I couldn’t help but notice as I walked by your house this morning that you still haven’t taken down the Christmas lights we put up together. It’s the middle of January, for God’s sake. Why are they still on your windowsill, glowing brightly during the night as if the holiday of cheer hasn’t already passed? Is it because you want to remember us? All of the things we did together? All of our Christmas memories and nostalgia? If that’s the case, then why did you break up with me in the first place? If you’re so sad about the fact that we’re over, why did you end it? You leaving those lights up on your windowsill is not helping at all. Take them down. Move on from the way things used to be. Turn them off so I don't have to see them from across my street anymore.
How I Became Interested in Movies
Chris Stuckmann’s Norm of the North review seems like an inconsequential YouTube clip. A video of a 27-year-old man talking about a supposedly terrible animated movie shouldn’t be that special. However, when that video was recommended to me in early 2016, I watched it and became hooked on Stuckmann’s channel. I was impressed by the way he criticized films and wished that I could look at films the same way he did. How could a kid who had just turned fourteen possibly look at filmmaking with the same depth and wisdom as someone who reviews movies on YouTube as a job? After a while, however, I realized I was subconsciously picking up on the elements of movies Stuckmann would talk about: the acting, cinematography, direction, writing, editing, special effects, music, and storytelling, among others. I started reviewing movies on my own with monologues to myself about my thoughts on whatever film I had just watched. Since then, I have connected with a group of friends who also love the art of filmmaking, including another Chris Stuckmann fan. I started discussing and watching films with them, along with acting in short films they made. I still appreciate how cool it is that I've actually found people who love films as much as me. I now write full-fledged movie reviews on Letterboxd and even official articles for Stardust.
Why Movies Engage Me
A topic that always engages me without fail is movies. I love talking about movies; what works in movies, what doesn’t work, my favorites, my least favorites, or just my experience watching them. To me, movies aren’t just a form of entertainment, they’re also a form of art, a form of storytelling, a form of communication. Their messages can ripple across an entire population and change the way that we think about the world around us. They can bring us into an incredibly beautiful world that can take our minds off of how terrifying real life can sometimes be or they can bring new awareness to an aspect of reality that their audiences never even thought about before. Movies are a form of expression, and the best ones can be impactful to everyone on many different levels.
Road Trip Lessons
Sam stared out the car window with a vacant expression, one earbud in, trying to ignore the world around him. Was this really happening? Were his parents really dragging him on a weekend road trip across the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway just for some “bonding time?” This was a setup. Sam didn’t want anything to do with his parents. He wanted to spend some time with his friends on Pearl Street, but no, Mom and Dad had to yank him out of Boulder to take him on a tour of “interesting historical landmarks.” Great, so basically a bunch of old, rotting buildings. It sounded like the trip of a lifetime.
Love is Complicated
This is a speech that I wrote for a digital cabaret performance before I realized that the amount of time I needed to talk between songs actually shouldn't have been this long. Here is that essay now, containing the titles of the two songs I sang, "Being Alive" and "Run Away With Me."
Seeing The World in Color
I used to think in black and white, struggling to find the gray My optimism shone a bright yellow with my faith in our green and blue planet
An Exploration of Teenage Love: The Playlist
As a teenager, it's hard navigating the difficulties of relationships. Often, young men and women idealize the idea of being with someone, never fully comprehending the concept of spending every waking moment with someone who should be your best friend. Even now, it's hard for me to comprehend that concept. I often still want to jump into things without thinking, but I like to think I'm getting better at recognizing when certain connections are working and when others are not. Many songs have stuck with me over the years that have influenced my experiences with love in one way or another, and these are those songs.
The Exploration of the Main Character in Tandolfo the Great
For those of you who have been enjoying my random short story reviews, I'm planning to do more full-on book reviews in the near future since this is the main medium I can use to do that. For now, though, I hope you enjoy yet another short story review.