An Education From Movies & TV Shows

Sometimes we don’t really associate movies and TV shows with learning something. We typically consider it to be just a form of entertainment and there’s nothing educational about it. However, these movies and TV shows prove that there’s still many lessons to be learned here.

The Rise Of ISIS

PBS’s Frontline takes on a popular topic in our world today. For those of you that have heard of ISIS but know next to nothing about it, this is perfect for you. It’s really vital information that we all need to know and this documentary does a great job at laying out all of the pieces for us.

Brain Games

I happened to accidentally stumble upon this show one day and I’m pretty happy I did. This show is filled with interesting and random facts about the brain that you definitely don’t know. The games are fascinating and challenging. They make you think but in a fun way that you thoroughly enjoy. The show is set up in such a cool and unique way you can’t help but love.

Crimes Of The Century

CNN’s multi-episode Crimes Of The Century takes a closer look at some of the most popular criminal cases in recent years. They present each case with many different interview subjects as well as candid and old footage surrounding the case. Among the stories include: the D.C. Sniper, Amanda Yates, Unibomber, Amanda Knox, Oklahoma City bomber, Ronald Reagan attempted assassination, and the John Lennon assassination. The John Lennon one in particular really pissed me off because it looked at so many different sides that I was unaware of until I watched this. It’s deeply informative and I certainly learned from these events in history that aren’t talked about enough.

10 Things You Don’t Know About

Henry Rollins hosts this fascinating H2 show. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from this show. It’s filled with people and event that you learned about in history class but you didn’t learn these facts. It consists of a lot of lesser known facts that are often overlooked. The show makes me really remember exactly why I love learning so much.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

This Carl Sagan reboot is much better than I expected it to be. Neil deGrasse Tyson has one of those commanding deep voices that makes you shut up and listen to what he’s saying. The general sights and technology used here is incredibly innovative and awesome to watch.

Birdman Review

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Birdman is a weird yet brilliant film starring Michael Keaton, who is most famous for playing Batman. In this role, he plays Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who played the superhero Birdman in the popular franchise decades earlier. He attempts to make a comeback by acting on Broadway.

A lot of this film deals with Riggan being haunted by the role he previously played. Literally, he hears the voice of Birdman and it even follows him around. He also has magic powers and can fly which is definitely the weird thing about the movie.

However, it’s directing is really great and there isn’t a bad acting performance in the movie. Emma Stone shines as Riggan’s daughter who just got out of rehab and is now acting as his personal assistant. She resents her dad for missing out on most of her life and holds it over his head every chance she gets. This is one of the best performances I’ve seen from the Hollywood star.

As far as Oscars go, Boyhood started winning Best Picture awards early on in the award season. But Birdman hasn’t been counted out just yet. It’s pretty clear that the race is between Boyhood and Birdman to take the top award. Personally, I think Boyhood should win the award for reasons SMJ already talked about. The movie is easy to relate to and Birdman is only something that a specific group of people- those in show business can relate to.

Edward Norton has a memorable performance as an experienced Broadway actor Mike Shiner, who fills in for an actor that gets injured just days before the show opens for previews. Mike causes Riggan more harm than good. The two constantly clash and don’t agree on really anything. The tension between them creates an interesting but small part of this complicated plot.

There’s some dark moments of the film. Such as, the times when Riggan constantly battles with the fact that he wasn’t there for his wife and daughter. The movie is actually depressing at times. I heard that it was a comedy but I didn’t expect it to be so dark. The funny moments are brief but also memorable.

In my opinion, the best scene comes towards the end of the film. You’ll have to watch it, but I’ll give just a little hint. Basically, let’s just say that Michael Keaton’s character ends up running around Times Square in nothing but his pair of briefs. The moments in the show that go horribly wrong are when the movie finds it’s funny moments.

All in all, the movie is unique and I’ve never seen a movie quite like it. It’s also one of those movies where so much happens that you have to watch it back a second time just to catch everything. Whether or not it wins Best Picture, Best Actor, or any of the other Oscars it’s nominated for, this is still a movie worth watching. Did any of you see Birdman? Do you think that Michael Keaton played too much like Batman in this role? Let me know your thoughts!

Cutest Movie Couples

These are some of my favorite movie couples.

Baby and Johnny from Dirty Dancing

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How can you not love them? They both have extremely obvious chemistry. I think it’s funny and pretty much a major testament to their acting abilities that the pair didn’t get along in real life. They were able to sell it on screen in the most convincing way possible.

