Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Catfish: A Story of Digital Love

              The movie Catfish is a wonderful portrayal of the dangers of Facebook. With very little effort, anybody can become whomever they want. This became very clear when a woman with a low intelligence level, but a high level of determination, creeps into a man’s personal life through art and fraudulent claims. Catfish is quite the eye-opener when it comes to how twisted some people can be. Not only does it document the journey of Yaniv and Megan, two people who met and really connected via Facebook, but it also chronicles the adventures of young love and the trials that go along with it. Their journey begins with a pint-sized artist, Abby. She begins to make perfect paintings that mimic Yaniv’s (Nev) photographs. Catfish is a fairly accurate portrayal of the direction Internet love can head. It starts off sweet and innocent; just a boy and a girl, casually flirting through a screen. Nev knew that Megan would be his escape. However, things head south when some questionable situations arise. Soon, things aren’t quite the reality as they once seemed. Betrayal, confusion, and disappointment replace the feelings of admiration, hope, and lust.
              In 2010, photographer Yaniv Schulman released his documentary called Catfish. Yaniv and his brother Ariel decided to document a blossoming love story in late 2007-2008 between Yaniv and a woman he met on Facebook. Although things got complicated when the plot thickened and Yaniv no longer wanted to film, they continued on. And now we have Catfish.
              What really set this movie apart from other documentaries I have seen would have to be the way it was shot. It had a homemade feeling without losing quality. You can tell it's HD, but also that it was a simple setup and very grassroots. I also liked how the music matched perfectly to the plot and what was happening at that moment. I find it rare that a movie and its score match so seemingly well. This movie has a certain carefree feeling about it. It's obvious that they knew how to create an outstanding movie, but also you could see their real emotions seeping out. Nothing seemed overproduced or fake or planned. This was clear especially when Yaniv would strut around his home in his (probably) American Apparel XS Baby Rib cut briefs, showing off his Libra tattoo on his lower back (which he now regrets, according to his Twitter account). Also, this film reminded me of the documentary Objectified, which is all about design and the aesthetic pleasures of the world. Mostly because they are both shot in HD, and everything is so crisp and well thought out.
              Basically, Catfish follows Yaniv Schulman on his journey of love via the Internet. He is a photographer from New York City who specializes in dance. He obtains a certain amount of notoriety, and then receives a Facebook message from a small child named Abby. After several messages were sent, her mother, Angela adds Yaniv on Facebook and they begin their own separate correspondence. Time goes by and Abby’s older sister, Megan, 19, starts to talk to Yaniv. There is an instant connection between Megan and Yaniv, and things get steadily more and more serious. Yaniv fell in love even more when she begins writing him love songs…until he types the song into Youtube and finds the exact recording. Mistrust builds and demolishes her credibility. Angela then pleads with Megan, over Facebook, to “stay out of it.” Eventually, Yaniv’s trust level depletes and he decides to visit Megan at her farm in Michigan. Yaniv and Ariel pulled up to her alleged farm house, and sees that it’s abandoned, which is odd because Megan had just told Yaniv that she was going to be up birthing a horse. They look in her mailbox and they discover that all of Yaniv’s postcards he had sent to her were still in it, along with a message that said to mail them back.
              If you couldn't already tell, I loved Catfish. I generally do not like movies, but documentaries are my weakness. In order for a film to grab my attention, It needs to have a superb plot, a wonderful script, and maybe a large budget (although 3D turns me off more than anything). However, Catfish probably had a budget of $100, the plot was real life, so the twists and turns were just perfectly done, and again, the script was nonexistent, but everyone had such confidence and poise when they spoke. I feel like most people would enjoy this movie, because it's not exclusively interesting to just one group of people. My 10 year old cousin has a Facebook, but can only add his family at this point (per my aunt and uncle), so even he would get enjoyment out of it. The only bad thing I have to say about this film is that it gives online relationships a bad name. For instance, I'm in love with this couple that met over the Internet, named Mars Argo. Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair met online, and fell in love, and now they live in Chicago, making music and artsy videos. It almost seems like the film is trying to ward off talking to strangers online, which I do not agree with. I subscribe to the old adage that strangers are just friends you haven't met yet.

