1. The Hunger Games

For the past few years everyone has made a big commotion about a film called The Hunger Games – a trilogy that was originally a novel written by Suzanne Collins. It’s not rare that the literary version of a movie differs from the actual movie itself; However, the film was released in 2012 and the entire point of the movie is actually about a town full of people whom are very poor and every year two people from each district is chosen to……fight or die. In what appears to be the wilderness, where they’ll have to face holographic tidal waves from nowhere, and blood thirsty forest monkeys. Despite those of you who believe the film may be overrated, it’s a pretty good. You can probably rent it at a popular movie retailer or read about it here at IMDb.

2. Twilight Saga

No Bella! The twenty-two year old handsome, peck-haired hunk Taylor Lautner has his big debut in The Twilight Saga. Okay, most of you probably aren’t interested in him along with the rest of the cast physical characteristics; but Twilight is a movie also based on a book (is it a trend? uh-oh…) by Stephanie Meyer and the first film was released back in 2008. This film is a soft version of Dawn of the Dead with a spin of The Little Mermaid added in. To be honest, it’s comparable to those burgers that have no meat! Meatless burgers, Twilight is about a teenage girl named Bella who moves into a small town with her dad and meets a vampire at school and falls in love with him. Surprisingly, you rarely see any blood sucking in the movie. Those moments where there is blood sucking; the camera usually isn’t on the victim. Not very vampiry, eh? The soundtrack for this movie is pretty awesome, I will admit.

3. Avatar

Oh man, there’s a chance you’ll get electrifying chills up your back watching this. Ever seen a blue person as tall as a tree? You will  in the film Avatar directed by James Cameron, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Michelle Rodriguez released in 2009. A man gets sent to a holographic world where he meets a woman there who’s apart of a race of mountain tall, blueberry colored human hybrids and falls in love with her. She eventually finds out he’s been lying to her all that time, and some other stuff I can’t think of. The movie has impressive visual effects and don’t get scared – a large percent of the makeup from the movie was real. The film has gotten 16+ awards and notably won the Golden Globe award back in 2010. I was one of those people who wouldn’t dare watch a movie like Avatar…having nightmares about blue giants was not on my list of wishes. The movie’s technology is high-end, and it deserves to be seen across the nation.

4. Harry Potter Series

Expecto Patronum! Harry Potter coming in at No. 4, a novel written in 1997 followed by six other books and the last ending in ’07. The movie’s success was followed by video games, card games, and children’s toys sold around the world. The Harry Potter Franchise has made over 5,417,476 in revenue all together with the books alone making a striking ,743,000,000 in sales – and the total movies sales at ,216,000. That’s pretty sweet. Harry, a young boy living with his unloving family after his parents died escapes to a world of magic where he attends a wizard school called Hogwarts and finds out his parents reputation at the school is that of a movie star. It’s been exactly three years since the last movie came out, and I am still heart broken in the back of my heart. Expecto…Patronum?

5. Alice in Wonderland

Yes, it’s starting to seem like filmmakers are fond of taking books and putting them on the big screen. Alice in wonderland, a novel written in the 1800s about a young girl named Alice introduced to a trippy world and accompanied by a few talking animals while in-taking magical mushrooms and sparkle glimmering hot tea. The book was first given attention and made popular by Walt Disney in his animated version of Alice in Wonderland in 1951. As you know the movie is a child hood favorite amongst the youth; but the film has been remade recently in 2010 and features Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway. It’s whacky, but take a look at it if you care for cool graphics and boogery, witty creatures in a psychedelically themed forest. Tim Burton has done it again…..I take it he’s been to Wonderland himself.

6. The Dark Knight

If you could hear my voice right now – it’d sound very scratchy and low, but more like a boss threatening his employee to never speak of what he saw ever again or he’ll ruin his career forever. That’s the idea I get when I hear the sound of Batman’s voice in the movie The Dark Knight in 2008 by Warner Bros. Receiving good ratings from popular websites and organizations, Batman was a novel from the DC Comics some time before and it has hit the big screen a couple of times. The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2008 is an up-to-date version of America’s favorite superhero: Batman. The film is surprisingly rated PG-13 and not rated-R…though, I could have sworn Batman was a mysterious super hero who defeated villains? The action doesn’t count? Watching this movie, you’ll feel the need to hide even if you’ve done nothing wrong. Psychology, you are put in a villains mind…or is it just me. I am afraid of Batman and I get the creeps while watching this movie.

