Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Over the past month, my best friend Christine and I decided to become hipsters. That's right, hipsters. 

A hipster can be defined as any individual going against the mainstream, has an apt appreciation for indie music, and looks down on those who follow the crowd. I pretty much hate everything they stand for, BUT they wear some pretty interesting clothes. 

This is coming from the girl who used to loath anyone with an ironic t-shirt or those thick-framed glasses they wear despite 20/20 vision. And guess what? I now own a pair. I don't know whether to hate myself right now or be proud.

Though I haven't quite become a full-on hipster... where I look grungy and homeless. In order to NOT look homeless, I combine the vintage, thrifty pieces with the modern. I attempt to look put together. That's the difference.

How do I do it? First off, I go thrift shopping. Anywhere local- Goodwill is a good option. I've found some really great pieces like a braided belt for $0.95 and an old blazer for $5. What?!? Apparently the transformation to hipster-town can be done on the cheap.

This unique brand of people tend to look like they put zero effort into what they're wearing. Who do they think they're fooling? They wear the most try-hard outfits I've seen in my life. This doesn't stop me from becoming one of those try-hards myself though. I love the layers of knee-high socks over brightly colored tights... the long cardigans draped over vintage dresses with beat up Oxfords... the ragged plaid button downs with skinny jeans and army boots. *Sigh* I'm falling in love with this style...

Some typical hipster-esque stores to check out if you're interested... Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, American Apparel, Cotton-On, Free People, and any thrift shop you can find. 

As long as you don't "try too hard," combine the old with the new in a unique/outrageous way, and slap on a pair of thick-framed glasses, you're good to go. 

Good luck and send me pics of your outfits for inspiration!

More to come.

-K

Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Holiday break at UCF is four weeks of glorious time off. I've spent a majority of my time working, interning, and visiting family. In my free time, I do what any sane human being does- watch that glowing, mystical box we call a TV.

Over break, I've discovered some new shows that are surprisingly well written and fun to watch. I can be picky when it comes to comedy. My favorites right now are Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, and of course, The Office. I like well-written, dry humor. I think it hits way harder than physical comedy or raunchy humor.

There's a show that just started this season on Fox, called New Girl. It stars Zooey Deschanel as the 'new girl' moving in with three guys she met after breaking up with her boyfriend. Personally, I LOVE Zooey. She's in my all-time favorite film, 500 Days of Summer and I secretly harbor thoughts that i look like her. Psh. I wish. 

Anyway, this show is adorable. She plays this nerdy, outrageous character, Jess, who can't seem to find a decent guy. (I'll feel ya, Zo). Her roommates- Nick, Schmidt, and Winston are hysterical. They play alongside her well and each has a distinct personality. Schmidt- as the rich, handsome one who will physically harm you if you touch his hair conditioner. Nick- as the middle class slacker who lost the love of his life and harbors a secret crush on Jess. And finally, Winston- as the token black roommate who can't find a job to save his life and can play the bells like a champ.

What makes this show so great is it's charm and loveable characters. The acting is well done and the jokes hit (almost) every time. I definitely recommend checking this one out. If it's not your taste, then try this one on for size...

Happy Endings is an ABC comedy that I discovered by accident one night. Flipping through the channels, about to pass out, I landed on this little treasure. A cast of 6 friends, that is set up (now that I think about it) much like Friends. Their lives intertwine through friendship, family relation, and marriage. 

I'm telling you, this show is hilarious. Max, the gay slacker of the group reminds me of a young Will Ferrell. He has this mush-mouth voice that makes you giggle everytime. The series opens with Alex, played by Elisha Cutherbert, walking out on her husband-to-be, Dave, at their wedding when an ex-bf bursts into the ceremony on roller blades and ruins everything. How amazing is that?

What I love about this is show is that every episode opens right during the action. It doesn't hold you by the hand and walk you into the storyline. It slaps you in the face with whatever bizarre story they want to throw at you next. It's sharp, witty, and worth your time. Please go on hulu or icefilms.info and watch it from the start. 

So those are a few of my discoveries over break. I'll share more with you as I find 'em! Enjoy these in the mean time.

More to come.

-K

Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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For those of you out there looking to intern and get some real world experience, DO IT.

I already have two internships under my belt and both have been great experiences thus far. I'm even considering traveling to New York over Summer 2012 and interning up there. More on that later.

First things first, research, research, research. Don't just blindly pick a company and apply. Find a place that suits your interests and what you ultimately want to pursue as a career. An internship can lead to a full time position and you don't want to waste your time on a company that you have no interest in. In an industry where 'who you know' is everything, your contacts are your most precious asset. 

