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Recently I was rejected from two out of my four college choices and wait-listed to another, and it sucked. Having never been denied anything in my life, I was completely destroyed upon hearing this news, unable to comprehend what I had just heard. It dawned on me that out of all the colleges I had applied to, I was only left one, which was coincidentally enough, my back up choice. It sucks having to rely on your back up. It means that you sold yourself at such a high price and now you have to deal with the realization that you’re not even worth as much as you thought.
As we begin to read George Orwell’s 1984 in class, the ideas of dystopian societies and the unknown future have become extremely popular topics in my group of friends. The science fiction genre (my favorite movie genre) is home to hundreds of these kinds of movies and it is obvious why: they are bleak, yet exciting, stories of how technology, idealism, and the human condition are all intertwined like some sort of chaotic mess. Personally, one of my favorite dystopian movies is Spielberg’s Minority Report, where in the future, a special police unit is able to arrest criminals before they commit their crimes, a process known as predictive policing. In the movie, John Anderton, an officer of the special unit, is accused of a future murder of a man he has never met before. What makes Minority Report such an amazing film is how accurate it is in its prediction of the future.
Have you ever had that moment when you’re watching a movie or a TV show and out of nowhere it references something else that you’ve just learned or that you’re currently reading? This happened to me the other day and it was literally one of the most fantastic feelings that I’ve ever had the pleasure of feeling. The feeling is placed on the awesome scale somewhere between finding money on the ground and realizing you don’t have school the next day. In my case, I was watching Percy Jackson’s King Kong the other day and it made the most beautiful reference to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Upon hearing it, I soon realized that the connections between King Kong and Heart of Darkness were everywhere. This is a post about that amazing reference.
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EPISODES 1-4
True Detective is definitely one of the most bizzare yet brilliant shows I’ve ever had the enjoyment of watching (similar to NBC’s Hannibal, check it out). On this past Sunday, the first season came to an end. So, being the devoted blogger I am, I thought it was appropriate that I write some sort of post about it. However, I had no idea what to write about. As I was skimming through episode summaries, scavenging for some sort of information that could provide me with some vague post topic, I noticed something: True Detective is exactly like Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
In school we have been participating in BRAWLs(Battle.Royale.All.Will.Learn) and it got be thinking about my favorite type of film, fighting movies. History is filled to the brim with fighting movies, some of them are great, however, most of them are not. The genre is littered with unavoidable cliches, a man trains to be a champion, sometimes he loses, sometimes he wins, but no matter which way it ends, the audience is completely enthralled and is throwing punches right up along side the protagonist. Warrior is one of those great movies that come along once every blue moon.
Ever since the beginning of freshman year, I’ve always celebrated the end of the week (Saturday) with a movie. I would finish my homework early in the morning and buy snacks at the grocery store across the street in anticipation of my favorite day of the week. However, sometime last year, the tradition broke under the weight and stress of AP Classes and formal testing. Now that my senior year has begun to die down in terms of workload, I decided to celebrate my returning freedom by resurrecting my favorite thing of all time: Saturday Movies. I decided that since we had started reading Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in class, what better way to begin the routine than with Apocalypse Now.
Recently I saw The Lego Movie, and let me say just one thing, everything was awesome. In fact, if you have yet to watch the movie, I recommend you go watch it immediately. Seriously. Drop whatever you’re doing and catch the next showing at your nearest theater. Please and thank you. Anyways, on with the post.