7. The Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings is like the lesser version of Harry Potter so it’s occasionally fine for hipsters to watch this film. The Lord of the Rings movies began in 2001 with its first movie out of 3 called “The Fellowship of the Ring”. A guy named Gullum had a ring that drove him crazy and changed his appearance to a small, balding three to four feet tall creature with a high pitched witch-like voice. A boy named Frodo now has the ring but Gullum wants it back; but, he can’t do so because Frodo plans on destroying the ring. It’s a pretty creepy movie but pretty popular. The film was based on an original book series. The films ended in 2003 and since then the movie has made .621 billion in revenue; though today the numbers could be even bigger.

8. The Hulk

Hulk SMASH!!! We all know about the Hulk – the big green man who ran around smashing cars and breaking windows…he did that, didn’t he? The one football players inspire to be and an especially popularly known character among Americans, The hulk is a Marvel comic that has made a fortune from video games over the years, toys, posters, and of course movie sales. His skin can be described like an olive or an exfoliating mask and his body size like that of a gorilla. The film was released in 2003 and he also appeared in The Avengers. Marvel must be happy having made so much money through movies and merchandise alone from this guy – I am thankful he doesn’t actually exist, or I’d be hiding right now in an underground dome or somewhere in the North Pole.

9. Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes. I never fully understood this film. Although, it’s basically about a detective who gets into a lot of trouble accompanied by his friend. Not so much, but the movie was released in 2009 and Sherlock himself was played by the popular actor Robert Downy Jr. and made over 9,028,679 in revenue. Sherlock homes has won over seven Awards including the Teen Choice Award in 2010 and more than 20+ of the directing cast has received awards for excellence in production design. The movie is actually never boring and that’s amazing because the title itself seems boring. Check it out, you may be “sleeping” on the title, but you won’t on the movie. Get it?

10. Star Wars

When you think of Stars Wars maybe your most fond memory was of our favorite 5-7 ft. furry friends, Wookies. Ah. Stars Wars has to be old, in fact it was written originally in the year 1977 and the games seem to be more widespread than the movies themselves. They’ve even gotten as creative enough to make Star Wars Legos and a Star Wars Lego video game…pretty weird, but pretty fun. Stars Wars, and action filled space drama with rememberable characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker – Oh yeah, we can’t forget those weapons we all used as kids in our imaginary action world (which was actually our bedroom) called Light sabers. Star Wars has over 40 games ranging from the 1980’s and still expanding today. As for movies, there is a total of six movies titled as “episodes”, the first film was released May 25, 1977, and is labeled as a movie belonging to the sci-fi fantasy movie genre, as viewers agree. TC Mark

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I used to keep a growing list of phrases I couldn’t stand. It probably started when I was sixteen. A faint memory of the words, “everything happens for a reason,”washed over my adolescent body at my father’s memorial service. And for the next several months, I wanted to punch anyone in the face who dared to say that to me. I could rationally understand this was something said from a good place, but my tiny fists still clenched each time. After, I started to keep track of other phrases that caused my blood pressure to rise a little. Overhyped Marilyn Monroe quotes always found a cozy spot towards the front, along with Pinterest-esque sayings like, “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”I also never liked, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too.”Uh, yeah, I can. That’s why I bought that slice of cake.

But there’s one saying constantly sprinkled over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. that always rubbed me the wrong way:

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

In an idyllic world of complete emotion control, this might be sound advice. But truth be told, I’m still trying to find out how to do that. It doesn’t matter how often I tell myself nobody has the power to make me feel a certain way, except me. I can flip through my psychology textbooks, I can search for the answers on how to not feel like shit. I can tell myself to smile. I can even walk around with that smile.

But sometimes, it’s okay to just feel like shit. It’s okay to allow yourself to cry, to feel sorrow for whatever person, place, thing has momentarily crawled into your skin. It’s okay to grieve just as much as it’s okay to smile. You are the only person to set the boundaries of how to feel and when to feel. Do not let someone tell you when and how to let go. You are the one who must let go. You make the rules. Don’t forget that.

