Gifs and Giggles ft. Conan

Let’s review some gifs. Time to laugh! Film lovers, writers, and creatives unite! Let’s laugh at our creativity and small successes that make us so happy. Get ready to have some fun and hopefully laugh a little. And thank you Conan, you make some pretty great gifs and your facial expressions are pretty unique.

1. When someone says your writing sucks.

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2. *New email*: Your film was accepted.

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3. Plot twist!

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4. Off to accept my award… in my dreams.

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5. When the audience understands your joke.

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6. When you get a little too nervous…

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7. When a horrible film wins the award.

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8. When the ending of a movie is perfect.

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9. When the director is explaining their film and it is a masterpiece.

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10. Pose for a picture! (aka shy people on a red carpet)

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Thank you for being here. I like you. Go for your dreams. You can do this. Come back and look at this post when you start to doubt yourself. Laugh a little. Know that you are not alone. You got this!

Come back next week for a better post! But, laughing is pretty fun, too. 🙂

Have a splendid day!

Arianna

Moe N. Reed and Bern Houston

This week I had the incredible chance to interview the writer, Moe N. Reed. She is a CSU Northridge alum and has a M.A. degree in screenwriting. One of her past projects premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in 2018 in the best documentary category! She loves collaborating with other creatives and working in a variety of genres.

When asked why she got into filmmaking she replied, “I decided to write and produce my own content because I have a passion for storytelling. I enjoy coming of age stories and depicting characters in a non stereotypical fashion. I think it is important to have diverse images in the media.” I agree, so many main-stream movies have duplicate characters that are seen over and over again in different films. Diversity needs to be better displayed in film, and it is because dedicated creatives like Reed, that media is starting to become more diverse. What a great achievement!

Next, I asked what is something she has learned on her filmmaking journey. Reed replied, “I learned to trust and believe in my instincts. Filmmaking is a creative process and not everybody will see my vision, but it is important to be persistent.” I have also learned this lesson. Being a creative can be hard when others do not see your vision, but ultimately, it is up to you to accurately represent your ideas and stay loyal to your vision.

When I meet filmmakers, writers and creatives, I like to ask what their favorite tv shows and movies are. You can tell a lot about a person by watching their favorite stories. Reed enjoys Atlanta on FX. She “initially liked the show because of the cast,” but continues “to like the show because of its high production value.” She enjoys the acting, writing, and would love to work on the show! One of her favorite films is Love Jones “because it has the perfect balance of romance and comedy.”

Lastly, I asked Reed what is some advice she would give to a new filmmaker. She had some great words of wisdom:

It is important to have a plan and a back up plan in order to deal with the mishaps that often happen within indie filmmaking. 

It is important to be flexible when it comes to scheduling and have a budget for the entire film process (pre production – post production).

In addition, it is important to know just because the project didn’t come out perfect, still celebrate the victory of completing it.

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Reed’s Current Projects:

She has a 6 part web series, called “The Life of Bern,” that is available to watch on YouTube. You can support the series by following them on all platforms, click here to follow their Instagram.

Overall, this is what Reed had to say about the web series: “The web series follows the life of Bern, a teen who was diagnosed with Selective Mutism as a child, but after winning a rap freestyle contest, Bern must learn how to navigate the challenges of his new found fame. The episodes will document Bern’s journey, from an introvert to the hottest sought-after rapper in Los Angeles, as he tries not to become another gimmick emcee.”


Thank you for reading and supporting independent writers, cinema, and diverse stories. I enjoy getting the chance to meet new creatives and share their wonderful work with you! And, thank you Moe for giving me the chance to interview you. I appreciate your time!

Arianna 🙂

*All photos in this post belong to Moe N. Reed.

Nice to see you!

I know that most of you are probably expecting a film review, or an interview with a filmmaker, but this week is going to be a little different. In the past weeks, I dealt with a power outage, just after starting an online class, so my schedule has been a bit crazy. I figured that because a few more people have been reading my blog, I wanted a chance for you to get to know me a little better.

When I created this blog, I was focused on being a filmmaker and an actor, but my goals have changed from the process of learning and gaining new experience. Currently, I am focused on writing, school and keeping my mind happy by spending time in nature. Today I am going to share with you some of my current projects, announcements, and achievements! Let me know some of your wins in the comments!

