Demi Lovato: Why her story is important

Photo credit: YouTube.com

Pop singer Demi Lovato’s documentary Simply Complicated was released on YouTube on October 17th. While she’s been open about her drug and alcohol addictions and eating disorder in the past, this doc provides a more detailed timeline of Demi’s journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back to recovery once more.

Photo credit: Directlyrics.com

This documentary is unapologetic, raw, and in-your-face. It has some eerie similarities to director Asif Kapadia’s brilliant 2016 Best Documentary Feature, Amy, which documents the life and tragic death of British singer Amy Winehouse.

Ironically, in Simply Complicated, Demi references Winehouse as someone she idolized growing up. In a journey back to Demi’s house, she shows a poster she’d made as a child that she kept in her closet, plastered with photos of celebrities she wanted to look like. There, among the models and skinny celebrities, was Winehouse, most likely in the depths of drug and alcohol addiction and bulimia, which she was mocked for in the media until the day she died.

Photo credit: Pinterest.com

The difference with this doc? Well, to put it bluntly, the addiction sufferer survived. In Simply Complicated, Demi acknowledges that while she is clean from drugs and alcohol, she does still struggle with eating disorder behaviors, and that it will be something she most likely will struggle with for the rest of her life. However, even though she may have her setbacks, this documentary has a completely different outcome and tone than Amy did, mainly because Demi is speaking from a place of recovery while Winehouse is no longer here to tell her story because her addictions killed her.

Demi has not only been vocal for years about her struggles with addiction, mental illness, and recovery. She also has stated her awareness of the life-and-death nature of these addictions. But her story has not ended the way Amy’s did. Demi has come away from her addictions through recovery and publicly advocating for mental illness treatment, awareness, and erasing the stigma behind it.

Photo credit: Vulture.com

Whether you’re a fan of her music or not, whether you even know who Demi is or not, her story matters. This documentary matters. Why?

It matters because Demi is sharing her struggles with mental illness in a world where mental illness is still stigmatized.

It matters because roughly half of those struggling with mental illness are not currently receiving treatment

It matters because while eating disorders (specifically anorexia) are the most lethal of all psychiatric illnesses, there is a severe lack of funding allocated to research.

It matters because celebrities are viewed as being “immune” to mental illness and shamed for suffering, seeking treatment, or dying by suicide. 

Example of mental illness stigma perpetuated on Facebook.

If you look at any article or social media post with news of a celebrity dying by suicide or opening up about his/her mental illness struggles, you will find a heaping pile of comments perpetuating myths surrounding basic psychology. Some classic myths or statements of victim-blaming represented in comment threads include:

“You’re rich, so you have nothing to be depressed about!”

“You’re rich, so you can afford treatment!”

Victim-blaming in action.

“You’re doing this for attention because no one cares about you anymore!”

“There are poor people in the world who have REAL problems!”

A meme attempting to crack jokes about mental illness and perpetuate the stigma. Classy. Photo credit: Instagram.com.

“So selfish to leave your family all alone!”

Victim blaming seems quite popular on social media.

Or, the ever popular favorite:

“Mental illness doesn’t even EXIST. Just smile and get over it!”

Someone attempting to “spread the message of veganism” by stating that mental illness doesn’t exist and shaming sufferers. Makes perfect sense. Photo credit: Instagram.com.

Demi is viewed by many as a hero. Why? Because she speaks out in a world that either misunderstands, demonizes, or attempts to silence those suffering from mental illness. She speaks out without editing herself. She speaks not only of her addictions and recovery, but also of her slipups. By doing so, especially with the release of this documentary, Demi is not only helping raise awareness for those who need to be educated on mental illness; she’s also giving a realistic and honest representation of what addiction, recovery, and relapse look like, while still showing why she continues to work towards recovery.

This documentary is a brave move, and one Demi should be commended for. For years she has been vocal, blunt, and unapologetically honest about her struggles, and this is the type of voice necessary for raising awareness and slowly erasing mental illness stigma. Those uneducated need to not only be educated; people suffering from mental illness also need to be prepared for recovery, relapses, and understand that recovery is something necessary for survival.

Erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness is a slow, long process. Documentaries like Amy and Simply Complicated have been bold moves towards erasing that stigma. Demi’s leadership in advocating for mental illness awareness is so necessary, and hopefully in the coming years, she will inspire more voices to speak out.

