Monthly Archives: March 2012

My Thoughts on The Hunger Games

Let’s get this out of the way. I have not read any of the books in this young adult trilogy. As recently as two weeks ago, I had absolutely no interest in seeing this film. I assumed The Hunger Games was the most recent Twilight obsession, but then people I respect began to see it and they really enjoyed it. I decided to actually watch the trailer and I became pretty intrigued. I always assumed it was just a Battle Royale rip off, but I realized this had the potential to be something else. So how was it? Honestly, The Hunger Games is amazing, and there’s a lot of different things I want to discuss. Continue reading at IndiesUnchained!


Why We Need to Acknowledge Racism in Society and Film

I know this is a film blog, but I also know the members of IndiesUnchained are incredibly passionate about social issues. If you haven’t heard about Trayvon Martin’s murder you can google it for more information, but essentially: George Zimmerman followed a young African American male into his gated community. Zimmerman thought he was suspicious and called the cops. He told the cops he was going to keep following him and the cops told him not to. Shortly after, Zimmerman confronted Trayon and shot and killed him. It turned out all he had was a bag of skittles. Earlier today I heard a quote about the case I couldn’t ignore. Fox’s Geraldo Rivera said, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as Goerge Zimmerman.”  This quote blew my mind. Let me make this clear, Trayvon Martin was not shot because he wore a hoodie. Continue reading at IndiesUnchained!

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

WOW. That video is absolutely hilarious, but incredibly true. Mitt Romney will say absolutely anything to win the Republican nomination for President. I honestly have no idea what his position on anything is. At least I know Rick Santorum is crazy. After all the man believes there should be NO contraception. But Romney? One second he says Planned Parenthood is very important and the next he says he’ll get rid of it.

Guide to Free Advance Film Screenings

Have you ever wanted to see a movie… for free… weeks… even months before they come out? I’m sure you’re answer is a resounding, “Yes!” I moved to Boston (my first big city) last summer and realized studios do free advanced screenings ALL the time. Recently, 21 Jump Street has had at least 6 advance screenings over the past 2 months. And guess what… these screenings aren’t just for film journalists or professionals. They’re pretty easy to get into. For example, since I moved to Boston I have seen Attack the Block, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 50/50, Martha Marcy May Marlene (with director Q and A), Drive, Moneyball, Like Crazy (director Q and A), The Descendants, The Artist (with director Q and A), The Ides of March, Our Idiot Brother, Young Adult, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal, Silent House, 21 Jump St, and probably some more… In this blog I’ll introduce you to how I get into these free movies (if you big in a city that is). Find out how at IndiesUnchained!

Punch Drunk Love: Evidence of my Cinematic Evolution

A couple weeks ago I spoke in depth about my cinematic evolution. I found it very interesting to really look back and pick out the films that have profoundly affected the way I watch film. Well, last night Punch Drunk Love, by Paul Thomas Anderson, made it blatantly clear how much I’ve grown as a film watcher and filmmaker. I watched Punch Drunk Love for the first time 5 or 6 years ago. I thought the film was okay. It was obviously well made, but nothing special. I never really invested in what was happening or Adam Sandler’s character. I thought, “Who’s that socially awkward? Come on.” The beginning felt slow and boring. The relationship felt weird. The whole film felt… weird, and that one viewing affected the way I thought about the film for the next 5 to 6 years. In my mind, Punch Drunk Love was just kind of, “meh.” Umm… what the hell was I thinking? Find out why I was wrong at IndiesUnchained!

Project X(treme sexism=comedy?)

If you haven’t heard, Project X is about a few unpopular guys throwing a ridiculous party. Some people have described it as, “Superbad meets The Hangover.” This is an interesting statement because even though Superbad and The Hangover are both raunchy comedies, they come from two incredibly different places. Superbad has this thing called a heart and actually respects its characters. When I saw the trailer for Project X is was easy to see this film didn’t possess those two qualities. You may or may not remember I was pretty upset by the Project X trailer and it’s rating I compared it to Shame’s NC-17 rating. Last week a blogger named Meredith Borders actually saw the film and wrote an amazing review to tackles the film better than I could. Go to Indies Unchained to see a few great quotes from the review, a link to the full review and my original critique of the sexist imagery all over the Project X trailer.