1. Feature Screenplay

For so long I was trying to think of an idea good enough for a feature-length film. I started writing a story, then contemplated turning it into a novel, and then I gave the story a break. I set it down. Something about it wasn’t right, so I wanted to move on for a little bit. Then, in a dream one night, an idea came to me, and I have been writing about it ever since. It is a sci-fi, family drama, adventure story, and I am excited to write it (and eventually film and direct it one day)! More details to come in the future!

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2. Publishing my poem book

I have been working on this poem book for more than five years. Yes, you read that right! Five years. While I was recovering from my concussion, I wrote poems to express myself. When I healed, I started to compile my poems and edit them. Now, the book is almost ready, and it is on schedule to come out this December!

The poems are heavily inspired by my healing journey, nature, learning, growing and just appreciating the beauty in every single day. I was going to wait until after the pandemic to release it, but I think it has the ability to help some people realize that they are not alone in their feelings, and everyone goes through ups and downs, even if they look happy on the outside.

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3. My Short Screenplay was accepted into a festival!

When I started screenwriting, I was under the impression that it took years to get accepted into festivals and years to learn how to write a compelling film. Although I am not an expert and I have so much to learn, getting accepted into a festival makes me feel like I am on the right path with my goals. A small victory is still a victory! BOOYAH!

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4. My Short Screenplay is nominated for an award.

My screenplay, Will Power, was accepted into another film festival and was nominated for an award in its category. This is very exciting and makes me want to do a happy dance. I found out I was nominated on my birthday, and it was such a great birthday gift for myself. I am very excited! If it wasn’t for the pandemic, I could have been possibly accepting my first award in person in the next few months, but the festival is postponed to next year.

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5. Finally, I am a Sophomore in college!

I had to wait a few years after high school to start college because of my concussion. But, after I complete my current summer class, I am officially a Sophomore! It is kind of surreal to be honest. When it took me 5 years to recover from my concussion, I thought that I would never be able to go to college. But here I am. I am very thankful.

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6. Completing more collaborations.

I love meeting filmmakers, creatives and small brands online. I also love helping connect them with other people in my network. It is fun to support other creatives and watch their dreams come true. Hard work and dedication pay off. And so does being supportive and cheering other people on!

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7. I went to the eye doctor.

This is not an achievement, or a celebration, but my eyes got a lot worse. Boo. My doctor says it is probably from all of the time I spend on my computer doing school work and researching and learning. This kind of thing happens. My eyes got significantly worse after my concussion and an encounter with a terrible eye doctor (that’s a whole nother story), but now I do have the chance to get some snazzy new glasses, right?

Sometimes things happen that can easily be labeled as set-backs and negative occurrences, but if you look at them from a different angle, maybe they aren’t so bad. I mean, I still need to wear my glasses, or I will trip down the stairs, but I DO get to choose some new, fun glasses, so is it really that bad? Anyone with bad vision will understand. LOL.

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Thank you for reading.

Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to my blog. I appreciate it so much. I have been having so much fun interviewing new filmmakers, and I hope you have been enjoying those posts, too! If you have any questions you would like me to ask the filmmakers I interview, email me and let me know!

Also, if you have a friend who is a creative, tell them to contact me through my contact page. I would love to interview them! They could be a writer, director, filmmaker, producer, etc. Let’s support each other. Lastly, if you are a blogger, I would love if you interview me and make a blog post to help support my poem book! I would be so grateful! If you are interested, email me at alohaarianna@outlook.com and I will get back to you ASAP. The poem book also includes poems about my passion for filmmaking and story-telling!

Have an awesome day. That’s an order! 🙂

Arianna

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Queen Media Collective

I always enjoy getting to know filmmakers because all of their stories are so different. Some filmmakers have been making films since their childhood, while others get into filmmaking in their adult years. This week, I had the chance to interview the inspirational Michaela P. Shelton. Her brand and production company, Queen Media Collective, focuses on women of color who create quality content and provide media services for entrepreneurs.