Watch the documentary on YouTube.

 

Advertisements

How Do You Cope With Stress?

Anxiety. Panic sets in, and tension headaches overpower your brain. You toss and turn at night, sleeping maybe 45 minutes total. You clench your teeth throughout the day because your entire body is tense. This is your body under stress.

We’ve all been there, and for millions of reasons. The reasons don’t matter because our bodies all react in similar ways in response to stressful situations. The way we cope with anxiety is how we eliminate, or at least manage, that stress.

Everyone deals with stress in their own way. As long as you find healthy coping mechanisms that works for you, then stick with it.

I have found a few ways to manage my stress, and so far they have worked for me:

Source: evolvedns.com

  1. Tea. Lots of it. Usually with lemon and honey.

    Source: yogasurfingretreats.com

  2. Yoga. Namaste. Meditation and breathing exercises are crucial for managing my stress.

    Source: istanbuls-stranger.blogspot.com

  3. The occasional vent. Sometimes a girl just has to vent to a friend about what’s going on.

    Source: kimmychameleon.wordpress.com

  4. A television show, movie, or standup comedy. I need something to keep my mind distracted, so watching something funny or lighthearted helps me. My favorite guilty pleasure show: Sex and the City.

    Source: mashable.com

  5. Writing about my stress. Once I get what’s in my head down on paper, I feel a miniscule weight of stress lifted off my tired shoulders.

    Source: health.com

  6. Walking out in the fresh air. Seriously, being outside is relaxing, especially when I’m stressed out. It calms my mind.

It’s taken me some time to find what works for me. Also, it can be tricky to deal with the stress right away. At times, anxiety can be overwhelming, and we have to remind ourselves to manage it, cope with it, and breathe.

When you’re stressed out, how do you cope?

 

 

 

Attack of the trolls

Source: abagond.wordpress.com

I have learned never to read the comments section of YouTube or any news website. It is horrific to see that two days after Robin Williams’ death, the trolls come out to play, sitting behind computer screens, posting disgusting and offensive comments all over the internet. The online bullying forced Zelda, Robin William’s 25-year-old daughter, to delete her Instagram and Twitter.

While reading articles for references to put in my previous blog post, I made the mistake of scrolling down to the comments section of an article. The comments were so vile that I decided to find a different article to cite. The comments I saw? One online troll wrote that anyone who killed themselves would burn in hell, and another said that anyone who is angry at Shepard Smith’s comments about Robin Williams should “go find a rope and a chair.” I’m not kidding.

Bullying has existed for generations, unfortunately, but online bullying is so awful because of how easy it is, and how difficult it is to regulate. In light of Robin Williams’ death, I feel sad that human beings out there are positing negative comments online and attacking his family. It makes my stomach sick.

Many people have experienced trolls, including bloggers, but I cannot imagine being attacked online after the sudden and tragic death of a family member. I think it was a good move for Zelda to step away from social media, but I wish our online world was kind. It is so unfair that someone who is going through unimaginable grieve is bullied. The stigma surrounding depression and suicide needs to end so that we can help those suffering, but the fight for ending that stigma will be difficult with all the trolls lurking online.

From now on I will refrain from reading the comments section of most websites because there are twisted people in this world who have ten fingers, a keyboard, and internet access. I kindly ask all the trolls out there to go to a corner, away from a computer or phone, sit down, and shut up.

An Open Letter to Shepard Smith, Fox News Anchor

Dear Shepard Smith,

Like everyone else, I was in disbelief as I watched the news reports announcing Robin Williams’ tragic suicide. Thankfully, I do not watch Fox News because it is too conservative and biased for my taste, but others do watch your news station. On national television as a news anchor, I am under the assumption that your job is to inform the public of current events. Whether or not you put a biased spin on those events, you are still required to present the facts. However, when you announced Robin Williams’ death and called him “a coward,” you were not doing your job.

Shepard Smith, I have never met Robin Williams, and I have never met you. I will not judge your character or personality. Yet when I stumbled across a clip of your Fox News broadcast and heard your vile attack on Robin Williams, a man who is no longer here to defend himself, in those moments, you were ignorant and disrespectful. You were disrespectful not only towards Robin Williams and his memory, but also towards his family, friends, and fans who loved him.

