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Why You Should Care About Pop Culture Scandals

Why do we enjoy hearing the latest scandals about stars, singers, and icons? Is it because we enjoy having new people to judge? Is it because we like the burst of self-righteous self-satisfaction of knowing that we would never do anything that stupid? All of these are probably true for anyone who enjoys pop culture news and many of these ring true for me. But maybe there is something greater and more positive that we can glean from our guilty pleasure. 

Why You Should Care About Pop Culture Scandals

How Jordan Peele Brings Originality Back to Hollywood

Back in April of 2016, Jordan Peele, alongside his co-star Keegan Michael-Key, opened their first major theatrical outing in the form of Keanu, which unfortunately underperformed at the box office, taking in around $9 million during its opening weekend and barely doubling that before the end of its run. After such an unfortunate performance, no one would have expected that Peele would soon become one of the most talked about names in Hollywood thanks to his directorial debut, Get Out.

How Jordan Peele Brings Originality Back to Hollywood

Stockholm: The High-Stakes Robbery Film You Probably Missed

Americans do the craziest things.

On August 23, 1973 an Swedish criminal named, Jan-Eric Olsson entered a bank and proceeded to hold everyone present as hostage, at gunpoint. He then demanded that the police bring his friend, Clark Olofsson to the bank to assist him. The two bonded with the four hostages during the holdup, the hostages even going so far as to try and protect Olsson and Olofsson. The situation was ended and the two apprehended through the use of teargas.

Stockholm: The High-Stakes Robbery Film You Probably Missed

From Indie Flicks to Captain Marvel

In April 2017 Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were approached with the opportunity of a lifetime: to direct the upcoming Marvel film, Captain Marvel. The two were actually previously considered to direct Guardians of the Galaxy. It is interesting to see a pair known mostly for lower budget films or indie flicks chosen to represent a rather daring film for a billion dollar franchise.

From Indie Flicks to Captain Marvel

The Kitchen

New York, 1978, Hell’s Kitchen. The wives of Irish mobsters, Kathie Brennan, Ruby O’Carroll, and Claire Walsh, are struggling to support themselves after their husbands are arrested by the FBI. They are promised protection and support by the Irish mob but are not even given enough money to cover the rent. With nowhere left to turn the women band together and begin taking over the crime operations themselves. Much to the chagrin of their husbands and the mob.

The Kitchen

Redemption and Condemnation: Skin

The film is based on a true story about a former skinhead member, Bryon Widner, and his path to redemption. He begins to try to find a way out of this pit and finds himself running up against his father figure and leader who would rather see him dead than let him leave.

Redemption and Condemnation: Skin

What Is It Really Like On Set?

This past summer, I had a few opportunities arise that I am incredibly grateful to have had. One of these opportunities was a production assistant job on the set of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (ANW) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The other was also a production assistant job on the set of Netflix’s Hyperdrive in Rochester, New York. I want to emphasize how I came across these jobs because it is essential to anyone looking to get into this industry.

What Is It Really Like On Set?

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Serial Killers are trendy! Or at least they’ve shown themselves to be in the recent release of Netflix original series. The success of true crime tv-series and documentaries reveal’ a demographic that is utterly fascinated by the minds of those who kill. The overwhelming positive response to Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, another Netflix production, has prompted them to produce a feature length biopic on Bundy, titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Shocking and Culture Rocking: Billie Eilish

With her debut album dropping this past month, Billie Eilish has gained quite the audience with over 18 million followers on Instagram and over 41 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Her influence has proven strong in the music industry. But what kind of influence is she having?

Shocking and Culture Rocking: Billie Eilish

Will "Rocketman" Live Up to "Bohemian Rhapsody?"

Biopics, as of recent, have been floating along the mainstream with big blockbusters such as Hidden Figures, I Tonya, and, the jewel of the winter movie releases, Bohemian Rhapsody. In the same vein, we now have the upcoming film, Rocketman to look forward to.

Will "Rocketman" Live Up to "Bohemian Rhapsody?"

How The Beatles Impact Generations To Come

A voice of a generation, the precursor of experimental sound, and the primary markers of the second British invasion. Four boys from Liverpool with little to no sense of music but all with an ambition to become musicians. These young men became known as the Beatles and one of the most influential groups ever to grace the musical scene.

How The Beatles Impact Generations To Come

A World Without The Beatles: Yesterday

The trailer for Yesterday paints a heartwarming, musical comedy. It creates an absurd and wonderfully weird scenario that pays loving homage to one of the greatest bands in the world. It forces the viewer to contemplate the scenario for themselves and imagines a world that never knew the Beatles.

A World Without The Beatles: Yesterday

The Hard Work in Creating: Girlboss

As creative entrepreneurs, we all feel at some point the pull to find something we love and to create an opportunity for ourselves to create that thing for the rest of our lives; with nothing holding us back but ourselves. Girlboss’s Sophia Amoruso, shows us that we can in fact do that through hard work.

The Hard Work in Creating: Girlboss

Jon Bellion Doesn’t Care About Streams and Neither Should You

After dropping his fifth album Glory Sound Prep, Jon Bellion was silent. He didn’t run around promoting it, signing posters or appearing for interviews. That is until – to everyone’s surprise – he interviewed with Genius, a music media company, to discuss his “backward” way of sharing music. But his silence was not inattentive, but rather clearly calculated.

Jon Bellion Doesn’t Care About Streams and Neither Should You

Surviving an All-Nighter on Set

Most college students will tell you that all-nighters are an inevitability in life, especially if you are an art major. While we here at Narrative will never encourage all-nighters and will tell you that such stress is not good for your body or your creativity; we CAN give you some tips for how to survive it and how to keep your body running as you burn the midnight, the 1am, the 2am, and the 3am oil.

Surviving an All-Nighter on Set

Winter Watch List

Winter is here. For many people, myself included, this means burrowing into your bed, turning off your lights and hibernating until Easter. Unless you have classes, which unfortunately I do. So the best form of distraction is going to the movie theatre, grabbing some popcorn and kicking back for the evening. Here at Narrative we have compiled a list of films to help you beat the winter blues.

Winter Watch List

'Fighting With My Family'

Have you ever felt like the odd one out? Like you had a talent or a dream but neither fit the mold that people expected you to conform to? What if you came from a family made up entirely of professional wrestlers?

'Fighting With My Family'