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Cassandra Clayton


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” could possibly the best movie of all time. Directed by Michel Gondry, it definitely shares elements from some of his other films like “The Science of Sleep” and “Human Nature.” The film was also scripted by Charlie Kaufman, which sheds much light onto the overall mise-en-scène of the film if one is not familiar with the previously presented Gondry’s work. The film is the backwards story of the tragic love affair of Joel Barish, played by Jim Carrey, and Clementine Kruczynski, played by the beautiful Kate Winslet. You see their relationship at its end when they are broken up and Joel is going to get a procedure that will erase Clem from his mind. Through his memories you see their love they shared, good and bad memories. The characters grow as you see their past, not future, unlike most films. Gondry tried to keep technology at a minimum throughout the shooting. Instead of creating illusions through a green-screen, he would create a trap door, which was much more fun for the actors. It was said by many critics that it was one of the most thought-provoking movies of 2004.



French government banned this novel on the grounds of being “obscene,” along with the United Kingdom, Argentina, New Zealand, and South Africa. Lolita, a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, is the story of a Swiss/English/French man who loved and longed for Nymphets: girls from the age of 8 to 12 who knew of their sexuality and teased him with it. Hence, why it was labeled obscene. However, it’s so beautifully written, by mid-novel the reader finds themselves actually on the side of this man. His love is true and devout. Dolores Haze, whom Humbert Humbert, the main character, fell in love with, was not a completely innocent child to begin with. The reader gets involved in this brilliant man’s mind and his quest throughout his life up until meeting his Lolita. Their story is a fast paced one of travel and excitement. A must read for mature audiences.


Lovers Leap:

Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet: two star-crossed lovers and the tale of their tragic ending. They couldn’t be together, so they did not want to “be” at all. Well, what some people don’t know is The New River Valley has a similar tale all of its own. The infamous “Lovers Leap” is a cliff where lovers can go to as a sign of devotion. Centuries ago, a settler fell in love with an Indian Chief’s daughter, Morning Star. They began meeting secretly and their love flourished. Once they were found out, they were shunned. So, making a leap of faith, they jumped over a cliff and into their “forever.” Couples can travel from their car and go to that historical spot. It is said that you can hear their last whispers in the hiss of the wind. It’s a must see for any couple ready to carve their name into a rock or trunk, ensuring their love will last forever as well.



Stumble is this great website that allows the user to indulge in their passions and interest. It is free to join and a great way to learn about new things. Once the user signs up, they will be asked to check off their interests from a list of about 60 topics. Once they have completed this, they hit the “stumble” button and a web page that is in the category of one of their selected interests will appear. The list of categories range from photography, weddings, extreme-sports, indie-rock, hip-hop, cartoons, make-up, hair, cooking, fitness, sexual health, travel, and just about any other topic one could think of. Once the user starts stumbling they can “like” or “dislike” different web pages so the site becomes more familiar with their taste. You can search an individual category or a mix. Similar to other sites like Pinterest and Tumblr the user can “like” the web pages and it gets sent to their profile page. The user can even share pages onto their different social networking sites for friends to see.


Lana Del Ray:

Lana Del Rey’s first album dropped on Jan. 31. By Feb. 1, it had already hit number one on over 11 countries charts. With a unique voice, not filtered down by the recorded industries version on “pop,” it’s not without critics. Rolling Stone said that Lana is “just another aspiring singer who wasn’t ready to make an album yet. Given her chic image, it’s surprising how dull, dreary and pop-starved Born to Die is.” She holds her head high though, responding to the critics and her devoted fans at once in a tweet, “Thank you for making the record #1 in 11 countries.” She then further addresses them saying “your sweet words have softened the effect of even the harshest reviews. I adore you.” In another interview with Complex magazine she explained her work by saying, “if you consider the definition of authenticity, it’s saying something and actually doing it, I write my own songs. I made my own videos. I pick my producers. Nothing goes out without my permission. It’s all authentic.” Buy the CD. Hear her amazing vocals and seductive lyrics.