1. Hey hey hey!

    The blog will be taking a week or so break, considering I’m starting out the school year, and am going to try to determine the direction I head in with the blog now that summer is over, and considering I now have school, a job, rehearsals, and Civilization 5 taking up most of my time. 

    Regardless I have some pretty neat plans for MUSCM in the very near future! Plans that will hopefully be popular with the tumblr-masses and be easier on my time-constraints, so anyone interested can look forward to those :D

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    (Sorry for the temporary break. My increasingly-busy schedule is making it harder to write 2 of these each week as summer ends. This one in particular, though, was worth the extra work and, hopefully, worth your wait.)

    So here’s something new about me: I am a huge fan of musical theatre. I’ve had so many memorable experiences, met so many awesome people, and learned from some pretty incredible arts teachers that wonderful and meaningful dramatic storytelling can unfold on a stage through musical numbers, dance routines, and live acting. Having seen, heard, and done it on countless occasions all throughout my life, it’s something I certainly believe in. Stories told on stage are as valid as stories told on screen as far as I’m concerned, and Ragtime, a story of justice, racism and classism, all set to the backdrop of turn-of-the-century America with beautiful and entertaining show tunes and a level of theatrical charm is a story that deserves being talked about, now more than ever, in light of recent events surrounding social justice.  

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  3. So this is a bit of a heavy topic today.

    In thinking what I wanted to write about this time around, I though back to my last two posts about The Maze Runner and The Giver, two topics that brought up issues in the young-adult fiction genre, and noticed a subject I mentioned in both, however briefly. The Hunger Games basically stands as the identity of the young-adult fiction in mainstream pop-culture, and as I’ve said before, my feelings for the genre are complicated as they are, seeing as I am a young-adult. I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games franchise and have been following it faithfully for years, reading the books, looking forward to every new film, and being impressed by each as they came out. However, taking into account the baggage that comes with The Hunger Game’s being a pop-culture phenomenon; there are some complications that, after a while, lead me to realize an astoundingly ironic hitch.

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  4. I have been looking forward to The Giver movie since I read the book two years ago this summer. Surprisingly, I didn’t find out this film was even in production until I saw the first trailer, but I remember seeing it some months back. It was one of the first things I really wanted to write about for a blog, this blog specifically, so naturally, this movie has been a long time coming for me. The Giver, as I’m sure anyone who was in an elementary-grade English class will know, is based off of a critically acclaimed novel of the same name written in 1993. Its intellectual themes about the nature of the human condition and the fine lines between utopia and dystopia, to name a few, were hard-hitting in the text and left the novel as renowned as they were controversial. It was a success then and a classic know, still read by thousands to this day. It has basically been destined movie-adaptation since.

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  5. Like it or not, filmmakers are always finding marketable demographics through young-adult literature adaptations. Nowadays, films classified as teen-lit adaptions, like Vampire Academy, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, or Percy Jackson, the list goes on, are all vying to be the next Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight, looking to mimic the franchises that have found success through becoming pop-culture phenomenons. The result of which leads to a lot of unoriginality in the genre of film and literature, so much so that this repetitiveness has become pretty recognizable and criticisable, which, to put it simply, sucks as hard as Edward Cullen (I promise that will never happen again). This dispute in the genre affected me so much; that I strayed far away from teen-literature for years; me, a fifteen year-old and member of the intended audience of such movies or books. However, recently, I made an exception, just one; so I could see what all the fuss was about surrounding this single franchise and its upcoming motion-picture release, and hopefully have my hope in young-adult literature redeemed in the process. Unfortunately, The Maze Runner novel did not impress.

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  6. There’s a Man in the Woods from Jacob Streilein on Vimeo.

    So this is something I just really wanted to share and discuss, however briefly, simply for the chance to get both this and my thoughts on it out there, as a bit of an extension of the editorial on monologues I wrote a few weeks back.

    This is an awesome short film/spoken work poem, when all is said and done. There are just so many things I love about it.

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  7. Three staples of my childhood, Mrs. DoubtfireJumanji, and Robots, were helmed by Robin Williams, a man who, to quote his wife, was one of worlds most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

    Mrs. Doubtfire, specifically, was a movie that spoke to me beyond jokes and wit. I was a child whose family-life was shaken by divorce at a young age, that movie helped me laugh and relate, it taught me some whole new sides to humour, aswell the grim reality that, unfortunately, the couple doesn’t always make it in the end. However, above all, Mrs. Doubtfire, the person and the film, taught me that despite that, heart and family can always be found and will always be there to love and support you.

    Mrs. Doubtfire was a made up story that mattered so much to me, and still dose to this day, and so I would like to acknowledged and pay my own respects to Robin Williams, who gave laughter and heart to so many people around the world, and will be deeply missed for his talent and compassion. 

  8. Anybody following me will notice the drastic change in content in the last couple hours. Clearly I have to pay better attention to when in reblogging to the wrong blog. Won’t happen again 😅.

  9. Like any good superhero, Marvel is an entity full of charisma and charm, making the daring decisions that could surely risk defeat but, in the end, lead to their ultimate success. If you compare the studio to DC, you see one side making the incredibly serious, grounded-in-reality, dark and gritty films centred, while the other flares with colour and personality, with a broad spectrum of movies that covers, literally, an entire universe of source material and characters. Marvel, I’m sure I don’t even have to say it, is the later. Any Marvel film, be it the darker, reality-centric Captain America: Winter Soldier, the witty action-comedy that is Iron Man 3, the wildly successful Avengers Assemble film that appealed to both mainstream audience and long-time Marvel fanatics alike, or the recent Guardians of the Galaxy, has a certain identity to it only obtained through being a Marvel film, something DC simply cannot match. It’s this identity that’s trademark to the Marvel cinematic universe that is best found in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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    Lucy is the first movie I’m talking about since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that I saw in a theater. Being surrounded by forty-plus people, all reacting to the same thing I was reacting to, helped make my job of formulating an opinion much easier. We laughed at the funny beats, squirmed at the gross stuff. It’s being a part of this rare type of community, forged in silence between a mass of strangers all experiencing the same thing. So, let me tell you, there’s a real sense of communal spirit leaving a theater when that mass of strangers you find yourself sitting with all share the same feeling of “so what exactly did I just watch?”. If there was one thing I felt through watching Lucy with a crowd, it would have been that.

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