I cannot judge you because I do not know you, but I can make assumptions. While most of the world was shocked, maybe you felt angry. Everyone processes death and loss in different ways, and maybe you process it through anger. However, you had a job to do, Shepard Smith. Your job was to inform your audience of Robin Williams’ death. Your job was to report the facts. Instead, you insulted the memory of a man so loved by the world, attacked him, and shoved your heartless opinions down your viewers’ throats.

While I know nothing about your education or life experiences, from the words you expressed about Robin Williams’ suicide, I can make another assumption that you have a narrow minded, misconstrued outlook on depression and addiction. According to the World Health Organization, more than 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. Depression is common and treatable, but it potentially can end in suicide.

Despite the commonality of depression, a stigma surrounds the disorder, and myths continue to perpetuate our culture, preventing open communication and understanding of those suffering in silence. Mr. Shepard Smith, you have already apologized for your comments, saying that you regret it, but I do not believe your apology to be 100% genuine. Your initial comments prove to America that you need to let go of your anger and join the rest of the world in our hope of ending the stigma of depression and suicide. If news anchors like yourself continue to spout hateful comments about people contemplating suicide or who have died from it, then you are allowing the stigma to perpetuate our culture.

I will continue to never watch Fox News, but I hope that for the sake of your viewers, you keep your opinions to yourself and strive to only report the facts. Everyone mourns death differently, but we must respect the memory of Robin Williams, his friends, family, and work to make the world a warmer place for the millions struggling with depression.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rebecca Meyer

 

Robin Williams and Richard Cory: Poetic Analysis

Source: conspiracy-cafe.com

One day after the shock of Robin Williams’ death, I cannot help but recite Edwin Arlington Robinson’s 1897 poem, “Richard Cory,” and see that, line by line, this poem is tragically fitting to a man the world has dubbed a “sad clown.”

 

Richard Cory

 

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,

We people on the pavement looked at him:

He was a gentleman from sole to crown,

Clean favored and imperially slim.

 

And he was always quietly arrayed,

And he was always human when he talked,

But still he fluttered pulses when he said,

“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

 

And he was rich–yes, richer than a king–

And admirably schooled in every grace:

In fine, we thought that he was everything

To make us wish that we were in his place.

 

So on we worked, and waited for the light,

And went without the meat and cursed the bread;

And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,

Went home and put a bullet through his head.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From the first line, it is clear that Richard Cory is separate from the townspeople: “Whenever Richard Cory went down town,/We people on the pavement looked at him.” Richard Cory is a rich and intelligent man, and this sets him apart from everyone else. Throughout the poem, the town is united in the pronoun “we,” and Richard Cory is on his own, but it is not in a disdainful way. Richard Cory is regarded as “a gentleman from sole to crown” and that “he was human when he talked.” He manages to stay humble and kind to the people he talks to, despite the admiration of the people he meets.

The town as a whole admires Richard Cory: “And he was rich—yes, richer than a king–/And admirably schooled in every grace.” Everyone has put him high on a pedestal, and by the third stanza it seems that Richard Cory is even the town’s idol: “We thought that he was everything/To make us wish that we were in his place.” He is admired so much that people wanted to be him.

The twist comes in the last two lines of the poem: “And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,/Went home and put a bullet through his head.” The man had what the townspeople craved, and what many people want in life, but he ended his life with a fatal bullet. Money and admiration could not keep Richard Cory alive.

When I read this poem today, I cannot help but think of Robin Williams. While his and Richard Cory’s lives did not end in the same manner, they were both by their own hands, and suddenly, while we townspeople “went without the meat and cursed the bread.” Both were rich, intelligent, beloved by everyone, humble, yet devastatingly alone. We as a world are shocked because even though we knew of Robin Williams’ drug and alcohol addictions, we as outsiders thought he was happy. Many of us looked to him as our idol.

The death of Robin Williams, and like so many other tragic suicides, proves the paradox of “feeling alone in a room full of people.” Millions of people love you, know your name, look to you for inspiration, yet you may be fighting a battle against demons who are eating you alive. It is unclear if Richard Cory had reached out for help, but we know that just weeks before his death, Robin Williams had been in rehab, maybe asking for someone to help him fight his demons.

As time passes, we probably won’t be able to ever understand Robin Williams’ demons, but we can learn from his life, films, and kindness. Millions around the world suffer from addictions and depression, and as a society, we need to strive to erase the stigma of these illnesses.

