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17 Films that got both 8.0 on IMDB and 95% on RT since 2003

Those below are the list of what I've stumbled upon and treat as a gold mine. If you have not seen them you are missing quite a lot! A Separation Short Term 12 12 Years a Slave Pan's Labyrinth Before Midnight Let the Right One In The Wrestler The Artist The Song of Sparrows Gravity Once Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Before Sunset Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.... and Spring The Return Star Trek Casino Royal
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hell yeah Harry Potter! but in all seriousness I definitely want to watch some of these, clipping for later reference thanks @Ekinoner!
@Ekinoner That's the only one I hadn't seen, so now I'm definitely going to watch it!!!
I've never heard of Short Term 12 but it sounds like now I have to watch it ;)
My favorite hands down is Short Term 12,the acting was so sincere that it was as if I was watching the whole film through a looking-glass
I've only seen 9 of these! Looks like I have some films to watch :)
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Disney Princesses Singing In Their Native Languages
English is not the native tongue of Disney Princesses. Everyone has grown up with Disney Princesses because they are the most innocent form of childhood entertainment. With the fantastic movies comes even better songs which make them so appealing. Your infatuation with them carries on into adulthood and before you know it, you're sitting in your living room watching the movies singing along with your own children. Crazy right? Well, here's the thing, English is the default language, not the native one. All Disney Princesses have come from other countries other than Pocahontas who was a Native American in North America (present day USA). It brings up a really interesting change because when you watch the Disney movies in their native languages, it has an entirely new meaning because it's authentically and historically correct. Disney Americanizes our movies through using English and we forget that languages play a huge role in presenting emotions, interactions, conversations, and without a doubt, our singing. One of the biggest trends on the internet is hearing a Disney Princess sing her hit song with her own native finesse instead of a defaulted English one. Enjoy and really take notice on the differences in emphasis and fluidity of the lyrics. Because of changed language, the songs also have different lyrics to fit the melody which slightly alters the song even if it has a similar universal meaning. Disney is genius. What do you think?
Adult Industry History
The human interest in sex is nothing new, but the internet has made it much easier to explore and exploit all the nuances of desire. The online porn industry makes billions of dollars in profits every year, but the big beneficiaries are the producers, not the women and men who perform sexual acts in front of the camera. Mia Khalifa was a porn actress for a brief period at the end of 2014. SHe gained worldwide fame when she appeared in a video of sexual content wearing an Islamic hijab (the scarf worn by some Muslim women to cover his head) that caused great controversy and caused him to receive threats from supporters of the self-styled Islamic State (IS). To what extent does pornography still dominate the internet? He currently has 16 million followers on Instagram and if his name is searched on Google, thousands of results appear. But Khalifa is not proud of its worldwide fame. After years of threats, he is now talking openly about his past. What does your story tell us about the porn industry and culture of the 21st century? This is what he told in an interview with Stephen Sackur on the BBC's Hard Talk program. Khalifa, who was born and raised in Lebanon in a Christian family, received death threats from suspected members of the Islamic State. In many ways, you are a very famous woman. But the origin of your fame lies in your brief participation in the porn industry. Is it hard for you to deal with that? Absolutely. After quitting, my Instagram account was hacked by EI supporters, who posted propaganda everywhere. So Instagram deleted it and I didn't make a new account until a year later, when I decided to accept my destiny as the infamous porn star and try to change the narrative. So I created an Instagram account again and tried, in the absence of a better term, to become an influencer. If you put your name on Google, countless links to videos appear. The words "porn star" appear immediately, is that something you will never overcome? I am trying to make it. I am not very friendly with Google and we are trying to change that. The first thing that appears is a site that I have no control over, but that from the beginning is written in the first person, as if it were mine. And on my Wikipedia it is published as my official website. And we have tried countless times to eliminate it, even through legal action, but the company does not listen. And we have made countless proposals. "Why I chose a career in pornography" You were taken by your parents as a child from Lebanon to the US, where you received your education. You are clearly intelligent, you went to the university in Texas, where you studied history. How did you get into the porn industry? I do not believe that low self-esteem discriminates against anyone. Does it matter if you come from a good family or if you come from a not-so-good environment? I struggled all my childhood with being overweight and never felt attractive or worthy of male attention. And suddenly, in my first year of college, I started losing a lot of weight by making small changes. And by the time I graduated, I was ready to make a difference. I felt very self-conscious about my breasts, because that was the first thing I lost when I lost almost 50 pounds (22.6 kg). Florida cities like Tampa and Miami have been attracting models, producers and talent scouts of the porn industry for years. So my biggest insecurity was my breasts, and I wanted to recover them. And once I did it (Khalifa underwent a cosmetic surgery operation), I began to attract all this attention from men and never got used to it. I felt that, unless I clung to that and did what was asked of me or what was expected of me, it would be insignificant. And after feeling what that validation and compliments was like, I didn't want that to end. You were a young graduate who wanted to find a job and a boy on the street told you he could work with you. He was sincere and said he was in the porn business. What made you feel attracted to this proposal? That was not how it happened. It wasn't "Hey, do you want to get into porn?" It was more a "You're beautiful, would you like to model a little? You know, you have a great body and I think you would be great at modeling." Things like that. And after I arrived at the studio, it was a very respectable place, a magnificent place in Miami, in Doral, Florida. It was clean. Everyone who worked there was friendly. All their cubicles were decorated with family photos. As if it were nothing doubtful or something that made me feel uncomfortable. The first time I entered was not the first time I filmed a porn movie. It was the second time. In the first one, it was more than signing the paperwork, etc.
