Requiem for a Dream

As a partially new film studies student ( I keep adding to the list of minors, concentrations, etc. ) I am constantly being reminded of how many of the classics and “cult followings” I have yet to see. In less than a year now I finally got to Footloose, FlashDance, Top Gun, The Royal Tenebaums (a new favorite) and Pulp Fiction. What’s wrong with me you ask? Why have I lived over 20 years and not seen these?? Frankly…I have no idea.

I will not bore you with all the details of each viewing but last night was particularly interesting. I’m in an evaluating contemporary film course and we have showings from time to time as a class and engage/write notes together. If you have seen Requiem you know that this time was a little difficult. I found myself angry and the plot hitting a little too close to home this time. The edits were very powerful and the connection that the audience and characters was visibly evident. Many were crying and some even left. What was interesting to me was the connection of the characters in the movie and how even though things got extremely vulgar and intense I was kind of lost in it all. Well done to the producers/directors/entire staff, really.

Unfortunately, I think that if you are under 18 this isn’t a film you should see. In these kinds of cases I think you can learn a lot from films like this but many audience members are not prepared for that kind of exposure. So in sum, if you are reading this post and have seen it please feel free to join in the conversation. If you have not, scroll along and maybe go check out Fall Out Boy’s new single and dance around in your room without worry.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

CS

Haven’t You Heard?

 

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You should have seen a post like this coming. Yes. Yes people Fall Out Boy released their new single less than a week ago. I think it was the quickest I ever spent money on iTunes. When Pete Wentz had let it out that it was officially available over Twitter I immediately got to it. It has been on a bit of a loop for me ever since. Say what you will about FOB and their band members or past mistakes, but I will be a fan and remember them…for centuries. Ok ever I am embarrassed that I made that joke.

Basically if you haven’t purchased it already and feel inclined – FOLLOW THAT GUT. I don’t believe in illegally downloading so do yourself a favor and spend a little change on it. Give the artists the credit they deserve. Hope you all enjoy and are as excited as I am about this release and many more to come!!

Cheers

CS

 

 

 

Land Before Media

The other day in class my professor was going on her normal chatter about media and how important it is to today’s world. I nodded along not only because I agreed with her but I wanted to stay engaged in the class on this busy Wednesday (this was last week). All of the sudden she said something that really perked up my ears. She spoke of a hypothetical situation where we had no media, lived in a little village or tribe, and never traveled outside our town walls. To some this may seem absurd, but I knew that this is the case for people in the world today. The land before media sounded like a nightmare for most…

Take a minute to think about how deep your connections would be with your community. How nightly stories around a fire would be your only source of information and traveling as far as you could on foot would be your only adventures. Wild! I thought to myself that although I would miss my wifi I would be involved in so many other things. Art would be different and more hands on, my conversations would be completely changed, and I would be a different person altogether. Anyway I just had to post something up about it because ever since that day I was stuck on the thought of no media in this little town. Back to the books!

Happy Monday everyone:)

Courtney

Create More

I have faded away from doing art related activities lately and find it rather sad. Being so caught up in schoolwork, papers, jobs, etc, I thought I just didn’t have time. But oh…how very wrong I was.

Art brings me happiness and is such an outlet. So to anyone out there who is discouraged, lost, frustrated, just remember you can always make something for yourself. Hang it up in your room or gift it to someone who loves you. Don’t always compare yourself to others-be your own kind of artist and never let your creativity be hindered