41 Thoughts Everyone Has While Watching: Once Upon A Time

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1. It’s fairytale time.

2. Off to Neverland!!!

3. Bae isn’t dead? Oh boy.

4. Once Upon A Time should be renamed “Daddy Issues”

5. Peter Pan is the most annoying character.

6. I lied. Henry is worse.

7. Snow and Charming are annoying as hell too.

8. Why do I watch this show?

9. Oh there’s Hook ;)

10. Him and Emma are kissing.

11. Alright, I’m back on the bandwagon.

12. But actually… Henry needs to die.

13. I don’t understand Snow and Charming’s logic.

14. Does Pan get his eyebrows done?

15. I wonder if these lost boys have more than one outfit.

16. Wait, Emma and the gang have been wearing the same clothes for days.

17. I wonder what Hook smells like, probably a hot pirate stench.

18. Hook is throwing some shade… dream shade. God I’m hilarious.

19. Hook’s brother is pretty hot.

20. Thank god Hook got rid of that bowl cut and got all scruffy for me. I mean for the show. I mean what?

21. Shit just got real.

22. Snow needs to STFU.

23. Drink every time Snow cries.

24. Drink every time someone says “magic always comes with a price”

25. OMG its Ariel!

26. Cartoon Prince Eric > OUAT Prince Eric

27. Why is Henry alive.

28. When are Emma and Hook going to hook up?

29. Regina FTW!

30. Belle & Ariel team up!! OH YAH!!

31. Snow and Charming are having a domestic…

32. God they’re annoying.

33. Emma needs to use magic more often.

34. Wendy is a shady bitch.

35. She should go see whoever does Pan’s eyebrows.

36. How does Emma have two hotties chasing after her and I get no one.

37. She would choose Henry over the hotties.

38. Henry is ruining everything!!!

39. Henry and Pan are the worst characters created.

40. I’m over this show.

41. Its 4am. Enough binge watching. Time for bed.

Movie Review: Frozen

Alright folks, I’m back with another MOVIE REVIEW! Today I have the honour of writing a review on the newest Disney animated film, Frozen. Before we get started, I just want to clarify I am a HARDCORE Disney fan and my standards for a Disney film is fairly high…

The Good
Let me start off with what I loved about the movie. Unlike other movies there is an obvious protagonist and villain, however in this film there isn’t one. Much like Wicked, Idina Menzel’s character Elsa is a victim of being “different”. She has uncontrollable ice powers that her parents keep hidden from others at an adolescent age. Elsa is scared of her powers and chooses to hide them instead of understand them and accept them, this leads to a rift between her and her younger sister, Anna (Kristen Bell). The thing I liked about this movie is that there was no BAD person, she was misunderstood and different. The moral of the story (to me) is that people fear what they do not understand, and that’s what the story of Frozen revolved around, fear.

The musical numbers were amazing as well, after the movie I hopped onto my iTunes and purchased the soundtrack, one song in particular, sung by the wonderful Idina Menzel, Let It Go. The song was uplifting and focused on being different and being proud of that difference and to let go of the past and be who you are. The song can definitely be related to many discriminatory scenarios which makes it much more meaningful.

The Bad
I don’t have that much negative things to say about the film. Josh Gad’s character Olaf was fun but I found lacked of purpose. He was there mostly for humour but I would have liked to see a lot more development with him and the sisters. I also would have liked to hear Jonathan Groff (Kristoff in the film) sing more because that boy has a voice of an ANGEL!

OH! One thing that kind of bothered me was how the musical numbers were very close together in the beginning. The musical numbers should have also been spread out more throughout the film. In the first 20-30 minutes we had 4 songs already sung and the rest of the movie there might have been about 2. They were good songs, but too much to handle all at once.

Verdict
Amazing musical numbers, amazing story line, and great humour for the whole family. Definitely 8 out of 10 stars on the EveryBodyIKnowIsCrazy standards!

 

Snacking in the Library?

So, I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages, which is true, I haven’t… However I came across something quite interesting. A handful of schools, Ryerson University, University of Western Ontario and McGill University all have written blogs about “acceptable” foods to eat in the library. All three publications had one thing in common, “clean up after yourselves”, well to be honest that’s a given. Whether you’re in a food court, your own home or at the library you should always be cleaning up after yourself.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way let’s get to the bigger picture.

All three publications have appropriate foods and inappropriate foods to eat, and to be honest, who are they to say what we can or can’t eat? Or to be accurate, who are you to tell me, what’s inappropriate and appropriate to eat at the library. Your tuition goes into the facilities we use at our schools and that includes the library, if I want to eat my BigMac (which I often do) I will eat my BigMac. If you’re not happy with the smell of it PLEASE wait 10 minutes and it’ll be safely inhaled into my stomach. Heck, I don’t enjoy the smell of some foods in the library but I’m not complaining, it’s a public space for students who have paid to use it. So yes, feel free to eat whatever you want! 