This DIY Deadpool Pizza Is Pepperoni Perfection.
Chances are, if your friends are anything like my friends, everyone has yet to shut up about the new 'Deadpool' movie - so much so that I think it's safe to say that this month was definitely a Deadpool takeover. And thanks to this epic Deadpool pizza tutorial, your love affair with all things Deadpool is still officially far from over. If you thought his thing for good food begins and ends with chimichangas, think again. Here's what you need to make a Deadpool pizza of your own: - Pizza dough (The vlogger in the YouTube embedded below will show you how to make dough from scratch, or you can be like me and just buy the premade stuff.) - 1 jar of pizza sauce (I think so long as you've got at least a cup, it's enough.) - 1 package of shredded mozzarella (The 16-ounce package, so roughly 2 cups.) - 2 - 4 slices of mozzarella (This is for the eyes. Feel free to switch it up with provolone!) - 1 can of sliced black olives (I know some of you don't like olives, so if you can think of an equally delicious substitute to create his trademark black eyes, sub it here.) - 1 package of sliced pepperoni (Roughly 6 - 8 ounces should do!) Ready? Here we go. So first, you're going to preheat your oven to 450F. Then it's time to get that dough nice and spread out on your pizza pan, using a spoon to spread the pizza sauce all around the center of the pie. (Just, you know, leave the ends alone so you have a crust later. Pizza without crusts are super weird.) Next, you want to cover all of your sauce with some shredded mozzarella cheese. Don't skimp because this is going to help the pepperoni stay fixed to the pizza when you bake! Now it's time to layer on all of that pepperoni. Starting from the outside, work your way inward in a circular motion, laying the pepperoni down slice by slice. (If this isn't the most beautiful thing you've ever seen, you're in the wrong card. Dat pepperoni.) So in the video, she uses a teardrop-shaped cookie cutter to the primary shape before slicing it down the middle to create two eyes. I know I don't have teardrop cookie cutters at home, and you probably don't either, so feel free to use a knife to (carefully!) create the shape yourself! Now it's time to use the sliced olives to finish Deadpool's face. Keeping everything looking as symmetrical as possible during this step is key. Lay down your slices of olive similarly to how you laid down your pepperoni, and FINISH HIM!!! Throw him (gently) into the oven, and leave him there for about 10 - 15 minutes - or until he's nice and golden. Don't worry. It's Deadpool. He can take the heat. And there you have it: a Deadpool pizza - warm and gooey, just how you like him! For more specific instruction, check out Rosanna Pansino's full Nerdy Nummies tutorial in the YouTube above! And for more viral vids, follow my YouTube Nation collection! So who's going to try this out this weekend? (And more importantly, who's going to save me a slice?!)
