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My Week With Marilyn: Review

December 14, 2012
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I had already watched the documentary on Marilyn, “Marilyn: The Last Sessions”, so all I was interested in during the movie was how much it would stay true to the reality. Although the movie is narrated by Colin, the “third assistant director” (a nobody) who falls in love with her just like every other man who comes into her life, he is nothing but a window that the audience looks into to watch Marilyn. It makes sense, because how could anyone else be the protagonist in a movie that is about the Marilyn Monroe? I had my doubts about Michelle Williams acting as Marilyn, for she really looks nothing like Marilyn or has any of her iconic features. When she opened her mouth, however, I was drawn to her immediately; she sounded exactly like Marilyn. In my mind, I couldn’t help myself but to compare the movie to the documentary, and overall, the movie did an outstanding job portraying all the necessary and important issues surrounding Marilyn’s short life, and creating precious moments that gently revealed her character and state of mind. The subtlety in William’s expressions and voice was exactly what perfected it.

There is no sugarcoating of Marilyn’s personal life in the movie. “You never leave her side. Day or night. Her behavior is reputedly a little erratic” – this is the very first statement the audience hears about Marilyn. Then something else that is similar comes up later, “You don’t leave Marilyn alone. She can’t handle it. She thinks everyone will abandon her”. So even from the beginning of the movie, Marilyn is upset and crying, with barely any make-up on. To most people around Marilyn, they are sticking around because it’s their job. There is no sense of genuine sympathy, and some even refer to her as a “cash cow.” So that’s it. The movie wants the audience to feel all the sympathy towards Marilyn that no one else at the time had.

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Not only is Marilyn an insecure emotional mess who relies on “pills” day and night, she also doesn’t believe she is of any worth. “All little girls should be told how pretty they are,” Marilyn whispers to herself, and tells us her little secret, “(they) should grow up knowing how much their mother loves them.” I already knew she never had a family who loved her from the documentary. She never knew her mother’s love, or how a husband ought to treat his wife. So then how did she know what she was really looking for when she sought love? She didn’t. Marilyn never understood true love and so she perhaps convinced herself that it was something unobtainable, but something she just could not give up on. Even Marilyn’s giggles in the movie are sullen, and there is a clear desperation in her (Williams) eyes – this is why Michelle Williams could be a successful Marilyn Monroe without looking like her. Williams became a spokesperson for every woman who feels what Marilyn felt, and for every woman who seeks what Marilyn sought (but never even touched).

At last, when Colin suggests her leaving this glamorous and meaningless life to be happy, she firmly replies, “I am happy.” “Of course you are. You’re the biggest star in the world,” Colin says with a sad smile, gazing down at the biggest falling star in the world. That’s what Marilyn really was, the biggest falling star. With her promiscuous posing and dancing, and three husbands, everyone knew Marilyn was the furthest thing from an innocent virgin. But truly, she still was when it came to “unconditional love.”  She was neither a clueless woman nor unaware, but an empty one that no one could help, not even herself.

To my surprise, the movie showed very little skin, probably to pay Marilyn more respect as an individual who passed so early on, but also because that wasn’t the focus – another subtlety that made this film respectable.

written by Yuris Kim

The Voice: review

December 14, 2012
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Ceelo, Christina, Adam, Blake

Ceelo, Christina, Adam, Blake

Article by: Yuris Kim

 

The Voice is the one and only show I watch regularly (on Hulu), after I decided to quit “The Office”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “New Girl”. I’m still waiting on “Community”. The Voice shows off all these talented singers, much more talented than the ones on “The American Idol”, I would say. The show is like any other talent shows, where they give multiple chances for all the ones who got picked in the first place, and slowly kill them off one by one. One interesting aspect of the show is that there are 3 ways each contestant can be knocked off: by their own coach, by their own song choice and performance, and by America. There are 4 talented singers who are the coaches and mentors as well (Adam Levine, Ceelo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton), who scribble notes during performances and give seemingly intelligent comments and advice. And there is the MC (Carson something) of course, who is always obviously nervous because they are always live and he has a clock ticking right in his face (of course we can’t see it). The show is loud with the cheers from the audience, the lovely audience who Adam tells to “shut up” time to time because they won’t let him speak. What makes the show really interesting though, is the fact that people comment through Facebook and twitter, and share their own intellect as if they were one of the coaches. So I guess I could sum up the general opinions of the viewers and mine on the coaches and the current remaining contestants.

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Effie Trinket Goes to the Emmys

December 13, 2012
Yes, I am stunning.

Yes, I am stunning.

 

Welcome, welcome. My name is Effie Trinket and you may have seen me on television as a mentor for District 12 during the illustrious Hunger Games. In fact I know you’ve seen me on the Hunger Games since our great government requires that all citizens enjoy every exciting moment of our most compelling television event. Now even though I am forced to be a mentor for the rather primitive District 12, I do have excellent taste and discretion where it comes to fashion. Since I know that many of us are a little challenged in the fashion department I have decided to take time out of my busy schedule to review some fashion from this years Emmy Awards. I think the wonderful thing about this opportunity is that even though most of you will never wear gorgeous designer dresses you get to enjoy all of my wonderful advice. I have selected several tributes who exhibited stunning fashion that I know will inspire all of your drab lives.

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Breaking the taboo – movie review

December 13, 2012
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Ah, the war on drugs. The idea that you can create a happy, wonderful, drug-free world where people only tolerate the “acceptable” drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. The idea that you can eliminate all the other “bad” drugs by using as much violence as possible. The idea that if someone happens to have a serious drug problem, the best approach means a long stay at their friendly neighborhood maximum security prison, and a permanent criminal record.

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How little tweets become loud voices

December 13, 2012
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The Internet being one of the greatest technological inventions of our time has had such a profound impact on so many aspects of our lives. In politics, the Internet is getting the public even closer to politicians, and spreading ideas in ways that no other generation has ever been able to do so before.

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iPhone 5: WWSD?

December 13, 2012
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Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 5, the first since the death of Steve Jobs. Would Steve be impressed? Sadly I think not.

It’s a nice phone and a decent upgrade if your contract is up, and that’s about it. Apple, the company that got where it is now by taking bold, new, and exciting risks, has become a company that’s failing to impress, playing it safe, and constantly playing catch up.

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Facebook and the death of the high school reunion

December 13, 2012
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So, have you found yourself wondering what everyone has been up to since high school? Are you ready to see where old friends have been, rekindle the old and lost friendships, see who has kids, has an awesome job? No? Me either.

Thanks to Facebook, everyone already knows what everyone has been up to. Literally, every single day is another high school reunion in itself if you just have a quick scroll through your Facebook news feed.

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