Platform: A Social Criticism

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Note: If you haven’t watched Netflix’s Platform then stop! There are spoilers 🙂

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After finishing the film Platform, it’s “obvious” the film centered around the dangers of capitalism and human nature. Goreng (Iván Massagué), a young man who voluntarily enters the prison to get his accredited degree, lies at the epicenter of this social criticism piece. This review we will take a deep dive into some film’s central themes.

First, the film opens up with a quote that remains essential throughout the entire film:

“There are three types of people: those at the top, those at the bottom and those who fall.”

The quote parallels life in the prison, aka the “hole.” People at the top are content with where they are. While those at the bottom don’t have the resource to make change.  People throughout this movie fall both literally and figuratively. Some fall to their death when trying to change levels. For Bahart and Goreng, they intentionally choose to descend into the hole in order to make change and send a message to The Administration.

Second, each prisoner is allowed to bring one item. Goreng chooses to bring Don Quixote, a book written during the Spanish Golden Age by Miguel de Cervantes. This is an odd choice for Goreng. His roommate brings a knife that sharpens itself as he uses it. While another prisoner brings a rope, hoping to climb up levels himself. Both Platform and Don Quixote center stories around feat versus famine.  I don’t want to give too much away, but if you are interested in classic literature, I would definitely give this a read.

Lastly, the confusing ending. What does it all mean?

After Goreng and Baharat ascend 333 levels, they leave a young girl on the Platform as a message to send to the administration.

I don’t know about you but I was hella confused. Did she make it? Is Goreng dead? Is this all just a dream?

When asked if the message reached the administration,  Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia wrote, “That’s something you should ask society. It’s up to all up to you… it depends on whether we want to remain the most miserable species that have ever set foot on the planet…”

Although his response was grim, allowing the audience to make their own ending gives power to a viewer’s interpretation.

Spoken like a true artist, he further notes,

“As I said before, this is a self-criticism. I don’t feel authorized at all to tell anyone what to do. The film only aspires to explore, not to indoctrinate or to lecture. And, of course, there are many who do what they have to do, but most of us spent the day looking for an excuse.”

Each prisoner entering the “hole” is promised a prize. Whether it is freedom or an accredited diploma these prizes symbolize an individual’s “American Dream.”

As people cling to hope, they soon realize aspirations to reach the top are dramatically inhibited by an oppressive institutionalized system designed to keep them down, sound familiar?

Okay this is Cynical.

The film’s version of humanity is not generous, yet it allows us all to take a step back and ponder about societal inequalities facing us today.

Have a better way to spend your quarantine?

Until next time,

Lauryn 🙂

Have you seen Platform yet? Let me know what you think about it!

If there are any movies you love, let me know! Would love to watch them!!

 


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Después de 183 episodios (After 183 Episodes…)

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Hola 🙂 

Tengo muchas cosas para ti este weekend. Hace dos semanas (more or less) ví el ultimo episodio de “El Clon,” el show a Netflix sobre el amor, la familia, la vida y otras cosas también.

Por supuesto, Él Clon es una historia del amour. Ugh y yo soy una chica romántica, entonces. . . me encanta todos los episodios del programa.

I want to write this whole thing in Spanish but maybe I should do it in English.

Si? No? Yes?

Okay now I am having some sort of playful banter with myself.

I think I have officially gone insane.

Maybe it’s because I spent 183 hours of my life watching the ultimate telenovela: El Clon.

I know what you’re thinking…

 

Well guess what? You do. It’s quarantine people.

Normally, there are a million other things to do on a Friday night. But tonight take some time to try something new. Plus, the little moments in our day add up. Did you know that the average person spends 120 hours a year doing laundry?

Just kidding that’s junk science and I made that up. But if you almost believed me that means you are spending way too much time folding clothes instead of living your life.

It’s Quarantine people! Now is the time to jump into the dramatic world of Spanish Soap operas… and possibly do laundry.

 

Until next time, 

Lauryn <3 


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Are You Diagnosed with O.O.S.?

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I hate myself.

Well, not really. I am disappointed…to say the least.

Every time I go to Netflix, I tell myself to watch a new show.

Instead, I go on autopilot and select The Office. Every. Single. Time.

I’ve watched The Office so much my level of infatuation has reached a new level. I have OOS: Office Obsession Syndrome.

If you think you have OOS check out these symptoms:

  1.  Analyze each scene to see how it relates to your life
  2. You don’t cringe at Michael Scott’s awkward moments, your reenact them
  3. You have a crush on David Wallace (love a man in charge)
  4. You don’t think Angela is bitter. She’s “misunderstood”
  5. You’ve put a stapler in Jello
  6. You’ve yelled “DID I STUTTER”
  7. Every time it rains you try to think of all of Phyllis’ clichés
  8. You have a crush on Dwight
  9. You have a personal copy of Threat Level Midnight with one “Dwigt”
  10. You start clapping when Pam does her big speech during “Beach Day”
  11. You are pissed you don’t know what the tea pot letter says
  12. You realize the relationship between Kelly and Ryan is dramatically underdeveloped compared to the other relationships on the show
  13. You can recite the entire “Fun Run” name from memory
  14. You look at an imaginary camera when someone does something stupid as if you’re Jim but nothing is there…but you secretly know that your life is a movie anyway so your imaginary audience thinks you are totally hilarious

 

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It’s okay, you are not alone.

At first I thought there was nothing wrong with it. Humans are naturally nostalgic and prefer the familiar.

But this is serious. I am starting to have a crush on Michael Scott, David Wallace and possibly realize what Angela sees in Dwight…

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Dwight K. Schrute is v cute.