A nonprofit organization called To Write Love on Her Arms, started in 2006, makes it a mission to bring awareness and help to those suffering from self harm, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and depression. With organizations like these, it is vital that we learn to have open communication in hopes that those secretly suffering will find the help they need.

Source: twloha.tumblr.com

 

I Never Met You, But I Will Miss You, Robin Williams

Source: adwhois.com

Along with the rest of the world, I am shocked at the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, 63, who died this morning at his Northern California home, according to CNN. He died of probable suicide by asphyxia.

This news devastates me, and the world, not only because we have lost a brilliant, talented, beloved actor and comedian, but also because, as actor and friend of Williams, Ed Asner, said, “I am sorry, terribly sorry, that he was so alone.”

While struggling to type the words after reading the news, I noticed that most of us feel the same way: We never met him, but we miss him as if he was a lifelong friend.

I never met Robin Williams, yet I grew up watching his films. During my childhood, I was fascinated with his performance in “Jumanji,” and even as a child, I knew a brilliant actor when I saw one. Williams had the power to impact an audience, bringing forth laughter and tears.

In Psychology class during high school, I watched “Good Will Hunting.” Williams deservedly won an Oscar for his performance as therapist Dr. Sean Maguire, and his monologue with Matt Damon’s character (Will Hunting) while they sit on a park bench is powerful, relatable, and touches the soul.

In “Dead Poets Society,” Williams played John Keating, an English teacher at an all-boys boarding school, and as a writer, this film has impacted my life forever.

Keating lectured to his class, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

I could never pretend to understand the pain of someone I’ve never met, but I do understand that Robin Williams has impacted the lives of millions, myself included. Hearing of his death is a shock, yet it is no secret that Williams has suffered drug and alcohol addiction and depression for years. Williams discussed these issues openly in interviews and in his comedy performances.

It is shocking that someone so loved, talented, and brilliant is no longer in this world. I may not understand someone else’s darkness because I have not seen it through their eyes, but their darkness still breaks my heart. Even though I never met you, I mourn your loss.

Though I never met you, I already miss you, Robin Williams.

Source: onlinemoviequotes.com

Donald Trump: He’s Got His Mind on His Money and His Money on His Mind

Source: Rev-elution.blogspot.com

Source: Rev-elution.blogspot.com

Donald Trump has always appeared to be an asshole. The 2011 documentary, You’ve Been Trumped, directed by Anthony Baxter, proves it. Basically, he is the definition of selfish, egotistical, and a douchebag. I guess when you have hair like that, what’s a poor guy to do but plot to take over the world?

To sum up the film, Trump decides that he wants to build a golf course resort on historical and beautiful wilderness in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to the outrage of the families living there. He buys the land and wants these families out. Trump offensively says that the land is “terribly maintained,” “slum-like,” “disgusting,” and says that one of the residents “lives like a pig.” Those are perfect reasons to buy the land, destroy its environment, and build a golf course resort, right? Apparently for Trump, he will do anything to make money.

Throughout the film, Trump’s crew invades the Scottish land and destroys the natural environment, leaving the residents without water because of the construction. Trump even has the audacity to throw a hissy fit because one of the houses is now on “his” land. He claims the golf course will bring in tons of jobs for Scotland, when it’s obvious that he’s bringing in Americans for this project. Basically, Mr. Donald Trump is a big fat liar.

Poor Anthony Baxter is arrested during the film for, essentially, attempting to show the world the truth. All he’s doing is taking video of humankind destroying nature, and the cops have their panties in a twist about it. Trump is loud and obnoxious, bragging about how fabulous his golf course will be, but then he’s camera shy when someone wants to film the project’s construction? Hm, something isn’t adding up, Mr. Donald.

During the film, all I could think about was Christopher Columbus invading America, proclaiming, “This is MY land, MINE, MINE, MINE!” Or possibly even a couple two-year-olds fighting over a Tonka truck. Trump stomps his feet and whines, “MINE, MINE MINE!” throughout the whole film. He’s a gigantic (and hideous) baby with terrible hair, but the residents of Aberdeenshire protest against this selfish man in hopes of taking back what is rightfully theirs. At the end of the film, the protestors get together, and during the festivities, they sing a new version of “This Land is Your Land,” changing the lyrics to “This land was made for me, not you!”

