Easy Rider (1969)

Summer is in full swing, bringing the return of a classic American vacation staple: the road trip. Many movies have put their own spin on a road trip, but one of my favorite road movies is the 1969 film Easy Rider. It’s known as one of the definitive movies of the 1960’s counterculture and is a classic…

Best Soundtrack Use in Film

Music is really something else. With just a few beats or words sung, we have something to sway our hips to or to help us emote. It’s especially vital in the movies, on par with the visuals. Music sets the tone, provides textual context for the film. Today, I’m going to talk about the best uses…

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… spider? At long last, Spider-Man has returned home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his own solo movie in the long awaited Sony-Marvel Studios team-up Spider-Man: Homecoming. Directed by Jon Watts, this is the third iteration of the web-slinger in recent history. How does Spider-Man Homecoming fare in a sea…

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

When you think of the great bands of the 1980’s, who comes to mind? Queen? Bon Jovi? Journey? How about Spinal Tap? In the era of well-known artists one documentarian took it upon himself to make a rockumentary on Spinal Tap. Without further ado, This is Spinal Tap. 

Baby Driver (2017)

Fast and the Furious movies, it’s time to park your vehicles, there is is a new driver in town. Yes, his name is Baby. B-A-B-Y. Edgar Wright blasts back onto the scene with his latest film Baby Driver. How does the original idea fare in the sea of remakes, spinoffs, and rehashed plots? Put on your earbuds,…

My Internship at Paramount Studios: Week Three

I learned one big thing this week. Nothing in production is set in stone. I was in production for two out of the four days.  The rest was a return to the wardrobe department. Since I’ve already been in wardrobe my first week, there wasn’t much new to learn. Like I said before, the production office…

The People vs. OJ Simpson: An American Crime Story (2016)

Twenty-one years after the trial that captured the nation, the trial of football player O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, the story of the Simpson trial still intrigues the nation, including Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story and FEUD fame. Murphy took this sensational point of American history and applied it to the…

My Internship at Paramount Studios: Week 2

After my initiation in the Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn crew last week, I was now assigned to set decorating.  It is making sure all of the sets are decorated nicely and are able to show the action and create a great environment. A set is important to immerse an audience. I was introduced to one of…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Watch out Professor Xavier, there is a new home for extraordinary youngsters just across the pond. Rather than mutants, they are peculiar and are led by Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine. Based on a best selling novel in 2011, this world was known for its eerie photographs and atmosphere. Was director Tim Burton able to recreate…

My Internship at Paramount Studios: Week One

Hello! I’m a college student who received an amazing opportunity to intern on the Paramount Studios lot for the Nickelodeon show Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn. It’s a multi-camera comedy about quadruplets and their wacky hijinks. I decided to journal about it week by week and put it on the blog so you can read about it….

It Happened One Night (1934)

She’s a spoiled heiress on the run. He’s a reporter desperate for a story. Their paths intertwine and change their paths forever. It all happens in Frank Capra’s landmark film It Happened One Night.

Wonder Woman (2017)

A cinematic universe in crisis. Fighting heroes who both have moms named Martha and a team of villains couldn’t save it. It’s Wonder Woman’s turn. Helmed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is the first live-action film iteration of the legendary comic book heroine. Does repeat the same DC mistakes of the past? Grab…