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Movie Watcher: Take Five
by Crystal O'Gorman

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Movie Watcher

Have you ever heard the phrase "you are what you eat"? Well, the same applies to movies, you are what you watch. Whether you are reaching for the latest scary movie or action flick, it says a lot about your personality and maybe even reveals some things you did not want people to know. Over the next few weeks, I will highlight one type of movie and reveal a little about the people who watch them: the good, the bad, and the ugly!


"I seen her in a smoky room..." Yes, you over there. Drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and venting about the latest conglomerate take over, maybe even watching Coffee and Cigarettes, this column is for you. The Indie-Llectual can be seen on any given occasion in a coffee shop, wine bar, organic café, fresh market, used book store, or yoga spot. Once a rare breed, now considered an un-mainstream mainstream, this person could be your best friend or your worst enemy depending on how superficial you're deemed to be.

They are actively passionate about life, and their causes transcend everything they do, even their
This is one of my favorite Scorsese films.

This is one of my favorite Scorsese films.
film choices. If you are the friend of the underdog, this category may represent you. Some all time favorite indie films are Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Broke Back Mountain, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Some of the Sundance Film Festivals best 2010 films are Blue Valentine, Waiting for Superman, The Kids are Alright, The Animal Kingdom, and 7 Days. These are a must see for any indie film buff such as yourself.

Like I said, Indie-Llectuals are a friend of the underdog. They want to help everyone succeed at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, just don't hinder anyone else's lifestyle in the process. And when I say anyone, I mean animals and the environment included, because they have an equal right to life as do humans. What passion these people have for life! It is actually invigorating that someone has the heart to care for what happens to the world and the people, animals, and trees in it! Everyone should be so passionate.

Indie-Llectuals don't just have the passion though;
The Kids are Alright is probably the most popular indie film this year.

The Kids are Alright is probably the most popular indie film this year.
they have the gumption to pursue their passions. Usually living a creative, unincorporated lifestyle, Indie fans are freelancers, professors, entrepreneurs, and grass roots activists. They work as writers, painters, civil rights lawyers, educators, non-profit organizers, and various other creative and intuitive fields. Their jobs allow them to fight for what they believe in and hopefully make believers out of others.

They don't just fight for the sake of fighting, passively that is, but they have the resources and accurate information to make a plausible argument. That is how you differentiate the real Indie-Llectuals from the poser Indie-Llectuals, who want to be freedom fighters but lack the gumption it takes to get there. Those are the ones you have to look out for; they can be as fake as the Once-a-Week holy rollers. But if you get past the posers and befriend a real Indie-Llectual, you will learn about the deeper meaning to life and what it takes to really care about something.

Don't climb on your high horse too quickly Indie-Llectuals or you might fall off the other side!
This is the true meaning of passive resistance.

This is the true meaning of passive resistance.
Some people get so consumed with this type of lifestyle that they forget what is like to be a "normal" person. You have to give the ordinary Joe some slack, because they are not searching for the latest negative action from the big business scene. If someone chooses not to jump on your bandwagon, don't take it to the extreme and believe that "they" are one of "them" too. Maybe they choose not to get involved for many reasons, such as lack of known evidence from either side of the cause or they choose to live by doing and not taking it a step further by protesting or whatever the case may be.

You like to live your life loud and not everyone wears their hearts on their sleeve. This is ok too! When you begin to believe it's not ok to silently pursue your battles, then you are becoming just as bad as those elements that infringe upon your civil liberties. Remember, having a difference of opinion or different way of reacting is what makes human beings special and diverse. Trudge on that and you are no better than what you oppose.

Keep pursuing the dream and make the world a better place!

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Using the Big Pictures as a bigger picture into the world around us, follow me as I explore this window of opportunity into other perspectives on life, love, and happiness. I will peel back the layers of fiction and movie making magic to show you the truth within. Sat Nam.

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Other columns by Crystal O'Gorman:

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127 Hours

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Crystal O'Gorman
I am a big dreamer from a small town searching for the meaning of life and using movies as a window of opportunity to understand the world around me. I remember working at the local, family-operated movie store as a teenager and being completely fascinated by the way movies bring the rest of the world to your finger tips.

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