June 26th, 2015 was one of the most momentous days in U.S history when Supreme Court made the ruling that same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states.
Therefore, in collaboration withField Day, Yulin Kuang, a young/passionate director, captured 50 couples' joyful love after the ruling, and used Shakespeare’s beautiful sonnet 116, beginning with “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments,” to connect these couples from all 50 states she interviewed.
And here's the beautiful result of this countrywide project:
Field Day is a place to meet and see YouTube’s most inspired filmmakers, dynamic entertainers, and exciting personalities. Each week, one of these inspired creators tries something new and creates their own unique, imaginative, dream video. Whether they’re investigating far-off places, dancing with remote control cars, or stunt flying with Star Fox, you won’t want to miss these creators #HaveAFieldDay.
The more Nicole Arbour opens her mouth, the more her defense crumbles.
After the YouTuber made headlines with her controversial "Dear Fat People" video, she became the brunt of other bad jokes and the target of every anti-fat-shaming supporter in the blogosphere. She also appeared on ABC's The View to clarify and defend herself...to humiliating results.
The below clip clearly demonstrates how much of an AMATEUR she is (especially while sitting at a table full of comedy veterans). Granted, there are YouTubers out there with genuine talent (we're friends with a few), BUT appearing on live TV just shows how much Arbour has to learn and how much she needs to rethink her "brand" -- because crafting your image with carefully edited vlogs and lazy punchlines does not a comedian make.
Last week, Dismaland, the temporary theme park created by provocative artist Banksy, was introduced to the world.
This week, the anonymous artist has released a promotional video that gives us a much better look at what’s actually inside the park (located in the UK). It looks like an incredibly twisted skew on the culture of theme parks, which can already feel pretty dismal as is.
Watch as a family in need of a vacation heads to Dismaland -- the most nightmarish place on Earth:
I think I've lived in Los Angeles long enough to be familiar with all of the tropes and trappings this city is known for. I think 13 years is long enough to identify the cliches and typical characteristics with which its residents are associated. Granted, I've been guilty of some of the following, but let's face it: It's time to move on and be a little more unique in the way we present ourselves as Angelenos.
1. Using traffic as an excuse for being late - Sure, there may be some scenarios in which traffic is a legitimate bitch (see: my 10 Types of L.A. Traffic), but let's face it: you suck at time management and left your apartment late because you were too busy choosing which shirt to wear to brunch. Speaking of...
2. Waiting an hour to get a table for brunch - How about we switch it up and do a potluck at someone's house instead? If you choose a restaurant where waiting for a table lasts twice as long as enjoying a meal, go somewhere else.
3. Getting high at Cinespia in Hollywood Forever Cemetery - If your idea of a movie picnic includes a blunt as your contribution to the group, stay at home with your Netflix queue.
4.Taking shirtless selfies at the top of Runyon Canyon - We get it. You're a member of the #fitfam and love the outdoors. That's great. And besides, you don't need more "likes" and validation when you've already collected thousands of Instagram followers...and took the same exact photo last month.
5. Getting all pissed because you can't bring wine bottles into the Hollywood Bowl - Y'all should know by now that sometimes, depending on a concert's sponsor, glass isn't welcome into the venue. So get over yourself and bring a small box instead...or better yet, they now make wine in pouches!
6.Complaining about "cold" weather - The next time you're shivering in your designer hoodie - in May - ask yourself this: Would you prefer spending your January in Chicago forming icicles on the tip of your nose while stocking up on Blistex?
7. Selling your shit to Amobea Records - Congrats. You earned two whole dollars for those DVDs of Swingers, The Wedding Singer, and Braveheart that have been sitting on your shelf since college. You can now put it towards the overpriced Criterion Collection Blu-ray you've been eyeing upstairs since last weekend.
8. Creating a personalized hashtag for your trip to Vegas - Stop trying to make #SinCitySluts happen! It'll never happen.
9. Ordering kale salads - Because they're killing us! See Exhibit A...here.
10. Bitching about the parking at Trader Joe's - This could very well apply to a number of stores here in L.A. It's as if the developers were thinking, "Hey, let's open up shop where there's only three parking spaces!"
