Ranking your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man movies

posted Oct 17, 2017, 3:02 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 3:03 AM ]

It can be argued that no other superhero represents the Marvel brand as much as Spider-Man. With this year’s “Homecoming”, there have been six movies released with everyone’s favorite webslinger in the lead role. Let’s rank them all shall we? 

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Starting at the last place, we have “Spider-Man 3”. Yes, it was bad. Sam Raimi had a very public disagreement with studio execs who wanted to cram everything into one movie. The result was a tangled mess. 

“The Amazing Spider-Man” would have to be in 5th place. It wasn’t amazing. It was mediocre. It was forced. Garfield and Stone would end up together in real life though. So there’s that. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was better, if by only a hair. 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” was the latest in the Spidey franchise, and probably the most politically correct. There was just something about Peter Parker acting like a 12-year-old that was so annoying. 

“Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2” were far and away the best in the bunch. The first film hit all the right notes, and brought to audiences effects that were never before seen. Its sequel was even better. In fact, many critics hailed “Spider-Man 2” as one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.

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Photogenicity: How To Act Natural In Front Of a Camera

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:16 AM by Clayton Hutson

For many people, one of the toughest things in the world is to just be yourself in front of a camera. Whether it be for photography, acting, or speaking, acting naturally in front of a camera is hard.


But with enough knowledge and practice, you’ll be able to pull off that photogenic look. Here are some tips:

1. Relax your body

You need to get out of your head and into your body. Try to “slob” your body out so shake off the stiffness. Try to breathe freely. When your body is relaxed, you tend to act more naturally, and you register better on the camera.


2. Imagine yourself alone, and that no one is watching you.

Set yourself free. Do the things you would do if you were alone. Let natural nuances to happen so that you can act on it naturally. Scratch, get the face out of your hair. Remember, everyone looks way better when they’re relaxed.

3. Give yourself something to do

Anything that is genuine looks amazing on camera. So, if you’re told to read a book, really read a book. Use props and bits of business. Clean your fingernails, really feel the breeze on your face, really observe the other person in the scene. Look into their eyes -- because people will know if you’re really doing the real thing.

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posted Aug 24, 2017, 6:31 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 6:44 AM ]

Over My Dad Body: A Look At The Hype Surrounding Dad Hats

posted Aug 11, 2017, 3:18 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 3:20 AM ]

It’s been almost two years now since dad hats took the fashion scene by storm, an accessory that fits literally to a tee. The resurgence of sportswear in the street clothing industry needed the dad hat, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to think that the trend is ending soon.
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Dad hats are curved-brim caps very popular in ‘80s and ‘90s, often associated with sports like golf and baseball. Vintage wear has come back in a big way, complemented by lifestyle sneakers, track suits, and joggers. The dominant overall aesthetic in current streetwear is very sporty, with pants that taper to show off sneakers and clothes with printed brand names like Adidas, Supreme, and Bape.

The dad hat is the perfect addition to this casual, outgoing look, and men and women everywhere who want to fit in with the trendy crowd can be seen donning these. Before these caps became popular, the staple head accessory in the hip hop street culture scene are flat front panel snapbacks.

But the market has already been saturated with these dad hats, and many fashion-forward trendsetters are starting to get these out of their heads, so to speak. Those who came in late into the game might want to reconsider even getting one, or just go for the dad hats’ more enduring snapback cousins. In the end, whatever your preferred headgear is, the important thing of course is to be you and carry your hat with swag.
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Centers of Attraction: The Best Pivots In Lakers History

posted Jul 28, 2017, 5:43 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 5:44 AM ]

Some of the greatest players of all time who played the center position in the NBA donned the purple and gold Lakers uniform. And because of these pivot men, the Los Angeles Lakers won several NBA championships – the second highest in league history, in fact.

Here are some of the best centers to have ever played for the franchise:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Abdul-Jabbar is not just the best center in Lakers history; he is also considered by most people to be the greatest ever to play the position. He leads the league in total points scored at 38,387 and has won a league-record six Most Valuable Player awards. He was also a big factor for the 1980s Lakers, which won five championships during the decade.

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Shaquille O’Neal

Probably the most physically dominant player in NBA history, O’Neal teamed up with Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson to lead the Laker’s to three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2002. In his heyday, O’Neal was an unstoppable force of nature, bringing home every Finals MVP award during the team’s championship run.

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George Mikan

George Mikan is considered the original big man and the pioneer of Lakers basketball. He won five championships for the franchise, which played in Minneapolis at the time. The success he brought to the franchise during the 1940s to 1950s foreshadowed the future success of the team.

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Top Film Schools in LA

posted May 12, 2017, 4:52 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated May 12, 2017, 4:53 AM ]

If you’re looking to pursue a career in the film industry, then start looking in Southern California. Los Angeles’ roots in the film industry run deep. It is home to some of the biggest and best film programs in the world. Whether you’re aspiring to be in front of the camera or behind the scenes, film schools in Southern California have the right tools to jumpstart your career.

Here are the best film schools in Southern California

University of California Los Angeles

UCLA specializes in immersing its students in every aspect of filmmaking – from lighting to sound. UCLA has been focusing lately on socially active filmmaking.

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American Film Institute

Scene overlooking Hollywood is motivation enough to enroll in AFI. The proximity of AFI to Hollywood is its biggest draw, with local talent driving up the hill for guest lectures. AFI implements “narrative workshops” to its classes where students sit silently as their classmates tear their film projects to shreds which makes some students flee for law school.

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University of Southern California

This is where the best of the best come from. One professor always tells his students, “Look to your right and your left, because you're going to be working with these people for the rest of your lives.” The next generation of Hollywood winners come from this school.

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Magic Or Kobe: Who’s The Best Laker In History?

posted May 11, 2017, 2:34 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated May 11, 2017, 2:34 AM ]

The Los Angeles Lakers are a very storied team with a glorious history. A huge part of their success is due to legends of the game who’ve worn the gold and blue throughout the years. As such, there has been much debate on the greatest Laker of all time. Forget Wilt. Forget West. Forget Shaq and Kareem. The two players we’re talking about are Magic and Kobe.

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With five championships each, they were undoubtedly the leaders of their respective teams during their runs. But let’s forego all the stats, accolades, and awards. Let’s agree that they were both amazing talents who were simply the best at what they did when they were around. Let’s take a closer look at who they were.

Magic was a floor general with full-court vision unlike any other. He knew where his teammates were at all times, and he could get the ball anywhere whenever he wanted to (including the back of the net). Kobe on the other hand, was almost like a Michael Jordan clone. He could score at will, and could beat any defender at any time. He was an impeccable shooter, with nerves of steel.

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Still, apples and oranges, right? So what truly separated these two? There was one quality in which the truly great ones excel at. They had the ability to make everyone around them better. Magic could do it without question. Kobe, well, that’s another debate.

However, I’m pretty sure if you give these two legends identical teams of mediocre players. Magic’s team will win every single time.

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Mastering Film Basics: The Life Of a Production Assistant

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:35 PM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 9:36 PM ]

Some people do not have a very high opinion of the job of a production assistant. In Hollywood, the job advertisements for production assistants are quite plentiful. This speaks so much about the high turnover rate in such a profession. But truly, being a production assistant is the perfect opportunity for the aspiring film practitioner to be prepared for something greater.

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For starters, it’s a good chance to go around the different aspects of making a movie. Usually, a film production is a project that is composed of dedicated teams doing a specific kind of work. Lighting alone may make up a whole team, and so does make-up artistry. Even logistics can be divided up among several responsibilities, like meals catering.

With this, the production assistant has a very close view of each of the aspects and learning from these gives him a more solid idea of which faculty he wishes to develop the most in a more professional undertaking in the future.

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This also provides the opportunity to learn from very talented people and pick up a thing or two that can be useful to the career that he is aiming to have. Perhaps, if a person of authority in the production team sees potential in a production assistant, he could be called on to take on a much bigger responsibility. Easily, this could turn into a mentorship.

The life of a production assistant is an exciting one, and with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, it can become the start of something big too.

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What was the best Laker team?

posted Feb 22, 2017, 2:42 AM by Clayton Hutson

The Los Angeles Lakers have as many championships as their great rival, the Boston Celtics. They’ve had two dynasties, one in the 80s under the mercurial Pat Riley, and another in the early 2000s under former Chicago Bulls coach, Phil Jackson. They have had amazing line-ups before, and we’re here to discuss the two greatest teams, who are on top of the mountain.

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This Laker team led by the incomparable Magic Johnson finished the regular season with a 65-17 record. The best in the NBA. Pound-for-pound, not only was this one of the best Laker teams in history, it was also one of the all-time greatest teams in the NBA. It was the pinnacle of the “Showtime” Lakers, a team so overwhelmingly quick, with the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Byron Scott complementing Johnson’s sublime play. They were quick, athletic, and uncompromising. They closed out the season in the third and final battle against their age-old rivals, the Boston Celtics.

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In the 2000-2001 season, the Lakers finished with a 56-26 win-loss record behind a monstrous season by Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant’s stellar play. Though the Lakers didn’t finish first in the league after the regular season, their playoff run was nothing short of dominant, reflecting Shaq’s play all season. They swept the Trail Blazers, the Kings, the top-seeded Spurs, and lost only a single game to Allen Iverson and the 76ers.

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The Best Movies About High School Football

posted Dec 9, 2016, 2:37 AM by Clayton Hutson   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 2:39 AM ]

Football is arguably the biggest sport in the United States. More people watch Monday Night Football than any other television show in the country. The cultural impact the sport has had is pretty deep, and many great movies were made on it. Here are three of the greatest films based on high school football in America.

Friday Night Lights

Directed by Peter Berg and released in 2004, “Friday Night Lights” ranks among the top films on American high school football. The gritty atmosphere adds the realization of a harsh reality faced by many teenagers in the football-obsessed city of Odessa, Texas. It is an award-winning movie and spawned an equally impressive television series.
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Remember the Titans

Boaz Yakin directs one gem of a football film against the backdrop of American high school. “Remember the Titans” is also a biographical work based on the life of Herman Boone, who tries to bridge cultures and races at a time, and in a place where it was difficult to do so. And as a rule of thumb, Denzel Washington makes any movie he’s in, stellar.

The Blind Side

There are many things beautiful about “The Blind Side.” The movie boasts of several powerful performances, the most notable of which was by Sandra Bullock, who won her Best Actress award at the Oscars for her role in the film. The tale of Michael Oher is uplifting, and a reminder that dreams can be reached, and that there are willing to help.

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