Days like today are unfortunately becoming more frequent. They always start out the same way: ordinary. I woke up tired, as I hadn’t gotten much sleep last night. That being said, I still had a positive outlook and mindset, and I don’t say this ironically. I genuinely had a positive attitude towards moving forward with a new day, as I try my best to do everyday.
Up until around 2:15 pm, things were going well. I had some great discussions in my classes, shared laughter with friends and was generally feeling good. However, at 2:15, I heard the news that several bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon. Now, when I first heard this, I didn’t quite know how to react, similar to when I found out about the tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut. When I hear something like this, it’s like my emotions have completely checked out and I’m truly at a loss for words. Not until I watched live news footage of the events, during my last class of the day, did I get a handle on my feelings.
Watching the bombs explode, the victims injured and the recounts of witnesses made me feel parts devastated, confused and infuriated. I haven’t had a reaction to a news event like this before. I was very young when 9/11 happened, and I have no good reason for not having the same reactions I had today to the events in Aurora and Newtown. To be quite honest, those more recent events are so surreal to me that I still have a difficult time comprehending how they could have happened. With today’s events in Boston, maybe it’s because I have friends who live there, maybe it’s because I saw footage of the explosion taking place, maybe it’s because I watched wall-to-wall news coverage for 45 minutes at school. I really don’t know.
What I do know is this: I’m fundamentally bothered that this type of disaster keeps happening. More than that, I’m fed up and sick of it. I’m not saying the world has to be fair, because it’s not. This type of widespread panic occurs daily in other countries, and there’s no good reason they should suffer any more than we do. I am saying this: the potential of humans is great. We have the power to be creative, thoughtful and helpful. And whenever I hear about a tragedy like today’s events in Boston, I’m bothered and disappointed in what some humans choose to do.
Well, it’s time to look back on 2012 and remember some of the most enjoyable, best cinematic experiences we had. I didn’t see every film this year, and unfortunately there were many I wanted to see before making this list and wasn’t able to.
Here are some of those films that may have been top 10 contenders that I wasn’t able to catch:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Searching for Sugar Man
Your Sister’s Sister
Without further ado, here are my top 10 films of 2012: Read more…
It’s that time of year again when we take a look back at the movies that made us angry, disappointed, and sorry we wasted our time and money. Keep in mind I (gratefully) didn’t see every film this year, so if your worst movie of the year isn’t on my list, there’s a good chance I skipped it. I know my list differs from popular opinion in many cases, so just know this is my opinion, my list. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the infamous countdown:
Strictly based on the trailers, I had no interest in seeing Dredd. I had no connection to the comics or the original Sylvester Stallone film, but nothing about the marketing made the movie look fun, original, or interesting. However, to my surprise, there was strong word of mouth coming out of numerous screenings and festivals, which had my interest peaked. Unfortunately, I found Dredd to be lifeless, dull, and the most overrated movie of the year so far. Read more…
Based on the trailers, positive buzz, and two great lead actors, I was definitely looking forward to End of Watch. Cop movies are tough to pull off, due to a number of clichés we’ve come to expect. However, when done well, they can be some of the best movies out there. And thankfully, due to great direction, fantastic performances, and well-fleshed out characters, this is one of the best cop dramas to come out in recent years. Read more…
Ever since the first teaser trailer was released, The Master has been my most anticipated movie of 2012. Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are slow-building, character based, and unique, which is why many of his previous ones are some of my all-time favorites. And while The Master isn’t quite as perfect as I wanted it to be, and is probably my least favorite of his to date, there is still a great deal to enjoy. Read more…
Warner Bros. has dealt with a lot of sudden marketing changes in their feature projects in response to the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed during a midnight screening of their new blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. They’ve had to edit down TV spots for The Dark Knight Rises with gunfire and pull TV spots from the major networks altogether over this past weekend. Read more…