In the end, Trump decides to take his golf course elsewhere, to Ireland (those poor souls). He fought in court against wind mills being built near his precious golf course because he said it would spoil the view. So, to sum it up, Mr. Trump invades Scotland, destroys environmental wilderness, and then retreats. Clearly, Donald Trump only has two things on his mind: Donald Trump, and money. Yet in this world, this man isn’t the only one who has this mentality. If you think about every big corporation, there is a man (or woman) exactly like Donald Trump, caring about themselves and making millions of dollars. As long as we become aware of their sneaky ways, hopefully more people will refuse to work with them and we can preserve the environment.

Movie Review: Like Crazy

Source: msmarymack.com

Source: msmarymack.com

The film that made a splash at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival, Like Crazy, is a film so raw and real, you will fall in love with it just as the two main characters fall in love with each other. The director, Drake Doremus, co-wrote the screenplay with Ben York Jones.  This independent film is so real because Doremus directed his actors to improvise the majority of their scenes. This technique was a brilliant move, because while a film about a long distance relationship has potential to be cliche, Like Crazy is fresh and brilliantly acted. The film portrays two college students, an American (Jacob) and English girl (Anna), who struggle to make their relationship work despite the distance. As the film progresses, we realize that even though we can love another person like crazy if the situation isn’t right, our love is simply just that: crazy.

The two leads, Anton Yelchin, who plays Jacob, and Felicity Jones, who plays Anna, have such an innocent and powerful chemistry that can only be understand by those who have fallen deeply in love, even when the timing wasn’t right. Of the two, Jones’ performance is stronger, and she earned her Special Jury Prize for her role. From the moment we see Anna in front of her college class presenting a paper she wrote, she makes eyes with Jacob sitting in class, and it is clear from her facial expression that she is infatuated.

Anna is an aspiring writer, and her classmate Jacob is a furniture design major. They are seniors attending a college in Los Angeles, and Anna is an exchange student from England. After class, Anna works up the nerve to leave a love letter (with her phone number) on Jacob’s car windshield. Jacob is flattered, and this leads to their first date at a coffee shop. While walking down the sidewalk afterward, they still have first-date jitters, but the chemistry between them is apparent. Jacob asks Anna if she wants to go somewhere, and she says yes. We do not know where they go, because immediately after that it is nightfall, and Jacob and Anna go up to Anna’s apartment. This film does not need to give us a play-by-play of every moment of Jacob and Anna’s first date because in every moment they are on-screen together, the developing relationship is clear.

While in Anna’s room they drink whiskey and find that they both enjoy Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album. Anna reads a poem she wrote outloud to Jacob, and she is shy and vulnerable. Jacob listens and appreciates her writing, which wins Anna over. She writes him a message and the camera films her writing, “I think you’re…” but the camera cuts to Anna’s face just before she finishes the message. We do not know what Anna and Jacob write back and forth, but we do know from their facial expressions alone that they are falling in love.

The film spans about seven years. Anna and Jacob date for a year before they graduate, when Anna must go back to England for the summer before returning to America. Because she cannot bear to leave Jacob for the summer, she stays in America, violating her visa. She goes back to England for a week, but cannot come back into the U.S. because of the violation. This is the beginning of Jacob and Anna’s struggle to stay together. The distance forces them to start and stop their relationship, and in their time apart, they develop relationships with people in their respective hometowns.

Jennifer Lawrence shines as Sam, Jacob’s work partner and girlfriend when he is not dating Anna. Though Lawrence is a supporting role in Like Crazy, her Oscar-winning acting skills are present. She plays Sam beautifully, proving that this character is not “The Other Woman.” She is someone Jacob genuinely loves. Jacob is torn once he begins dating Sam. He loves Anna, but when he is not with her physically, he realizes that he can have a worthwhile relationship with another woman. Sam does not have much screen time, but Lawrence’s performance stays with the viewer throughout the entire film. She is likeable despite taking Jacob’s attention away from Anna, and the audience feels Sam’s pain because, like Anna, she also loves Jacob.

Anna develops a relationship with her neighbor, Simon. He is handsome but changes Anna’s lifestyle, eliminating her whiskey-drinking and replacing it with exercise and wine. While he makes positive changes in her life, he is not Jacob. It appears that Anna cannot move on as easily as Jacob can, which may hint that Anna loves Jacob more than he loves her.

