Five Film Ideas for Movie Night.

The Giver

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Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, what more do you want from an awesome movie? This would be a great film to watch to understand the concept of revolution, told from the perspective of the future. 


Management

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Jennifer Aniston does what she knows best, make every guy believe that they have a chance with her. It’s up to Steve Zahn to figure out what to do when they meet at his parents motel.  


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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This is Jim Carrey’s best performance alongside with Kate Winslet who break’s her typecasting, garnering her an Oscar nomination.  I would call this a “love story” for the ages. 


Cape Fear

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Scorcese and De Niro back at it again, hot off the success of Goodfellas. A must see for all Simpson’s Fans. Imagine, Robert De Niro looking for revenge on you. 


Primal Fear

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Edward Norton’s film debut that propelled him to stardom, where he plays an accused murderer with multiple personality disorder. Richard Gere may or may not save the day.  

My favorite film would be Primal Fear because of Edward Norton’s spectacular debut in cinema. It is probably the most epic way an actor can start out their career. But the one I would watch tonight is The Giver because the election is coming up. It may or may not just give people a new perspective on becoming more engaged in our current election. There are too many great movies out there that need to be watched! If you have a suggestion for me, don’t be afraid to Tweet at me. My Twitter handle is @DavidZosel.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why You Need to Watch “Charlie Countrymen.”

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love, and the girl runs away. She comes back and then runs away again. The boy finds the girl, and then something crazy happens. We all know that type of love story, but, Charlie Countryman takes this concept to a whole new level. Shia Labeouf gives an astounding performance, unlike any other film that you have ever seen from him before in his role as the titular character.  The film incorporates the idea of magic realism, which in any medium of story-telling shares a universal acceptance of magic in the real world. What is interesting about this is that Charlie suffers from significant hallucinations. We don’t know if they are drug-related, mental health-related, or if there is a magical spirit that drives the film. This film teaches us the importance of adventure, that helps us explore the most significant questions of love and destiny.

The logline states:

“A young American falls hard for a Romanian cellist whose father has recently died — and whose violent past could bring about his own demise.”


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Throughout the thrilling magical realism in the story, we watch Charlie follow his gut through these hallucinations. Charlie is guided by the spirit of his mother to go on this wild adventure in Romania. Following visions, hallucinations and signs can be very confusing for a character to go along with an even more challenging to make the audience believe what is going on. What drives Charlie in this story is the power of love, which stems from his Mother’s death. His newfound interest in the girl he meets creates a sense of destiny for Charlie, leading him to believe that his intentions are pure. Last, the most important driving factor in the story is the lust for adventure that Charlie has. Everyone wishes they could swallow up their fears and go on an adventure, just like Charlie does in this movie. Vicariously indulging yourself into his character makes a great experience as a movie viewer, and it may inspire you to hop on a plane and go to a random country for the reason of; just because. ​

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Five Films to watch on Father’s Day.

​I hope everyone has a great Father’s Day. I just wanted to suggest some fresh films that my own Dad and I like to watch together.

So here’s to you Pops!

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1. Full Metal Jacket
You will learn why boots are made for walking.

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2. Blood Sport
So much of the world will make sense to you after you see this movie. Seriously, all of life’s greatest mysteries will be solved after seeing this film.

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3. The Sandlot
S’more of what? You’re killing me, Smalls!

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4. Goon
It’s a tradition to watch every hockey movie that comes out because there are not too many of them.

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5. Tommy Boy
Your Dad could sell ketchup popsicles to an old lady with white gloves. Don’t most Dad’s have that as a skill in their repertoire? Well, mine does.

​These are five films that reflect me and my Father’s relationship. All have Father and son dynamics to each film. What are the top five movies on Netflix that resemble your ties to your Dad?

Seriously, do something beautiful for Dad today. If you are not in town, give him a phone call. If your Father isn’t around or has never been around, well be thankful that he gave you the power of life. If you have a father-type mentor in your life, let them know that you appreciate them. The important thing is that today is a day of appreciation for Father’s and Father type figures in your life. So take time out of your day to wish someone well.

