I know there are a lot of feelings happening right now among moviegoers; it's been a tough year. I send my deepest condolences to DC fans coming to terms with the not one, but two divisive films bookending their summer. Suicide Squad was supposed to reinvigorate us; instead, it tore us apart. I also send solace to those grappling with the Divergent series' final film being bucked to the small screen (preceded by a ho-hum third installment). And I'm sorry if Alice Through the Looking Glass spat on your imagination as someone who looked to Carroll's colorful fantasy stories to escape as a child. Then there's those of us who just wanted a zone-out film this year, be it via a Jason Bourne action thriller or a sappy romance like Me Before You, and neither could deliver the emotions promised because of their uneven quality.
2016: Horror Movies Win In A Year Of Bad Blockbusters
What a year 2016 has been for movie buffs. Plenty of anticipation and plenty more let down. There's no real way to predict the way a year is going to go movie-wise but this year has been a special letdown, to the point that Rogue One and its December release date may just be carrying the heavy burden of film fans everywhere holding out hope that 2016 won't be a considered the worst year for films ever.
Don’t You Forget About Me: ‘The Breakfast Club’ Turns 30
February 15th, 1985. John Hughes, who would later be considered a decade-defining director—or perhaps more accurately a director defined by a decade—sees his second directorial feature, The Breakfast Club, hit theater screens. Now, 30 years later, the film holds up not only as an insightful look into teenage life in the ’80s but also as one of the most honest and perceptive depictions of the teenage experience to be captured on celluloid.
Cooking Up Creepypasta: The Inspiration Behind 'Channel Zero' Season 2's 'No-End House'
With less than a week before Syfy unveils its first season of new horror anthology show Channel Zero: Candle Cove they've already announced a second season set for 2017. Fueled by the creepypasta (read: internet scary stories) that populate many an online forum, Channel Zero has no lack of inspiration for future seasons and they've already announced that Season 2 will be called Channel Zero: The No-End House.
'Anne of Green Gables' Is The Strong Teen Female Netflix Has Been Missing
When it comes to delivering female-led content in the world of television, few are doing so with such freshness and strength as Netflix. In addition to female representation in their original programming, including a mostly female cast in Orange is the New Black and a solid female superhero in Marvel's Jessica Jones, they cover a range of female experience.
Marvel's Kamala Khan: Teen, Muslim, Superhero, TV Star?
The best thing about comic books, in this reader's humble opinion, is that whatever hero you're looking for — antihero, female, male, black, white, Asian, alien, god, demi-god, mutant, or magical creature — you'll find at least one of them. The way readers, and now film and TV watchers, connect with a hero is part of the universal charm of comics.
Battle Of The Brains: How 'A Wrinkle In Time' Gives Us A Blueprint On How To Tackle Racism With Intellect
Frank Capra, the acclaimed old-Hollywood director once said: "Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music." It's this universality that has for ages made film an ideal platform for showcasing the heaviest past and current issues facing humanity. I have certainly found myself provoked and convicted during film screenings in good ways, forced to face my own beliefs, judgments, and experiences.
This Theory On Sarah Winchester Suggests She Didn't Build Her Mystery House For Ghosts
If you're the sort of person who pays attentions to roadside attractions or spooky American lore, you're likely to be familiar with the Winchester Mystery House. Currently the house (built between the years 1884 and 1922) is an attraction in San Jose, California, providing tours to guests interested in seeing a house full of oddities. But more than just the architectural attraction, what continues to sell the Winchester Mystery House is the story that accompanies it.
It’s Women’s Equality Day & National Dog Day, So Where Are The “A Girl And Her Dog” Movies?
One has to wonder, what came first, obscure national holidays or social media? It's because of social media that more and more of us are aware when the time has to come to celebrate everything from donuts to National Parks. Sometimes two celebrations fall on the same day, which is how we get a day like August 26 which weirdly marks the intersection of gender equality and "man's best friend."
As both Women's Equality Day and National Dog Day on August 26 one has to wince slightly at the juxtaposition of a major social rights movement with the honor bestowed on a most beloved pet species. In considering the pop culture connectedness of both days, it's nice to know there are a number of movies and television shows one can recommend to those seeking a little female empowerment and equity, and plenty of films showcasing the relationship between human and dog as well.
Coming Full Circle: M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split' Career
Watching the new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film Split (trailer below), I've never hoped more that a film was a metaphor for a director's career. Could it be that after a split-personality career of both great and terrible horror films, M. Night Shyamalan has found a new path back to good movies?
Do Not Disturb: Elisa Lam & Other Film-worthy Hotel Murders
In 2013 a particularly intriguing news story broke in Los Angeles depicting the odd case of a young woman, Elisa Lam, found dead in the rooftop water tank of the downtown Cecil Hotel where she was staying. Her story would potentially have been quickly written off as a tale of accidental death except for an especial amount of spookiness that surrounded it, mainly video footage from an elevator showing the odd behavior of the victim just before her untimely death.
