By: Kendra Thornton
Still from “Amanda Knox”
I recently watched Netflix’s new documentary, “Amanda Knox”, and it definitely gave me a lot to think about. For those who don’t know about this infamous case, or it has been a while, I’ll give a simple overview. In 2007, a British exchange student named Meredith Kercher was found dead in the house she had been staying at in Perugia, Italy. Her throat had been slit and she was lying in a pool of blood. Her roommate, Amanda Knox, called the police after Meredith was not responding to knocks on her locked bedroom door.
This is an extremely interesting documentary because viewers get to hear the perspective of every major player involved in this case. This documentary includes interviews with Amanda Knox herself, Raffale Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, and journalist Nick Pisa.
I don’t think that this documentary was made as an attempt to sway viewers to believe their innocence, but rather points out how the media took advantage of this case for their own gain instead of reporting the facts. There is a moment in the interview with journalist Nick Pisa when the interviewers asks him how the contents of Knox’s diary was leaked to the press, and Pisa responds “a good journalist never reveals a source”. Excuse me? Any good, upstanding journalist with a moral compass always reveals their source. It’s called being transparent. It is scary to think that we are being fed all of these ridiculous stories from sources that we trust, but this documentary sheds light on this ongoing issue of the media breaking this trust.
Still from “Amanda Knox”
I honestly think that Knox’s decision to share her story only hurt her because after watching this documentary I am convinced she is guilty. She may have not committed the actual murder herself, but she was definitely involved. I know that there wasn’t enough DNA evidence to pin her at the scene, but how could someone’s story change so much that they end up mistakenly accusing someone of an extremely heinous murder?
For those who have seen this I’d love to know your thoughts!
Gattaca (1997). Image from source.
By: Kelly FitzGerald
Lately I have been spending a lot of time working on my honors paper, which I am writing about Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi film, Gattaca. Since it has been on my mind, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my insights with you all!
By: Cal Parsons
If you’ve ever been on the Internet and looked up movies, you’ve probably come across some article comparing Star Wars films, or a discussion about “which Tarantino film is REALLY his best.” The Internet has become a wonderful place for fans of movies to come together from all walks of life and discuss their favorite movies or franchises. This has made fandom culture increase significantly, as more people can discover their own niche group of people that enjoy what they also enjoy. What has this done for people outside these groups that also talk about those kinds of movies?
Well, sometimes, it ain’t pretty.
By: Dez Wortham
So I ended this weekend sitting in a comfortable movie chair watching The Fate of The Furious. I must say although each movie tends to get more and more unrealistic they keep getting better as well. There were so many instances in this film where i just scratched my head and asked why.
My original thought that since this would be the first movie of the series without Paul Walker that it would go back to the roots of all the movies that had Paul in them. I thought that the film was going to be full of street racing, and American muscle, but it wasn’t that way by any means and I wasn’t upset in the slightest. It was action packed with fighting and shootouts (right down my alley).
The story line had me upset for the first bit of the movie because i did not know what Dom’s reasoning for his action was. Once i realized what was going on i saw the great theme of American life presented. This theme presented was family, it is not a new theme because Dom has preached this message in every movie, but because of his circumstances he brought another meaning to family. I won’t spoil the movie for anyone, but Dom joins forces with enemies and individuals that have killed his family all to bring his family back together. I really want to spoil this movie right now, but I won’t i just encourage individuals to go watch because the ending will touch you in a way you didn’t think it would.
By: John Armstrong
Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will (Smith), Riley (Middleton), Capheus (Ameen), Sun (Bae), Lito (Silvestre), Kala (Desai), Wolfgang (Riemelt), and Nomi (Clayton). Each individual is from a different culture and part of the world. Sense8 tackles some serious subjects. Homosexuality, transgender relations, racial differences, feminism and deficiency of capitalism.
I find this show most interesting because the transitions from one person to the next, one scene to the next were exquisitely done every time. The way each sensate connected with the others, what they were able to help each other with emotionally and physically was masterfully done, with a very interesting and varied bunch of characters. I really mean interesting – there isn’t even one character that I can’t share some sort of bond with, don’t want to know more about or find interesting here, which on it’s own is quite an accomplishment considering that there are 8 main characters who couldn’t be more diverse. Made even more intriguing by all these developing connections between culturally very different people. In the show we finally see stories in color, and by color meaning diversity. The stereotypes are definitely present in the show, but above that, you see different people only being themselves and living their life.
by Russell Lawrence
How did we get to the over-saturated film market of today? It seems like every day you see a trailer for a new movie. More often than not, those trailers are all rotten too. F8 comes to mind (how the hell are there 8 Fast and Furious movies?) immediately, especially since I saw a Buzzfeed article the other day written by one of their writers who happily said she gave the series a chance and that it changed her life.
The official Fast & Furious 8 poster.