11. Using the phrase "I'm so busy" - There's an unspoken competition that happens whenever people gather together to "catch up" and just end up comparing schedules. Between my improv class, SoulCycle, writing that spec script, and being a board member for Artists Without Savings Accounts, I am. So. Busy.
12. Declaring In-N-Out as the best burgers in the city - You're clearly not doing your research.
13. Sharing unsolicited advice on how to take a photo - Hand on hip. Tilt your head. Lean forward...shut the f**k up.
14. Hating on any given neighborhood - Silverlake tends to be on the receiving end of such vitriol, especially when it's coming from anyone living west of Doheny. But guess what? Every neighborhood has its reasons why it sucks.
15. Describing everything as "basic" - It's time for a new word to be introduced to our lexicon.
If you haven't noticed lately, California Pizza Kitchen has successfully launched an impressive rebrand, flaunting a makeover and serving up some new menu items that'll fascinate any foodie. And just in time for Mother's Day, they just released an adorable spot that celebrates moms everywhere.
The kid who pops up at :27 (pictured above) is reason enough to check out this heartwarming video and give yourself the warm fuzzies. (Have you decided what you're doing for your mom this year?)
If you've been living under a social media rock for the past couple of days, you should know that the annual, take-off-your-shirt-and-get-sweaty-under-a-tent musicfest that is Coachella has officially kicked off for the next two weekends in the sweltering Southern California desert.
And here are some past and present opportunities to ogle the tight torsos and sunburnt beefcake that tends to populate the festival grounds...
It may not be Thursday, but we're sensing some serious TBT realness after watching this fantastic display of showmanship.
Not only does an 11-year-old, pre-Mickey Mouse Club Ryan Gosling manage to give us face in a brief close-up, he demonstrates a swagger we wish we had at that age! And all of it done to a remix of Cathy Dennis's "Touch Me (All Night Long)"!
"Every great film should seem new every time you see it." - Roger Ebert
Pop Quiz: "Name the past ten Academy Award winners for Best Picture."
You may be able to name two or three at best without cheating. Venture over to Wikipedia and you will find yourself realizing just how forgettable the Best Picture winners of the past decade have been. Most are "one and done" watches by even the buffest of film buffs.
The film industry is in a flux, constantly trying to adapt to the market shares television and on-demand streaming services have cemented. They moan and groan about piracy all while recording record profits and exchanging movie screeners like baseball cards. The industry has always been about making money and I am not one to fault them on this fact. It is "show business" after all. It just seems like the model has changed drastically in an incredible short amount of time.
After doing a little digging, I have found some interesting data.
Budgets of Best Picture Winners 2007-2014
2014 - 12 Years A Slave: $20 million 2013 - Argo: $44 million 2012 - The Artist: $15 million 2011 - The King's Speech: $15 million 2010 - The Hurt Locker: $15 million 2009 - Slumdog Millionaire: $15 million 2008 - No Country For Old Men: $25 million 2007 - The Departed: $90 million
Average Budget of a Best Picture Winner 2007-2014: $29.88 million
Budgets of Best Picture Winners 1991-1998
1998 - Titanic: $200 million 1997 - The English Patient: $27 million 1996 - Braveheart: $72 million 1995 - Forrest Gump: $55 million 1994 - Schindler's List: $22 million 1993 - Unforgiven: $14.4 million 1992 - Silence of the Lambs: $19 million 1991 - Dances with Wolves: $22 million
Average Budget of a Best Picture Winner 1991-1998: $53.93 million
Right now you are probably saying, "Yeah, but Titanic skews all of the data just to make your point."
This is a fair criticsm. So let's take Titanic out of the equation.
Average Budget of a Best Picture Winner 1991-1998 (excluding Titanic): $33.05 million
This means that there is only a $3.17 million discrepancy. That is until you invite inflation to the party.
Average Budget of a Best Picture Winner 1991-1998 (Excluding Titanic but including inflation): $52.5 million. This nets to a $22.62 million discrepancy.
