- Comedy Central has cancelled “The Jeselnik Offensive” after two seasons. The late-night show, which was co-created and hosted by acerbic stand-up comedian Anthony Jeselnik, focused on Jeselnik’s twisted takes on different timely topics. For a cable audience, this was some seriously dark humor.
- Fans rejoice, “Downtown Abbey” has been renewed for a fifth season, which doesn’t come as a surprise, since the finale for Season 4 hit a ratings high by drawing 9.8 million viewers.
- “Thor: The Dark World” made $85.7 million this weekend, blowing the competition away and assertively assuming the number one spot at the box office. That is a more than 30% improvement on the first “Thor” film’s $65.7 million. Unless by some divine act of the cinema gods, “The Dark World” will remain number one for its second weekend, November 15-17. It will run into a buzz saw on November 22, though, when “Catching Fire” drops.
- This is the weekend to get caught up on whatever movies you haven’t seen in theaters. Only one new film, “The Best Man Holiday,” is being released at Century 20 at El Con. The Loft will begin to show “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a French film that took home the top honor, the Palme d’Or, at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. However, the mature and graphic content of the film will not be for everyone. If you haven’t checked out “Captain Phillips” or “Gravity” yet, this is the perfect weekend to do so!
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who takes a departure from his usual style of dark comedy, “Willow Creek” follows Jim and his girlfriend Kelly as they hunt for Bigfoot. Jim truly believes in the existence of the beast known as Sasquatch, while Kelly is much more of a skeptic. They descend into the deep woods of California, where they encounter much more than they had expected. This film looks like a spiritual, and stylistic, successor to The Blair Witch Project.
Friday, November 8, 7:15 PM
An aging Hollywood actress, facing a decline in her career in the age-obsessed film industry, agrees to have her image digitized. A virtual performer will control her, and the actress can never act again. In the virtual world, the digital avatar for the actress takes on a life all her own. The film is a mixture of live-action and psychedelic animation with an interestingly intriguing plot. Big names co-star, like Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Hamm.
Saturday, November 9, 4 PM
“Winter in the Blood”
This film is presented by Arizona State Museum as part of their Native Eyes Film Showcase, and is co-sponsored by the UA School of Theatre, Film and TV. The film follows a young Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise, who wakes up in a ditch. In his hungover-induced state he sees his long-dead father frozen at his feet. This is just the beginning of the increasingly bizarre journey to find his wife, whom he discovers has left the house, taking his rifle with her. Writer/ Director Alex Smith and lead actor Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga) will be present at screening.
Saturday, November 9, 7 PM
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” with Visual Effects Artist Pete Kozachik
No, this is not a new movie (in fact, if you can wrap your head around this, this is the 20th anniversary of the movie!), but this is a personal favorite of mine. If you haven’t witnessed the musical tale of Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws Lock, Shock, and Barrel, and the rest of the cast of Halloweentown, the fall is the best time to watch! The reason I include the film on this list is that visual effects artist Pete Kozachik, who received an Academy Award nomination for being on the film’s visual effects team, will be present.
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 PM
I never thought I would fall in love with Mac & Cheese the way I did this weekend.
On Saturday, I went to The Hub, and I finally tried the Mac & Cheese that everyone rants and raves about.
This isn’t your typical college meal – this isn’t a cold bowl of Kraft topped with a chopped up hot-dog, if you’re feeling extra gourmet.
When I usually go to The Hub, I stroll in after a concert at The Rialto and order ice cream, another staple of the dim-lit restaurant.
When I walked in this time, however, I was a woman with a mission and I knew I wouldn’t walk out of the restaurant without satisfying my ever-growing cravings for their delectable Mac & Cheese.
It was the most delightful and delicious meal I have ever consumed, and I was very sad when it was over.
The Hub sells three different types of Mac & Cheese, including classic, bacon, and lobster flavored. The prices range from $7 to $16.
I’m writing this blog to do you a favor- if you haven’t tried this creamy bowl of cheesy noodles, cooked to perfection, you need to. This meal deserves a place on your bucket list, among other things like “sky-diving” and “riding a bull.”
Typically my Monday afternoon commute to class is a vapid one. I don’t hear or see much bustle during this commute considering it’s the late afternoon. But this past week, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversations of two females, presumably freshmen, walking towards the Student Union.
Coming in at no more than five-foot and 115 pounds, this thinly framed freshman was recapping to her friend what she had eaten that day. “I’ve only had like, a granola bar and yogurt all day.”
Mind you, this was 5 o’ clock in the evening.
“Yogurt totally fills me up,” she continued. “It’s like, 250 calories. That’s basically a whole meal. If I want to maintain the weight I’m at now I need to watch what I eat.”
Being a fashion writer for the Daily Wildcat, I’ve heard countlessly the adage of “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” We live in a world were skinny is preferred over pudgy. But being a food writer as well, I can’t support this.
Sure, the Freshmen Fifteen can actually become reality to some, but don’t try to avoid it by counting calories and skipping meals [read: practicing in borderline anorexia].
