• giving up on movies
    Film

    Giving Up Movies

    I’m giving up movies. They’ve been a huge part of my life since as long as I can remember. My dad would take me to the movie theater quite often and I’d obsessively watch the same movies on the VHS player over and over. I never tired of them. Until recently. Many reasons could have contributed to my recent fatigue. For the past several years I’ve reviewed movies for the website Minnesota Connected. Being able to review movies had always been a dream of mine and having the ability to get early and free pre-screenings really roared a fire under that passion. Though as time went on and my desire to…

  • film criticism
    Film

    Nitpicking and Film Criticism

    Film criticism is a tricky thing. Often, critics focus on a certain vantage point of a film. Rather than talking about every detail, they look at a highlight. Others will give an overall impression, providing a laundry list of pros and cons, but wrap it up to give a good sense of the finished product. But, some popular critics ask tons of questions, desperately poking holes in the plot, making the stack of cards come crumbling down. I want to address the latter critic, the “nit-picking” critic if you will. Poking holes in a plot can be a powerful and useful way to approach a film. However, if this is…

  • the cloverfield paradox
    Film,  Horror

    Movie Review – The Paradox of ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’

    So, here I was sitting on my couch, checking my Twitter feed when I saw the headlines that not only had the Cloverfield Paradox trailer released but the movie would drop on Netflix after the Super Bowl. Color me Cloverfield. I was elated. Naturally, my wife and I quickly switched it on, eager to see the new installment. I’ve been a fan of Cloverfield since the first movie. I remember not too many people enjoying it because of the shaky cam. That didn’t bother me. The comedy, characters, mystery, and suspense pulled me in from the beginning and set that movie apart from the usual trashy monster movie. 10 Cloverfield…

  • Film,  How To

    Do the Twist

    Everybody loves a twist ending. They make for fun, interesting, and satisfying stories, and usually make you think about a story well after you’ve finished it. Of course, stories with twist endings can wear out their welcome (see: M. Night Shyamalan), but for the most part people love a good twist. YouTuber Wolfcrow breaks down how to create a twist ending in six steps in his video, using a Yin/Yang paradigm. It’s a basic formula that he doesn’t dive too deeply into but gives you the bare essentials to get started. If you’re looking to write a story with a twist, then this video will help get you started.

  • Film

    The Internet Warriors

    Trolls are everywhere, lurking at every corner of the internet. We’ve all dealt with them at one time or the other, or maybe we were them without even thinking about it. There’s something about the internet that suppresses man’s empathy and makes them cruel and vicious especially surrounding certain topics, like, you know, politics. Recently, The Guardian released a compelling short documentary called The Internet Warriors by Director Kyrre Lien, interviewing people all over the world that have written some of the most hateful and angry comments you could think of. It’s a fantastic documentary that’ll surely make your heart wrench and your stomach feel sick. It ends on a somewhat optimistic note but that’s mostly overshadowed…