Truman Capote is one of the most well-known writers in American history, but this movie shows a whole other side to the famous author. Never before has there been a movie that has so engrossed it’s viewers in the life of someone who is so often behind the scenes. This movie brings to light the story of a man who dedicated years of his life to discovering the truth behind the horrific murders that took place in a small Kansas town. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Truman Capote in this dramatic cinema masterpiece. With one word, Hoffman draws the audience in and intrigues. His portrayal of Capote is one that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Hoffman does a phenomenal job of capturing who Capote was as a person. This entails many things. One of the keys of this performance is the way that Hoffman speaks. He perfectly captures how Capote would have spoken, and uses this as a building block for the character. Despite his voice and the many things that could make him an outcast, Capote manages to always draw a crowd. Hoffman is able to visualize the direct change that occurs in his life when he begins to focus and obsess on this crime. Over the course of the movie, we see a bright, vibrant man in a happy relationship transform into a man who is unable to understand the good in the world. There is so much emotion that goes behind the portrayal and execution of this role, that it is palpable when viewing the movie. Hoffman has managed to perfectly encapsulate every emotion that Capote felt while writing this book, and share it with his audience. This performance truly makes this movie an experience and provides something that is rarely offered in acting: raw emotion.
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Tired of hearing the same songs every Christmas?
I love listening to Christmas music just as much as the next person, but when I turn on my local holiday radio station each year, it just feels repetitive. No hate to musicians like Burl Ives or Nat King Cole, but Christmas music needs an update. Personally, I'm tired of the same "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". So plug in your Christmas tree, make some hot cocoa, and listen to these amazing (and updated) holiday songs.
'Tis the season for Jenny from the Block.
With the holidays right around the corner, there are many things to look forward to. Time with family, friends, great food, overall seasonal joy... And now the fragrances from Jennifer Lopez.
I have no shame in starting to feel festive super early.
All of these songs are definitely popular. However, I have the strong opinion that having the songs on your Christmas playlist be popular is extremely important. Having everyone sing to the songs is most of the fun; it adds to the festivity of whatever you're doing.
Personally, I love to bake cookies and hum along as I cannot sing and no one should ever hear me. Whatever you do for the holidays, enjoy your festive time and the season!
Another month of finding new music during unusual times
A new month means new music! Like each month, I've collected my top 10 new songs or discoveries into a playlist. This November didn't have too many new releases, however, I did find a few and a couple of new discoveries.
The holidays are such a fun time to celebrate with loved ones; here are a few activities to consider being a part of during this Christmas season.
Whether it is a night in at home baking sweet Christmas themed goodies for Santa, or a night out exploring lit up neighborhoods, the holiday season should always be taken advantage of for cute activities!
Ariana Grande has achieved major success with her new album and we're ranking every track.
Ariana Grande surprised fans in October, tweeting that her new album was being released. What followed was yet another number one peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album's title track and lead single, "Positions," also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With "Positions," Grande took a much more light-hearted approach than the confessional nature of its predecessor, "Thank U, Next." It was a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Now that the album has been out for a solid month, it's the perfect time to see how the songs rank.
We all know he doesn't mean it.
In the four Christmas' that I have spent with my boyfriend, I have realized one thing: boys are hard to shop for. Each year I have to rack my brain for gift ideas because when I ask my boyfriend what he wants for Christmas, he always says something along the lines of "nothing," which as a girl is hard to fathom since I literally give him a list each year before Black Friday.
After hours each year scouring the internet for the perfect Christmas gifts to get my boyfriend, I have come up with a pretty long and inclusive list. To help those girlfriends going through the same thing, I decided to put together some of the best gifts I have come across.
Even with a pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate.
It's almost December, which means that it's almost time for the biggest holiday season to arrive! However, it doesn't mean that COVID-19 has decided to disappear. According to the CDC, 147,840 new cases of COVID have been recorded in the last seven days.
States such as Kentucky have closed all of their restaurants, schools, and businesses until December. Some governors have started to advise caution when celebrating the holidays, too. You may be thinking, 'is there any way to really enjoy Christmas during the pandemic?' In fact, there are ways to still celebrate the holiday safely. Here are 10 ways that you can still enjoy the holiday season without canceling any of your plans.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign