August 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Never fear, hurricane Irene and her wrath on my power could not stop me from posting today. Ode to my current obsession:
Pull it together, Draper.
August 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
I know what you all are thinking: How does she decide on which movie to watch? Her decisions are so artful and underground – she finds such great movies that no one has ever heard of! The amount of research she must do! Actually, it’s a very shallow decision. I’m a college student – when I’m not at class I’m covering high school sports. Who has time for research? (To be clear, I’d love to do 100% more research – I simply don’t have the time)
My method is simple. When I need a new movie to watch (and my running list of movies to watch that I actually researched isn’t on Netflix) I go to the Watch Instantly list on Netflix (not mine, of course, I’m broke. This kid, lends me a hand on my movie watching capabilities) and I scan the DVD covers. What am I looking for you ask? Let’s take a look:
1. A Creative Name
I need something catchy. Something out of the ordinary. Something that makes me think – now why did they want to name it that? It’s usually peculiar, cute, distinctive (that’s for you Pops). Brick, Four Faced Liar, Lymelife. I like to imagine what the story may be about. Not in a predictable way, but in a way that makes me want to see what the director did with a title like that.
2. The Cast
I look for really big casts or really small casts. Nine lead roles where they all connect or three people in the entire movie. I can’t put much logic behind this except that it intrigues me.
3. The Poster
I’m a very visual person. You know, the “make a left at the big yellow barn” kind of person. I love tumblers and Pinterest. I need a movie poster that looks good! It’s usually something simple or something with a bunch of different pictures. And Adam Scott. He’s great.
5. Netflix Genre
Please, oh please, tell me you have seen the genres on Netflix. “Visually striking documentaries on IMAX” “Critically acclaimed understated movies from the 1980s” “Fight the system movies based on real life” If those are captivating enough I don’t know what is.
6. Sundance Film Winners
If nothing strikes my eye I’ll go to my fall back. The never failed Sundance Film Winner wreath. I covet any person that has been to this festival. This wreath just wins me over – if I see 3 of those plastered on the top of the DVD cover, I’ll be watching it. The more the merrier!
I’m a complete hipster, I’ll admit it. So any decision making is very artsy, indie, hipster. It’s getting out of hand. Call it shallow, but I don’t have the kind of time on hands that I’d like. If I could read reviews all day, I’d drown myself in them. However, my college education kind of gets in the way. Follow my directions, alter it to fit your own style. You’ll find your own method.
August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
– Football coaches love the word “hustle”
– QB’s are drama queens
– So are girls soccer teams
– Polos aren’t attractive on anyone
– My mom is better than your mom
– Setting up cable and internet is the worst thing on the planet
– Dentists are unreliable
– Life is too expensive, become a vagrant (that’s actually not a great idea, just marry someone rich)
August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
I can watch this scene a million times and laugh hysterically every. time.
August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Short films don’t get enough cred in the everyday movie world. People don’t really think to watch short films – I’ll tell you now, you’re missing out. Call them artsy, call them pointless, you can’t deny the beauty in these mini movies. They’re just a small look into the filmmaker’s mind and get to see the world through their eyes.
Just recently, I fell upon Rick Mereki who made a series of three stunningly beautiful short films entitled Eat, Learn, Move:
Watch these. Go get a snack. And then watch them again. I’m in love with these short films and can’t get enough of them. Not too mention I’m in love with Andrew Lees – the actor featured in all three. Total babe, yeah?
If you’re on a total short film kick after watching Rick Mereki’s cinematic gold (as you should be) go to Hulu and check out USA network’s Character Project. It’s a series of about 6 (or maybe 8, I can’t remember) short films by different filmmakers. Beautiful stories about the “characters” of the world. I recommend “Fickle“, “Duck“, and “Perfect“.
So don’t forget about the little guys next time you wanna waste a little time. Turn off the cat videos (because let’s be real, you’re two views away to becoming cat lady) and put on something a little more entertaining. Something that makes you think. Because isn’t that what cinema is about?
August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
The annual “I’m moving back to school-can’t get anything done-won’t have enough money-won’t have enough time” falling feel.
Fear not, for there is hope.
“For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
From six calamities he will rescue you;
in seven no harm will touch you”
– Job 5:18-19
“Do not be afraid […],
for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.”
– Jeremiah 1:8
“But now, this is what the LORD says […]
‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'”
– Isaiah 43:1