FILM STILLS WITH ALICE GOLDBERG

Blue :

1. (noun) the pure color of a clear sky; the primary color between green andviolet in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelengthbetween 450 and 500 nm.
2. (noun) (often initial capital letter) a member of the Union army in the American Civil War or the army itself.
3. (adjective) (of the skin) discolor by cold, contusions fear, or vascular collapse.
4. (adjective) depressed in spirits; dejected; melancholy.

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FILM ALUM OF THE WEEK: HALEY SACKS '13

Wesleyan lost a star when Haley Sacks graduated in 2013. Lucky for us, her presence on social media is consistently updated and always hilarious. Haley recently started her Youtube series, First World Problem Solutions, in which she teaches us important life lessons like how to secretly diet and how to dress for thanksgiving. With the help of fellow alums like Annalora von Pentz '14 and Jack Coyne '13, plus a rad theme song from Henry Hall '14, it's jam-packed with Wesleyan talent best fit for the comedic talent of Queen H. Check it out.

 

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FILM ALUM OF THE WEEK: ANNALORA VON PENTZ '14

 Wesleyan Film students prove time and time again that yes, there are things you can do with a degree in film. I had a chance to sit down (…or g-chat…) with one of these students: Annalora Von Pentz (’14), a Wesleyan graduate of the Film Studies program. She dishes out some advice, offers me a writing job in a hypothetical film about her life, discusses her senior thesis, and hints at a very cool project she is working on at the moment.

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WORDS: JIMMY O'KEEFE '(15), STAFF WRITER

Based out of every western metropolitan city that gives a damn about fashion, youth, and art, Matt Lambert is giving us a specific point of view that glorifies the grime of rebellious youth. Like James Dean on speed, perhaps literally, Lambert’s subjects exude the kind of “don’t give a fuck” attitude that makes them so endearingly bad.

Part photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist, his work is firmly centered on the life and bodies of young men, but not any young men. He seems to have a penchant for the kind of guy you find smoking cigarettes outside the 7/11, not old enough to buy beer, but old enough to want it, and sly enough to get it.

Akin to Ryan McGinley, Lambert strips down his models (literally) in order to expose the raspy and sickening world of teen boys. Is Lambert’s work just a mirror on this ruckus world, or is it stylized to the utmost degree?

Verging on pornography, Lambert’s photographs leave little to the imagination. After all, what do young people like to do but get naked, drink, smoke, and hang out.

Every boy in Lambert’s work is impossibly good looking, addictingly sinful, and dirty, not just dirty, but grimy in that way that’s oh so sexy. Do these people really exist, or are they, dare I say, the stuff of tumblr dreams?

Either way, Matt Lambert’s films and photographs seem sincere to the kind of feelings that hard-partying youth ostensibly have. Dramatized? Yes. Stylized? Yes. Surrealistic? At times. Lambert’s nightmares and fantasies are rooted in the kind of problems that face or at least tempt many of us.

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Bored on a Thursday? Get Pretty Wild

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a television show. Not just any television show – a show that was, dare I say, the greatest non-Kardashian, canceled-after-one-season reality show to ever grace the E! Network.

This may seem like an incredibly niche category. Okay, it definitely is a very niche category. But this show will change your life. Probably. Or at least give you something to watch while drunk.

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Review 4 U: A to Z (NBC)

Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship can tell you that the best parts of love are not the big, flashy moments. The initial attraction, the first kiss, becoming official, on Facebook or otherwise - yes, these moments can be thrilling, and yes, they can be joyous, but they are also universal. The best parts of love are the moments in between: the small connections and shared intimacies that seem almost impossibly unique. The same is true of a TV show.

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