I hope everyone has a safe weekend and a Happy Father’s Day!

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why You Need to Watch “The Iceman.”

Imagine, Goodfellas meets Taxi Driver meets Zodiac. Now, that would make an excellent film. Well, The Iceman is that film. This film is for people who appreciate good acting because it is filled with great performances, which is the film’s biggest asset. Michael Shannon stars as Richard Kuklinski (The Iceman), an infamous hitman known for killing over 250 plus people for the mob. The Iceman also has strong performances from Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, and Winona Ryder. If you are not a fan of James Franco, well spoiler alert, he gets killed in the movie so there may be some incentive for you to see the film.

The logline states:

“Nothing is more important than his family, which is why they can never know his homicidal secrets.”

Although this film does not do a good job of making you care about the main protagonist, it does make you really question his character of why killing people is so natural to him. The Iceman kills people like he is putting butter on toast, with no hesitation. Michael Shannon’s portrayal of Richard Kuklinski is not psychotic, it is chilling and mysterious; just what you would expect of a hitman, nicknamed The Iceman. This makes the viewer try to figure out why he is like that and how he can easily hide that from his family. I don’t know how I would personally lie to my family of what I did for a living or how I could go another day knowing that the only thing that I was good at was killing other people for money.  Characters like The Iceman completely bewilder me because of their introverted nature. This film spans his career of being a hitman for over 35 years, making it an incredible story. Just to see The Iceman slowly melt himself down, exposing himself slowly throughout that period is quite fascinating to know because he only opens up to the audience for as much as he knows how to. This is a character study that fascinates many actors because the character arch of Richard Kuklinski is on fire.


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Would you have that much ice running through your veins if Ray Liotta had a gun to your head?

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why You Need to Watch the “Double.”

Everyone needs to have an alter ego in some form. If you don’t have one, then find it because they are awesome. When I go to work, I am “David,” and when I come home and write this blog, I am my alter ego, Zos. The Double is a film all about the battle with the inner-self of who you are and what you aspire to be like. Jesse Eisenberg plays the protagonist, Simon James who is timid, shy and lacks confidence. He soon encounters James Simon, his more awesome alter-ego in his workplace. James Simon is a calm, cool, and confident version of Simon James. Confused to whether that this identical doppelganger is his twin, figment of his imagination or even a real person, James Simon stirs a whole lot of trouble for Simon James.

The logline states:

“A timid guy thinks he’s unique, the opposite of his devious doppelganger. But can doppelgangers really be opposites?”

The David Zosel logline says:

“A timid office hound (Jesse Eisenberg) becomes seriously paranoid after a confident and charismatic doppelganger takes a job at his factory and seduces the dame (Mia Wasikowska) that he lusts after.”


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This film makes me ask the question, “Why are we so afraid to be ourselves?” Simon James fails to realize that he needs to step out of his shell to reach his fullest potential. But, we as the audience only know that while we watch the story unfold. Simon James is more worried about if James Simon is real or not. It is his battle to find his inner truth in this psychological thrilling black comedy.
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 As an acting performance, this is Jesse Eisenberg’s best performance since The Social Network because of his ability to play two different people from the same character.

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What I took from this film is that if you want to be confident, then be confident. If you’re going to ask a girl out, then ask her out. If you want that promotion, then go and get it. If you lay around all day being too scared to do things, then you will go crazy thinking about the person that you wish you were. The Double shows us that if we do not become the person of our fullest potential, then we will always be chasing that person for the rest of our lives, hiding in fear just like Simon James. ​​

 

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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30 Ads in 30 Days – Ad 24 – It’s Greek to Me.

Jeremy Carson, a Creative Director, based in LA, wrote an article of why you should challenge yourself to make 30 ads in 30 days with 30 different brands. This sounded like a fun challenge. For today, I wanted to do a restaurant. It’s Greek To Me, a longstanding Minneapolis restaurant is finally open for lunch after close to 40 years of business. They have a beautiful patio with a fence that could be used for ad space. Here are some headlines.  Here is ad 24 of 30.

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What do you think? I want to put this in my portfolio, so tell me which ones are the best.

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why You Need to watch “Neon Demon.”

I have said this once before, and I will say it again. Just because something or someone is pretty doesn’t mean that you should strive to be like or touch that beautiful thing. The masterful storyteller, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) reinvents conventional storytelling once again, creating a newborn fairy tale that could only come from his sick twisted dark fantasy. The Neon Demon centers around a 16-year-old girl who moves to LA pursuing a career in modeling, whose beauty and youth indulge her into a world of hurt because of the people she is surrounded by in the fashion modeling industry. Discovering that her peers are jealous vampiric murderers, Jesse (Fanning), realizes that she is the biggest monster of them all: The Neon Demon.

NWR makes films for himself and himself only; not for you. He is the epitome of what a punk rock filmmaker is, raw, bold, and rebellious. I want to make movies like the way does, in fact, I am making one right now. NWR tells stories by composing striking images that he creates from his head. Great color contrasts, opposing images, futuristic scores, and creative bubble bursts that bend the minds of his biggest fans in all of his films. He is a director that really likes to slap you in the face with real “what the f***” moments that you will never see coming.


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Most of his films have themes of masculinity, but what makes The Neon Demon special is how he goes away from what he does best by emasculating his own work, going the opposite direction emphasizing feminism, beauty, and the power that women have. The Neon Demon is NWR’s sick, dark and twisted fantasy of what it would be like to be the most lusted, desired, and high in demand woman in the world. Something that he is not. This film is bold, and he goes where no filmmaker tries to go because storytellers spin tales of what they know versus what they ought or want to know. What does NWR teach us about beauty? Well, it is simple, beauty is dangerous.

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This film is an abrasive bashing attack on beauty. If you are lusting for a dominant performance from a female lead in a movie like nothing you have seen before, Elle Fanning drives this film from beginning to end, making you gasp for air for five minutes at a time convincing you that beauty is only a thing created in our heads. Beauty is the eye of the beholder, and NWR quickly assures us that Jesse is the most beautiful woman to ever grace our presence since mighty Aphrodite. Even though Jesse is obviously not the “hottest” model in the film, NWR explains to us that she has something that no other models have and that is the natural purifying danger that we all fear because very few people contain that exterior quality. She is not perfect on the outside like her rivals are, and those imperfections make her unique and are the reason why everyone lusts for her in the story.

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Jesse is the “Neon Demon,” a monster that glows so bright that when she walks into a room, she brings light to the world that used to be filled with darkness. It is a power that she doesn’t understand, but once she does, it consumes her and changes her to understand that narcissism is a good thing because this film teaches us that narcissism is about the complete acceptance of one’s self and capabilities. Not about how pretty you are. ​​

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why You Need to Wach “The Shallows.”

First off, this movie should never be compared to JawsThe Shallows has Blake Lively in it, so that should settle that dispute. Just because there is a shark in each movie does not mean that you should compare them because they are entirely different. The Shallows is a “horror-survival” movie, and Jaws is a “horror-thriller” film. But, let’s get back to Blake Lively because this movie is all about her character, Nancy, who deals with her family and career issues by revisiting a place that meant an exclusive deal to her mother who recently passed away. Nancy gets stranded on a rock 200 yards from shore having to deal with a shark that is waiting to eat her for breakfast. She must use her wit and determination to survive.

​If you are a girl and you are a fan of Blake Lively, then this movie is for you because her character is the heroine that women need. If you are a guy and you are in love with Blake Lively, then this movie offers you a lot of one on one time with her. It may be your only chance to have a date night/girls night out with Blake Lively.


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​If that reason wasn’t enough, then I got one word for you: shark. Here’s another reason: She is in a bikini for the majority of the movie. If I need to keep convincing, you then keep reading.
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​This is a very high concept film, meaning that the plot is simple. Can she get off the rock and escape from the shark? I mean, who doesn’t want to see a beautiful blonde get attacked by a shark? It’s thrilling, seductive and it gets us to bite, hooking us from the beginning to the end of the film. The plot is similar to any low-budget horror movie, specifically slasher films. This is the one location, few characters, a monster, and a beautiful girl type of story. It provides the same thrills as a slasher film, but guess what? Human beings are addicted to being scared. We are addicted to that specific type of stimulation that we get when seeing a monster hunt down a beautiful girl. Hollywood has made millions upon millions of dollars selling that cheap thrill to audiences for years. Cheap thrills are fantastic, and that is why you need to see this movie in theaters before it becomes a “rainy day” cult film. Seeing this film in theaters is the only way to get the most out of this movie because no other viewing format will give you the same experience than seeing it on the silver screen.
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​Blake Lively does something that Spielberg and Jaws can’t do for you, she makes sharks seductive. If Speilberg made sharks scary and horrifying, then Blake Lively made them sexy.

Nancy is a character that has to overcome significant adversity before and after encountering the shark. It was astounding to see Blake Lively’s performance because she made the audience feel her angst more and more from scene to scene. Her performance was incredible because it is tough to carry a film all by yourself. Seeing her performance in The Shallows made me realize that if she is paired with the right director and has the right character and script that she can be a real Oscar contender.

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​The world needs more movies like The Shallows, one with a strong female heroine that overcomes significant dramatic adversity.  Nancy (Lively) hits us with a “tidal wave” of emotions in her survival situation. It is always amazing to see the thematic elements of survival in films because when one is put on a rock and has to face a hungry shark, we get to know the vulnerability of the character to their fullest potential. This helps peel layer after protective layer away, helping the audience become one with the who Nancy is. That is why survival is such an appealing subject in cinema.

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Get your friends together and meet up at the theater to see this film because I assure you, it will be an awesome time out. The Shallows is your opportunity to spend a lot of one on one time with Blake Lively. Guys, this may be the only time you may get to go on a date with her. Girls, she is the girlfriend that you have always wanted because she will give you an adventure packed, thrilling experience that you will never get in your lifetime unless you go and see this film.  This is your chance to have your night out with Blake Lively, and the only way to fulfill that notion is to go see it in theaters because seeing movies in theaters is more fun with Blake Lively.
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Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why You Need to Watch “Meet The Patels.”

​”Hey, I know we don’t know each other, but we are going to spend the rest of our lives together. So, let’s just get married and we will figure out the rest of all that stuff later. Does 10 am at the courthouse work for you tomorrow? Okay, I’ll see you there.”

And that is how arranged marriages work in the Indian culture. Well, sort of.

For the first 10 minutes of viewing this film, I thought that I was watching an Indian- American romantic comedy. Sounds like a remarkable change of pace from standard rom-com’s, right? Boy, was I wrong? Meet The Patels is a thought-provoking documentary film about a first generation Indian-American named Ravi V. Patel struggling to find love in American Society which contrasts with his family’s cultural beliefs. This documentary is so tasteful and refreshing that I had no idea that I was watching a documentary. I thought I was watching an actual film. Along with many other reasons why I will give you to watch this film, this notion is the “rice” that tips the scale, making this one of the best documentaries that I have ever seen in the last five years.


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The logline states:

“With his 30th birthday just around the corner, Ravi Patel finds himself in a love triangle — with the woman of his dreams and his parents.”
​This film speaks in depth about the success of arranged marriages in the Indian culture, comparing it to its western counterpart. The divorce rate in the US is skyrocketing, making the subject about how love works in Indian culture so fascinating. My favorite part of the film explains how the Indian caste system works, and the history of immigration of Indian-American’s in our country. I loved learning about a new culture in terms of the specific aesthetic in which the film’s subject matter talks about. Indian culture is ginormous, so learning about the Gujarat people educated the hell out of me.

Before the film, Ravi recently got out of a two-year relationship with a red-head from Connecticut. Ravi kept her a secret from his very traditional Gujarat parents during their time together. The reason for this is that he has to marry someone from the same caste as him.

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When Ravi goes back to India with his family, he tells his parents that he wants to be set up with an Indian woman, and the process is extremely complicated. When Ravi set’s his journey out for love, he has to register his biodata sheet which is a profile used for Indian arranged marriages. Next, you see him travel all over the US going on dates with women who are deemed to be compatible. Having your children get married is extremely important for parents in Indian culture, giving Ravi a considerable dilemma.

 

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A caste is a social class that you are from in India, and his social class is the Patel’s. Indian people with the last name Patel are the working class from India who migrated to America, many own 7/11’s and motels all over our country.

When Ravi goes back to India with his family, he tells his parents that he wants to be set up with an Indian woman, and the process is extremely complicated. When Ravi set’s his journey out for love, he has to register his biodata sheet which is a profile used for Indian arranged marriages. Next, you see him travel all over the US going on dates with women who are deemed to be compatible. Having your children get married is extremely important for parents in Indian culture, giving Ravi a considerable dilemma.

Besides the luxurious aesthetic that this film gives us about Indian culture, we learn that there should be no rule for love. We should be able to be with whoever makes us happy, not who will make our parents happy or society happy. But it is hard to forget about tradition and modern-day views on love. That is why this film is so intriguing. If you love to see culture clash, the dilemma of love, and if you like to enrich yourself into an entirely different culture, then this film is for you to put on your queue.

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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The Four “Fourth of July” Films to Watch.

The five most American things that make The United States of America the country that it is being ranked in this order:

The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, Jazz Music, Baseball, and Movies. 

So, why don’t we celebrate our nation’s birthday by watching four awesome movies? There is nothing more American than cinema. If you are looking for something to do tomorrow here is a fun-packed day of excellent movies. So, turn on your TV and have these four films playing in the background while you and your friends or kids are hanging out at the cabin.

Follow this itinerary for a good time.

10 AM:

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When everyone wakes up tomorrow, and you are trying to get the day going, make a lovely Bloody Mary and pop on Top Gun. What screams America more than Kenny Loggins and Tom Cruise, right?

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​Time to barbecue! Pop open a cold can of Coors Light, and while you are grilling those bratwursts and burgers, the next movie you should put on is Wet Hot American Summer. This film will really get your juices flowing for some good summer fun. There is nothing better than a cult comedy classic and a few brats for lunch.

Next, go lay in a hammock for an hour and rehydrate.

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4 PM:

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While everyone is out on the boat or at the bar or doing something else, the best movie to stay indoors and watch when it is super hot out is definitely Major League. Everyone should watch a baseball movie during the Fourth, so why not make it Charlie Sheen’s most significant contribution to cinema? Major League is a great way to beat the heat and to relax and unwind during your day-long odyssey celebrating the nation that you love. Trust me, I am speaking from experience.

7 PM: Your Feature Presentation.

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​The first three movies are for you and your group of friends to half-heartedly watch throughout the day. Something to just have on the TV. They are to cure the ups and downs of the weekend. But, Gladiator is a different story, and here is why.  Whenever Gladiator is on TV or is playing, you just have to drop whatever you are doing to watch this cinematic masterpiece. How is Gladiator American? Simple. The Americans gained independence from Great Britain. Who directed Gladiator? A Britt named Ridley Scott. What is the premise of Gladiator? A Spanish slave fighting for independence and freedom. What did the American’s do during the Revolutionary war? Fight for those two exact things. The story also takes place in Rome, which was also the blueprint for our American government that our founding fathers based this country off of. Not to mention that we are a football-crazed country and back in these times, gladiator battles were the equivalent to today’s NFL games on Sunday each being weekly events. That is why Gladiator is the quintessential film for Americans to watch on Independence Day. Imagine, watching Gladiator with all of your friends as the fireworks spark in the air. How awesome would that be? Gladiator is the feature presentation of the night and the best way to cap off your Fourth of July weekend.