Shelton graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism. Since graduating, she has been “building her portfolio in writing and editing for various publications.” She is the creator, director, writer and star of Reckless Behavior The Series that is currently in its pre-production stages for its 2nd Season. The first season premiered January of this year, and was screened at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival! Shelton says that the 1st Season was created with the goal of being “light hearted” and something that people could relate to. But, Season 2 will explore “deeper” topics that are very present in the lives of black millennials. You can watch all of Season 1 here.

Season 1 tells the the story of Michaela Holloway. She is “a post college black millennial and aspiring writer, who navigates through life attempting to find herself and avoid reckless behavior.” This series was created with the intent “to create something for us and by us that promotes the beauty and culture of the Bay Area.”

Shelton’s brand also produces motivational, genuine and authentic lifestyle pieces, “reviews, exclusive interviews and pieces targeted to men and women of color.” The intention of her content is “to inspire, intrigue and create awareness.” I even had a chance to ask Michaela a few questions. First, I asked her what made her want to get into filmmaking:

I started wanting to get into film after writing reviews for a few web series. It made me wonder if instead of solely writing blogs about my life, I could create a web series and reach a larger audience.

Next, I asked what her favorite part of the creative process is:

My favorite part of the creative process is definitely the script writing process. I love creating characters and bringing their stories and personalities into one cohesive narrative.

I am always interested in learning what a filmmaker’s favorite shows and movies are. Michaela said that her favorite movie is Rush Hour and her favorite show is The Game. Lastly, I asked Michaela what is one piece of advice she would give to a newbie in the film industry.

I would tell a new filmmaker to make sure to do their research and try to find a mentor who they can go to for guidance and advice throughout the process.

Before you watch Shelton’s web series, I think you to check out the blog series from five years ago that inspired Reckless Behavior The Series. If you want to learn more about Shelton and her work, you can check out Shelton’s production company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can also visit her personal accounts on Twitter and Instagram, where she posts updates on her current projects.

Thank you for reading! I want to continue to support independent cinema by showcasing up-and-coming creatives. As always, I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Thank you Michaela for giving me the chance to get to know you a little better. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!

*All photos in this post are not mine, they belong to Queen Media Collective and Michaela P. Shelton.

Onward Movie Review

Onward (2020) is a magical story about two brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt). They lost their dad, but go on a crazy adventure to be able to spend one last day with him. The story has many laughs along the way, but there are definitely some sad parts. (But, it is a Pixar film, so you know you will cry at some point.)

This film came out in March, but was stunted by the pandemic. So, shortly after its release, it was made available on Disney Plus. I was hesitant to watch this movie after the trailer left me unfulfilled, but I wanted to watch a feel-good, chill movie, and I think this movie filled its purpose.

Why should I watch this movie?

Besides the fact that this film stars the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, I would say that this film is a great movie for a child to watch. The story evokes creativity, encourages imagination, and thinking outside of the box. The main characters also go on a fun adventure, which would have intrigued me immensely as a child.

Yet, there is a serious side to the story. I remember clearly crying at multiples points, but the sad parts of the film might be overlooked by a child. There is one sad part that has to do with a cassette, that made me cry profusely. It touches on the significance and preciousness of someone’s voice. But, maybe I only cried because I am older, and see the significance in some of the scenes. If I watched this movie as a kid, there would be a good chance that I would have been able to watch it without crying. Oh, to be a kid and believe in magic and the unmatchable beauty of the world! What a time!

There are also some clever scenes that were clearly directed with meaning and thought behind them. For instance, when the dragon mascot of the school becomes the face of a rock dragon, that was pretty cool! Also, when Ian crosses out ‘laughing together’ on his list of things to do with his father, I realized the incredible importance of being able to laugh with the people you care about. Sometimes we don’t realize the value in some things, until we do not have it anymore.

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What to think about?

This movie contains many cheesy, predictable plot twists, but the essence of the movie touches on the magic of being a child. When you get older, the “magic” fades away. It is a sad metaphor that is made in the film, but it is true. It got me thinking about when my childhood ended, and when I became an adult. In many ways I still feel very young, but in other ways, I have clearly grown up. I think I will always have my creative, imaginative side within me, and that is something that I am proud of.

