TOP 10 FAVE MOVIES BECAUSE MY OPINION IS RELEVANT MUHAHA

Hello everyone, me being a Film Production Major I would refer to myself as a connoisseur of film (and cheap beer but that’ll be tackled in another top 10 list don’t you worry. #1 is Miller High Life sorry for spoilers). And I thought hey, there’s quite a few movies out their that I love and I feel like other people should watch and love as well because if I love it everyone has to love it because I simply am never wrong. Ever. I’ll let my minor obsession with Shia Labeouf not cloud my vision while I’m conjuring this list but no promises. But if you aren’t a Shia fan stop here because I don’t need those type of people reading my blog. LET THE FUN BEGIN.

10. TROPIC THUNDER.

LITERALLY (Rob Lowe voice) if you don’t think Tropic Thunder is one of the most well written and funniest movies in the past decade then what do you really consider humor? Like my god this movie has everything. WITTY HUMOR. METANESS.(?) JACK BLACK. BLACK ROBERT DOWNEY JUNIOR. EVEN FART JOKES. This list isn’t filled with comedies this is the only one and I can not stress enough how needed it is to see this 500 times.

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9. WOLF OF WALL STREET

Wow big surprise I know a college boy finds an appeal for being a billionaire. This movie is just fun to watch I’m not saying it should be critically acclaimed (although it really is) I’m just saying I have a great time watching it with friends and even on my own. Who doesn’t enjoy watching wealthy people doing cocaine and having sex with women that are only seen in the movies? I know I enjoy it.

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8. LE BALLON ROUGE

Here we go. Here’s the super artsy short film. Avoiding getting pretentious. When I saw this 1956 Oscar winning short I was really blown away by how much I was entertained by it. It is sold off as a children’s film and the plot is very simple but in my mind this is one of the most well done works of all time. Yeah I said it, of all time. I won’t spoil anything or give a summary because you simply just need to watch it.

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7. LOOPER

Okay at first when I saw Looper I thought it was pretty overrated. AND THEN IT GOT STUCK IN MY DVD PLAYER FOR A MONTH. I kid you not it would not eject and that’s all I could watch in my room. Now that I have seen it more than I’ve ever seen any movie EVER, I’ve realized that it is actually a damn good movie. The time travel nonsense doesn’t keep up with the continuity of the film and if you really think about it makes absolutely no sense but you know what I love the nonsense of it. And Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performances are nothing short of their best. Except for Die Hard. Because Bruce Willis in Die Hard is unparalleled.

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6. TRAINSPOTTING

Have you ever seen Trainspotting? Hooooooly shit this is a great movie. Ewan McGregor gives what is probably his best performance in his career. (The Star Wars Prequels a close second no matter how shitty of films they are). Just watch it that’s all I can say. And don’t say I didn’t warn you about the baby scene gulp.

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5. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER
Okay if you’re into Wes Anderson and all of his character’s corkiness well this is a good spin on it and you know what that’s the best damn explanation this movie has ever gotten if I do say so myself. I take it back this movie is Joseph Gordon- Levitt’s best performance and if you’ve ever been heart broken by a COLD. HEARTLESS. BITCH. then you could relate with this movie greatly and I highly suggest it. Plus Zooey Deschanel is in it and she’s pretty hot in a corky way.

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4. CLOUD ATLAS

Wow. okay I saw this movie in theaters and I had no idea what the hell was going on and now that I’ve watched it about 30 times I still have no idea what’s going on BUT I LOVE IT. Such a shame it lost so much money at the box office it really is a bunch of underrated performances from Halle Berry and TOM HANKS DID I MENTION IT HAS TOM HANKS. A movie that has Tom Hanks flopped yeah dude shit’s crazy just see this movie you won’t regret and if you’ve wondered by now why I’m not giving summaries is because their’s wikipedia for that you bums I hope you’ve made it this far in the list and hey if you need a summary after me the all knowing has suggested for you to see it well then I just don’t simply understand (looks at camera with confusion in eyes).

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3. VIRGIN SUICIDES
Alright this is Sofia Coppola’s (Daughter of Francis Ford) directorial debut and in my opinion it is her best. Others would say her Oscar Winning film “Lost in Translation” is superior but in my opinion (which is always right) that film is a bit too pretentious. There is an ongoing debate whether Kirsten Dunst is a good actress or she’s just trash and even if you think the former you will enjoy this movie simply due to it’s down to earth feel and shocking ending. (and it’s narrated by Giovanni Ribisi what more could you want dude?)

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2. ALMOST FAMOUS

Also almost #1 but not just their. Most of you have probably seen this movie and if not whyyyyyyyy. This movie is every teens fantasy. TOUR WITH A ROCKBAND. okay it was mine at least. Like Wolf of Wall Street this is just a fun movie to watch and it’s overall a good time going through this experience with our main character. Highly suggest.

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1. THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME

UP IN THE AIR

IN 2010 THE GREATEST CRIME OF ALL TIME OCCURRED. SOMEHOW PIGS BEGAN TO SPROUT WINGS AND FLY AND THE LION LAID DOWN WITH THE LAMB AND SOMEHOW THE F’ING HURT LOCKER BEAT UP IN THE AIR FOR BEST PICTURE AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS. I’M STILL VERY SALTY. I’ve seen this movie one time in my entire life and I don’t need to see it ever again it made such an impact. For those of you who say oh George Clooney is a bad actor SIMPLY DON’T UNDERSTAND HE ISN’T ACTING ANYMORE HE’S JUST BEING GEORGE CLOONEY. YOU CAN LEAVE.

