Sabrina

Why Millennials Should Should Watch Sabrina

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

While Audrey Hepburn has many iconic roles to her credit, her turn as Sabrina Fairchild is largely overshadowed by the likes of Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Princess Ann (Roman Holiday), and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). Released in 1954, Sabrina is a story of transformation and love wrapped up in a palatable romantic comedy package. The film may be over 60 years old, but has many relatable lessons for millennials trying to navigate the world of careers and relationships. For our generation, this is a classic not to be missed.


We see that love knows no hierarchy
Sabrina’s father has worked as the Larrabees’ — a wealthy family with a powerful company, and large estate — chauffeur for many years. For almost as many years, Sabrina has been in love with the Larrabees’ youngest son — the lazy, lustful David. David’s frequent ignorance toward Sabrina’s feelings for him finally becomes unbearable, and Sabrina attempts suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning — only to be saved by David’s older brother, Linus.

We learn that true love does wait
After her brush with death, Sabrina leaves for culinary school in Paris for two years, and comes back a different woman. Gone is the uncertain, lovesick young lady, who is replaced with a refined and confident woman. And, the now-engaged David notices. Panicked that the dissolution of the engagement could ruin a profitable business deal, Linus attempts to distract Sabrina, and keep David’s advances on her at bay by perusing Sabrina himself.

We understand that people change, and it can be for the good
Upon her return home, Sabrina’s change in appearance and attitude are immediately apparent. But, throughout the film, the men interested in the new and improved Sabrina also transition into better versions of themselves. Initially, Linus only claims to be infatuated with Sabrina. Over time, he not only genuinely comes to love her, but also becomes more relaxed, and less focused on the company as his only source of pleasure and happiness. It is David who is forced to be more responsible, and think not only of his own promises to his soon-to-be wife, but also the welfare of a company he may one day control. Isn’t that what love — both love for ourselves and others — is supposed to do… help bring out the best in each person?

We learn that we’re not the only ones with doubts in relationships
Sometimes, it is difficult to know whether or not the person we are dating is a person who is good for us. Sabrina has always been attracted to David, but before acquiring her worldly culinary education, he paid her little mind. Shouldn’t the person we are meant to be with stand by us, even when we are not at our most beautiful, put-together versions of ourselves? Relationships should be more than just beautiful backdrops for our selfies, and shout outs when bae cooks you dinner.

We’re reassured that it’s not just us that hate talking about our feelings
Unfortunately, when Linus feels the stirrings of love for Sabrina, he cannot even admit to them himself. Whether it is because he is much older than Sabrina, or because of the guilt he feels for not coming clean about his intentions, Linus cannot see himself as being right for Sabrina. Perhaps an audience might feel similarly when one considers the pain it would cause both parties in real life. For millennials, internet dating has caused its own set of problems — many of which are based on a lack of honesty, and an uncertainty about what each person wants (Are we officially dating? Are we exclusive? Are we merely a hookup? Are we just “hanging out?”).

Suicide awareness is prevalent, and that’s a huge step for this time period 
Sabrina brings up suicide, in a time where the subject was very much taboo. In our modern world, where suicide games are a horrifying trend, and a young woman has gone to jail for encouraging the completion of such an act, the very mention of suicide should strike a very real chord in millennial hearts. Thankfully, Linus is there to stop Sabrina from making an irreversible mistake, and she takes her second chance at life as an opportunity to go on an adventure — and become the person she has always wanted to be. Think of all the love and heartache, support and disappointment Sabrina would have missed out on. No one will ever know what changes could make all the difference. We should continue to discuss this issue so that our generation can continue to pursue our passions, fall in love, and live the lives we’ve all always wanted.

Movie Remakes That Never Should Have Happened

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

Over the last ten years, countless movie studios have sought to cash in on people’s love of nostalgia by producing remake after remake of some of cinemas most beloved films.

Some stray so far away from the original story line that they can hardly be interpreted as coming from the same concept, while others simply copy the first version and swap out the well-known cast for some fresh meat.

These movies never should have been remade. 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


When Brad and Janet find themselves stranded with a flat tire, their search for a telephone leads them to a strange castle holding The Annual Transylvanian Convention and meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Remade
When you think of a cult classic, this film should immediately come to mind. Its fan base is so dedicated that screenings of the film are highly ritualized–movie-goers dress up, bring props and throw objects, and shout at the screen when certain lines are recited. In 2016, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again was released on television to negative to mixed reviews. It should be noted that the TV-movie version pays homage to the popularity of the original by showing people attending such a viewing and including audience participation. But still, some things should be left as they are…

Grease (1978)


After a few dreamy summer nights together, Danny and Sandy discover they now attend the same high school. Sandy is poised and innocent while Danny is not quite the gentleman his summer love thought him to be. A nod to the naivete of the 1950s, the soundtrack to the film became the second best selling album of the year.

Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Remade
Although Grease Live (2016) did well in ratings and was praised by many critics, nothing can live up to the original motion picture soundtrack. When a school dance or big party needs a sing-along it is usually this soundtrack (that of the original movie) that gets people shouting “Grease Lightning” and “You’re The One That I Want.” But who can recreate the performances of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John? Answer: No one. And we’re not even going to get into Grease 2 and how that never should have happened in general.

Annie (1982)


Who knew there was so much singing in orphanages? The titular Annie is a spunky young girl growing up without love and parents in New York City. Surrounded by her best friends but tormented by the owner of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan, Annie runs into a bit of luck after a thwarted escape attempt. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks sends his assistant to select an orphan to spend a few days with him at his luxurious mansion, it is Annie who is in Miss Hannigan’s office at just the right time and is ultimately chosen.

Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Remade
Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters steal every single scene that they are in. Although a TV movie (1999) and contemporary version (2014) have followed, both remakes have received more criticism than praise. The contemporary version’s soundtrack leaves out the hilarious and highly notable Easy Street, and Miss Hannigan turns out to actually be a nice person at the end. No. That’s not supposed to happen. 

Footloose (1984)


In a small town where dancing is outlawed, a newcomer from Chicago arrives and puts up a fight for the town’s first prom in many years after a tragedy killed a group of young citizens.

Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Remade
This film’s 2011 remake was identical to the original — except where it mattered. The iconic songs had been retooled and frankly lost much of their charm. No matter how talented the leads are (Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald are both professional dancers), it cannot make up for the loss of Eric Carmen and Kenny Loggins on the soundtrack.  Not to mention the fact that trying to put Footloose in the current era just doesn’t work — the dances work too perfectly with ’80s music and outfits.

Dirty Dancing (1987)


During a summer getaway at Kellerman’s resort, Frances “Baby” Houseman is immediately captivated by the enticing dance moves of instructor Johnny Castle. When his partner can no longer perform at a rival resort, clumsy, awkward Baby volunteers to fill in for her for the night. Baby learns the mambo but also lessons about love, honesty, and trust.

Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Remade
The 2017 TV movie “reimagining” was an utter disaster! Gone is the angry-competitive chemistry between Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. Gone is the memorable choreography by Kenny Ortega. Instead, audiences were introduced to many new elements which were received poorly by critics and Dirty Dancing fans alike. For instance, Baby’s parents are estranged in the beginning of the film, and at the end of the movie Johnny is revealed to have choreographed a musical based on a book Baby had written. The movie was also remade in 1988 as a TV series which, like this latest remake, failed.

La La Land: A Musical for Millennials

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

It may not have won Best Picture (in a now infamous mix-up at this year’s Oscars) but La La Land proved that musicals continue to be a much-enjoyed genre for cinema-goers everywhere — even (and perhaps especially) millennials.

I love musicals — as any former dance kid should. There’s something empowering about characters expressing through a little (or a lot) song and dance. If you’re anything like me and my group of friends, these songs about love, loss and the quest for equality and justice are the ones that stick with you.

When I saw the trailer for La La Land I couldn’t help but feel intrigued by the classic Fred-and-Ginger style the film had been given. When a co-worker raved about the movie and suggested I see it as soon as possible, I knew my first instincts had to be right. So, after dinner one evening, a friend and I found ourselves in a local theater, lost in the world of La La Land — miles away from everyday life, but close to home all at once…

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PRODUCTION AND MUSIC
Perhaps the best quality of La La Land is the expertness with which time period, style and genre have been mixed. Before anti-musical folks start moaning, the saving grace of this film is that while there are a handful of musical numbers in the movie, the songs are dispersed throughout scenes filled with laughter, pain and joy. It has something for everyone!

The start of the film might lead you to believe that it is set in the early part of the 20th century (it is not…Emma Stone’s character drives a Prius and has an iPhone), but it is every bit as modern as any other movie produced in 2016.

Warning: the below contains some spoilers!