Sam and Molly from Ghost

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Even though Sam dies in the movie and becomes a Ghost, it’s obvious the love that Sam and Molly had. We get to see that in the Unchained Melody scene especially. I just really love how much the two cared for each other.

Princess Buttercup and Wesley from The Princess Bride

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By far my favorite movie and couple. Wesley was her farmboy but we all know that “As You Wish” is one of the best lines in movie history. All of the lines the two share about love makes even the hardest heart crumble just a little bit. I mean, even death couldn’t keep the two from reuniting which is rather romantic if you ask me.

Latika and Jamal from Slumdog Millionare

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This is a really tragic movie but the ending is beautiful. This couple endures horrible circumstances together. Jamal gets separated from Latika but he never forgets her and he always dreams of finding her. “This is our destiny” is one of my favorite lines. I just absolutely adore Jamal’s endless dedication to Latika.

Pat and Tiffany from Silver Linings Playbook

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Two people that suffer from mental illness and who feel as if no one really understands them. After Pat comes to his friend Ronnie’s house for dinner, things change for him. That’s where he meets Ronnie’s wife Veronica’s sister Tiffany. Tiffany is a widow who also understands mental illness. Her and Pat bond instantly over the medication that they’ve both taken in a heartwarming and hilarious scene. Yeah, the two definitely fight the romance to the point where you doubt the relationship is going to happen entirely. But it’s not a cliché type relationship, it’s real and that’s why I love it.

Allie and Noah from The Notebook

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Obviously, I have to mention the book. But I’d feel weird leaving the movie couple off of this list. In my mind, they are one of the best simply due to the chemistry these two bring to the screen. They make the couple seem very much alive. The love story itself is so touching and you can’t help but love it.

Ellie and Carl from Up

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Yes, this is an animated Pixar film. But it’s also one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever watched unfold that’s under about 30 minutes. We watch the pair age together and more importantly, dream together. This is the only Pixar movie besides Toy Story 3 that’s ever made me cry and this movie just really touched me.

Best Celebrity Couples

These are just a few celebrity couples out there that have seemed to really last. Who knows what the future holds, but these love stories have given just the slightest bit of hope.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

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I feel like they have been together for forever. But they still look Crazy In Love despite all the rumors that have happened over the past year or so. Bey and Jay are still going strong. While all the while raising the cutest daughter ever. What relationship could be better really?

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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People have varied opinions when it comes to this relationship. All I have to say is I definitely believe in this relationship. If any girl could tie Kanye West down for this long, she must be pretty important.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Could there be a cuter couple? These two should never change.

Victoria and David Beckham

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The couple is just a force to be reckoned with. They are one of the longest lasting couples on the list. They also make really cute babies. They seem to just balance each other out. Plus they both have killer model looks and just altogether perfect for each other.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

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These two seem perfect for each other. The chemistry between them is undeniable. I really couldn’t picture either of them with anybody else. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are definitely my relationship goals for sure.

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody

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My younger self should’ve been beyond heartbroken that Seth Cohen got married to someone that wasn’t me or Summer Roberts. But Adam Brody married Blair Wardolf so I suppose that’s okay with me. Both of them are beautiful and deserve to be happy.

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond

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Even though she’s taller than him and it may look weird sometimes, they are seriously adorable. Tina and her composer husband have been together for what seems like forever in Hollywood years. They seem to work so well together and that’s something you love to see.

Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Known for being a powerhouse couple, few Hollywood couples can come to the power couple status of Bradgelina. Who doesn’t want their kind of relationship? They are both perfect.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

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Two beautiful people that actually belong together. That’s exactly what these two are and it just warms my heart. It makes me even happier that Jessica is pregnant and it brings me comfort that they are bringing a baby into this world.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

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Nick and Megan are two of the funniest human beings so them being together is absolutely hilarious. I love how silly they act around each other. I have to admit that they are definitely one of my favorite celebrity couples.

Movies About Love Gone Wrong

Sometimes we encounter love that isn’t supposed to happen. These movies explore all types of falling for the wrong person.

American Beauty

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American Beauty is about a man in his mid-40’s who has a teen daughter and a fake mean wife who drives him crazy. He narrates us through his average day to day life and tells us when it takes a major change. He becomes obsessed with his daughter’s friend Angela. This obsession is what gains him some serious enemies along the way. The best thing about this movie is just how complicated and lovely everything is.

