Justifying the Means

My fellow Librarian Bryan’s post “Is College Worth the Effort?” made me really rethink and reconsider if all the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears, were actually worth the effort. With someone who has a lot on their plate educational-wise, I wonder if I bit more than I could chew. I think this situation is best compared to that of Andrew Neiman’s in Whiplash.


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The Sobs I’ll Never Forget


It’s quite obvious to my family and most, if not all, of my peers that I’m quite a film geek. At this point in my life, I feel like it’s a hobby more than a hobby, something that I feel I’ll enjoy making a job out of yet not feeling like it’s a job. In fact, there’s this gurgling feeling in my gut that I can actually consider myself addicted to the medium, as every aspect of it brings me lots of joy.

Strangely enough, I hadn’t been feeling so these previous weeks. After signing on to create a video for a program called “Every Fifteen Minutes” at a neighboring school, I began to feel the stress and intense amount of work that went into making such a time-crunching and collaborative project. The endless shooting days (though extremely fun) were beginning to bog down my conscience and sleeping schedule, but as an important contributor of the project, I knew well that quitting definitely was not an option. After figuring out a stressful ordeal with the program directors regarding certain legal issues, the production was finally able to continue, and after about 3 weeks of shooting, came to a close. However, the monster I encountered next was the massive amount of footage that needed to be edited. Continue reading

The Not-Very-Comprehensive Lists of 2014

“Top 10” lists are something of an oddity for me. I prefer not to rank things I enjoy, because many times I enjoy them for their differences, not according to an objective scale. So rather, I’d like to use my three “Top 10” lists for 2014 to showcase what I’ve continued to enjoy or what I’ve discovered and appreciated, all organized in arbitrary manner. With my spiel out of the way, I present my lists for…

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Veni, Vidi, Vici: The Raid 2 & 13 Ghosts II

Following my previous post on Gone Girl, I am continuing my analysis of my interactions with movies and music with The Raid 2 and 13 Ghosts II, respectively. Unlike Gone Girl, the experience I had with these two pieces of art were in the comfort of my own home.


– Spoilers will follow –

Unlike most films I watch, I came across The Raid 2 very unexpectedly. It was mentioned here and there on Reddit’s movie subreddit, yet had much praise. With no knowledge of the first film or the series in general, I jumped straight into the second movieraid-2_675x1000. Continue reading

INTERSTELLAR: The Experience

Recently, one of the group members and I took it upon ourselves to go see Christopher Nolan’s newly released movie, Interstellar.

In the movie, a global food shortage and second Dust Bowl are slowly but steadily causing conditions on Earth to become uninhabitable, setting forth a search to the stars for a new planet that will possibly save the human race. Continue reading

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Gone Girl

“I came, I saw, I conquered” – Julius Caesar.

Never before has a quote perfectly captured how I’ve felt recently about the way I interact with some of my favorite activities: watching movies and listening to music. Both of these can be done passively, in the background, with another task at hand. However, to truly experience a movie or a song is to set aside time for it (I came), completely immerse yourself into it (I saw), and take away something meaningful (I conquered). To explain my experience with this process, I will highlight people or things which have left an impact on me in one way or another, starting with the movie Gone Girl.

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Photo ©2008 by bareform [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] Beyerdynamic DT 770s, my favorite way to immerse myself into the world of movies and music.

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