One thing that I also liked about this movie is how the mom saves the day. I think that this part is very realistic, and shows the power and importance of mothers. However, at the finish of the movie, even though the father disappears again, I think that the ending image should have had the mother, her two sons, and their father (as a transparent spirit) to symbolize that he was with the family all along. Yet, I still like the meaning of this film, and the title “onward,” meaning to keep going and getting through the challenges that life throws at you.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Watch this movie: 6/10

This movie’s animation is incredible and the details in the outfits and rooms is great. I like the arc of the story (for the most part) and the ending’s message invoking the characters to do what they were destined to do. I also enjoyed how the brothers are opposites of each other, and how their love for one another is shown throughout the film.

The cheese puff boat was also pretty cool (if you have watched the movie, you know what I am talking about). However, for a good part of the movie, I was distracted by Pratt’s voice, I almost think that his part would have been better if someone less-known would have played that part. I think that his voice sounded like it was trying a bit to hard to be funny, and it made me less immersed in the film.

There are also plot holes throughout the film, but it is a kid’s movie, so I do not want to be too annoyed by this. But, for instance, the boys’ father has his legs for most of this film, but he cannot see where he is going– or can he? Sometimes the father walks as if he can see or hear, and other times he walks as if he cannot. This confused me throughout the film.

Overall, this film is a mix of fairy tale lore, dragons and curses, swords and flying, and the power of family. The film creates a sense of appreciation for our family, who cares about us through everything we go through. In the last few scenes of the film, Ian watches through rocks as he sees his brother greet his father and hug him. It is such a precious moment, and framing the scene with rocks between them shows Ian’s distance from his father, and emphasizes his longing to be with him. This movie has a lot of meaning, and I admire that. I know that the creators behind this movie created this movie out of their personal experiences in life, and I respect that greatly. You can buy the movie here.


Thank you for reading this blog post and supporting my blog! Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with my Instagram, blog, school, family, friends, work and more, but my love for movies keeps my posting. I love talking about films and sharing my thoughts with you. I hope you enjoy reading my blog, and hope that it brings you a little joy. 🙂

Arianna

P.S. Some moments of the movie that stood out to me: It was really sad when Ian and Barley’s father disappears while Barley is hugging him. This part particularly hurt. But, early in the movie when their father shows his dance moves with his feet– that was funny and heart-warming. It really showed their father’s personality and their connection to him and his spirit.

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Saving Mr. Banks Movie Review

The film Saving Mr. Banks came out in 2013, but I watched it for the first time yesterday. Before watching the film, I did not know what to expect. I knew the story would be about Disney and Mary Poppins, but that was the extent in which I was familiar with the movie.

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) stars Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, and more. The movie centers around family, story-telling, creativity and dealing with the struggles that life presents us with. I found that this movie perfectly explains why I love movies, why I love writing and story-telling. This movie showcases the brilliance of creativity, and its ability to heal and help us work through our hard times.

I hope you watch this film, if you have not watched it yet. It is available on Netflix, so I recommend that you check it out if you can! It is helpful to watch, especially during this time of uncertainty, and being quarantined away from family and friends.

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What is this movie about?

The base of this movie is about the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who is in a battle with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) over the rights to her stories. Travers does not want to give up the rights to Disney, but she needs the money from selling the rights to support herself. She does not want her story to become something that she doesn’t support and something that is different then the vision of her characters that she has in her head. However, Disney is committed to buying the story’s rights because he made a promise to his daughters that he intends on keeping.

But, the film is about much more then that. Across the journey of the movie, we see flashbacks into Travers’ childhood and learn more about her relationship with her father. We quickly learn that the story of Mary Poppins is inspired by her childhood and the people who came into her life, which explains why she is so specific about how she wants the Mary Poppins movie to portray her characters. She wants the movie to correctly exemplify the people that she cares about, she does not want to disrespect the characters in any way, she wants to portray them correctly and accurately.

What to think about?

This film left me thinking about the story behind movies and books that most people are unaware of. For example, think about the hit movies in the Hunger Games series. These movies were very popular and many people read the books. But, how many people know what inspired the author to write these books? I, for one, do not know what inspired these books.

