Fade to Black: Last Blog Post

So, this is it. The end. My final blog post for Intro to New Media. It’s been fun, but it had to end eventually. Blogging over the past ten weeks has been fun, more or less. I’ve had to stretch my brain at times to come up with subjects, and I definitely learned that much more thought and care goes into the clarity of people’s posts than I thought. But, I also learned that it’s kind of nice to actually get feedback and slightly addictive to see that people have been looking at your posts and commenting on them.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed the experience of blogging and especially like that I got to spend a regular amount of time with one of my favorite subjects. I feel that I’ve learned a lot about films and how we orient ourselves in them.

So, for now this is it. It’s been grand.


Best “College Bro” Movies: How’d I Do?

So, yesterday, I finally made my video, and I decided to go with what I considered to be the best movies you could own if you wanted to make friends with a college age guy. These were films that I like, but also movies I had noticed inevitably are one all of my guy friend’s shelves as well. So, it got me thinking how did I do? Are other people talking about this as well? With this in mind I went to my trusty Google machine and went searching, here are 3 lists I found:




So, spoiler alert: turns out, I didn’t do so hot. Really, the closest I came was mentioning The Dark Knight once in my video. But, I noticed that a lot of the films on these lists are older, and they seem purpose made for films that you can stream on Netflix. I on the other hand was talking about DVD’s that you own.

Also, it may just be that my group of friends have different tastes. I do own some of the movies on these lists, but they’re not my top pick for “Best Bro Movies,” I think in the end it all just comes down to personal opinion. And that’s okay.

Want to Use Your Films to Attract the Average Bro? Here’s What You Need.

So, I’m sure you have all been wondering, “Where Nathaniel? Where is your video post?” Well, look no further. Cause here it is. The one and only video post, brought to you, by me and sponsored by the Intro to New Media class.

In it I go over the films everyone needs to have in order to make friends with the average college guy. Snazzy, I know.


Blogs and Theories

So, this is the last time I’m going to be connecting a theory we’ve discussed in class to my writing experience, so I guess I’m allowed to get personal. I want to talk about online disinhibition and the experience that follows.

Last week, I shared a personal story about how movies and my relationship with my Dad are intimately linked. It’s something that I have actually never shared in person with anyone. But, I found it ideal for sharing online. This I think exhibits the online disinhibition to a “T.” Normally, I would never share this with people. If I meet someone in a coffee shop, my experience with film and my father is not going to be the first thing brought up. However, after sharing myself over the past few weeks, the idea of sharing more than I normally would online wasn’t as scary anymore.

I would consider the idea of disinhibiton to be something akin to being drunk in a bar somewhere. We say things that we don’t necessarily intend to, to people we don’t know, about things that are intensely personal. Except I’ve found that online disinhibition has a severely less amount of stress post-posting than drinking does. Here, you can always go back and edit what exactly we say, drinking is less so.

Movie Previews: Look What’s Coming Out

So the blog assignment is winding down, so I wanted to give a bit of a preview of a few films that are coming out this year that I’m really excited about.

It Follows (March, 13)

I heard about this through a friend, but from what I understand it’s been making the circuits of film festivals. Apparently, it’s scary as hell. The plotline is a somewhat of a classic one, teens have sex, bad things happen. The filmmakers have actually linked the two this time though, cutting out the Michael/Jason/Freddy middleman and going for the throat. I’m thinking this might have a light sleeper-hit quality about it, but time will tell.

Furious 7 (April, 3)

So, here we go again. It’s strikes me as a little unusual that these films have become such a huge franchise. I have to imagine that when the first, The Fast and the Furious  was created the filmmakers could hardly imagine that there would be six progeny. But, they’ve come to occupy a soft spot in my heart, and I’m sure that, I–and hundreds of other people–will be there for its release.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May, 1)

This is the big one, summer blockbusters are officially starting in May now. But realistically, everyone’s excited for this after the first one was such a big success. Personally, I think this one is going to upset a few people, Director Joss Whedon has already described it more personal and painful. But it may be the first film of the year that everyone I know is truly looking forward too.

Jurassic World (June, 12)

I’m completely, out of my gourd, excited for this film. The first Jurassic Park was and still is one of my favorite films of all time. And this is one of the few reboots I’ve actually been excited for. This story revolves around a now existing and functioning dinosaur preserve. And, what do you know, a dinosaur gets out and things get very bad for all the humans involved.

Into the Vault Round 2: My Favorite Horror Movie

The Shining alt poster

So, if anyone is wondering, I love horror movies. But, it was not always so. In fact, for a lot of my life I was absolutely terrified of them. That all changed for me the moment I saw, The Shining.

For those of you who don’t know, The Shining is an adaptation of the novel by the same name, written by Stephen King. One thing this, movie has going for it though was that it was directed by the inimitable Stanley Kubrick. Who I consider to be the greatest director of all time.

The film tells the story of Jack Torrance, (Jack Nicholson) an out of work teacher/writer who takes the job of caretaker at the Overlook Hotel for the winter. The hotel is on a ski lodge, that is so remote that the roads are impassable during the winter. Jack sees it as an opportunity to work on his unfinished novel for an entire uninterrupted stretch, and brings his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd) along for the ride. The only problem is the hotel is haunted and Danny is clairvoyant, and the hotel isn’t exactly friendly.

What elevates the film in my mind is Kubrick’s direction and the cast’s portrayals. Kubrick has the ability to make the hotel just as imposing to the viewer as to the characters themselves.  The building takes up the entire frame of the shots, and the exploration of the, at the time, brand new steadicam was unprecedented. Hallways become extended and the camera flows around corners just like the spirits of the hotels themselves.

The actor’s performances also push the film past normal horror fare. Nicholson is magnetic as Torrance, hypnotizing the viewer from the moment he sets foot on screen. And Duvall was famously pushed so hard by Kubrick that she nearly had a breakdown on set. But it shows, she is clearly frightened in the scares, and we as the audience feel everything they do. These characters are human and what makes them succeed is their actions feel as human as they do.

Time For Some Feelings

Iron Man Alt poster

The big news in film right now is obviously Leonard Nimoy’s passing. As sad as it is though for my post in order to evoke emotion I decided to try and pick something else. I want to focus on one of the reasons I think film has come to mean so much to me. It’s probably an experience that many people share, but for me I always got to see movies with my dad.

Since I was little my family has been big on films, it got to the point that it was pretty normal for us to see one every weekend. But even then, my dad and I would see movies together just ourselves. And these were more often than not the films that have stuck with me over the years.

For example, we saw The Fellowship of the Ring together when I was in third grade. He had read the books when he was in college and had become some of his favorites. I saw the commercial and thought it looked cool. Afterwards I had no clue what was going on. But then we talked about it and he explained more of what was going on and what to look for. A couple days later we went and saw it again, this time I emerged far more enlightened.

Another time I was feeling down and so my dad and I took the day off and went to see Iron Man. We honestly didn’t have high expectations. I’d heard it was decent, but we left thinking is the best film we’d seen all year. Even now if it’s on TV we’ll call each other to make sure the other is watching.

When I think of the movies I think of a lot of things. It’s a passion that has passed from childhood to college years and become something for me to study. But when I think back to the trips to the theater to see some of my favorite films more often than not I think of time spent with my dad.

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