Posts tagged ‘NYU’

Working Out is Work, Right?

As I sit around my boyfriend’s apartment, blogging in my underwear in front of a window with no curtains or blinds, I can’t help but feel a little depressed at being the only one on the team without a job. In fact, it’s possible that I’m the only one who graduated from NYU this month and doesn’t have a job. And not for lack of trying, mind you. I’ve applied to at least three jobs a day and been to dozens of interviews since I graduated on May 17th, but to no avail. My solution to my unparalleled amount of free time and dwindling financial resources? Join the gym. Because, if someone isn’t going to pay me to come out and work, it makes sense that I pay someone else to come and work out. $50 a month, to be exact. (It’s not a bad deal – graduates special! Thanks, Crunch, for catering to my desperate need of a way to fill time!)

I was afraid this might happen – that one day I would graduate from film school, and, gasp! No job! Hey NYU, what was all that talk about “the world is waiting for us”? Now I can only assume the “world” they spoke of was the world of food service, minimum wage retail, and malls, malls, MALLS! Looks like there aren’t hundreds of jobs just waiting to be filled by young 20-somethings who know how to load 16mm film but don’t own their own HD rig. So, I’ve always had a plan B. (By “always” I mean, since about a month ago.) Plan B, for a failed film/TV career, is to join the gym and spend all my free time being unemployed working out and getting ripped. Then, after reading some books on nutrition and anatomy, my muscularity will easily qualify me to be a personal trainer. I got this idea after watching “Work Out” on Bravo. I get all my good ideas from that channel (another, slightly more costly, Plan B is to go to culinary school and cook my way to Top Chef, winning the $100,000.)



May 31, 2008 at 12:06 pm 9 comments

I Love A Good Trainwreck

It looks as though M. Night is desperately trying to get his name next to Brett Ratner’s on the list of NYU alum I’m ashamed to be associated with. I think most people enjoyed The Sixth Sense. It was well-made, and satisfyingly suspenseful. Unbreakable had its moments, although it was generally viewed as being slightly sillier than its predecessor. Signs was kind of goofy, too, although the mini-Caulkin and Joaquin Phoenix were both pretty watchable. If you did manage to suspend your disbelief, the plot unfolded in a fairly interesting way. It was only in retrospect that it becomes incredibly transparent that Shyamalan writes his scripts from the twist backward.

The Village had a pretty strong cast… and that’s really all you can say for it. The premise was hackneyed and obvious- and when the whole film relies solely on the twist, it’s pretty important that not everyone in the audience figure it out right away. I don’t even know anyone who saw Lady In The Water. I didn’t even see it, and this is someone who watched Frankie Muniz-vehicle Big Fat Liar just because Paul Giamatti was in it. (Ok, I didn’t actually see Big Fat Liar. If I had, though, it would have been for Paul Giamatti.)

Anyway, this all brings us up to his newest film. Let’s start with the tagline, shall we? “We’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen The Signs. Now… It’s Happening.” (more…)

May 23, 2008 at 12:36 pm 5 comments

Posts About NYU Get a Lot of Hits

“Oh my God, you guys. I can’t believe made it!”

“Yeah. We graduated [from NYU]. How totally… amazing…”

Betty and I in the elephant holding area of Madison Square Garden.

Amy Heckerling speaks at the Tisch Salute ’08. She instructs us not to smoke or drive SUVs, or wear giant high heels. Foreground: Hilariously animated sign language translator.

So, we finally made it. After four years of really hard classes where we made films and prosthetic fingers, web sites and music videos, we’ve graduated. Despite the brain damage incurred after a semester in Dublin and nearly unfinished essays on Irish cinema, traumatic breakups, moral reformation, and numerous encounters with crazy people on the streets and subways, our careers at NYU come to a teary-eyed end.


May 19, 2008 at 12:18 pm 5 comments

Correction: NYU is Lamer Than Predicted

Remember that post where we speculated the NYU Class of 2008 Commencement Speaker would be Michael J. Fox? Well, that was more than we could’ve hoped for. Turns out Michael J. Fox is just receiving an honorary doctoral at the ceremony, and the real Commencement Speaker will be Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, according to Washington Square News. Um, what the fuck? Who? This is the lamest thing I’ve ever heard. What is this, some kind of scholarly institution? Anyone who poo-pooed the idea of Mikey J. speaking, please kiss my pinky ring in apology, because this is astronomically worse than any celebrity… even the lowest of the low, even David Spade.

For starters, I’m not a law student. I don’t have diddly to do with the law school and I likes it that way. This man, who presumably no one has heard of or gives a shit about, not counting law students, is gonna get up and talk about his experiences at Harvard which is just soooooo great and boy, if we had all gone to Harvard instead of being liberal arts-studying hippies, well, we’d be on our way to boring the hell out of a bunch of college seniors when we’re 60. So he wrote some books and was on some news shows. So what? Who hasn’t? I wrote five books this week already. And if I wanted to waste three hours of my life being unbearably bored, I’d… well, go to an NYU Commencement. Touche, NYU, touche… So thanks for choosing a commencement speaker that we all enjoy. Every law-studying one of us. Oh wait, did I say we all enjoy? I meant like 1 out of 500*.

This news made me want to weep like every other piece of news from NYU has made me want to weep: copiously, and while choking someone. Like when they tried to make me live in that tenement asylum known as 26th Street, or moved graduation from Washington Square Park to Yankee Stadium, or closed Upstein early on Friday for Shabbat. Why NYU?! Whyyyyyyy??!

*Not an actual figure. Even law students get bored. And I’m not sure they even attend this ceremony. Grand!

May 7, 2008 at 1:08 am 3 comments


So for anyone graduating from NYU this May, you’re probably pissed that there’s still been no announcement about who the freakin’ commencement speakers are. (Only adding to how pissed you are that we can’t graduate in Washington Square Park, and instead will be enjoying the legendarily classy [peanut shells anyone?] atmosphere and of Yankee Stadium. Yay academics.) But hark! I have word, from a source, on who the speakers are. This source may not be particularly reliable, livejournal not being a trusted journalistic outlet, but it’s all I’ve got so let’s start some rumors.


April 26, 2008 at 10:11 am 8 comments

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