This past summer, I spent three months working for a reality TV company, Pink Sneakers Productions. I learned A LOT about the industry through this experience. My first assignment? Starbucks run for the whole office. This may sound easy, but it's more complicated than you'd think. I had to do coffee and lunch runs every day which could be stressful, but I learned to handle it. If you want to succeed as an intern, you need to be able to work well under stress. I learned that better than anyone through Pink Sneakers.

You'll learn useful skills that will greatly benefit you. I created & sent out casting calls, logged tapes, transcribed interviews, learned some editing, and even got to be on set. There's a show coming out on MTV and I was a PA for their pilot. I made friends with the cast and crew and learned what I could from them. Another helpful tip: try to make friends with as many people as possible. The more contacts, the better.

I need to be honest here. Being an intern is anything but easy. For example, I would be yelled at one minute for labeling something incorrectly, then praised the next for doing something right. It can be an emotional roller coaster at times, but that's just the thing- don't take anything personally. You are there to learn and of course you'll make mistakes. It's only natural.

I now intern for Scott Messina of Messina Productions. Yes, the one running this very site. This blog is actually all part of the job, though I think of it more as a hobby than a task. In fact, this has gotten me into a blogging addiction that I'll deal with later in therapy. Kidding.

I've been interning for him for about a month and I've already learned a lot. I now know how to rip dvds, bound books, start a blog, and so much more. I've even tuned my networking skills after attending his Christmas party and exchanging words with a few of his business friends. Network, network, network. I can't stress how important this is! 

Ok, I think I'm done rambling. I hope I've been able to pass on some of what I've learned. I'll update you with more in the near future. Let's be honest, probably tomorrow. Like I said, addicted.

-K

Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!!

I'll take this time to go over a few of my favorite (aka the best) Christmas movies out there...

Without a doubt, my #1 Christmas favorite has to be "It's a Wonderful Life." There's something about that old tale of a man's journey through life... stuck in a town he can never escape... giving up on his hopes and dreams... losing complete faith in life. Gets me every time. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed are the are a joy to watch in this 1940's Classic that makes one believe in the power of Christmas once again. It's not nearly as dark as it sounds. In fact, it's quite uplifting. I mean, if you don't shed a few tears at the end, then you're just heartless.

And who can resist Jimmy Stewart's mush-mouth voice? It's classic! 

Up next... who can forget that old favorite where we all harbor the same fear- "You'll shoot yer eye out, kid!" A Christmas Story is the one holiday favorite that I have NEVER seen from beginning to end. It plays every year on TBS during the special, '24 Hours of A Christmas Story.' Oh sure, I see the same scenes of the father opening that "fra-jee-lay' box and the poor sucker getting his tongue stuck on the flagpole, but I couldn't tell you what the actual story is all about. Is it a kid longing for a bebe gun, is it the dangers of the triple dog dare? I'll sure as hell never know. In a way, I like that I've never seen it straight through. More interesting that way.

And finally... (drum roll) A Charlie Brown Christmas! This may be a rampant cliche, but I watch it every year and will never grow tired of Charlie Brown's hopeless affairs. The soundtrack for this animated work of art is done by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. I keep it on my iPod all year and bust it out whenever I randomly feel in the Christmas spirit, which is ALL THE TIME. And who doesn't tear up during Linus' heartfelt speech about the true meaning of Christmas? You know, they even sell a replica of that disappointing tree that Charlie brings to the Christmas play? People pay for that. RIP Charles Schultz. You were a genius.

Anyway, it's comforting that even today with our tech savvy nation and ever-changing trends, that we still rely on the classics of generations past to renew our Christmas spirit. The radios still play the old favorites of Burl Ives and Bing Crosby. We cook up the same recipes of our great-grandmothers. It's the one time of year where our traditions mean everything and the modern world can be tucked away for just a bit.

So, take down my list of favorites and watch them! Yes, all of them! They are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit, even you Scrooges out there. Have a Merry Christmas everyone! 

More to come.

-K

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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Ok, check it.

Skrillex has a NEW EP that just dropped today. Did not even realize he was releasing. How excited am I right now (as it currently downloads "legally" on my macbook)?! Um... this excited --> G^&%@EOT&*P@*&(*#_{_I{WK) 

That says it all. 

Skrillex has become more and more of a "mainstream" dubstep artist. Well, as mainstream as you can get in this primarily underground genre. What is dubstep, you might ask? It's a form of electronic music, such as House or Trance, with a lot of heavy bass & drums, some vocals here and there, and clipped samples. All you need to know? It's awesome. Right now, you might here it in some of your favorite Top 40 (God awful) hits on the radio. It's slowly seeping its way into popularity and taking the world by storm! It originated in London and is becoming more and more popular in America. 