Eventually, your sun will shine again. The shattered pieces of your heart won’t seem quite as scary to touch. You’ll start to pick yourself up, little by little. Do not listen when your friend says to use tape. Do not listen when that girl you barely know from class tells you to make a quilt out of your fragmented existence. You will do what you need to do, just trust yourself.

You might find some glue in the bottom of your desk. Spread all of the broken glass out in front of you. Look at it, cry if you feel like crying. Smile if you feel like smiling. Slowly, glue yourself back together. You have just made the most beautiful mosaic. You are different now, but you shine from different angles. You reflect a new image of strength. But it’s still okay to cry. TC Mark 

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The fault in our stars
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1. When people act one way on Facebook, and another way in reality.

I have this friend who is a total girly girl, and then she gets on Facebook and is all like, “I want to go mudding, four wheeling, and horseback riding!!” And then “ I can’t wait to go country dancing tonight, its my favorite. I’d rather my cowgirl boots than heels any day.” Then she comes over to my house (in the country) and sees a roach and has a panic attack. Her favorite color is pink. I mean, come on.

I know another girl (very well) who is possibly the world’s worst mother. She is one of those people who is never happy and likes to take it out on her kids. I mean she criticizes her kids on a daily basis, calls them stupid, has offered to give one to me when she didn’t want him and then gets on Facebook and is all “I love my kids, they are so awesome. I have the perfect life!” Interesting…

2. Those people that most ten to twenty status updates in a day.

Ok, you brushed your teeth! That’s so awesome. We should throw you a party. People, please listen to me here, we do not need a play by play of your entire day. And truth is, we don’t care!

3. When people bring their conflict to Facebook.

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a “cryptic” post like “Some people are so stupid! (Insert rant here)” Not only is this immature but it’s not productive. If you want to solve something, talk it out with the person or people involved. Don’t post it on Facebook for your two hundred friends to see. Although I do have to be honest, sometimes these posts are like a movie and I feel like I need to go grab a bag of popcorn to read what will happen next in this dramatic situation. But still, your embarrassing yourself.

4. Posting pictures of their food.

This has become more and more common. I have even started to notice at restaurants people “casually” taking pictures of their pretty appetizers or healthy foods or alcoholic beverages. I just don’t understand why people feel like their Facebook friends need to see what they are eating everyday.

5. Posting EVERY time they go to the gym.

If I had a dollar for every time I have seen a “hitting the gym” status I would be able to retire. At twenty-three. It’s like they think if they don’t post it, it didn’t happen. Newsflash: you can lose just as much weight without posting it.

6. Taking multiple pictures of the exact same pose, in the same outfit, at once.

We know you love your selfies, but I think we can get by with one bathroom mirror pic.

7. Sending endless game requests

I don’t want to play candy crush people. Or Farmville, or pet rescue saga. I am truly glad you have found something you enjoy, but if you send me one more game requests that sends me a notification…well, I don’t know. But I wont like it. TC Mark

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I didn’t marry for love or companionship. I married for sperm. Because it was easier to make babies and share a lifetime with a stranger than dealing with people asking you repeatedly why you chose to be a single mom with a bottle of baby batter.

I knew what I wanted. And I got what I wanted — a dream arrangement that allowed me to live my life without compromises. Where making a cup of tea in the morning was the only addition to my life.

“It’s like having a roommate who doesn’t ask you for your share of the rent,” is what I told my single friends who didn’t understand my need to marry so young.

We weren’t obliged to be nice to our friends. We had no mandatory date nights. Only sex nights 7 days a week. We didn’t have to do anything together; we lived our lives out of mind out of sight. It’s what I wanted. Because I am incapable of love and commitment.

It worked for a while. And then it didn’t. And then it did. And I hear a majority of marriages are like that, so I thought my decision still didn’t top my ‘seems sensible but stupid’ list.

After all it gave me what I wanted: a gorgeous happy baby.

Slowly, everything changed. The previously perfect arrangement seemed stifling. The rules changed. The sex changed. The body changed.

But I was too busy falling in love with the most infectious laugh I have heard yet. There was so much poop that I didn’t notice how much my marriage stank. And how can you let little things bother you when you have a tiny handsome someone telling you ‘I laaavvoooooo.’

I didn’t marry for love. And I am glad, because it stings a lot lesser tonight than it would have if I were in love with this man who just threatened to torture me with hot oil and break my legs. TC mark

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Kiss ♡
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It’s been forever since I’ve been on a date. In fact, I can barely remember the last time I went on a date. And I’m not talking about a formal date, a dinner date, or a blind date, either (God knows I’ve had enough of those to last me a lifetime). I’m talking about a date – a real date – one accompanied by bells and whistles and being picked up at 7 P.M., wearing my cutest dress and getting those butterflies in my stomach because I have no idea what the evening has in store for me, but it just might have the potential to be great. You know, that kind of a date. Or maybe you don’t know, because here’s what – people don’t date anymore.

And here’s why:

1. Chivalry is Dead…

That’s what they tell us, right? It’s what they’ve been saying for years now. In fact, they’ve probably been saying it since women got the vote. It’s unacceptable, though, and in a wonderful and recent wave of nostalgia, men have been stepping up to the plate, opening doors, looking a little more dapper. We could chalk it all up to Mad Men, but I think the rise of the post-modern gentleman has a little less to do with TV, and a little more to do with the fact that guys miss it. If he wants to be your big strong man, then by all means, ladies, let him. Something to keep in mind, however, is that we have a long ways to go in terms of reviving those old school ways – and I’m not just talking about the boys here. Both sexes play a part.

2. …and Social Media killed it

Why put in the time, or the work, when we all have convenient little apps on our phone that do it for us? It’s no secret Tinder and Grinder and the numerous other programs we can download in an instant have helped more than they’ve hurt, but they have hurt. After all, what’s human about surveying mere pixels, taking a thumb to a screen and swiping YES or NO before even hearing what somebody else has to say for themselves? It is painless, sure, and easier than approaching somebody face to face, but life isn’t supposed to be painless, or void of rejection. The struggle and the process build character, and these are the things that eventually lead you to the person you know you’re meant to be with. The one you’ve been wading through all the others for. The one you’ve been waiting for.

3. We hide behind our screens.

Ever been out with friends and looked around the club, or the bar, or the dinner table, only to find each and every one of them corresponding with somebody who’s NOT with you? Somebody who’s not there at all? Repeat after me: MY PHONE IS NOT MY FRIEND. This is why nobody approaches another human being at a bar anymore, or at a coffee shop, or on the subway, or in a café. Those Meet-Cutes? The ones in the movies? They used to happen all the time. Back then, nobody had a screen to hide behind. It was a move-it-or-lose-it situation. If you saw a cute girl studying in a coffee shop or walking past you down the street, if you really thought she was a babe, and if you lived before the Digital Age, you’d have to get over yourself and say hello. Tell her she looks pretty. Ask her out. Take her out. Today, we dismiss those cues, ignore those opportunities, let them pass us by, because at the end of the day, if we’re really that interested, we could always just stalk them on Facebook. That’s where it all went wrong.

4. Etiquette has gone out the window.

Pursuers: take notes. If you finally get the object of your affection to agree to go out with you, if you’ve actually mustered up the courage to ask them on a real date, and if they’ve finally said YES, then by all means, take charge and plan it all out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked out, only for my pursuer to follow their proposal with, “So what do you wanna do?” A first date is a chance for you to impress me, and not the other way around, especially if you were the one doing the asking. Think of it as an audition – the few hours I take out of my own busy life to spend with you should be a window into how great that busy life of mine could be with you in it. This is key, and so often forgotten.

5. Read the room.

When you pick her up (and do try to pick her up), don’t just honk your horn outside her place like a taxicab, or like those loser boyfriends in the movies. Lean on your car like James Dean and wait for her to come out. If she’s a slow walker, for God’s sakes walk beside her. If he looks nervous, put him at ease. If she can’t walk in those high heels, give her your arm or your hand (NEVER make fun of the shoes). If he’s a sweetheart who’s trying to make you laugh, then laugh. If he’s the kind who’s full of himself, tease him and give him a hard time. Make the most out of every moment, because let’s face it – in this day and age, who knows when another date – a real date – will come your way again. TC Mark

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