If anything, you should be bypassing low carb or low sugar in place of a Highland burrito or a specialty burger from Lindys on 4th. Because the fact of the matter is, you’re in college. And let it be known that you will never have a metabolism like you do now, and you sure as hell won’t be able to eat like you do now either.
As a food writer, I’ve sunk my teeth into full size, carne asada burritos and barbecue sandwiches with extra onions, mustard and chipotle sauce all for the sake of the story. I don’t count calories when I do this, nor do I give a shit as to whether the silhouette of my body frame might be a little more filled out the next time I see my parents.
The best advice I could give any freshmen would be to stuff your face now and worry about calories later. College is about shedding your skin in place of new experiences, but if you’re stuck in a bubble of only yogurt and granola, you’ll never live up college to the fullest.
As October draws to a close, November draws near and brings with it a good amount of movies to watch out for.
“Thor: The Dark World” (November 8)
Minus the first “Iron Man,” the first “Thor” movie was my favorite of the Marvel movies. The colorful world of Asgard dazzled with visual spectacle.
This time around, a new group of foes, the Dark Elves, are led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor of Dr. Who) who seeks the Aether to become all-powerful. Adding an intriguing dynamic to the movie, Thor must team up with his brother and Avengers villain Loki, played by tumblr-favorite Tom Hiddleston.
“Nebraska” (November 15)
Sure to create buzz during awards season is “Nebraska”, directed by Alexander Payne (“Sideways,” “The Descendants”). Shot in black-and-white, the film is the tale of old man Woody Grant and his son, David, as they travel across country to claim prize money that Woody is convinced he’s won.
The trailer for the movie registered a tad underwhelming with me, but with the talented Payne at the helm coupled with the fact that Bruce Dern, who plays Woody, received Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, this is not to get lost in the buzz of the upcoming awards season.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (November 22)
Although no one on this planet needs to be reminded that there is a new “Hunger Games” movie coming out soon, this series of films can at least pretend to warrant the hype, unlike “Twilight” series.
Despite some minor problems with the original, like a shaky cam that was too spastic, the film was solid, anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. Adding to the already talented cast is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who joins for the sequel.
Whenever Halloween fails to fall on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, people take it as an excuse to rage all week long. Well ghouls and boys, make sure that over the course of this week of raging that you don’t commit these party fouls:
1.Rethink the Miley themed costume.
Trust me on this one, no one needs (or wants) to see any Miley VMA reenactments, the first time was plenty. Leave the scandalous leotards and dancing bears at home and let the real monsters haunt this Halloween.
2.Keep the heels on, or leave them at home.
Ladies, when you put your high heels on to go out, you are married to those shoes for the evening. You are in a deep commitment to keep them on your feet the entire night, or at least until the cab ride home. Plus, carrying your heels is a surefire way to get an M.I.P.
3.Dress up and get creative.
Don’t be the lame partygoer that doesn’t dress up at the themed party. Halloween is the only time of the year that you have an excuse to dress as whoever or whatever you want so take advantage of it. Don’t show up without a costume and expect not to get any dirty looks.
4.It’s not funny yet.
Dressing up as the KKK, Hitler, Sandusky, etc., is still NOT funny. You will get dirty looks and potentially kicked out. Hilarity gets points in costume contests but if you’re just blatantly offensive not only will you not win, but also you will be surrounded by a group of people who really, really don’t like you.
Kick back, relax, and have fun. You’ve graduated the days of knocking on stranger’s doors asking for candy. You’re an adult now, so go enjoy the bars, parties, and make the mistakes while you’re still young enough to fix them.
With the weather finally becoming nice in Tucson (now that it’s October, not that I’m bitter or anything), it’s time to open the windows and go explore the great outdoors.
For us Arizonans, spending time outside is usually cruel and unusual punishment because for the months of May through September, we spend the time asking ourselves: why do we voluntarily live here? How could we torture ourselves like this?
We have to take extreme measures to avoid exposing ourselves to the ungodly sun rays beaming down on us. This includes donning ourselves in embarrassing bucket hats, carrying towels in the car to avoid burning off layers of skin when we sit down, and making sure we don’t leave anything in our vehicles that may melt (I’ve lost many a chap stick to the Arizona sun). It’s even gotten to the point where I have to wear sunscreen in the car after one summer left me with a seat belt shaped sunburn across my collarbone.
But, alas, it’s this glorious time of year that we sweat out the entire summer waiting for. The days are just perfect enough to lunch outside or walk to school while the nights cast a brisk wind, calling for a light sweater (and we Tucsonans love our sweater weather). So kids, it’s time to get out there and see what the city has to offer.
First stop: Mount Lemmon
If for some reason you haven’t made it to Mount Lemmon yet, you are seriously missing out. Take a friend, parent, sibling, date up to Windy Point and watch the sunrise/sunset and bring a blanket, some snacks, and prepare to be amazed. Tucson is ranked among one of the places to watch a sunset, you know.
Next up: Sabino Canyon
Another Tucson must see. A lot of people in Arizona grow tired of seeing cactus after cactus, rocks and dirt and they end up forgetting that that’s actually not the only setting we have here. Venture over to Sabino Canyon and see the gorgeous scenery filled with rivers, flowers and yes, even trees that takes over the area. It’s a good refresher for those days you just need a little break from the stresses of being a twenty-something.