Match Point

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Chris is a retired tennis player who begins teaching lessons. Tom is a guy that he instructs and begins hanging out with. Chris begins dating Tom’s sister but maintains physically attracted to Tom’s fiancé Nola. The two begin a forbidden affair which leads to an epic and tragic story.

Ghost World

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Enid is fresh out of high school. She’s basically not a very nice person and her and her best friend Rebecca prank and are mean to people for fun. One of their victims is Seymour, a loser older guy who sells vinyl records. She begins a gross and strange relationship that’s just two lonely people trying to feel a little less lonely.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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The love stories featured in this movie are so wrong and consuming that each person had to erase the person they love from their memory completely. That choice has some serious consequences and this movie is one that you just have to watch for yourself.

Lost In Translation

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This is another movie that’s just two lonely people trying to find some happiness. Both of them are pretty unsatisfied with their lives, but they find an escape out on the streets of Tokyo. The love between the two is wrong but the fun times they experience is one you need to see.

Once

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This movie is about music bringing people together. And it’s also about finding that one person that you really find yourself whenever you’re near them. I can’t really explain how good the movie is or what exactly it is that makes it good, it just is what it is. The two stars have undeniable chemistry and both are musicians in real life, not actors which makes the performance all that more meaningful to me personally.

 

Q&A About Favorites & Love

Okay so I’m definitely going to do something a little bit different here. These are some questions that I would want to be asked about the things that I love and why I love them.

What are some of your favorite things?

Reese cups, Dr. Pepper, books, random facts, learning, coloring, babysitting, and much more.

What TV shows do you love that are currently on?

Scandal, Parenthood, Veep, Girls, The Middle, Modern Family, Orange Is The New Black, and House of Cards.

What are your all time favorite shows?

Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill, The Sopranos, Entourage, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, and Skins.

What are you currently reading?

Freakanomics.

What are your all time favorite books?

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Great Gatsby, Farewell to Arms, and The Bell Jar.

Who are your favorite celebrities?

Yeezus obviously, Taylor Swift, Tyler the Creator, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles.

Favorite food?

Reese cups.

Favorite movies?

The Princess Bride, A Cinderella Story, Toy Story, Almost Famous, and Slumdog Millionaire.

What genres of music do you listen to?

Indie, rock, pop, hip-hop, r&b, and rap.

Favorite bands and artists?

Arctic Monkeys, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, and FKA Twigs.

Favorite current rappers?

Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Drake.

All time favorite rappers?

Tupac, Biggie, and Public Enemy.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Movie Makeovers

Who doesn’t love a good makeover? These are some of the best makeovers in film history as far as I’m concerned.

1. Mia Thermopolis from Princess Diaries

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I remember as a kid, I genuinely thought that Mia (played by the stunning Anne Hathway) looked like that with her big curly hair. But then she got a makeover and then had the straight hair. That was pretty crazy of me to think but this was an incredible makeover.

2. Gracie Hart from Miss Congeniality

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Her transformation had everything: it was dramatic, fun, and stunning. The best part of it all was Gracie still having the same personality despite her physical transformation.

3. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman

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Vivian Ward went from being your average prostitute to a classy well dressed woman. This is a memorable and awesome transformation.

4. Tai Frasier from Clueless

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Leading lady Cher did her best work on Tai, the new girl who was a tomboy that wore lots of plaid to a classy and stylish girl.

5. Laney Boggs from She’s All That

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Laney went from geek to chic in this teen chick flick.

6. Sandy Olsson from Grease

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For most of the movie, Sandy is a modest good girl. At the end of the movie, she realizes that the only way she can keep Danny is if she changes her appearance. Regardless of her reasons to do it, the end results of the makeover are incredibly badass and rad.

7. Cady Heron from Mean Girls

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Like Sandy, Cady is the new girl in town. Cady becomes influenced by the mean girls at her school and slowly transforms into one herself. Hey, at least the Plastics have awesome taste in fashion, lots of pink which I love.

8. Josie Gellar from Never Been Kissed

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25-year-old Josie is forced to relive the horrors of her high school years when she goes back to write a story about high school. She was really geeky back in the day but she’s not the same woman she was then. Josie is now chic and has A LOT better taste in clothes, enough to get her first kiss on a baseball field anyway.