Saving Mr. Banks reminded me to consider the inspiration behind a movie or book. Learning about the background of the person who wrote a story gives you context and more appreciation for the story in front of you. It is brilliant to learn how a story was conceived and what conditions led to the story’s arrival in the world. Was it a hard time? A happy moment? A confusing, explorative time in the author’s life? Maybe I am just interested in all of this because I am a writer myself, but I think learning about the context in which a story was written makes me appreciate a story that much more.

After watching this film, I have a whole new look at the movie, Mary Poppins (1964), that I watched during my childhood. The story has a whole new meaning, and context that I did not realize when I watched it as a child.

My Favorite Part of the Movie

The reason why I love this movie so much is because I can relate to Travers. I also turn to writing when I need to work through something in my head. When you spend so much time writing a character, and infusing it with so much love and parts of yourself, it can be so hard to give that character to someone else, and trust that they will treat the character correctly.

Travers had a hard childhood, she dealt with some really hard times, but she turned her life around, and pushed herself out of her comfort zone by the end of the film. I really enjoyed the character arc that is shown in this movie, and the unique personality of Travers herself. The way she spoke, and the respect she had for herself and her story, is admirable. I learned a lot from her, that I will work into my daily life.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Watch this Movie: 9.5/10

This movie is sad, maybe that is why I took off a star. But truly, I cannot name something I would change about this movie. The actors were all great and the flashbacks were easy to understand in relation to the present story. Sometimes there were continuity issues that bothered me for an instant, but the story quickly drew me back in. I think I would rate this movie 9.5/10 (but I can’t figure out how to select 9.5 stars, so I will go with 9 for now).

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Thank you for reading. I really hope you take some time to watch this brilliantly, well-told movie, I think you will learn a lot from it. I wrote this review the day after I watched the film, so that shows how much I enjoyed this movie, and how much I wanted to write about it and share it with you. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Arianna 🙂

10 Quarantine Tips

So much is going on in the world. More states are starting to have a forced quarantine, while others are just coming out of quarantine. Over the past few months, I have learned a lot and want to help those who are struggling being in the house for such an extended period of time.

I am quite familiar with staying in the house for prolonged periods of time, because while I was recovering from my concussion, I spent most of 5 years in my house (because noise and light triggered my painful migraines). Yes, you read that right: 5 years. Let’s hope that this quarantine doesn’t last that long.

Here are some tips and suggestions that I have for making quarantine as comfortable as possible. As usual, wear a mask and stay at home, as much as possible. But, here are some things that I do, so I can stay productive and happy, while also staying safe and healthy in the house!

1. Go outside (safely & wear a mask).

At the start of quarantine, I spent a lot of my time indoors on my computer, and not in the sun and feeling the wind in my hair. Quickly, I started to see the negative effects of this. Not going outside, coupled with not seeing my friends and family, made me feel horrible and empty.

I noticed this feeling, and started doing my work outside in my yard, instead of inside the dark house. Within the first day of doing this, I felt a lot better about my day, and I also felt less isolated. I highly recommend spending more time outside, if you feel like your house’s walls are closing in. It may sound like a simple tip, but this one decision has greatly improved my happiness, while stuck at home.

2. Read a book.

So many people have probably recommended you to read a book, and you probably just shook your head and walked away. I know that you might not normally read, but now you have some extra time, and disappearing into a story for a little while might make you feel like you just went on an adventure with a character.

Reading is something that some people love and others hate, but I think it is worth giving it a try during quarantine because you might find that at this specific time, reading about a character’s funny life, might bring you immense joy and comfort. I have been reading the Harry Potter books, and recently reread The Great Gatsby, which I hated in high school, but I love now. Let me know your book recommendations! DM them to my on Instagram!

3. Find a new hobby.

Instead of sitting in your house worrying about the news 24/7, and trying to predict the unpredictable future, you could spend some of your time honing your skills on a new hobby.

A hobby can be anything from sowing, to growing your own garden, or drawing cartoons. Find something that makes you smile and gets you excited every day. It may take some time to find a hobby that you thoroughly enjoy, but once you find something you love, you will be glad that you went through the dud hobbies to get to the great one! Plus, it will likely have a largely positive effect on your well-being.