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading my pointless rant on the nonsense that’s circling schools online newsrooms. 

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

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For those of you who  missed it Joss Whedon’s TV spin-off of Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premiered last night! The television premier was a hit with over 12 million viewers for ABC! Can you say FANTASTIC! I personally was very happy with the episode. I didn’t expect too much from the episode, much like Arrow, Pretty Little Liars and even The Vampire Diaries the “Pilot” episodes didn’t have too much of a hold on me however I gave those shows a chance and am an avid follower for each of them. That being said I am very excited to see what Whedon has in store for us with this upcoming series.

The Good. 

The premise of the television series is a green light for me. Of course it’s dealing with incidents that happen after both Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3. We here about Extremis which was featured in Iron Man 3 so we can expect that the only reason S.H.I.E.L.D wasn’t featured in the Film was because they were dealing with their own strain of the “virus”. I also enjoy having Coulson (Clark Gregg) back in the picture. Although there is definitely something off with the character that Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and an Agent were discussing about where Coulson actually was after his “apparent death”. Ming-Na Wen was an amazing choice. She’s an amazing actor and I know for a fact she’ll be a character I want to see develop in the show.

The Bad. 

The acting was mediocre. I’m not a big fan of the BioChemist or the Tech-Savy boy. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t know the actors, or if I would have liked some Marvel characters filling in their shoes *cough* Bobbi Morse *cough*. And as easy on the eyes as Agent Grant (Brett Dalton) is, I’d definitely like to see some improvement in his acting. The first episode as a whole wasn’t the best. I feel like the solution to “Centipede” virus could have been prolonged to keep the viewers wanting more instead of having the solution conclude in the one episode, but then again they have us hanging with the “special” item they’ll be trailing in the next episode.

Conclusion.

All in all I’ll definitely be tuning into this show next week and hopefully the stories will get better and hopefully we’ll see some Marvel guest appearances and Whedon stays true to the comic books!  

The Transgender Teenager Who Won Homecoming Queen

Another very controversial and opinionated topic. Being a gay man I fully support anyone who stands up for themselves towards ignorant, negative and discriminating forms of hate speech. That being said, I’m very dismissive of this video and for some reason I cannot help but  have little, if any sympathy for Cassidy Lynn Campbell.

Life is hard. As Joss Whedon would say, “One of the hardest things in this world is to live in it.” Everyone has a story. Everyone has good and bad things happen to them. For those of you who don’t know Cassidy Lynn Campbell was nominated and successfully crowned Queen at her high school homecoming. Probably something we, or at least I, have never seen or even heard of. Campbell has described herself as a strong person who takes backlash daily for being a transgendered teen. However after winning she made and then posted a YouTube video of herself expressing her feelings on the winnings.

Now before I get into my own opinion, I believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion. Campbell won the crown fair and square her classmates voted and she won, nothing can be changed about that. In the video Campbell expresses how “worthless” and “little” she feels by her classmates, yet she still won Queen which must mean the majority of voters voted for her.

It’s this that agitated me.

Of course I do not know the whole story but from researching, Campbell wanted to run for homecoming Queen. Campbell put herself into this situation to demonstrate a form of equality to the LGBT community, and she succeeded in that. Unfortunately she still feels defeated because there are negative and ignorant people who don’t support the win. Well Campbell that’s called reality. There are always people out there who will hate you, who will fear you and those people will discriminate and hate you because that’s who they are.
Is this right? Is it wrong? Who are we to say, all we do though is keep our head up and succeed in life and make this world we live in a better place because that’s what WE can do.

After watching this video of Campbell feeling defeated about her winning gets to me. There are hundreds if not thousands of “humans”, as Campbell would refer,  would have loved to be in her position. I do not know Campbell, I do not know what is going through the sixteen year olds mind. But what I do know is that her classmates had a majority who believed in her and for her to create a video like this blows them off.

They believe in Cassidy. They voted for her because they aren’t ignorant or hateful. They love her and they wanted her to win. Will there be people who hate who she is, yes there will be. There will be people who hate her for posting that video, there will be people who hate her who don’t even know her. But that does not compare to the people who love her and the people who supported her to win.

I understand she was upset when making the video but she did not once thank her classmates who voted for her. She did not encourage all the other people out there who she was “doing this for”, all she did was express the negative side of her story and that is not making change, that is setting us back.

After watching the video I’m sure a lot of people will feel sorry for Cassidy, I’m sure many people will stand up for what she believes in, I do believe that her video will spread an awareness of equality for transgendered teenagers in schools. But it will also create fear, and close people off to doing what she has done. Racism, sexism and plain discrimination will always revolve around our country. We know that, everyone knows that. I don’t want to pretend that it doesn’t exist because it will ALWAYS exist. Instead of posting videos of all the hate don’t. We know about the hate, we are aware. Post videos of all the love the support you’re getting. Show people that there are supporters out there, make this movement positive.