I started getting into it this past summer and frequented Riot Wednesdays at Knight Library where they have electro night. It's basically a night of heavy drinking, incredible music, and glowsticks/gloving shows. I posted a gloving video if you want to learn more. Personally, I would LOVE to learn how to glove. It takes a lot of skill developed over time by watching the pros and adapting their technique.

Back to the EP, it's called "Bangarang." I have no clue what that means. But, it flows together nicely and features some great talent including Sirah, 12th Planet, and Kill The Noise. Listening to it as I type and getting more and more pumped! Please go find it and take a listen. You won't be disappointed.

If you want to check out some other talented dubstep artists, you might want to look up Knife Party, Flux Pavilion, Rusko, DJ Fresh, etc.

Let me know if anyone's interested, I can post more related videos for your viewing entertainment ;)

-K

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Back again for Entry Numba 2-

Veering off the path of film for a bit, but sticking with entertainment --> I just downloaded the new Black Keys album, "El Camino." They're a two-man indie band with a bluesy sound and rich lyrics. They just won THREE Grammy's for their album, Brothers, which is how I first discovered them. I heard their single, "Tighten Up" and fell in love with their unique sound. I'll post the music video for it, it's quite adorable. 

I bring them up because I caught their interview and performance on The Colbert Report this morning. The guys are a bit awkward and are clearly hipsters, but once you get them onstage, it's like magic. I reccommend you download some of their stuff immediately. 

For those of you who grew up in the 90's, I got to see the tail end of "Snow Day" this morning. You know, the Nickelodeon movie with that feisty little girl going toe-to-toe with the creepy snow plow guy? Classic. I promise to start commenting on more legitimate films once I get around to them. For now though, who can resist the children's classics of the 90's? No one.

If you want to me to touch on any specific topic, just leave me a comment or send me a message. 

-K

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Welcome to my very first blog entry ever. I'm making history here....

So, I created this blog to focus on the industry that I have been fascinated and intrigued with since I was a child- the Entertainment Industry. I am a Film Major at the University of Central Florida, halfway through my junior year. I have endured the pretentious minds of worldly film students and bitter film professors practicing obselete ideals... but it's not all bad! I've had a lot of really great times working on students films, attending the screeners, interning, etc. 

And that's what this blog is all about! I'm going to bring you into my world and show you what the life of a film student is really like. I'll review the movies I've recently watched, let you into the secrets of film school, and the horror stories of being an intern. Basically, a guide for any of you trying to break into this industry and are just starting off. 

I'll begin with a review of a movie I saw last night and have been DYING to see- The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.

If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of it or seen the trailer, I posted it on my profile page. The teaser tells you absolutely *nothing* about the film and that's why I love it. It's a bunch of sharply cut images playing against the background of the "Immigrant Song" cover by Trent Reznor feat. Karon O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Btw I also posted this song on my page. I'm borderline obsessed with it at the moment. Anyway, it's a really great trailer, but if you want to learn more about the story, check out the other one on YouTube.

Back to the movie- The plot follows a recently scorned journalist, Mikael (played by Daniel Craig), who is asked to write the memoirs of the head a Swedish Steel Co., the Vangor Family. His real task? To solve the murder of Harriet Vangor dating back to the 1960's. With the help of Lisabeth (played by Rooney Mara), Mikael attempts to solve the mystery and digs into the horrific secrets of the Vangor family...

Why is this film so amazing? Besides the fact that it is directed by my all-time favorite director, David Fincher, it has beautiful cinemtography, an incredible soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and has a phenomenally talented cast. Rooney Mara underwent quite a transformation to become the tattooed, pierced, mohawk-sporting character, Lisabeth. She had to have her eyebrows bleached, for God's sake! The costume designer for this film was also incredible, Daniel wore nothing but blacks and grays throughout the film, a tremendous form of symbolism for a man entering the dark, disturrbing world of a sadistic family.

The ending was completely unpredictable. I left the theater feeling just as Fincher intended- shocked, disturbed, and a little uncomfortable. This movie is defintiely not one to bring your children to. It has some hard-to-watch scenes, including a pretty gruesome rape scene that I had to turn away from. But, don't worry, she gets her revenge in the end.

Overall, this is a must-see film. It chronicles the International Best-selling Trilogy meaning...? There's gonna be two more on the way. So don't fight it, go see this film! You may be a bit disturbed, but you won't be disappointed.

That's it for this entry. Hope you enjoyed it. More to come.

-K