Friday, January 21, 2011

catfish 3

angela is UNSTABLE. like honestly if I were Nev I would fear for my life/move to a new place, since she knows his address.
also, if I were Nev I would probably....slap her :/ Whatever.
she's insane and ugly and has some serrrrrious issues. also he has twitter, so i like to read his tweets :)


yoseff ;D

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


i just want to say i used skype in like 2007.
also neopets.


well personally i actually like this movie, a lot. i love documentaries, and also Nev reminds me of my old friend Ross, so that's kinda cool. Like they have the same glasses, mouth and they both like art and have macbooks.
so far i'd give it a 9/10 because i do not like his brothers.


gossip girl

Friday, December 17, 2010

position paper....

                Having a cell phone is no longer a luxury- it’s an expectation. Growing up, most kids my age were around adults who carried cell phones (probably in janky cell phone holders connected to their belts). By the time we reached middle school, everyone had one. Although, of course, they were pretty basic phones- flip phone with a camera. All that changed in 2007 when the first iPhone came out. It seemed all of my friends had one, except for me. I still had an outdated Verizon phone.
                The iPhone in particular has many pros, alongside minimal cons. Having the Internet at your fingertips is empowering. The closest thing we have to God is the Internet, meaning the Internet knows all, can do all, sees all, and is just waiting for us to engage it. Having these tools at our disposal can also be to our disadvantage. Yes, tweeting on the go or Facebook stalking while waiting for a date is all good and fun, but it also means there will probably be an increase in mindless social media use. For example, if you aren’t comfortable with just waiting for somebody without something to keep you busy, you might just tweet for Facebook about something that’s on your mind without really thinking about the consequences. Somebody may tweet “Ugh, rough day at work. My boss, __________, is such a dick. I can’t wait till I quit after this week from hell.” Now, if somebody from their work saw this and reported it to the dick-like boss, the tweeter would most likely get fired before they got the chance to quit. Although this isn’t so realistic, it could potentially happen.
                Not only will having the Internet at your disposal make social media websites more accessible, but I think being able to be reached at all times is wonderful. I feel like the world is safer now that virtually everybody has a cell phone in their purse or pocket. If I were to get mugged I feel semi-confident that maybe somebody would call the police, or maybe get a picture. Probably not, but I like to tell myself little lies about life to make it more comfortable for me. Plus, what if your boss needed you for something? What if he, like, wanted to give you a project at like 9pm and if you did it well, you would get promoted? I think having your phone on you would be super beneficial.
                One time I went to see Weezer (ew, big mistake) at the Xcel with my friend. I think I was 15 and she was 16. I was grounded so I didn’t have my phone. The concert was pretty packed, and we were literally front row.
 I got extremely hot and everyone behind me kept pushing but there was NO room. It was literally the gate, my friend, and me. There was nowhere to go. Anyways, I kind of just jumped the gate, and tried to get my friend’s attention, but she didn’t see me. I figured we would both leave the front and then watch the rest of the show from the middle. That didn’t really work out. I just went to the top of the venue and bought Sprite and Mike & Ikes. After the show I tried desperately to find my friend, except there was like 13,000 other people running around. Needless to say, we were both freaking out. Then my mother called my friend…..big mistake number three. I got grounded AGAIN for a month for not being responsible. If only I had my phone with me, I would’ve been just fine!


I have no concrete source…I just used my common sense. But I’m, like, pretty sure everything is accurate.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I feel like being fired from a job for blogging is prett ridiculous. As long as it's not getting in the way of your job performance, it really shouldn't be a big deal. Also, I feel like it's semi-unconstitutional to limit what you want to say. I personally do have a blog (well, a Tumblr, so it's mostly just pictures of models and trendy clothes...) and some of the content may be questionable, but I don't think any of it can be grounds for firing. Sure, I might get grounded for exposing the Internet to my life and my family, but it's really not a huge deal.
As for Julie & Julia, I really enjoyed it. Maybe it's because I love Merryl Streep, but it was a really great film. I also thought it was pretty cool that her and her husband were both in the Devil Wears Prada. Other than that I realy do not have any kind of opinion on blogging, except that it should be kept personal and should not effect your work ethic.