Happy Birthday, America!

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Why you need to watch “Life.”

​Sometimes the most beautiful friendships come from the conflict of self-intent versus self-purpose. Life is a film about that very conflict that which blossoms into a beautiful friendship. Tired of doing the same job over and over again, Dennis Stock (Pattinson), a struggling beat-photojournalist tries to make a name for himself by following an up and coming-unproven movie star named James Dean.
Stock’s selling point to James Dean (Dehaan) is that he can make him a star by publishing a photo essay of him in Life Magazine and this ploy doesn’t really interest James Dean at all because that is not what he wants. This biographical drama teaches us that friendship is a sweet responsibility, not a great opportunity.

The logline states:

“As he shoots pictures that would become iconic in “Life” magazine, photographer Dennis Stock forms a surprising bond with rising star James Dean.”


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The film is simple, there is no need to go into cinematic detail, breaking down cinematic details because it is merely a film about the relationship between two people. The story is a collision between two artists who try to prove themselves uniquely; therefore, they clash. The film expresses how Dennis Stock works to obtain something from a great opportunity and shows James Dean soul searching for his inner enlightenment. These dilemmas from both characters stem from the hardships from their past, present, and what is to come in their near future.
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At this point in history, James Dean is an unknown entity but is slowly picking up steam as an actor who is about to premiere his first ever feature-length film as a lead character, East of Eden. Like a shark, Dennis Stock smells blood and see’s something huge, and he attacks James Dean like a fish out of water trying desperately to get him to do this photo shoot with him. You would think any rising star would accept such a great opportunity, but James Dean doesn’t know if he wants fame, all he wants is to do good movies and to get lost in his roles. This is why Dennis Stock represents the ideology of self-intent, and James Dean represents the search of self-purpose creating a significant conflict between the two characters not in terms of their relationship but in the case of their moral dilemmas. They both seem to be looking for something that doesn’t involve one another but by happenstance are in the same boat because James Dean never writes off Dennis Stock at all. He simply responds to his requests by inviting him to be friends with him in the style that James Dean knows how to: by being cold.
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What Life instilled upon me is that we forget why we become friends with people. We only seem to befriend one another nowadays just to advance ourselves in life that is alone advantageous to ourselves. People don’t become friends with one another for the sake of only becoming friends anymore. James Dean taught Dennis Stock how to be a good friend because if someone makes a genuine effort to be your friend, you should honor that notion by reciprocating that.

This is a beautiful film about friendship. Just because you have a chance to become friends with a movie star doesn’t mean that it is an excellent opportunity because this is complete and utterly incorrect. Having a friend is a responsibility, and if we honor that ideology by nurturing, loving and caring for them, then we will begin to blossom in our lives in the way that we ought to be growing as human beings, not in the way that we intend our lives to progress.

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Final Thoughts:

Do you remember as a child when you would run up to another kid and play on the playground or color with someone else, and you would become best friends with him or her? Try doing that tomorrow. Not color or go to a playground but make a new friend. This article is dedicated to the ten friends that have made my life a lot easier just by being a good friend to me.

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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30 Ads in 30 Days – Ad 23 – Valspar Paint.

Jeremy Carson, a Creative Director based in LA, wrote an article of why you should challenge yourself to make 30 ads in 30 days with 30 different brands. This sounded like a fun challenge. For today, I wanted to touch on mental health. There is a trend of people who repaint their walls every year to enhance their mood, to help their mental health. This is like a prescription painting. The message behind this is, “I use colors on my walls, like how some people use prescription pills.” Here is ad 23 of 30.

 

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What do you think?

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

If you want to support my writing and for me to be able to create more content you can make a donation here: Venmo