Saguaro National Park
I stumbled upon this gem last year while doing homework for an online class about plants. I’ve never been huge on throwing myself into the wilderness where bugs and snakes are watching my every move, but this place is knock-the-wind-out-of-you beautiful. Take the scenic drive and park on top of the mountain and watch nature happen. This one of the many places in town that showcase the beauty of the desert and just how lucky we are to call it home.
Vine, a social media app that allows users to share and post six second videos, is gaining popularity at a scary rate. Users can waste hours scrolling through moving videos and creating their own.
I, for one, am one of these users. Vine is addictive. I’m ashamed to admit I can easily waste hours scrolling through the obnoxious, yet hilarious, videos shared on Vine– and I often do.
Let’s do some math. Because videos are only six seconds long, you can watch 10 videos in one minute. That’s 600 videos in one hour, which is a pretty ridiculous amount.
I’m not writing this blog to understand why this mysterious habit has sprouted in my soul and has been watered and fed to become my fierce addiction to six-second increments of stupidity. I’m writing this because I’ve always heard that the first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one.
So, here I am world. I’m addicted to Vine.
We live in an age of fast cars and fast apps. Our attention spans are becoming shorter, and we like quick and easy entertainment.
Vine is quick and easy entertainment.
I have 49 followers and I’m following 79 users. I’ve posted and revined 165 videos, and I’ve liked 292 videos. These numbers do not even come close to the amount of Vine’s I’ve simply watched.
Of the 79 users I’m following, 28 users are “Vine Verified,” essentially meaning that they’re the famous people we all secretly aspire to become.
Popular videos spread like wildfire, and generally involve six seconds of twerking, grinding, ranting, crying, or pain. Don’t ask me why I choose to waste my time this way, and I won’t ask you why you’re on level 430 of Candy Crush.
As if Arizona fraternities weren’t under enough scrutiny already, Johnny Knoxville is alleging that he was drugged with ecstasy during a party he attended at an unnamed UA fraternity house.
The “Jackass” star made a short stop to Tucson last month to shoot a promo video for his upcoming film “Bad Grandpa.” Knoxville said that he was drugged during his stay, alleging that someone slipped ecstasy into his beer.
“Someone dosed me with ecstasy, and, after that, the wheels fell off,” Knoxville told TMZ earlier this week. “I wasn’t mad at all. I hadn’t done it since my 20s and I was like, ‘This is awesome.’”
Sporting a cast on his hand during the interview to mend a ruptured tendon he suffered during the party, Knoxville couldn’t speculate as to what caused the accident, but indicated it did occur while he was high.
Knoxville told the story again on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week.
This past Saturday at Century 20 El Con theater, three local documentary shorts were screened: “Transitions,” “Zoom! Tucson’s Late ‘50s Rock ‘N’ Roll Record Label,” and “Taking Charge: The Pauly Cohen Story.”
The first film screened was “Transitions,” a film by current UA BFA Film Production student Keith Wagner. The seven-minute documentary focuses on Keith’s best friend, Dylan Barr, a college student who was a triathlete throughout high school. After a tragic motorcycle accident kills his father, Barr participates in one more triathlon in his father’s memory.
The production values of the documentary are truly noteworthy. Having interviewed Wagner, I knew he specifically rented a specific camera to shoot in slow motion, and the decision paid off in spades, as the well-executed shots give the already-emotional content even more weight. Along with crystal clear audio, the film is technically pristine. This was an emotionally, and technically, resonant documentary.
Produced by Dan Kruse for a master’s thesis in musicology and ethnomusicology, “Zoom! Tucson’s Late ‘50s Rock ‘N’ Roll Record Label” recounts the story of Arizona natives Burt Schneider and Ray Lindstrom (Catalina High School, class of ’59), who, as entrepreneurial high school students, decided to create their own record label, Zoom Records. After seeing local band Jack Wallace and the Hi-Tones at a dance in their school’s cafeteria, they realized, then and there, that they wanted to record music.
The documentary captures the fleeting nature of young aspirations through the eyes of the dreamers some fifty years later. Zoom Records only lasted seven months, yet Kruse captures Schneider and Lindstrom, who are both now roughly seventy, talking with such animated excitement that they could have just seen Jack Wallace and the Hi-Tones for the first time.
“Taking Charge: The Pauly Cohen Story,” is a biographical piece on the famed big band trumpeter who played with the likes of Sinatra, Count Bassie, and Tony Bennett. The film is not afraid to portray the faults of Pauly, and that’s because Pauly is not afraid to address his own faults. Much of the documentary is comprised of interviews and quotes from Cohen himself, who is not afraid to admit that the bravado and bullheadedness required to play lead trumpet worked against him, at times.
It is a remarkable sight to see someone in the twilight of their life (the movie partially centers itself around Pauly’s 90th birthday party) reflect on how they lived their life, for better or worse. Pauly is a charismatic, brash, sympathetic subject, and director Bret Primack does his remarkable story justice.