the badness of a movie in such a bad way. A bad casting decision coupled with bad chemistry and bad shots make for a bad movie. Bad bad bad bad. Sometimes a movie is bad because you can point out all the badness in it like …

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 …

My Top Ten Favorite Movies

UGH, why do people have such trouble picking a favorite anything? It’s not like your waiting at the altar, nervously pledging your allegiance to a film through better and worse. Favorites come and go. I get asked often what are my favorite movies, and I never hesitate. There is no right answer. Are these the BEST movies ever made? Most likely not. But they are my favorite–each for their own reason. This list shifts pretty frequently (although the top five have been pretty solid for a while). I also wanted to post this to show that I love a wide range of movies. Animation, Rom-Com, Drama, Action, Biopic, Gangster. I appreciate all kinds of film…as long as its good. An Education Carey Mulligan having the best breakout moment of any actress. She carries this film as precious 16 year old Jenny, who gets swept away by an enticing older man played by Peter Sarsgaard. This film has been my favorite for years. I love everything about it. The 1960s costuming. The French soundtrack. The supporting cast. …

New to the Reel World? Read me.

Welcome! Note- this is my blog and the recommendations I’m going to give may not always be the “traditional” answer to a question like “the greatest movie ever made.” If you want me to say the widely-accepted answer to a question, you will be disappointed. tough beans buddy. Movies have different aspects that make them great–directing, special effects, screenwriting, acting, etc. If you are not a huge movie fan but are interested in becoming one, let me give some recommendations. Directors: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Steve McQueen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Tom Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Wes Anderson are some (there are MANY more) of the big names in directing right now. Personal Recommendation- Pulp Fiction- I know this is a little risky, but when I think of a movie that just punches everything right in front of you to the point where you are at the edge of your seat with every time shift and new “chapter,” I think of Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is simply brilliant and …