For those who either frequent this blog occasionally or know me personally, you already know that I am an ardent movie goer, and will often carve out time in my schedule to go and watch a film that I’ve been dying to see. I know what you might be thinking: “Walt, movies cost an arm and a leg. How often are you making trips to the movies? Isn’t that hobby much too expensive to afford for an entry-level office assistant’s salary?” Yes, I am aware of the steep prices of movie tickets, let alone adding the cost of movie theater snacks, but if it’s a hobby I’m passionate enough about and something that helps me maintain some level of sanity, I’d say it’s well worth it. Plus, with the advent of MoviePass (rest in peace, MoviePass) and AMC A-List, my inner film glutton can be satisfied with just a reasonable monthly fee. Though 2018 in film didn’t exactly top 2017 (#unpopularopinion), there were a lot of great films that came out this year.
Let’s turn the clock back to the year 2009. I was fifteen years old, a sophomore in high school, and just got cast as one of the lead roles in my high school’s spring musical, Back to the 80’s. As the title of the play suggests, it was riddled with references to 1980’s pop culture, all of the songs in the musical were from the 1980’s, the dialogue was delightfully cheesy, and all of it was GLORIOUS. Having just missed this fantastic neon-splashed, synth-infused era by just a decade, I will unfortunately never know what it was like to live during the 80’s, but being in this play was one step into experiencing this era, being able to live vicariously through my character. It wasn’t until after I did the play that I realized I missed out on a totally bitchin good time.
After 8 long years of waiting for a follow-up to her last studio album, Dignity, Hilary Duff fans everywhere are rejoicing the recent release of her long anticipated record, Breathe In. Breathe Out. Following almost two years of Instagram posts in the recording studio, leaked potential song titles for the then-upcoming album, and entire songs released by Hilary herself, fans are doing anything but Breathing In and Breathing Out (see what I did there).
The past several years proved to be pretty dormant in Hilary Duff’s professional life, partaking in minimally publicized projects, but active in terms of her personal life. Since the release of her last big project, Hilary participated in a few charity events, filmed an independent movie, sprinkled a handful of magazine photoshoots into her schedule, and booked several television guest appearances, all while discovering the rewarding lifestyle of motherhood. After remaining under the radar for these past few years, Hilary Duff has finally emerged out from underneath her rock and back into the limelight – and in a big way.
On March 25, 2015, catastrophe struck many lives around the world – tears were shed, hearts were broken, riots broke out (I’m assuming). Media outlets around the world reported one of the most devastating news stories that society has ever been informed – the departure of beloved Zayn Malik from One Direction.