Forget Me Not – Vincent Van Gogh (March 1853 – 29 July 1890)

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Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. He drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.

Van Gogh was born to upper middle class parents and spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers. He traveled between The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught in England at Isleworth and Ramsgate. He was deeply religious as a younger man and aspired to be a pastor. From 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium, where he began to sketch people from the local community. In 1885 he painted The Potato Eaters, considered his first major work. His palette then consisted mainly of somber earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later paintings. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later, he moved to the south of France and was influenced by the strong sunlight he found there. His paintings grew brighter in color, and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888.

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After years of anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been widely debated by art historians. Despite a widespread tendency to romanticize his ill health, modern critics see an artist deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence wrought through illness. His late paintings show an artist at the height of his abilities, completely in control, and according to art critic Robert Hughes, “longing for concision and grace”

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Ant Man in 4DX Review – Are $50 movie tickets worth it?

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Spoiler Alert: Nobody got hurt during the 4DX experience

One of my favorite cartoons back in the day was Ant Man because he was not your typical super hero, even though he did have all the super powers of an Ant, but I liked how the cartoon did not take itself seriously because essentially it was a guy in an ant costume solving and preventing crimes. So, when I heard they were doing an Ant Man movie, I was super excited but then I saw the trailer for the movie, which I felt a bit disappointed that they didn’t go with the animated version of it with the goofy costume. But the nerd in me was going to see the movie regardless if wasn’t as true as the original, which I was pleasantly surprised on how fun the movie was, in which the 4DX experience probably helped with the overall experience. 

4DX allows a motion picture presentation to be augmented with environmental effects such as seat motion, wind, rain, fog, lights, and scents along with the standard video and audio. My mom was raving about it when she traveled a year ago telling me the seats moved. So, I figured Ant Man was a great film to try out in 4DX. The movie itself was fun and exciting. 

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The Ant Man costume wasn’t that bad at all, which I actually thought it was pretty cool on how effective and multi-functioning his suit was during the film. Paul Rudd did an amazing job as the wise cracking cat burglar turned super hero, who loves his adorable daughter. He is willing to do anything to be with her, so he was to help out Michael Douglas character by stealing another version of the Ant Man costume because it would do more harm than good. Evangeline Lilly plays Michael Douglas’s daughter, which I have been a big fan of hers ever since Lost and lately for The Hobbit. She is so hot and she’s an amazing actress, which she was the one of the reasons why like the movie, but of course the 4DX experience totally put me over the top. 

The prices for a 4DX movie is more expensive than your regular movie tickets. Two adults tickets for 4DX came out to close to $50 dollars, along with parking and concession snacks, it comes out to a very taxing day at the movies. But it was worth every dime because it felt like was watching a movie on a rollercoaster. The seats moved along with the action of the movie as water sprinkled on you anytime it was involved, plus you get a light and smoke show on top of the movie. 

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I thought the 4DX was amazing but is too expensive for any regular movie watching experience. It’s great if you have the money to splurge on expensive movie tickets but I think the 4DX is worth the money for special occasions. I would recommend watching Ant Man because it’s a fun family oriented movie and if you have the dough check it out in 4DX because it’s totally worth the expensive prices. 

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The Truth Hurts – Can’t Buy me Love (RIP Amanda Peterson aka Cindy Mancini)

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Can’t Buy Me Love character Amanda Peterson has died at her home in Greeley, Colorado yesterday afternoon.

As for cause of death, Peterson’s father says they don’t know the official cause of death but says, “She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.” 

Peterson became a superstar playing Cindy Mancini opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 romantic comedy, but she left the entertainment industry altogether in 1994 and had been living in Colorado for years. 

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I must have seen Can’t Buy Me Love like a hundred times. I loved this movie because of Amanda Peterson because I wanted a girlfriend just like her. I super fun and cute chick to hang out with but the movie also had Patrick Dempsey before he was McDreamy as an everyday guy that had a genius idea that he could just buy popularity and love.

But as we all know, you Can’t Buy me Love.

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RIP Amanda Peterson aka Cindy Mancini thanks for the memories

Politically Incorrect Review – Dope: Reasons why to watch this movie this Fourth of July Weekend

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Dope: Reasons why to watch this movie this Fourth of July Weekend

Besides a noun describing many forms of drugs or a stupid person. Dope can also be used as an adjective describing something or someone is “Dope,” which the movie Dope is, starring up and coming actor, Shameik Moore, who plays Malcom, a geeky high school senior from “The Bottoms” aka Inglewood that is different from his peers because he’s in love with 90’s hip-hop and wants to get out if the hood because he wants to make something out of his life, which his friends are the same way. Tony Revolori from The Grand Budapest Hotel and Kiersey Clemons are part of his click, who just want to check out vinyl records from the 90’s and play hip-hop punk in their band, which is affectionately called Oreo. Malcolm has his life planned out as he tries to get out of the hood trying to go to Harvard but like all things fate steps in to challenge our resolve. 

He gets invited to a party because he wanted to hook up with uber hot Zoe Kravitz but gets caught up with the “dope game” as A$AP Rocky puts dope aka drugs in his backpack, which is not dope. This begins a “slippery slope” situation with Malcolm and his friends because now he wants to get rid of the dope but is forced to sell it like one of his peers from the hood. Malcom gets caught up with all the bullshit he always avoided growing up in the hood but now he has to make a choice whether or not he’s part of the hood or is he much more than his environment, which makes for a good movie. Can a person survive a bad environment and still succeed with tons of adversities in his way? Can a person be a geek and a thug at the same time? This is one reason why you should watch Dope because it raises the question: Are you a product of your environment or is the environment the product of you? 

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  • The Nerdy Virgin

First off, who doesn’t like a coming of age movie, where our hero is completely hopeless because he’s such a nerd and dork. You want the universe to help them out to get laid because they are so lovable. You want them to stop jerking off to twerk videos.

  • Dope Ass 90s music

Tupac, Biggie & Nas. Do I even need to explain why the 90s had the best hip-hop music ever produced. I was super glad that I grew up on it, which shaped a lot of my creative ideas including with many other well-known artists. So, hearing all those songs from my childhood brings back fond memories like the 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny and Pop that Puxxy.

  • Chanel Iman, Zoe Kravitz, Kimberly Elise

Look them up. One of the best reasons to check this movie because of these gorgeous women of color, who are also smart and amazing actresses.

  • Your choice of movies this weekend SUCK:

What are your choices this weekend? An unfunny children’s cartoon, a softcore gay porn and a remake of an old sci-fi franchise. Be different this weekend by choosing a movie with heart, don’t be entertained with cheap thrills because you deserve better.

  • You deserve better.

Throughout the whole movie every character is stereotyped and pigeon holed just because of what they look like or where they are from, which the characters fight against on who they really are and what society wants them to be. It’s all about personal identity, finding out who you really are despite of your environment. As our lead character tells us in the movie to Zoe Kravitz’s character that she deserves better and don’t sell herself short. I believe this the main philosophy or vibe I got from this movie, which is despite of difficult circumstances or if your environment is not nurturing, you can still succeed. You deserve better than the current cards that you were dealt. Never sell yourself short because you were meant for MORE.

You deserve better.

You should watch Dope because you deserve better.

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