Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment will be a six-game suspension for the first offense and indefinite suspension after the second. Is this penalty too harsh or not harsh enough?” Read more
To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities–food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know is being laid off. I’ve had four friends get laid off in just in as many months. As my friends struggle to find new employment, it really had me thinking (and to be honest, worrying a little about my future). Therefore, I took some time to research “What to do when you’re laid off,” and “What not to do when you’re fired.” I figured that I’d look into the information now, as it would be better processed when I’m not in desperate need of employment. The following are some helpful tidbits of advice that can help you or your friends in their time of need. Read more
When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I’ve always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn’t seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I’d seen clips here and there on late night showings on cable TV, but I did not fully appreciate it as one of the all-time best comedies, a masterpiece which launched a new genre, cemented and catapulted numerous careers, and remains an inspiration for the comic films in the three decades since its release in summer 1984.
Whether you’ve seen Ghostbusters once, can quote the entire film, or have never seen it all, I highly recommend you take the time to read the two oral histories published this year even though there is a decent amount of overlap.
We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, are burdened with the task of either choosing to condemn this celebrity with the media bandwagon or defend them. Read more
“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.”
I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the personality for years. That concept is nothing new. Read more
For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive kitchen in “Jurassic Park”? Or how about shedding that first cinematic tear when Simba lost his dad in “The Lion King”?
For cinephiles of my generation, these images remain just as fresh in our minds as the days we first viewed them. And while the scenery above no doubt sounds common in mainstream reflection of mid-90s filmgoers, one memory I often reflect on surprises others. Read more