Published (III) and Writing Opportunity!

I’m really digging writing for The Black Sheep Articles at ECU this year.

I’ve been able to improve in my humor and satire and branch out enough to connect more with people my university. Also, the team is pretty awesome.

Alex Lewis has their live days on Mondays, I have my live days on Tuesdays, we currently have no live days on Wednesdays, Caitlin Rosenberg has her live days on Thursdays, and Sophronia Knott has her live days on Fridays.

If there are any ECU students interested in becoming a staff writer to fill our Wednesday slot, apply to The Black Sheep Articles on their site under East Carolina University at http://theblacksheeponline.com/jobs

If you want to read old and new articles, visit theblacksheeponline.com/east-carolina

It’s a whole lot of fun, please check it out!

Film Review: Insurgent

Note: This is a collective review from me and what I heard from people as we all watched it together in ECU’s Hendrix Theater

It’s close to the weekend, so you’re probably tired enough to need to watch a new movie. But you know the people who check your OneCard at the front doors of Hendrix must be tired too if they say “I believe you,” before you even pull your proof of student-hood out of your wallet.

More power to them, having to see three types of moviegoers for Insurgent playing not too long ago:

(1) the critics who will bash the movie after a millisecond of not being anywhere near the book—

“Tris’ hair is so not that short!”

“Well, they did the best they could since the actress had her hair cut a certain way for The Fault in Our Stars…”

“I don’t care! Shoulder length, not pixie!”

So much dedication.

(2) The girlfriends who drag their boyfriend along to prove how Tris and Four are #relationshipgoals (Because we’re fluent in hashtags now). They wish their boyfriends had the same sexy arms and tattoos as Four…So much they don’t care how stupid his name is. They just stop and stare as they try to remind themselves not to think about him as they’re kissing their normal, somewhat attractive boyfriends.

Girlfriend: *Deep, sensuous, dreamy sigh.*

Boyfriend: Really?

Hey, at least she keeps it honest.

(3) Squealers…You know, the ones who act like they’re twelve-year-old tweens again in order to enjoy a movie geared towards tween to teen audiences? Professional fan-girls at their best, you can’t be mad at them.

As the movie begins, people arrive late from getting food, friends whisper amongst themselves their uncontainable excitement or explaining the plot for those who either didn’t watch the first movie or didn’t read the books, and glowing cell phones commence, not being a problem in Hendrix because it’s not like you paid money to watch it.

Insurgent follows Tris and her gang seeking refuge in Amity, Candor, and faction less factions as they plot the perfect plan to stop Female Erudite Hitler Janine once and for all for killing people who are under the category of “Divergent.” As usual with every young adult fiction female hero (Ahem, Twilight, Ahem, Hunger Games, Ahem, AHEM!!), there’s something special about Tris’ Divergence that Janine and her Nazis want. No spoilers, promise.

The audience collectively groans each time Peter’s, an annoying antagonist from the Dauntless faction, face shows up. He always offers funny quips, but that unfortunately doesn’t excuse him from being horrible. However, one viewer got so mad each time he got his a** handed to him by Tris as he shouted “Punk a**!” Yay masculinity!

Due to the lack of sexy time between Tris and Four, contrasting from the first movie’s, the audience had every right to go “Ooooh” and “Whoo!” as they finally proceed PG-13 intercourse. Edgy to the point for your girlfriend fantasizing herself as Tris, but not to the point of you wishing you both could have just stayed in tonight with a harmless comedy on DVD.

Kate Winslet’s portrayal of Janine was so good you could hear almost every female student in Hendrix murmur the word “b****” every time she appeared on screen.

Some of the camera work was a bit much, and no one knows whether or not this movie passes Dylan Marron’s “Every Word Spoken by a Person of Color” Test despite having such a diverse cast, but the acting was great, it passes the Bechdel Test, the special effects are intriguing to keep your eyes glued to the screen with your mouth agape, and it’s awesome to talk about afterwards. Buy it!

Season 1 Review: Sense8

My mother told me to watch Sense8 on Netflix, because it reminded her of the show Heroes and how that was our family show when it was still on. I heard it will be returning to television soon.  Yes! However, in the mean time, I decided to give Sense8 a shot.

Sense8 is about eight people (Will, Kala, Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Riley, Wolfgang, and Lito) around the world referred to as sensates, who belong in a cluster, and their cluster can feel the emotions and surroundings their fellow sensates feel. However, there is an organization out there to destroy and lobotomize them and other sensates.

It definitely exceeded my expectations, which is a great thing. I like how there will always be a philosophical element in The Wachowskis’ work. I also appreciate how diverse and well rounded the characters are.

One critique, or what my mother preferred to call a “suggestion,” was the angle used in the first episode during Will Gorski’s segment as a cop. They talked about “us” verses “them” regarding the police verses gangs, which eventually turned into a scene where Will became a white savior for a black teen in a gang. And for a show trying to be diverse and be controversial in talking about society and politics, it was a missed opportunity to realistically talk about racial tension and police brutality. If a second season is confirmed, it would be great to flesh that out some more in Will Gorski’s story as a police officer. They tried to make up for it in a later episode for how Will always feels the need to save everyone, but that area of the first episode still could have been executed better.

Moreover, I wouldn’t call their cast a form of cosmetic diversity, since they do delve into certain global issues and how the characters connect through their senses in order to help one another out. Especially for Nomi, a white trans-woman hacktivist in San Francisco helped by Will in Chicago, and for Capheus, a black driver in Nairobi helped by Sun in Seoul. However, the need to choose a form of beauty standard for each area of the world for casting is a bit noticeable. That doesn’t make the casting horrible, the cast is all wonderful and they got the job done in their respective roles.

I never got bored when watching the sensates interact in their romantic and platonic relationships; their dialogue and actions were always engaging. I understand that Nomi’s relationship with Amanita, who is not in any cluster, and Lito’s relationship with Hernando, also not in any cluster, are fan favorites, and rightfully so. Strong LGBTQIA relationships are always nice to see on television, especially when delving into issues such as abuse and coming out. If there is a second season, I look forward to seeing how Sun’s relationships with people unfold in terms of violence and how Kala’s relationships, particularly with Wolfgang, unfold in her perspective of nonviolence.

Finally, it was shot beautifully, and they shot on location, which is a difficult but amazing plus.

If we’re doing a rating scale, I would give it a four out of five. Hopefully I get watch another season!