Ultraviolence: The Good, Bad, and Exploitative of Media Violence

Violence in the media is always a touchy topic. Many viewers are divided on its usage and its consequences. Some activist groups like the Parents Television Council want to limit all graphic violence from media, as well as sex and profanity. Other groups support violence in moderation, while a third bracket of viewers support the freedom of expression over preventing any “harmful effects” that media violence could propagate. Personally, I fall in the third group. I’ve always had a high gore tolerance (hence my love of slasher movies), and often when watching a particularly gruesome scene, I’ve stopped and wondered “Have I become desensitized?” Continue reading Ultraviolence: The Good, Bad, and Exploitative of Media Violence

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Terrible Trailers #2: The Case of Serious Superhero Syndrome

The upcoming film season is a promising one for superhero movies, especially for DC Comics, which usually plays eager second fiddle to that soul sucking movie machine we call Marvel. Harsh, I know, but “soul sucking movie machine” is the nicest way I can describe Marvel at the moment. My not-so-subtle disgust aside, DC has been earning lots of buzz lately for its Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad films, both which could hold the elusive key to elevate DC from second-rate superhero status. Continue reading Terrible Trailers #2: The Case of Serious Superhero Syndrome

This is Exciting: Liebster Award Nomination

I started this blog as a way to share my views on pop-culture, but I forgot that a blog is a two-sided beast, and that, you know, some people might actually read it. Imagine my surprise to be nominated by Seal of Approval for the Liebster Award, which I had not previously heard of, but  is a super cool award that honors new blogs. I feel really blessed to be nominated for this award (Thanks, Seal!). I accept your challenge! Continue reading This is Exciting: Liebster Award Nomination

Suspend Your Disbelief #1: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

My school’s summer reading is chosen by the students, which means that I’m inevitably forced to read dystopian YA fiction, instead of, I don’t know, quality writing. Two years ago, the populace decided on Divergent, which I abandoned in favor of the Wikipedia article and Shailene Woodley, and last year we were supposed to read Between Shades Of Gray, which didn’t seem too bad, but I’d rather spend my valuable reading time on books of my own choosing. This summer’s read is Unwind, a (you guessed it) dystopian YA novel by Neal Shusterman. Prepare to be barraged with confusion… Continue reading Suspend Your Disbelief #1: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Are Horror Movies Losing Their Fear Factor?

Let me preface this post by saying I adore horror movies. Scratch that, I live for them, and plan on directing many of my own someday. I watched my first in sixth grade, back when a B-Movie slasher like the remake of Prom Night could scare me, and ever since then I’ve been hooked. But I’ve noticed that as the years have passed, these movies have become less and less frightening to me. Continue reading Are Horror Movies Losing Their Fear Factor?

High School Movies: The Good Girl and the Bad Girl

In pretty much EVERY high school movie you ever see, there is one typical objective: Get the Guy! Sure, you have your 10 Things I Hate About You which oh so smoothly changes the purpose to Get the Girl, or Superbad, which is not so much Get the Girl as Lose Your Virginity to the Girl and then realize that all you really wanted was a deep relationship with your pervy friends, but you get the point. Continue reading High School Movies: The Good Girl and the Bad Girl

Commercials Can Be Cool Too!

Many commercials nowadays are trying to sell not just products, but also moods in their 30 second airtime. Memorable ones that come to mind are the P&G commercials during the London Olympics; tear-jerking montages of athletically gifted children and their rise to excellence, all set to Ludivico Einaudi piano compositions.Instantly you’re nostalgic, thinking of the sacrifices that your own mother made during your childhood, inspired by these fictional olympians and their trials, and even though you don’t realize it as you watch, more willing to associate a P&G product with these emotions. Continue reading Commercials Can Be Cool Too!

Let’s Talk Fairy Tales: The Green Snake

The common attitude toward fairy tales these days is that while they may be entertaining, they offer nothing in the way of value. Modern feminist movements urge young girls to forego fairy tales and read stories where the female characters are heroines, not damsels in distress.  And sure, Cinderella is an atrocious female role model. Continue reading Let’s Talk Fairy Tales: The Green Snake

Terrible Trailer #1: The Boy Next Door

I think of movie trailers as quality markers, not previews. If a movie has a creative and well-edited trailer it makes me ten times more willing to see it. For instance, American Sniper’s trailer masterfully creates suspense and revealed very little of the plot. The heartbeat sound verges on trite, but in this instance I could feel my heart quickening along with it. It was so engrossing that it made me forget my aversion of war films  and boosted it to the top of my must see list. Continue reading Terrible Trailer #1: The Boy Next Door

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