Developing Character in The Player and Hiroshima, Mon Amour

I am a perfectionist. When I decided to pick this blog up again, specifically driven by my numerous project ideas, I did not realize how big of a role that label would play for me. I had the blog posts planned out a month in advance, and I would pick the movies or the album…

Exploration of Power in Alphaville, Looper, and Twelve Monkeys

For a while, I was rolling with this plan that you can see if you move back through my posts – the “weekly wrap-ups.” Obviously after a while, I abandoned that plan, and frankly, this blog altogether. I never stopped loving writing though, and I always planned to gradually make my way back. To nobody’s…

Weekly Wrap-Up #6

Let get right into it this week! I got quite a bit to say, and I am excited to write about it! Album of the week: Album of the week is an odd category this week, as I have only been listening to Louis Armstrong albums this week, and I have to be honest, I’ve…

Weekly Wrap-Up #5

I decided to give the Weekly-Wrap Up’s another shot to develop and here is the first one back! I talk about Kurt Vonnegut, Keanu Reeves, Damian Lewis and Life, and Queen Latifah! Here is it: Album of the week: This was a weaker week for albums for me. I finished Queen Latifah’s discography and started Louis…

The Best Albums of 2016

So it has obviously been a long time since I posted on this blog, but I wanted to come back with a bang – which is exactly why I put together this behemoth. I love music and I love sharing my love of music, so if this prompts you to listen to any one of…

Weekly Wrap-Up #4

I’m officially four weeks into this! Let’s get started. Album of the week: I have always had a fondness for alternative hip hop, because I love hearing the genre in all its forms and I can appreciate experimentation. That is all to say, I’ve been a fan of De La Soul since the first time I…

Weekly Wrap-Up #3

Yo! I’m back. Let’s jump right in. Album of the week: To be quite honest, all of the categories are a bit weakened this week, but that’s not for lack of trying! I have listened to a few albums every day, but that doesn’t mean the quality was anywhere close to last week. I have…

Weekly Wrap-Up #2

I’m back for another weekly wrap-up! This time? I’ve started the rap project! Of course I’m nowhere near done and won’t be posting those till much later in the year, but I have gotten started on it, and I’m doing it in more organized fashion this time around. I’m really excited to show that to…

Weekly Wrap-Up #1

It is time for the first weekly wrap up! This is a more bare bones wrap up, because I wanted to start small and it has actually been a pretty light week for me, so I only have a few things to talk about! So I’ll start with album of the week:  I have almost…

The Lady From Shanghai (Film Writing #4)

Identify the approach or method that seems most appropriate for a specific film. Write according to that method. The approaches/methods that the book lists are that of film history, genre, national cinema (a cultural perspective), ideology, and auteur. The way in which I’d like to write about The Lady From Shanghai is the auteur method….

The Magnificent Ambersons and Daisies (Film Writing #3)

Examine a specific sequence from a film that adapts its material from another medium (a novel, a video game). In one or two paragraphs, argue how the adaptation has used its particular technological and formal resources to alter or enhance the original. Okay, I’m adapting (pun intended, I suppose) my response to this question. For…

John Wick (Film Writing #2)

Before seeing a film, read two or three reviews or commentaries about it. Then, based on those reviews, jot down three expectations about the film. Before watching John Wick, I looked up David Sims’ (The Atlantic), Richard Corliss’ (TIME Magazine), and Joe Williams’ (St. Louis Post Dispatch) reviews of the film. The expectations I gathered…