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A Few of My Favorite 80’s Movies

Oh the 80’s. It was the decade that came and left just before I was born and bestowed us with vibrant clothes, pop music, and Reagan’s regressive policies. It’s the time that my mom refers to mysteriously and with an air of disdain, telling a curious story from her past and concluding with a sigh, “well it was the 80’s.” And when I watch popular American 80’s movies, I think I catch her drift. Below are five of my favorite off-beat, magical, bizarre, and hilarious movies that are quintessentially of the 80’s. What are a few of yours? Raising Arizona (dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1987) Raising Arizona is my favorite Coen brother’s film (followed closely by The Big Lebowski) and a Nic Cage favorite as well. Raising Arizona is charming, hilarious, well written, and perfectly cast and performed. The film’s very particular production design, cinematography, and soundtrack also adds to its magic. And as an Arizonan, I seem to have a warm place in my heart for any movie that takes place there.   The Breakfast Club (dir. John Hughes, 1985) Like …

30 Badass Feminists to Follow on Twitter

I’ve discovered so many intelligent, humorous, bold, and inspiring feminists on Twitter. These women are writers, activists, lawyers, scholars, and artists who advocate for a number of issues essential to the feminist movement, including reproductive rights, safety and equality for the LGBT community, immigration reform, combating racism and police brutality, fair wages and the right to unionize, gun control and domestic violence, and the representation of race, gender, class, and sexuality in media – among numerous other issues. Being an outspoken woman online automatically results in a threat to their safety, and these women are berated daily for their unwillingness to be quiet or dilute their words. Be sure to follow them on social media and share and support their work. Like any online list, this post is seriously incomplete because there are thousands of woman who have not been included. Please be sure to share the names and handles of any badass feminists you follow online in the comment section below. Ijeoma Oluo → @IjeomaOluo Lauren Duca → @laurenduca Roxane Gay → @rgay Feminista Jones → @FeministaJones Lisa …

Recommended Film & TV Books | Part 1

I’ve been studying film and television in school for some years now, so as a result I’ve amassed quite a collection of film and TV-related books. Here’s part 1 of my recommended media texts list – and you can expect a number of these posts in the future since there are so many books that I’ve found to be truly invaluable. Although I’ve linked each book to Amazon, buy locally if you can find them at your community’s bookstore! Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder: Save the Cat! is, indeed, the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need. The book includes information on high concept ideas, genre-play, beat sheets, and even a bit of pitching advice. It contains basically everything you need to know about coming up with an idea, writing your script, re-writing your script, and getting it sold. Designs on Film: A Century of of Hollywood Art Direction by Cathy Whitlock: There was a point during college when I thought that I wanted to be a production designer, so my boyfriend got …

Resistance Podcasts

Here’s a list of some of the resistance-related podcasts I’ve come across in recent weeks. My favorite so far is BloomCast, by civil rights attorney (and fellow vegan) Lisa Bloom. Please be sure to share any relevant political podcasts that you’ve been listening to in the comment section. BloomCast: The Voice of the Resistance by Lisa Bloom Pod Save America by Crooked Media Trumpcast by Slate The FourFiftyOne by Summer Brennan Can He Do That? by The Washington Post Indivisible by WNYC And for additional resources check out this post, which I’m continuing to update. Keep resisting! ❤

Trailers for Some of My Favorite Cult Classics

From magnificent treasures, to movies so bad that they’re good, here are the trailers to some of my all-time favorite cult classics! What are yours? Be sure to share your recommendations in the comment section below. 🙂 Labyrinth (dir. Jim Henson, 1986) Wet Hot American Summer (dir. David Wain, 2001) Office Space (dir. Mike Judge, 1999) The Big Lebowski (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Troll 2 (dir. Claudio Fragasso, 1990) The Breakfast Club (dir. John Hughes, 1985) Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969) Harold and Maude (dir. Hal Ashby, 1971) Hausa (dir. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, 1977) The Room (dir. Tommy Wiseau, 2003) What are some of your favorite cult classics?

