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New Year Old Tunes: Frankie Valli

New Year means new music . . . usually. Disclaimer:  If at any point you think to yourself ‘who is this uncultured child that only now discovered Franki Valli and Frank Sinatra?’ Let me explain that I have known who these people are since I was able to fake tap dance at the age of 8 to the finale on the movie Annie. So excuse you sir/maam for assuming I didn’t know. This year our top scientists have noticed a backtrack in the style of music*. From mixtures of rap and 20’s to remixes of our favorite songs into 50’s and 20’s sultry jazz, and even a flat-out rebirth of the classics, as proven in the #2 album on the hottest albums list:   * at no point were scientists actually asked to review the confusing system which is popular music* You could say it all started with the Great Gatsby, and that it’s been gradually rising. But I would like to believe that oldies really came back in style with a bang when Jersey …

The Poster Child Movie Poster

or rather a movie poster should explain what the movie is about, not that all do.  In this case the movie poster I chose says a lot about the movie, and even after you see the movie and look at the poster again it has a whole new meaning. the general basis of this story if you have not seen it, is about a man who works a magazine company. He goes behind the scenes and chooses the best pictures to put on the covers, and while he looks at all of these amazing pictures taken in other countries and from planes up high he dreams about actually having adventures. Often these adventures play out in his head in real time, but finally one day he gets to make the decision of whether or not he actually wants to take the leap and start his own adventure. the reason I chose this poster is because it’s more horizontal than the ones you would usually see outside of movie theaters, this would more likely be found …

How to show perspective: with Pulp Fiction

Pulp fiction is one of the most iconic Quentin Tarantino films, and if you haven’t seen it, I suggest you watch it before you read this review. I’ll wait for you . . .   If there were ever a tutorial on how to shoot movie scenes to show a characters perspective, I would hope there would be a scene from Pulp Fiction. What better movie can portray so many point of views from so many various (awesome) characters? Right from the beginning we get a lovely shot of a couple in a diner. Wide Shot puts them both in the frame and you can easily see their interactions show that they might be a couple. Everything in the shot is trying to sell that they’re an ordinary couple on an ordinary day, from the simple lighting and the constant Wide Shot, and over the shoulder shot. Suddenly the conversation veers off into unordinary and then the couple decides to rob the diner. As soon as the couple stand up and show their true colors, …

Rear Window

Rear Window, by the infamous Alfred Hitchcock, takes its roots from the short story “It had to be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich. “It had to be Murder” is a story seen through the eyes of a man who we barely get any background story about, in fact we don’t even get his name until about two pages in, because the story isn’t really about him. Hal Jeffries has broken his leg and has to stay at home until it gets better, as a man who doesn’t take any interest in reading books or any other activities, he takes to watching his neighbors. Day in and day out, Hal watches his neighbors, and eventually becomes accustomed to all of their little ticks and norms. Hal knows his neighbors daily schedule so well that one day when he notices his neighbor Lars Thorwald acting a little bit off, he becomes suspicious. Long story short, Hal believes that Mr. Thorwald killed his wife and although he has no evidence calls the police on him, who also in turn …

The Dicaprio of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street. Where on earth do I begin. Last week I told my roommate, for safety reasons let’s call her Politician Penny, that I had just finished watching the Wolf of Wall Street. “Oh I heard it was really good, did you like it?” said Politician Penny “Imagine” I said to double P “Morgan Freeman smoking weed, then stripping down to his birthday suit, on top of a building, where he then dives in to a pool filled with orange jelly (why orange jelly? because its the best flavor, that’s why).” Does it sound strange and ludicrous beyond belief? Good, I feel as though you have the general basis of the movie now. Basically, this is what I kept on thinking of:                 And this is what I was getting: It’s ok if it says Image is Unavailable, I made it like that, because the scenes are much too rated R to actually show. Consider yourself saved. While I was watching The Wolf of Wall …

Running out of Remakes ?

As I sat down for a singles movie marathon on Valentines Day (there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, by the way), we had previously agreed to watch three comedies ( This is the end, Don Jon, and some other movie which apparently wasn’t good, or else I would remember what it was called), two horror movies, and frozen. However we couldn’t agree on the horror movies we wanted to watch. In a bout of pure genius I yelled ” let’s watch a classic, how about the shining, or the poltergeist, Wait! I know, let’s watch Carrie” and everyone agreed with fervent head nods. So one of my neighbors started playing Carrie and as it came on I grew worried “Wait, what is this?,” my neighbor looked at me ” This is Carrie” as in ‘what’s wrong with you? this is what you asked for right?’. No, I did not mean the remade version of an 80’s classic, how dare you? so we decided to watch the Devil Inside and The Pact instead (both equally …