All posts tagged: movies

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 …

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 Secret LIFE of Walter Mitty (and Ashley)

So I might be a little late, when it comes to posting reviews on movies. Mostly because I don’t really have time to watch them, and because I just started this blog. A month or so ago I watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Truly an amazing movie. As I watched it I felt like I was watching a movie about myself. Not that I work at LIFE or live in New York City, or look like a middle aged Ben Stiller. But I love photography and the stories behind them, a good photograph is like a good gourmet chocolate. They have that melt in your mouth sensation when you see them, poster sized, and on a wall. A good picture always has that amazing story that tags along behind it, but knowing the story isn’t the important part. A picture has an accompanying emotion, each one does. Growing up with professional photographers for grandparents I have come to appreciate the feeling that comes with taking that perfect picture. It’ s the feeling you …

Give them good grades . . . and maybe some cake afterwards

Sometimes studying will always be boring, some subjects will just never be interesting (sorry macroeconomics). If only you had that motivation that drives those try-hards in your math class, those lucky nerds, they don’t know how good they have it. Or maybe your not even studying, maybe your writing an essay (or a blogpost), and suddenly the clouds open up and lightning strikes you, giving you that all foreboded writers block. “Dear God Why?” you yell at the heavens. When it comes to studying I’m usually the first one volunteering to drive the struggle bus, I have the attention span of a goldfish, but only when I’m really not interested in the subject. However, I’ve found a solution, and it came to me like I believe most ideas come to people. I laid on the floor after an amazing dinner during final exams week, and played some music from a movie I had recently watched (if you must know, you nosy reader, the movie was Amelie), suddenly all of my questions were answered, as if …