10 Things You Hate At Movie Theaters
1. Wrappers/Slurping/Eating PLEASE OPEN YOUR CANDY BAR BEFORE THE MOVIE. You know exactly what I'm talking about as if hearing your popcorn crunch in your mouth wasn't enough. It's always the same person throughout the entire movie constantly rustling their fingers through a bag of plastic to get one last Skittle. They're so immersed in the movie that they forget that plastic makes noise. Also, slurping that $6 small slushy is just as obnoxious as you think it is. You can hold on to your manners and still enjoy your movie. 2. Awkward Couple Making Out In Back Row Just ew. There are hundreds of thousands of places to be intimate with your partner. However, for some reason, movie theaters seem to be a hotbed for this kind of activity. You always know who the couple is too because they don't scan the audience when they walk in or stop on their way to the top debating as to where they should sit. They go directly to the top preferably in the corner where the step safety lights seem not to reach. They wait patiently until the movie begins and then before you know it, they might as well be having full on sex. Please keep the thrill of making out with your significant other somewhere else. 3. Children They kick the seats. The bounce between chairs. They get scared and snuggle up to their mom. They laugh at all the wrong times. They drop their candy everywhere and talk the entire movie. They're kids. It's easy to say we were the perfect children in this kind of situation even though we know that we were in the same position once upon a time. However, bringing your child to a PG-13 movie or above is completely off limits. Kids get a free pass at G-rated movies, completely understandable. However, once children begin to infringe on teenager and adult viewing activity, there's an issue. 4. The Middle-Aged Lady Who Cries Next To You Every sad movie always results with some middle-aged lady two seats down from you bawling over some minor upset in the movie. It begins with a slight tear completely unnoticeable but then grows into a full flowing waterfall. She keeps sniffling, you then see her make her move to find tissues in her purse, and she just sits there in complete misery. You feel awful and you can feel her rain cloud spreading to you. Pro tip, if you know you're at a chick-flic or sad movie, find the most masculine guy there and sit near him. One, you'll avoid tears. And two, if he starts crying, it's karma for going off of gender norms. 5. Movie Previews God forbid you arrive to the movie on time. The movie previews are always at least 15-30 mins long. I feel like I need an intermission after them because they extend far longer than need be. It's genius marketing really regardless if I'm a fan or not. I will admit some movie previews are enticing and make me more inclined to go see a movie however most of the time you're watching a preview for a movie that won't debut for another year and a half. No thanks. 6. Irrational Fears (Yet So Rational) Is. There. A. Shooter. Among. Us. 7. Bad Seats You decided to go to the premiere which you knew was stupid but also extremely fun at the same time. You've waited in line to get a ticket for twenty minutes and you still arrive in the theater a half hour before they even begin previews. Yet, the theater is packed. Of course there's plenty of single seats scattered throughout but no one is kind enough to scoot down one. So you and your friends have to go to the front section which might as well be labeled as IMAX seats because you have to look up the entire time. Bad seats ruin movie theaters. You can't be too close but too far away. Railings are a gift from God. Also, don't steal my cupholder. 8. That random guy that screams right before something jumps out... I HATE YOU. 9. People Who Talk Is it really necessary to talk about what happened during your day while the movie is playing? NO. There's this really cool concept called going to dinner AND a movie, emphasizing on the dinner part here. Save conversations for everywhere outside of the four walls that make up the movie theater. Also, stop giving a play by play. You don't need to give your opinion or ask questions DURING the movie. You can do that all after; I promise it won't kill you. 10. Cell Phones Putting your phone to the lowest brightness does not make you a secret ninja. Turn it off.
2016 Oscar Nominations List : Did Leonardo DiCaprio Make It?
It's that time of year again! The 2016 Oscar Nominations were announced this morning at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hillsfor for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The audience sat patiently and dead silent as the President of the Academy Guillermo Del Toro and actor John Krasinski took the stage to announce the nominations. After a long anticipated wait, the following nominations as listed below were announced in each category. What you need to know about The Oscars : When? Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood Highland Center Where? ABC 7 p.m. ET. Red Carpet? Depends on Network. Will be broadcasted to over 225 countries & territories worldwide. Host? Chris Rock Should you watch? YES. Best Picture -The Big Short, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner -Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger -Brooklyn, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey -Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller -The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam -The Revenant, Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon -Room, Ed Guiney -Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust Best Actor -Bryan Cranston, Trumbo -Matt Damon, The Martian -Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant -Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs -Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl Best Actress -Cate Blanchett, Carol -Brie Larson, Room -Jennifer Lawrence, Joy -Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years -Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Best Supporting Actor -Christian Bale, The Big Short -Tom Hardy, The Revenant -Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight -Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies -Sylvester Stallone, Creed Best Supporting Actress -Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight -Rooney Mara, Carol -Rachel McAdams, Spotlight -Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl -Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs Best Directing -Adam McKay, The Big Short -George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road -Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant -Lenny Abrahamson, Room -Tom McCarthy, Spotlight Best Film Editing -The Big Short, Hank Corwin -Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel -The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione -Spotlight, Tom McArdle -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Best Foreign Language Film -Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent -France, Mustang -Hungary, Son of Saul -Jordan, Theeb -Denmark, A War Best Original Score -Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies -Carter Burwell, Carol -Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight -Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario -John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Best Production Design -Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich -The Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish -Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson -The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak -The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy Best Visual Effects -Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett -Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams -The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner -The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould Best Adapted Screenplay -The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay -Brooklyn, Nick Hornby -Carol, Phyllis Nagy -The Martian, Drew Goddard -Room, Emma Donoghue Best Original Screenplay -Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen -Ex Machina, Alex Garland -Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen -Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy -Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff Best Animated Feature Film -Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran -Boy and the World, Alê Abreu -Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera -Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mark Burton and Richard Starzak -When Marnie Was There, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura Best Cinematography -Carol, Ed Lachman -The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson -Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale -The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki -Sicario, Roger Deakins Best Costume Design -Carol, Sandy Powell -Cinderella, Sandy Powell -The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado -Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan -The Revenant, Jacqueline West Best Documentary – Feature -Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees -Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin -The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen -What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes -Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor Best Documentary – Short Subject -Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser -Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck -Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine -A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman Best Makeup and Hairstyling -Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin -The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr -The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini Best Original Song -"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey, Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio -"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction, J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty -"Simple Song #3," Youth, David Lang -"'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga -"Writings on the Wall," Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith Best Animated Short Film -Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala -Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton -Sanjay's Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle -We Can't Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit -World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt Best Live Action Short Film -Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont -Day One, Henry Hughes -Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath -Shok, Jamie Donoughue -Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage Best Sound Editing -Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White -The Martian, Oliver Tarney -The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender -Sicario, Alan Robert Murray -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord Best Sound Mixing -Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin -Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo -The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth -The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
'Train to Busan' as Critique of Korean Society
I still haven't been able to see Train to Busan for myself, but I found this article on NPR to be really interesting! It doesn't ruin any plot points (other than the fact that there is a zombie apocalypse which I'm pretty sure we could gather from the trailer...) According to the article: Without giving too much of the story away, the film blames corporate callousness for the death toll. The government covers up the truth — or is largely absent. And the crew? Rather than rescue passengers, it follows the wishes of a businessman. Sewol Ferry Reference: These themes are particularly resonant in South Korea, which in 2014 faced national tragedy after 300 people, mostly teenagers, died when a ferry overturned in the sea. Investigators found the ferry's corporate owners overloaded it to save money. And the captain and crew got into lifeboats without rescuing passengers. News media, toeing the government line, originally reported that everyone survived, blamed rescuers for not working hard enough (when in reality the government refused to let them go into the water and rescue the children), etc. The Korean president's whereabouts on that day are still unexplained. Then the MERS Outbreak: Last year, as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, spread in South Korea, the government wouldn't share key information about where patients were being treated, where it started, and how officials would contain the outbreak. The government refused to communicate with the public, so the Seoul mayor had to go against the president and form his OWN plan to fix the problem. As a result, he's now in the running for next president (since Koreans have lost all respect or trust in the current pres) You can read the full piece by NPR right HERE. Has anyone seen this yet?!
History Continued
