Valentines Day Film Review: 'In Your Eyes'

Valentines Day Film Review: 'In Your Eyes'

Hopefully you can celebrate Valentines Day and discover a film at the same time.
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So with Valentine’s Day coming up, I am sure you are just dying to find that date, well I basically gave up and have to deal with being single. Anyway, for those who have significant others, I hope you’ve planned something special for Valentine’s Day. Maybe a romantic dinner, a walk in the icy cold park at night, maybe at the end of the day before you get to the bedroom you’ll cuddle up in a blanket on the couch and pop in some sappy romantic movie to give you reasons to cuddle tighter as the movie progresses. I hear 'Fifty Shades Darker' is hitting the theaters, sounds like a perfect date to me as long as you don’t end up having sex in the theater because of it.

While I am always a sucker for a good romantic film or book every once in a while, at the same time I just CAN’T STAND THEM! Yeah, that’s the critic in me ruin movies for everyone. I’m sorry but there are times where I see the same plot done over and over in a romance movie. A couple falls in love, then half way though the story, at the peak of their relationship, something happens that gets between them, and the rest of the film follows them either getting back together or growing further and further apart. But in these convoluted messes, we call romantic flicks there are many you can watch on Valentine’s Day.

You can watch 'Titanic,' or 'A Walk to Remember,' or even' Fifty Shades of Grey!' But out of all these films, there is one film I love the most, just for how unique it is and how it sets itself apart from all the other romantic films out there. This film is called 'In Your Eyes.'

'In Your Eyes' was directed by Brin Hill and written by Joss Whedon was released in 2014. Rather it receiving a theatrical release, it was distributed over the internet, and you can find it on Netflix. It’s received very positive feedback and after seeing it myself, I can see why. I was originally hooked because I am a fan of Joss Whedon. If no one knows who he is, you most likely know something he’s worked on. He was the screenwriter for 'Toy Story.' He was the creator of my favorite series, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' He also created the short-lived series 'Firefly,' and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' He also directed the two Avenger films.

The movie tells of two strangers, Rebecca Porter (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan Kershaw (Michael Stahl-Davis.) Dylan lives in a trailer and is on parole having spent time in prison, while Rebecca lives with her husband, Phillip, a doctor who treated her while she was in the mental ward. They are complete strangers, having never met each other, and live on completely opposite sides of the country.

However, they can feel each other’s feelings and senses, and they can communicate to each other without a phone or the internet. Talk about a paranormal twist on the long-distance relationship cliché. There is no explanation to how they can talk to each other, but I think that’s what makes it fascinating. It makes us wonder why these two people? Why do they have this ability? How can they communicate? These questions are deliberately left for the viewer to decide for themselves.

What I loved about this movie was how they relationship grew. Up until the final minutes of the film, they are never in the same room, but yet see them interact, while at the same time, we get a deep look into their personal lives, and how they shape the characters. Dylan has done jail time in prison, and it’s hinted that he took the blame for a crime his friends did, and all he wants to do is turn his life around, but his friends come back and ask him to help them with another heist. Rebecca is married to a well-respected doctor, Phillip. Phillip seems to have some dominant power over her and seems psychologically abusive at times. Alongside the fact that when they talk to interact with each other, which is sometimes in public, it does draw attention to themselves and seems very suspicious. With these outside forces affecting their lives, as well as being on different sides of the country, they can’t fulfill the romance between them. The climax is basically the two trying to meet up for the first time, I would say they meet halfway, but Dylan does most of the traveling. I know that sounds a bit boring but it’s actually very intense.

This is a very interesting take on a romance, but you could see it as a long distance relationship but with a paranormal twist, but the movie is crafted so well that you forget its basic premise and find yourself invested in the characters, and watching them interact is amazing. Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-Davis work off each other very wall, and for literally 99 percent of the film, they don’t share the screen together. They are adorable and even a bit funny in places.

The cinematography is wonderful and has an art-house kind of feel. The soundtrack is also beautiful, enforcing the atmosphere and the emotion of each scene. There are many scenes in the film where both the soundtrack and the cinematography shine, but I think the place where it shines the most is in the scene where they decide to “feel” each other for the first time. I can’t really describe it here because it’s a visual experience but the use of the camera changes, lighting and the soundtrack all work together drawing out the emotions. It really feels like the two lovers are actually feeling each other for the first time, despite not being in the same room. The remains my favorite scene of the entire movie, aside from the ending scene.

If you want a romantic film for your date night that will have you cuddling tighter since you’re thankful to be in the same room together. Check out this film! You will not regret it.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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