VEGAN COOKING: My Two Favorite Chefs/Bloggers

If you’ve been following my blog within the past year, you may know that I made the transition from vegetarian to vegan and am loving my new lifestyle. My ability to make this transition is in large part thanks to my sister, who opened my eyes to this compassionate way of living, but I also have the internet to thank. YouTube, in particular, with its surplus of vegan-related content, has played an immeasurable role in the success and sustainability of my transformation. Before becoming vegan, I seriously disliked cooking. I found the process to be somewhat boring and almost a waste of time, especially considering how convenient, affordable, and addictive greasy foods are. But when I began bringing more variety into my diet (because not eating meat and dairy actually means you try more new foods), cooking became fun and challenging in the best kind of way. My newly found enthusiasm for cooking is largely thanks to the blog and YouTube channel, hot for food, along with co-creator Lauren Toyota’s personal channel, Lauren in Real Life. And recently, I discovered another vegan blog and …

6 Great Road Trip Films

When I think of summer, one of the first things that comes to mind is road trips. Exploration, freedom, discovery…rediscovery. Because it’s summer and I’ve been on a few trips recently myself, I decided it would be fun to do a post sharing six road trip films that I consider to be personal favorites. Thematically, it seems that the road trip genre is so wonderful because it expands the ways in which characters can be explored. On the road, we’re vulnerable. Though the journey of a road trip film may not start with the intent of personal exploration, what follows is nearly always life changing. The characters grow; they learn more about themselves and their compatriots, and often even more about the society they live in. The six films I’ve selected to post a short blurb about all share a few similarities. Most evident is the fact that all of the characters featured in these films make discoveries and decisions that are irreversible; their lives change on the road, for better or for worse. Discovery and change are the two clearest motifs that characterize these road trip films, …

25 Things

Last year I shared 24 things I’ve learned in 24 years. Now, exactly one year later, I’m turning 25, and I’d like to do something just a little different! Below are 25 things – feelings, thoughts, moments, and emotions – that I love. Enjoy, and let me know about a few of your favorite things! Rediscovering a forgotten song When my mom calls (Hi Mom!) Walking in the desert Discovering a place that’s new to me When an idea just *clicks* Sharing a moment with a stranger When I get to be lazy Getting to the end of a beautiful film and thinking “wow, I’m so lucky to have had the experience of watching that” Walking on the beach; watching kids playing with their parents and siblings; feeling the ocean breeze; and listening to the rhythm of the waves When hard work pays off Connecting with an animal Knowing that I’m free to be me Watching kids just be kids Learning something new about a person I’ve known forever Sharing space, love, and my hopes and dreams with my …

Apps on Apps

Here are some of my all-time favorite apps. Be sure to share yours in the comment section below! 1. VSCO Cam When it comes to editing photos on your phone, there is no app that’s better than VSCO Cam. VSCO’s pre-set filters are all already beautiful, but the app allows you to adjust every aspect of the filter you chose – from exposure and saturation, to contrast and highlight. When in doubt, just pick the F2 setting (my all-time favorite and most used), because it will always make your photo look just a little more on-point. 2. Wikipedia This app should go without explaining. Wikipedia is one of my most visited websites because sometimes I need to know who invented the brownie (Bertha Palmer) or what city Aretha Franklin was born in (Memphis, TN, but she grew up in Detroit, MI). You need the Wikipedia app if you ever want to ask these questions and figure out the answer before you’ve forgotten the question in the first place. Ya dig? 3. Podcasts There are so many wonderfully entertaining, educational, weird, …

My Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies

The Christmas season is in full swing and it’s time to make some hot chocolate and catch up on a few classic holiday films. Here are my five favorite Christmas movies – what are yours? 5. A Christmas Story: Somehow I did not see A Christmas Story until about five years ago, which I still don’t understand considering TBS runs a 24 hour marathon every Christmas Eve. Anyways, this movie is so bizarre and fun that it had to make the list. A Christmas Story is an 80s classic, and Ralphie is the absolute best! 4. The Original Christmas Classics: The claymation Christmas classics make up more than one movie, but I can’t pick a favorite between them so I’m including them all in spot #4. From The Year Without a Santa Claus, to Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy, I am sure that these films are going to continue to be popular for decades to come. Although the claymation classics have not aged seamlessly, there is something so timeless about them that makes each generation of children love them as much as the generation before. 3. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street: I may …