And you were 21 years old, you were just leaving childhood. The human brain does not fully develop until age 25. Then the decision-making part of my brain still needed training. There was no one to tell me what to do. You became the number one star in this business. Didn't he have royalties or rights to get some kind of reward for your popularity? None. None at all. In the video of the hijab, the most popular, three young people participate. You were one of them and you wore the Islamic scarf. You had to know how provocative that was. I literally told them that they will kill me. Why didn't you say you weren't going to do it? Intimidation. I was afraid. No one forces you to have sex, but I was still scared. Have you ever felt nervous about saying something in a restaurant when the food is not right and the waiter comes and asks "how is everything"? I was intimidated. Was nervous. You say that the concept of consent makes no sense in the dynamics of power between the men who control the porn industry and a young 21-year-old actress like you. Absolutely. When there are four white producers in the room and you tell them something like that, and everyone laughs, it's devastating and makes you not want to talk or say anything. It is the same when you sign your contract, you know the president and CEO of the company in the room, he is with you waiting for you to read it and when you are reading it you do not understand anything that is written, because you are very nervous, because people make you He is watching. When you left the filming set at the end of that particular movie, did you know deep down that this was going to be a disaster for you? He didn't hit me until the next day, because the adrenaline was still very high. But immediately after its launch, my whole world was shattered. The reason I thought it was good to do porn was because I thought nobody would find out. There are millions of girls who record themselves having sex and do things like that, and nobody knows their names. No one knows who they are. No one recognizes them that way. I wanted to do it as my dirty little secret, but it exploded in my face. Khalifa says he assumes 100% responsibility for having participated in the porn industry, which he considers today to be a mistake. From the point of view of filmmakers and distributors, it was a triumph. They said I was like lightning that fell into a bottle. The reality for you was that your face was known throughout the world as the porn star wearing hijab and suffered threats. Oh yeah. I will not say about EI, because I don't think everyone who is very involved with EI has a Twitter account. They put a picture of me on someone who was beheaded and said ... I don't know exactly what they said. They said something that would be next. I can't imagine how alone you must have felt at that moment, because you couldn't discuss this with your family. No. It was scary. But my mechanism to deal with these things is humor. So my answer was: "Well, as long as you don't cut my tits. They are worth a lot of money." You were 21 years old. Now five years have passed. How much personal responsibility do you assume for what you did? The 100%. I made the decision. Of course the industry is imperfect and we must do something to protect other girls so they don't fall into the same trap as me. But it was my choice. Going out of business when that viral video was so well known and associated with something so provocative, and you received the threats ... Was it a very quick decision for you? I wouldn't say very fast, because I was still nervous. I didn't know how to react to that. In fact, I summoned them all at a meeting a month later and I had a resignation letter for each one and told them about my feelings. They tried to convince me to stay and they told me that all this would happen and that I was safe, that I was exaggerating. Then these guys saw you frankly as a money machine. Absolutely. Do you think you suffer some type of post-traumatic stress from this experience? Yes. And I think it is activated mainly when I go out because I feel that people can see through my clothes and I feel very ashamed and it makes me feel like I have lost all my privacy. Because I am on a Google search. The suicide of porn actress August Ames at the end of 2017 led some female colleagues to protest their situation and the pressures they face. You have no right to delete the images, even if they are deeply personal to you. It is very difficult. It is. This story is your story. But frankly, it's also the story of other porn actors and actresses. Honestly, I started to realize that p agoOco. People started communicating with me. My manager checks emails and when he receives things like that, he filters them and sends them to me. Reading the words of some of these girls who have been trafficked and forced into pornography, all these stories of girls whose lives have been ruined (...) makes me feel that it was good to start talking and to do this interview. Consecutive deaths of 5 porn actresses who set off alarms about the harsh conditions of the adult entertainment industry in the US There is a school of thought that says that in many countries young people are so exposed to pornography that it is changing the way men and women interact. What do you think? Of course it affects relationships. Porn addiction is very frequent. The things that men see in the videos are expected of women in their lives, and that is not the reality. Nobody is going to be so perfect, nobody will do those acts on a Wednesday night. If you could talk to that 21-year-old girl, Mia Khalifa, walking down the street in Florida, stopped by the boy who said, "You are beautiful, lovely. I can work with you," what would you tell her to do today? There is a pepper spray of gas in your bag for a reason. Use it. Run!
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My SDAFF Internship Collection: Weeks 2 & 3 - The Calm Before The Storm!
Things have really begun picking up at the Pac-Arts office as we get closer and closer to the the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Scheduled guests are finalizing their appearances, 'To Be Announced' film slots are beginning to be filled by last minute titles, and at the office, we are beginning to receive items we've special ordered for the gala and various parties spanning the festival. Wine, check. Beer, check. And next week, the huge boxes of shrimp chips from the local Korean grocery store. (Shrimp chips + Good movies = Combination of Champions.) Learning more and more about theater operations has given me more confidence that I'll be able to manage the different theaters when the time comes. A majority of film festivals have their own standard of ticketing operations used to track and process ticketing orders similar to a box office. Last week, I was taught all about how to sell tickets on-site and how we keep track of seats sold and tickets reserved, and I'm excited to help train the other house managers and operations volunteers as we get closer to the event. The hard work has been really rewarding, especially for a short-term intern like me. It has completely steepened my learning curve, a result of putting the advice and experience of the staff around me into constant action as I complete more and more planning projects. It also helped me really get to know the people I share my office with. (A highlight of last week was recording a short video of all of us wearing silly masks, hats, and little props and dancing to a Bollywood soundtrack to thank our 10,000+ Facebook followers!) I'm going to miss them all so much when my internship comes to a close, and I look forward to the memories we'll make together at this year's SDAFF. In the meantime, I can already feel tensions starting to rise as we move into our final week of preparations before the festival. I left the office Friday night with a bit of reluctance, knowing that the next time I returned, we would officially be in the belly of the beast. Am I nervous? Yeah, a little bit. Am I scared? Yeah, a little bit there too. But am I excited? Oh, tremendously. It's about to get real, folks. [ Film Pictured: "Kano", a Taiwanese baseball film based on the true story of the multiracial Kano baseball team of the early 1930s. ]