The truth is that there are two kinds of movies these days: $200 million budget films with a built-in audience and $15 million budget films that premiere at Sundance or Cannes that studios can scoop up to distribute during Oscar season.
I remember when Disney bought Marvel Studios for $4 billion in 2009. Having been working in Los Angeles for just a year, I did not have the foresight to really know the true nature of the deal. Someone who had worked in Hollywood for over thirty years said to me, "Disney is not in the movie business. They are in the theme park business." Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion just three years later.
INT. DISNEY MERCHANDISE STORE - 2015
Mickey ears floods the shelves in the following varieties: Spiderman, Iron Man, Darth Vader, R2-D2, etc. A Yoda backpack hangs from an adjacent shelf while several patrons build their own light sabers.
CUT TO BLACK.
So what the hell is going on here? We laughed at Dr. Evil in 1999 when he held the world hostage for a mere $1 miiiiiiiiillion dollars. I cannot blame movie studios for not risking their bottom line on five $40 million films rather than investing $200 million on a sure thing. After all, we now know that a million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion dollars.
This is the world as a present day moviegoer. We spend January-March staying at home because we are smart enough to know these months are the dumping ground for film releases. If the distributors do not believe in these films, why should we? Queue up House of Cards on Netflix please! During the five-month span between April and August, we pay to see sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots. Finally, we end the year watching films that Hollywood deems to be the best of the year.
Please. Hollywood already made their billions off of the bread and butter Summer blockbusters. The Oscar race has become nothing more than another marketing ploy to get people out to the theaters in hopes of making these independent lower risk films profitable. The Academy even went so far as to expand the Best Picture category to include more nominees so more of these films could get the Oscar rub at the box office. Otherwise, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, or The Lego Movie would have deserved a Best Picture nod this year in my opinion.
The problem, however, is that just because Hollywood proclaims these films to be Best Picture quality, it does not make it necessarily so. I am referring to REWATCHABILITY. Yes, I am aware that this is not a real word, but take a look at a dictionary these days and you will that there are several non-words that are now officially a part of the English language for better or for worse.
Roger Ebert once said, "Every great film should seem new every time you see it." The problem with the past decade is that so many of these "Best Pictures" are not effective enough to warrant a second viewing.
The following data is extremely subjective. I imagined films I would rewatch and movie I felt others who aren't avid film watchers may rewatch as well. Some movies will be watched more than others, but I argue that the following films will likely be watched more than once. It may not be scientifically accurate, but I argue I am much closer to being right than I am to being wrong...
Rewatchable Best Picture Nominees 1990-2000:
Ghost, Goodfellas, Silence of the Lambs, JFK, Beauty and the Beast, A Few Good Men, Scent of a Woman, Schindler's List, The Fugitive, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Jerry Maguire, Fargo, Titanic, As Good As It Gets, Good Will Hunting, LA Confidential, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, The Insider, Gladiator, Traffic.
26 out of 55 Nominated Films: 47.27%
Rewatchable Best Picture Nominees 2005-2015:
The Departed, No Country For Old Men, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Bloodm Inglourious Basterds, Up, Inception, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, The Fighter, The Descendants, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, The Help, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Life of Pi, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Whiplash, Birdman.
22 out of 74 Nominated Films: 29.7%
You may disagree with me, but this how I view the rewatchability of the past ten years of Best Picture nominees. Saw it. Liked it. Don't need to watch it again. Is it because these films are not granted the proper budgets like Best Picture nominees in the 90s? One can make this argument as the days of the $30-$50 million are dead.
2015 will break the record for release of film sequels, prequels, reboots, and remakes whether we like it or not. 2016 will break 2015's record. 2017 will break 2016's record. The horizon does not show change. This is our new reality.
Enjoy the Academy Awards. I will. I always have. I think the general public should see most, if not all, of this year's nominated films. I just do not expect too many people to add these films to their Blu-ray collections nor do I expect any of them to appear on a film studies syllabus in the near future.
Just remember that we will likely look at the "Best Pictures of of the Year" in the past decade as the most forgettable in history.
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