As Head Editor for Way Too Indie for almost four years, I edited hundreds of articles. As a Staff Writer at Movie Pilot it was part of my jobs to work closely with our Creators network of amateur writers and edit and provide feedback on their articles. That said, there's just too many articles I could include here, so ask if you'd like to see one. I'm fluent in AP style journalistic writing and proficient in Chicago style as well.
Movie Pilot Creators Fanzine for Star Trek 50th Anniversary
Worked with the Movie Pilot Creators network on a themed fanzine for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. I chose writers to work with, assigned article articles, worked with the graphic designer on layout, chose clips to be compiled into an accompanying video, and edited everything before publishing.
Witch Hunters & Deathly Hallows: New 'Fantastic Beasts' Character Posters Provide Further Plot Clues
After the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them was released at the end of September, we certainly got a more solid sense of what this film is about. Now EW has released new character posters for the film that back up what we can expect story-wise from the film, but also put a name to the No-Maj (non-magical) group who have it out for the wizarding world, and that connect a character to the evil dark lord who preceded Voldemort.
The First Trailer For Terrifying Horror Film 'Get Out' Is Here: Black Fear Of White People Is Real And Relatable
Jordan Peele, one-half of the comedy duo Key and Peele on Comedy Central's popular sketch show and shown earlier this year in the comedy Keanu with co-star Keegan-Michael Key, announced a while ago that he was venturing into the directing sphere. And a very different side of the sphere at that.
Hey! Buy Another Version Of ‘Star Wars’ To Add To Your 30 Other Editions
It’s quite possibly the most iconic film series of all time, and as we all anxiously await the continuation of that epic galactic saga this December we can’t help but look at the shelves of Star Wars laserdiscs, VHS tapes, original version DVDs and Lucas-ized version of DVDs, the special editions, the Funko toys and the action heroes and think: It’s just not enough.
I mean look at this stuff. Isn’t it neat? But wouldn’t you say your collection’s incomplete?
Winona Ryder Is A Frantic '80s Mom In Netflix Trailer For 'Stranger Things'
Following up a critically acclaimed performance in HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, Winona Ryder returns to TV in Netflix's Stranger Things. Looking like a hardcore homage to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King with a Blade Runner-esque soundtrack, the first trailer has hit the Web and stirred up excitement for anyone who's been waiting patiently for a Winona vehicle.
And just check out those shades of E.T. meets 1980's Without a Trace!
Harrison Ford Isn’t Only Surprise At ‘Star Wars’ Comic-Con Panel
Comic-Con isn’t over yet, but if there was a winner of the convention, the trophy might have been handed out early to the Lucasfilm Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel.
Chris Hardwick moderated the panel to a packed Hall H in San Diego where some fans had camped for two days and waited all day for the 5:30 event. Star Wars was the first film to try out film previewing back in the late ’70s before the film’s release, setting a precedent that has all but taken over what was traditionally a convention for printed comics. So it was all too fitting to have J.J. Abrams present his new installment of the famous film franchise at Comic-Con.
This Clever Video Celebrates The Weirdest Sidekicks In Movies
The protagonists and heroes of films may get top billing and their names in the titles, but often what makes a film stand out to an audience is the work of a supporting character. Awards ceremonies certainly understand this, with plenty of Best Supporting Actor and Actress love, giving props to those who play their secondary roles so well they deserve recognition.
But there's a whole other category of supporting actor that hasn't gotten nearly as much love. Until now.
Many of my marketing positions have required me to design visual copy and graphics, here are a few examples.
Flyer and email image for event at Oxy. Designed by me with InDesign..
A workshop I wrote and led on personal branding in the job search.
Flyer advertising walk-in services.
Flyer and email image for a career services event.
Holiday card for friends of the career center. Designed by me in InDesign.
Flyer and email image for a career center event.
Flyer and email image for a career center event.
A guest blog entry for the Career Center blog. Masthead and social media image designed by me. Read the full post here.
Flyer for Career Center. Designed by me in InDesign.
Flyer and email image for a Career Center event. Designed by me in InDesign.
Email holiday card for friends of the Career Center. Designed by me in InDesign.
Flyer for senior event for Career Services. Designed by me in InDesign.
Designed by me in InDesign.
Designed by me in InDesign.
Designed the front, back, insert, and RSVP card for a formal wedding invitation. Designed in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
I've written copy for a variety of content including email marketing, web cop, print, white papers, blogs, and advertising.
Sample Blog Post From Occidental Career Blog
At Occidental, I was responsible for keeping up a blog that appealed to the variety of stakeholders to the career center. A place to highlight alumni professional endeavors, provide career advice to students, and highlight the talent of our students to interested employers.