4. Watch the clouds.

This might sound extremely stupid, but I have found such comfort in laying outside and looking up at the clouds. Sometimes it can be too bright to look up at the clouds, but right around sunset is my favorite time to cloud-watch.

The colors in the sky are gorgeous and the clouds make an excellent natural television. This is a perfect time to relax and meditate, think about the things that you are grateful for, or just think about the simple beauty of the clouds. It is a time to slow down and just watch.

Photo by Billy Huynh on Unsplash

5. Make your chores into a game.

When I was a child, I would make cleaning my room fun by playing basketball with my toys and my toy box. Now, you may not have toys or a playroom, but I think during this time, it is especially fun and helpful to make ordinary tasks, extraordinary.

Make a fun game out of watering your garden, washing your clothes, or washing the dishes. Create a mini golf course in your backyard while mowing the grass! Be create and embrace your imagination! Find the fun in the simple things. It is very possible to make cleaning the house fun if you try hard enough and have an open mind.

6. Water Balloons.

Water and being outside: what a great combo? Create a made-at-home slip and slide, or buy one online! Fill up water balloons and toss them at your fence to get your anger out. Throw a balloon up in the air and try to catch it before it smashes and splashes you with water! Spend time in a pool, if you are lucky enough to have one.

Have a great summer, even if you can’t head to the beach or waterpark. You can still have fun at home!

7. Foster an animal or take your dog for a walk.

At the start of quarantine, many people had the great idea of fostering animals from shelters. I think that this is brilliant because humans are gaining important company and the animals are benefiting as well. Obviously, only foster if you are able to properly take care and feed the animal, and if you are responsible enough to be reliable.

If you already have a dog, take your dog on a walk around your yard, or wear a mask if you are walking your dog in public. Stay far away from other dog-walkers and bring water for your dog in case they need a drink. Stay hydrated and in the shade on a hot-summer day. Also, make sure that your dog’s paws are not hurting from the hot concrete beneath their feet, before embarking on a very long walk.

8. Start a blog/youtube/instagram for your hobby.

This is very helpful when you are looking for something to put your time into that provides fulfillment to your life. If you love something so much, why not write/talk/photograph it? Share your passion with others and meet other people who share the same hobby as you!

The important part is to make sure that you are having fun. If something feels like a job, or like something that you have to do, the process can be less fun. I think that it is important to focus on what makes you happy, and make sure that what you are doing aligns with your values.

9. Learn a new subject.

Delve into astronomy or learn a new language! This is a time to explore facts and ideas that you have always wanted to research or learn about. Knowledge is so helpful and valuable, so spending your time learning is something that you will likely appreciate in the future.

Find a topic that genuinely interests you, and makes you want to search the Internet for hours searching for answers. For me, this is movie facts and learning about the planets. I love watching the Science Channel and discovering new films and directors. Let me know what new facts you have learned during quarantine! I am interested to hear what you have been learning about. Use your time wisely!

10. Talk to people on the phone.

Spend some time each day calling people that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Reach out to the people that you have been meaning to call, but have not had the chance because of work and your busy social schedule. Reconnect with a family member that had called you three months ago, and you forgot to call back. Call a friend from high school that you heard just got married!

Just because you cannot see someone in person, doesn’t mean you can’t call them, text them or FaceTime them! Technology is at our fingertips (literally), so let’s use it to our advantage during this very hard time. A friend is just a phone call away. 🙂


Thank you for reading! I hope that my thoughts helped you in some way. I also hope that I led you to think of ideas that can make your quarantine more enjoyable for you and your family.

If you want another post like this, let me know and I will be happy to write one. I know that I usually post about movies, but I think that this post was something that I had to write. I want to be as helpful as possible, especially in this scary time.

It is important to keep your mind happy and healthy while staying safe in your house, and I wish you strength in this situation.

-Arianna

Throwback Movies: Part 2

As a continuation of last week’s post, today we are going to get into more of my favorite childhood films. Some of these movies are older than others, but I have watched all of them many, many times. Each of these films makes me laugh and smile; some are cartoons, some are scary, and some are just plain cute. Let’s get started!

