All posts tagged: Nostalgia

A Few of My Favorite Things

the sound of a diesel engine warm towels laying on the living room floor at my parents’ home waking up early before traveling eating vegan banh mi’s when the sun’s setting – anywhere, but especially in the desert the feeling on your skin when you get into a hot car the joy of discovery that travel brings the sense of anonymity when you’re walking down a street in a crowded city the smell after it rains in the desert eating popcorn listening to a song I love, but haven’t heard in years the smell of an old dog’s breath a good cup of coffee in the morning being moved to tears by a movie doodling when an idea just “clicks” the early stages of planning something fun the smell of gasoline when a plane finally lands & you’re safely on the ground again finding a cool object at a secondhand store when it’s chilly enough to wear a long sleeved shirt, but not so cold that you can’t still wear shorts driving in LA with …

Media Consumption Histories

Sometimes I write blog posts and forget to post them! This is one of those posts. I started writing this in early 2017, completely forgot about it and never finished it, but decided to share it now without making any updates. A lot has changed since I wrote this, but I still think it’s kind of fun to share. Enjoy—or don’t! This past semester I was a graduate teaching assistant for the Introduction to Television lecture at USC, which required that I ran my own weekly hour-long class. Although the topic each week varied, many of our class discussions returned to the future of TV, and the ways in which digital technology has uprooted and transformed the traditional television landscape. As a result, I began thinking about my own consumption history and that of my closest friends and family. Living in the information age, technology seems to be propelling us ahead faster and faster, into seemingly complex and unpredictable times. Despite my anxiousness regarding our presumably hyper-tech futures, my approach to technology is not deterministic, meaning that …

What “Lady Bird” Means to Me

When I finally watched Greta Gerwig’s beautiful Lady Bird, I felt so much and still do. Unlike Lady Bird I have a wonderful mom who’s kind and understanding, I was never ashamed of my socio-economic status, and I wouldn’t lie to a peer about the house I live in or who I’m friends with. But like Lady Bird I wanted to go to college in New York City despite never having been there, felt stifled by the mid-sized city I called home, and was sure that there were bigger and better things out there for me – whatever that actually means. Lady Bird somehow brought me back to my undergraduate years, when I felt like the world was this new and exciting place to explore and express myself within. Since then I’ve grown to be more realistic and a bit cynical, but seeing Lady Bird’s struggle to figure herself out reminded me of a part of myself I had forgotten. While I’m much more sure of myself than I was in college, I missed the hopefulness I found within my confusion. I …

Final Thoughts Before the Return of “Twin Peaks”

Tonight’s the night! After re-watching Fire Walk With Me I have some final thoughts I wanted to put out there before the series premiere. *SPOILERS AHEAD* ON NOSTALGIA I’ve certainly been critical of “nostalgia-TV” in the past (see my post on Fuller House), and am particularly weary of 90’s specific reboots and revivals – but unlike other shows, the Twin Peaks return doesn’t bother me. Is my love for the show somewhat nostalgic? Yes, absolutely. Is its newfound popularity since it began streaming on Netflix at least slightly indebted to the grips of nostalgia? Surely. But more than that, Twin Peaks‘ adoration and acclaim should be credited to the fact that it was, and still is, an extremely well crafted, unique, intelligent, and inventive series that changed the televisual landscape forever. Based on how the original series ended and what I’ve gleaned from interviews, I imagine that the revival will pick up with “good Cooper” still stuck in the Black Lodge 25+ years later, trying to get out. Simply seeing the characters/actors return 26 years after the final episode is a return to the same, but I imagine that …

On Nostalgia & the Home in “Fuller House”

Nostalgia-TV has had a recognizable presence in the American televisual landscape for the last decade – from Hawaii Five-O (1968 – 1980, 2010 – present) to Dallas (1978- 1991, 2012 – 2014), and beyond – but in recent years, producers and networks have turned to reboots and revivals more than ever before, as the film industry follows suit. This trend towards remakes and spin-offs seems to reflect an economic model – one that depends on a preexisting audience as an example of profit potential – but nostalgia’s marketability extends beyond those parameters. As a result of revisiting an idealized past, nostalgia-TV relies on capturing the attention of viewers for whom the past is romanticized and may represent a more stable time. In particular, the recent rebooting of popular family and child-oriented 90’s series seems to tap into a specific audience with newfound political and economic power. Netflix’s Fuller House (2016 – present), a reboot of Full House (ABC, 1987 – 1995), offers an example of a series intended to rely on a passive and non-critical …

Revisiting My Undergraduate Thesis Film

As I enter my last year of graduate school, I’ve found myself reflecting on my undergraduate years, almost longing for that simpler time. I’m only 25, yet I’ve been feeling far older, like my age is a scary number that keeps getting larger and larger and more overwhelming. But that’s a different story – one that I may return to in a separate post. This sentimental reflection on my past has led me to revisit some of my older work, such as my senior thesis film, Fruition. So much has changed since I started making Fruition in 2012, and although I haven’t made a notable short film since, I know that my perspective as a creator has evolved significantly. On the one hand, I’m not as naive and am instead somewhat disillusioned and overwhelmed by how little I understand about life itself. On the other hand, I feel more empowered and able to embrace who I am and my unique perspective. I know that I’m somewhat smarter and more equipped to understand others and the world around me. That being …

20 Facts on the 20th Anniversary of “Toy Story”

Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995, when I was only four years old. As much as my childhood memories are already beginning to fade, I’ll never forget what it felt like to see Toy Story as a child. The fun, the adventure, and the joy of witnessing toys come to life and conquer their own fears – it was magical, and in many ways, still is. As the company’s first feature-length film, Toy Story signaled the beginning of a generation of Pixar classics. In honor of Toy Story‘s 20th anniversary, here are 20 fun facts! 1. Toy Story was directed by John Lasseter. 2. It was the highest grossing film of 1995. 3. Woody and Buzz Lightyear were inspired by toys that Lasseter had as a child. 4. Billy Crystal was offered the role of Buzz Lightyear, but turned it down. After seeing the completed film, he claimed that it was the biggest mistake of his entire career. 5. The character of Sid is supposedly inspired by a former Pixar employee who would take apart toys and then reassemble them into strange creations. 6. The carpet in …

My High School Playlist

After perusing my iTunes library, which I honestly haven’t used much since high school, I was instantly hit with an intense wave of nostalgia. Music played a humongous role in my high school experience, whether I was going to concerts, making mix-CDs for friends, or brushing up on my crush’s favorite bands. All of the songs I listed in this playlist take me back to that awkward, exciting time. Here’s my ultimate high school playlist: What songs make you nostalgic?

My Favorite TV Intros of All Time

In no specific order, here are a few of my favorite TV intros of all time. Be sure to share some of your favorites in the comment section below! Freaks and Geeks If you haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks yet, I advise you do so, because it’s a spectacularly fun show. How the hell did it only last one season? Anyways, this intro is great because it succinctly introduces each of the main characters to the audience, and shares a little bit about them based on how they react to the experience. The music is awesome, the premise is great, and above all, James Franco’s moment is magical. Portlandia No TV show intro makes me happier than Portlandia‘s. Prior to watching Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s series I had been a fan of Washed Out for a while, so when I first watched the show and heard “Feel it All Around” as the featured theme, I was ecstatic. I’ve only spent a couple of days in Portland, but from what I remember, Portlandia‘s intro captures the essence of the city perfectly. House of Cards …