A CLASSIC PLOT WITH A TWIST
La La Land is the story of two star-crossed dreamers — Sebastian, a passionate Jazz pianist determined to keep the dying art alive and Mia, a barista and aspiring actress. They meet by chance and keep meeting — much to their annoyance — before they finally give in to their mutual attraction for one another (a favorite story-arch of romantic comedies).

The film is so much more complex than it appears on its first look. It brings up the hardships of romance — distance, time management and jealousy over achievements. It speaks of a problem young people have grappled with since the beginning of time — doing what is expected of them, being responsible and able to make ends meet or following their passions. Although the costumes and soundtrack feel nostalgic, Mia and Sebastian’s (and in turn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s) chemistry is timeless.

RELATABLE CHARACTERS
Millennials are well-known for their collective desire for realistic love stories that reflect the romances of their own lives. At the same time, though, millennials who love romantic comedies also value those narratives with the sweet ending they feel they and their favorite characters deserve.

La La Land brings us a sweeping love story that has a surprising and heart-wrenching ending. Just when it seems Mia and Sebastian have gone their separate ways (albeit amicably), the audience gets a flash of fantasy with scenes depicting their perfect life together before it is made clear that this was nothing more than a glimpse at what could have been.

IDEALISM
I loved every bit of La La Land and thought about it for days after seeing it for the first time. I encouraged many of my friends and family to see it and spent many days tap dancing and singing along to the brilliant soundtrack. If you love a good love story, if you love dancing and singing and music as an art, if you believe in the importance of dreaming and long for great adventure punctuated by bright colors and flirtatious sparks between two dazzling actors, this is the movie you have been longing for.

As Mia sings in her emotional audition, La La Land is a celebration of creativity and perseverance. “…a bit of madness is key/to give us new colors to see/…so bring on the rebels/the ripples from pebbles/the painters, the poets and plays/and here’s to the fools who dream/ crazy as they may seem/here’s to the mess we make…”

Not Your Typical Movie Night

Adulting, Author: Claire Greene

Be it Disney, Star Wars, horror/Halloween or Harry Potter, themed parties are a great way to break the ice with new friends and celebrate with old, be it young or old. Here are a few ideas on how to get a themed movie night or party going.

Pick a theme
So, this is the fun part. There are so many different ways you can throw a movie night, and it all has to do with what you love! I have thrown a bunch of different themed movie nights including horror-themed and Disney Princess-themed. Both of these were so much fun to plan and host because I love both of those genres, and it was a blast to explore a bit and come up with my own ideas.

However, make sure that you know plenty of people who will be interested in attending. When I threw the horror movie night, I was in high school and it was right around Halloween, so I knew plenty of people who were eager to be scared. If you want to throw a Halloween movie night of your own, our list of Halloween movies from decades past is a great place to start.

Also, don’t worry about what’s necessarily appropriate for our millennial age group. This is your night to have fun, guilt-free, so you can have a Disney Princess party in your thirties. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Pinterest it
Okay, okay, so I know this sounds a little cliché, but Pinterest really does have some great party ideas! For my Disney Princess movie night,  I simply went to Pinterest and within minutes I had ideas on what to cook and how to decorate. I ended up making “Grey Stuff” from Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel braided bread, Minnie’s bow tie pasta salad, Cinderella’s carriage veggie dip and princess cupcakes. All of these were ideas that I got from Pinterest — but depending on your theme, you could include some of our college favorite recipes too.

Also, don’t let yourself get too stressed out. Have fun with it! The night before this party I got a little overwhelmed with all of the cooking I had to do, and it just made me make mistakes and have to cook things over. Just stay calm and have a blast. I promise you no one will mind if you end up having to order pizza.

P.S.: the dollar store makes these themes inexpensive. Books found at Goodwill can be awesome center pieces. I found a porcelain apple that I filled with Hershey kisses and said it was true love’s kiss. Be creative and have fun!

Get input on what movies to watch from your friends
So, when deciding exactly what movies to watch, I always take votes from my friends. With the Disney movie night, we decided that nobody wanted to watch Princess and the Frog. You can get a few more ideas from our lists of favorite sports movies, classics from before we were born and romantic comedies. If it’s holiday time, turn on one of these classic comedies and whip up some of these holiday cookies — but see if your friends have any favorites, too.

Also, be realistic. Unless it is a sleepover, chances are you will only be able to watch about three movies. I started my party around two in the afternoon, and it went until midnight. However, everyone kept getting distracted, so how many total movies did we watch? Four. Go with the flow and let everyone enjoy their time. If everyone wants to wear pajamas, have a pajama party.