6. Johnny Tsunami (1999)

If you are a 90’s kid and grew up on Disney Channel, you probably remember this film. If not, you will probably have no idea who Johnny Tsunami is. I was reminded of this classic while I was watching Disney Plus recently. I love the ocean and I love the outdoors, so this film and its sequel gave me a sense of adventure that I deeply wanted as a kid. Johnny surfs, snowboards, skateboards, so needless to say, he is a pretty cool dude.

If you are a fan of other childhood Disney films, stay tuned because I am working on a post of my favorite Disney movies. But, that post is taking a little longer to write than usual, because it is so hard to choose my favorites! There are so many great films by Disney that were a huge part of my childhood.

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7. Cinderella 2 (2002)

I watched this film over and over again as my family drove from New Jersey to Florida. It was my favorite movie as a small child and watching it today brings me immense joy. All of a sudden, memories come jolting back into my mind and I want to be a kid again with a huge imagination and no worries in sight.

The movie includes talking animals, conflicting characters and humorous scenarios. I think I was most attracted to this film because it centers around a kind girl and her many animal friends. I also like the color blue and that is the color of Cinderella’s dress. It’s a cute film that can easily bring a smile to your face.

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8. Even Stevens Movie (2003)

Let me warn you that this movie is not for everyone. If you did not watch this movie as a child, you may not want to watch it now. The movie is very childish, predictable, weird and “cheesy.” There is not much special about it, besides the fact that it still reminds me of my childhood and staying up late on school nights to watch Disney movies.

This film is fun for a child, but watching it as an adult, you might be disappointed. But, this film stars Shia LaBeouf, so you may just want to check it out so you can see him act when he was younger and on Disney Channel. Overall, as a kid, I thought this was a good film, but watching it now, it is definitely crazy and weird, but it has fond memories attached to it, so I still watch it.

from YouTube Movies on YouTube

9. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

I think most people have seen, or at least heard of the Harry Potter films. I grew up reading the books and then watching the movies in the theatre as soon as they came out. As I grew up, I began to see the depth of each character and started to love the story even more.

When I was younger, some of the movies scared me, but they intrigued me and kept me watching. I always found the dementors to be very creepy and cold. But, that didn’t stop me from having Harry Potter themed birthday parties and my very own wand. I even visited the Hogwarts castle in Florida and bought as many souvenirs as possible. I also tasted Butterbeer! (It was full of sugar and delicious.)

Clearly, I am a Harry Potter fan. I love the progression of all of the characters throughout the films. Recently been watching some deleted scenes. Specifically, I found a scene from the last film of the series that shows Malfoy completing his character arc, but unfortunately, it did not make it to the final cut of the film.

If you love these movies as much as I do, I recommend looking up some deleted scenes. But, if you have not watched the films yet, don’t watch the deleted scenes because they usually reveal important information that could spoil the story for you. Also, if you want background information, you can read the books to learn even more about the story. (But I am sure you have already heard of the books because they are bestsellers!)

from MovieClips on YouTube

10. Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)

Marvel films are a phenomenon and the premieres of each of the films are highly anticipated. Although, I enjoy many of the Marvel films now, and admire the many converging story lines, I was not always a Marvel fan.

This Captain America movie is the first Marvel film that I watched and I HATED it when I first watched it. I watched this film while I was in high school, which seems like so long ago. When I watched it, I did not fully understand what was going on in the plot and I thought that there was too much action and not enough story. I also did not see what was so special about this movie. However, I did not have any context for the characters. I did not know who Bucky was in relation to Cap and all of the characters were new to me. However, after watching more Marvel films and learning the context and back stories of each of the characters, I have more appreciation for this film.

I wanted to mention this movie in this post to emphasize how our opinions on movies can change as we grow and learn. A movie that you love now, you may not like in the future. Also, maybe you cannot relate closely to a movie today, but as you get older, you may begin to love the movie.

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Thank you for reading! Let me know on Instagram what your favorite throwback movie is: What movie did you watch over and over as a kid? What movie defined your childhood years? I want to know so I can watch it, too.

Did you watch Cartoon Network more than Disney Channel? Who remembers the show called Total Drama Island? That was one of my favorites. People always talked about it in school and we even made up our own game based off of the T.V. show. I will be writing another post about my favorite childhood T.V. shows, so stay tuned!

Arianna

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