If I were Campbell I would get back on YouTube and thank EVERYONE who supported her. I would encourage everyone out there who SHOULD follow in her footsteps. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy nor will it ever be easy. But people do believe in Cassidy, they believed in her and that’s why she won Homecoming Queen. So do us all a favour Cassidy and don’t stop believing in yourself and don’t let your followers and believers down. Thank them, and encourage others to do the same as you did.

– Anthony Koutoulas

Miss America: Thoughts?

If you haven’t already heard from the global village we’re living in today, Nina Davuluri an Indian decedent was crowned Miss America last night, Sunday September 15th. Before I go any further I want to congratulate Davuluri on looking as beautiful as ever, although I didn’t watch the pageant, due to personal reasons (Happy Birthday Mom!), I heard about all the backlash that resulted in her win.

First and for most I was shocked but happy when Nina won Miss America, not only is she an Indian descendant but she is one of the most beautiful contestants this year. The fact America has a black president and a “Miss America” representation who isn’t “white” shows the country is growing in a multicultural and less “white liberating” way. Sadly, not everyone was as excited as I was.

BuzzFeed posted an article with tweets from Americans after the crowning of Davuluri. Most were rude and just racist. I couldn’t believe what I was reading this morning. From such a wonderful victory to hateful words. Being a gay male I understand that people don’t always agree with peoples life choices but to hate on a girl because of their skin colour, that’s just outright pathetic.

My main concern isn’t about the racial comments but the fact that this women has done nothing wrong to be treated this way. A tweets from @LukeBrasili stated, “9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”. Was 9/11 a tragedy? Yes it was, but for someone to bring up a tragedy because of a girl, or anyone for that matters, ethnicity and racial background is disrespectful to the tragedy and loss of the people who died and were effected by 9/11. And I’m sorry, but was Miss. Davuluri part of Al’ Qaeda? I had no idea she was a terrorist as @_AudreyAnn posted on twitter last night, “Miss America is a terrorist. Whatever. It’s fine.”

I understand that most of these people were “joking” but at the end of the day half of the tweets that were posted have gotten their accounts suspended or they personally deleted their account due to the backlash they were getting for their racial remarks. What gets me the most is twitter user Wendy Fraser (@wnfraser). Fraser posted “@ABC2020 nice slap in the face to the people of 9-11 how pathetic#missamerica” Until only a few hours ago Fraser kept her twitter account open and was defending her tweet. However I suppose her viral tweet got out of hand and Fraser now deactivated her twitter account.

All this being said, I hope that one day it won’t matter what ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation or anything for that matter will NOT be brought up during  during events like these, which are supposed to bring communities together. I hope one day none of this will matter and when someone like Nina Davuluri wins we can easily say, “Hey, there’s Miss New York, an American women bringing it home for us.” 

- Anthony Koutoulas

twitter: https://twitter.com/akkoutoulas

Marina and the Diamonds

If you don’t know who she is, you will definitely want to know more about her after reading this article. Marina Lambrini Diamandis, more commonly known by her stage name Marina & the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter and musician.

Now, you’re probably asking yourself, why would a 21 year old public relations student be writing about her? Well here’s my answer, originality.

M&TD has probably been one of the most original musicians I have listened to in a very long time. Her voice, vocally is amazing, and her music videos are the truly entertaining to watch. Low-budgeted videos, but high quality and appealing to most viewers, M&TD manages to send a different message through her music and music videos. Although out of the norm M&TD shares her uniqnuess with the world without offending or disturbing her audience *cough Miley Cyrus cough*. Although I love Cyrus, M&TD has an absolute talent and IMO, we need more artist like her out there to bring back original talent.

Again, most people think, no one is original anymore, everyone takes ideas from others and manage to slap it together and call it their own. In most cases this is the truth, but there is something about M&TD that gets me wanting more.

After hearing her hit song “How to be a Heartbreaker” I fell in love with the artist. Her voice, let alone her wide range of vocals had me mesmerized. The unique sound of her voice (yes I’m talking about her Welsh accent), has my earns drawn to her and I never want it to stop. After downloading several of her singles, (Radioactive, Oh No!, The Outsiders), I searched for more. Her 2012  album, “Electra Heart” had me going from the beginning to the end. The uniqueness and creativity in her sound will keep you listening to the album on repeat for days! Even after 4 months of listening to her I cannot seem to get sick of her voice or songs, which says a lot!

I highly recommend everyone to give Marina & The Diamonds a listen and I promise you that you will not regret it! I’ll post a link to her youtube page at the end of this article and also keep you updated with M&TD twitter feed and my own.

Hope you all take my advice and listen to this wonderful artist who’s voice should be heard by many, many more.

- Anthony Koutoulas

M&TD
youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Marinaandthediamonds
twitter: https://twitter.com/MarinasDiamonds

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