A good movie night is not about how much you spend, but how much fun you have and the memories you make. Make sure to take pictures so you can look back and remember what a great night it was. Enjoy yourself, and maybe let your friends help you a little.

The Oscars: More Than Just Glitz and Glam – Which is Why Millennials Should Watch

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

For nearly 90 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been handing out golden statuettes to actors, cinematographers. writers. directors, designers, animators, producers, and musicians for their contributions to film in that given year.

A tradition of prestige and glamour, The Academy Awards — aka the Oscars — have been televised since 1953 and are among one of the most-watched award shows annually.

However, with run times often nearing four hours, some millennials might look at such an event and consider themselves bored before the first category’s nominees are read off the lightning-fast teleprompter. Before you choose Netflix over the 89th Academy Awards, here are just a few reasons the Oscars remain relevant, especially for millennials.

 

A Reflection of Loss
As is customary for any celebration, the Academy Awards presents its audience — in the Dolby Theater and at home — with a moving montage of all the Academy members that have died that year. Fans and peers may mourn those that have passed, but as shown in the yearly tribute, their legacy lives on and it is at that time that — above all else — their work is admired and we are grateful for the impact it has made in our lives. This year we will send off many Hollywood greats whose absence is still being felt today.

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The People’s Politics
While Oscar winners are allotted a mere 45 seconds for their speeches, many triumphant celebrities use their small window of opportunity to not only thank their supporters but call attention to issues close to their hearts.

Writer John Irving thanked Planned Parenthood, among others, in his speech for Best Adapted Screenplay that he won for The Cider House Rules (1999), a film about an orphanage run by a doctor performing illegal abortions. Both the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq have been heavily criticized in Oscar speeches in their respective decades, as have some elected officials throughout the award show’s 60-plus year broadcast history. Sean Penn called for people to “sit and reflect and anticipate [their] great shame…” regarding Proposition 8 after accepting the award for Best Actor. Penn won the coveted prize for his portrayal of legendary gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Halle Berry became the first African American woman to win Best Actress, and the monumental moment was not lost on the newly-crowned Oscar winner as she reminded the audience that it had taken 74 years to come to fruition. The award show’s host will also highlight the social problems plaguing America that year — normally in a humorous way — as Chris Rock did when he pointed out the lack of black nominees at last year’s Oscars.

If you are looking to get a feel for the nation’s political climate or simply want to be reminded that celebrities are concerned with the same matters as us everyday folks, look no further than the Oscars. We can be assured that this year’s awards will have an unlimited supply of material for hosts, presenters, and speech-makers to discuss.

 

The Future of Fashion
The Academy Awards is a grand event where your favorite stars strive to look their absolute best. It is a time to look at the color palettes emerging for spring and the new makeup trends that will soon be behind every make-up counter in the country. Oscar fashions run the gamut of styles — as do our own wardrobes. On the red carpet you will find everything from vintage couture, casual suits, and cutting-edge silhouettes. These gowns and tuxedos just might inspire some risk-taking in your own closet! Remember: your best accessory is your confidence!

 

A Pause for Gratitude and Daring to Dream
Is there anything better than feeling accomplished and thankful? Recognizing the help you have gotten on your journey makes you feel good inside. Don’t pretend you’ve never stood in front of your mirror, holding a toothbrush pretending you’re thanking the Academy “for this prestigious honor!” And what is so wrong with that?

Even if we never have to prepare a thorough but concise acceptance speech, we should hold on to the dreams we wish to bring to reality — whatever they may be — and be able to look back on the journey to success with pride. Don’t give up! After all, how many award-winners begin their speeches with the phrases “I never thought this would happen” and end them with “this is a dream come true?” Just don’t forget to thank the little people.

The Academy Awards are an opportunity for movie-goers and filmmakers alike to analyze the past and contemplate the future. Historical dramas help us to consider the decisions that were made and how they went on to shape the lives of many people, while documentaries remind us that life is as beautiful as it is unscripted.

Musicals, comedies, animated movies, and other films allow us to imagine what life could be like in any situation or how to make the best of something that’s gone wrong in our lives. No matter what kind of film you prefer to watch, motion picture always seeks to reflect the ideas and thoughts of a generation–perhaps multiple generations–in an artful and captivating way.

This year’s Oscars will be televised Sunday, February 26 on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. If anyone needs me at that time, I’ll be on the couch with my good friends Ben and Jerry.