The beauty of this film is that while the dialogue is minimal, it is meaningful, and the camera work shows the brilliant and genuine facial expressions of the characters and their emotions. Jones is especially wonderful to watch. Every laugh, smile, tear, and frown is a tug at the viewer’s heart strings, allowing us to fall in love with this couple’s relationship and, despite all the odds, hope that love can conquer the distance.

For viewers accustomed to the Hollywood romance films, this will be a change. Like Crazy is simplistic, offering no cliche love montages or unrealistic, overreaching monologues. This young love story is something many viewers may relate to, and it provokes emotions because viewers know the feeling of loving someone unattainable. The emotions Jacob and Anna have are raw, their hope for a successful relationship may at times seem naive, but it’s honest. The end of the film shows Anna and Jacob taking a shower together, and they both have flashbacks in their minds of their budding relationship years ago. They each remember the happy moments when they first met, and it seems that they are wondering, “Are we crazy to stay together?” The end offers no definitive end to their relationship, but there is a hint that this relationship is simply impossible. Anna and Jacob are crazy about each other, and it is indeed crazy for them to be together because they are worlds apart.

Like Crazy is a romance film that is produced delicately. The simplicity of the camera work and improvisation of the dialogue create one of the most believable love stories in film history. It is heartbreaking and frustrating, but that is why is succeeds. Jones and Lawrence especially shine in their roles, allowing viewers to fall in love with the idea of young love. It is fragile, hopeful, and naive, but stays with us for a lifetime.

Documentary Movie Review: Consuming Kids

Source: megehee.edublogs.org

Source: megehee.edublogs.org

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood, is a 2008 documentary written and directed by Adriana Barbaro and Jeremy Earp that gives insight to American marketing and advertising that targets children. We see advertisements daily without even realizing it. Companies promote their products on billboards, television, Facebook, cereal boxes. The only way we can escape these marketing strategies to live in the mountains, never venturing into the real world. This film shows the strategies companies are taking to advertise to children specifically; conveniently for billion-dollar corporations, there are no governmental laws preventing them from doing this in America (yet almost every other developed country in the world has laws restricting this).

This film shows the intensive psychological studies companies do in order to target their marketing to what children will want. Their methods are creepy and borderline-stalking behavior. Yet these companies are doing anything they can to make billions of dollars. And it works. They take years planning every detail of their advertisements to cater to what will make them money.

Over the last 50 years with the advancements in technology, the way companies view the children they are marketing products to has changed. Companies are now realizing how significant and powerful children are in the success of a product, and thus develop strategies that revolve around targeting children directly. In the past, the parents bought inexpensive toys for their children because toys were age-appropriate in the past. Now, companies create products advertised for younger children when the product is designed for older children. This explains the creation of the term “tween.” Companies created this term as a sneaky way to market teenage products to younger children, thus making more money.

Consuming Kids shows that there are no limits to what companies will do. They have studied infants and have discovered that we begin to recognize and distinguish brands at six months of age. This discovery has led to thousands of new products designed for babies, and the products themselves are expensive and have never been scientifically proven to work. The Baby Einstein movies, for example, are movies for infants. Research shows that children who grew up watching these movies show no more intelligence than children who never watched them. Also, further research has shown that children watching television before the age of two can be damaging to their attention span.

This documentary is asking the viewer to peel back the layers of what is just beneath the surface, and realize that not everything is as it seems. This is a deceptive world, and asking questions is crucial.

 

Movie Review: This Is the End

Source: io9.com

Source: io9.com

This Is the End, starring James Franco, Seth Rogan, and Jonah Hill, is a comedy with today’s funnymen playing themselves, struggling to survive the apocalypse at James Franco’s house. The movie is absurd, outrageous, and vulgar–and it works brilliantly (as long as you’re not easily offended).

The movie, directed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, is reminiscent of Monty Python humor, but Rogan added drug use and sexual references that we all can expect from these comedians. The comedic timing is perfection, and the chemistry among the actors is apparent. This film is full of famous faces who all stand out on their own.

This Is the End references other movies, including Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, but the actors put a spin on these horror classics, creating hilarious situations that keep the movie fresh and unpredictable. With comedy it’s difficult to create something different, but this film offers a new take on horror, the end of the world, and the All-Star-Cast-Movie. These comedians’ performances are some of the funniest of their careers. The comedic elements mixed together has created one of the most brilliant (and outrageous) comedies of the year.