But yeah Up in the Air is the best modern tragedy in quite some time. Jason Reitman the director (Juno) really outdid himself with this one. I just can’t say enough how good this movie is and how bad you need to watch it. I HATE ANNA KENDRICK and I even like her in this movie. It has done the impossible. It has made me like a performance by Anna Kendrick.

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THANKS FOR READING HAVE A SWELL DAY.

Retracing my Steps: Finding my Digital Footprint

From googling my name, I didn’t stumble upon myself at first , but I did indeed find hundreds of other John Stinson’s via a database that holds all of their personal records. I found my address on their which is actually somewhat alarming that that is public domain.

I also stumbled upon a famous John Stinson who even has his own wikipedia page which in all honesty I didn’t bother to read but you can feel free! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stinson

Hey look here’s John E Stinson from St. Louis T075238215

Seems like a swell guy. Yeah I see how this could reflect poorly upon me and even more so since he lives in the same city as me. 

Before I started this search I wasn’t very concerned over my digital footprint but now that I’ve realized anyone and their brother can have any information on me that they desire it has really made me re-evaluate how much privacy I actually have within today’s society.

How the Internet Took Over My Entire Life: And Why I’m Not Upset in the Slightest Bit.

Throughout middle school, I never understood the “Charlie the Unicorn” or “Numa Numa Kid” references everyone else was making, due to us not having internet. I never had a “Runescape” or an “AIM” to play games or talk with my friends. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, I’m just saying Freshman year of high school when my family finally caught up to the social norm and purchased internet, my life changed drastically. Throughout high school I made myself a Facebook, a Twitter, a YouTube account and even a Reddit username. I took full advantage of the Web now that I finally had it. But at this point in my life I’ve realized it’s no longer just a hobby. It’s an addiction.

While I’m typing this I have 4 other tabs open, Missouri State Blackboard, my e-mail, Pandora playing music, and Amazon because my mom got me a gift card for Christmas. I’ve come to rely on the internet more than I think I should but that could be said for most people. If it weren’t for the internet I wouldn’t be able to access blackboard and get all of my homework done due to nearly everything being online now. I wouldn’t be able to get instant replies from my teachers if I had a question if it weren’t for my e-mail. And what if I want a t-shirt they only make in New Jersey? How would I go about ordering that if I didn’t have the web?

The internet is an amazing thing and I think we are all very fortunate to have it in our lives. Now I’m not saying the internet is the all powerful savior sent to save us from epidemic but hey if I want to watch a cat video at 3 in the morning where else would I go. The internet is a great thing

Except when my Grandma got a Facebook and liked all of the pictures of me and then showed my mom that was a bad day.

– John Stinson

Viral Videos

The world as we know it has changed. The days of gathering around the TV at dinner time and all watching the President’s fireside chats are over. It used to be that millions of people would only witness big events through their television sets. That time has changed. Now we are in the days of the internet. Where videos reach millions of views every day. But why do these videos reach all of these views? Is there a certain formula for this “success?” These 3 videos have reached over one million views and gone viral and it’s time to analyze why.

This video is the perfect example of a viral video. At over 42 million views, “Dramatic Chipmunk” video can be considered a Youtube classic. But why does it have so many views? Well at 6 seconds long it is extremely convenient to view multiple times, everything you need to know is stated within the title, and it’s funny. Similar to “Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burrito”, the audience knows exactly what they’re getting into. This video came out quite a few years ago and even though I’ve seen it numerous times, I still laugh whenever I see that chipmunk’s face. Another reason this video could have gone viral is because it is giving a chipmunk a human trait or it could have been for the music. Would this video be as popular without the music emphasizing how dramatic the stare was? Most likely not. I believe what makes this video so popular is its simplicity. Simple as that.

This one of Shia Labeouf is interesting because it is a montage of Shia Labeouf “Shia Labeouffing”. “Shia Labeouffing” is apparently screaming “No no no” multiple times. I believe this video has so many views due to 1. Shia Labeouf being a well known celebrity. 2. The montage really shows how many times he says the word no and how common he uses it in his acting and 3. The video is funny because it pieces all of the scenes together in a single montage of no’s. And it even adds the end credits to parody Transformers. Although not as popular as the former video this one has also gone viral.

This video, also including Shia Labeouf coincidentally, came out only a week ago and is over 51 million views. That’s crazy to think knowing that the Dramatic Chipmunk video came out over 5 years ago and has less views than this one. Once again Shia’s celebrity persona added to the views on this video but another reason would be that it is a music video. Sia, the artist, also is a well known celebrity. The new music from the video is another contributing factor. What’s interesting about this video is that is one of the few videos that has come out of Shia Labeouf after his supposed “meltdown”. That definitely adds to viewer interest. The video, showing a near nude Shia and a young girl caused much controversy for being misconstrued as a work of pedophilia. This controversy added to viewer interest and surely gained more views within the video.

Today we rely on the internet. And although internet videos really don’t change anyone’s lives for the better or worse, they certainly have become a large part of our culture. There is not an exact formula to how to make a video viral, but many. Sometimes the most simple of ideas can be the best and sometimes intricate videos with a deep meaning make it viral. It all depends on the content.