 

If you are also stuck watching your favorite show on repeat, don’t worry. Here are three justifications for your laziness:

1. Rewatching is actually good for you

I did the research and found watching the same show is actually good for you. I’m shooketh. Apparently, watching a movie or television show that you’ve seen before is less strenuous on your brain. It is also an excellent tool for de-stressing from the everyday pressures of life.

According to Psychologist Neel Burton,

 “The things we feel compelled to re-watch or re-read are those that provide us with either comfort or perspective.”

Re-living these experiences make us feel incredibly good about ourselves. I don’t know about you but I love being comfortable. Why do you think I have worn the same sweatshirt for 5 days during this zombie apocalypse social distancing?

2. The characters become your best friends

I genuinely believe I have a relationship with Jim, work with Dwight, and spend my weekends at weddings playing guitar with Kevin’s band. I have grown as a woman watching Pam battle with the complexities of ending a perpetual engagement to be with the one she truly loves. Kelly has reminded me that everyone has a “Ryan” in their life. He or she is your kryptonite. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t resist. Jim has shown me what I want in a partner. While Holly and Michael prove that every relationship has their own time.

This is the power of the “parasocial relationship,” a one-sided relationship where a person develops a strong emotional interest. The most common parasocial relationships are ones we have with celebrities or professional athletes. Now if you are in an actual one-sided relationship with a significant other, that’s a different story….

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However, having these deep relationships with characters we see in film and television can add a positive value to our lives.

 

3. If it’s not broken….

DON’T FIX IT.

It’s okay to lazy, we deserve it.

Now excuse me while I start Season 1 Episode 1. It’s been ten minutes days since I’ve ended the season.

Until next time,

Lauryn <3


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Put the QT back in Quarantine: A video review of GLOW UP

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Hey family!

This COVID-19 has me out here trying some new stuff.

Don’t worry I am staying 6 feet away from people. But after eight days of being in the house, fresh air was definitely needed.

During my time of hibernation social distancing, I decided to watch a new show on Netflix called GLOW UP.

Instead of enchanting you with my rhetoric, this review was made with a dash of iMovie skills and my iPhone 7.

WATCH BELOW:

WARNING: You will want to take cinematography lessons from me after watching this video.

It’s only 5-6 minutes because I have the attention span of a 6-year-old child. Can we talk about this thumbnail image people… someone better take me out the library and teach me this hip YouTube thing.

 

If you watched my video until the end…you are amazing. Seriously, hats off to you. There are some pretty good bloopers in there. I think the bloopers are longer than the video…

Definitely inherited my father’s cinematography skills.

ANYWAY

Glow Up is breathtaking show about art and beauty coming to life.

What is beauty, you ask? (damn that’s a deep philosophical question that society has been grappling with for centuries…)

Confucius said “Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.”

Popular opinion has told us “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or “beauty is only skin deep”

I think a freshly printed paper of my final essay the day I have to turn it in to my professor is beautiful. Come on, there is something attractive about a nice looking document. Am I right? #official.

Pizza is also pretty cool. And chocolate too. Damn, do I only see beauty in food? That’s probably because my Quarantine schedule is:

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It be like that sometimes.

Glow Up shattered my stereotypical opinions of this through makeup. This show is simply inviting. A cheerful reminder that our colorful collection experiences are worth celebrating.

Since we are social distancing, you can try out new looks in the comfort of your home and no one has to know 😉

So change your sweat pants and comb your hair.

After watching GLOW UP you’ll be putting the “QT” back in Quarantine.

Stay healthy and home my friends <3

Until next time,

Lauryn 🙂


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New: Confessions of A College Girl Blog and Tutoring

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Hi everyone 🙂

Thank you all for supporting my new book🙂

Love the idea of spreading genuine thoughts/ experience/ advice about what it is like to be in college. So, I’ve added a new page to this blog so I can share these genuine stories, thoughts and experiences with you.

Also, I love sharing advice about the college/graduate school admissions process! I have studied and taken two of the most difficult exams in the United States: the MCAT and LSAT, both require diligent study, and proficiency of reading comprehension and understanding dense reading materials.

https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-College-Girl-Lauryn-Robinson/dp/1090637632

I am a energetic and passionate law student! Graduate from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), received my Masters from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and now a law student.

I speak native Spanish and French and love tutoring in all subjects: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. My proficiency in a range of subjects are designed to improve a student’s credentials in their current study and for admission to their choice high school, university and/or graduate school.

One-on-one online SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT tutoring for students looking to maximize their score. These test are important test since many schools weight it the same as your undergraduate GPA. It’s amazing how a 4 hour test will mean the same as 4 years of undergrad! Maximize your chances of success on the SAT, GRE or LSAT with a JD Advising tutor.

Packages include:

  1. Private tutor lessons/ advising: via Google meets, FaceTime/ In-person.
  2. Self-Paced Tutoring Package of 28 hours
  3. The College Admission Package (admission college tutor, comprehensive college advising and admissions guidance packages to include essay application, personal statement).

Lesson cancellation: 1 hour notice required.

Email: reelreviewbylauryn@gmail.com to set up an appointment or ask questions 🙂

Yours,

A College Girl

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Published :)

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Hello Reel Family!

I AM SO HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE MY BOOK IS OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON AMAZON!

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Thank you for all of the positive messages I have received about this journey 🙂

From a budding relationship with the Director of Financial Aid to get free tuition  to living with roommates (which she calls the Chamber of Bitches) this is a collection of stories about sex, studies and student loans.

More importantly, these fragmented stories are built for you. To keep it interesting, all of the stories are based on true events with a spice of imagination. Confessions of a College Girl is more than the complicated emotions of a struggling student. These stories allow you, as the reader, to become this college girl’s best friend.  Hope you enjoy this genuine, unapologetic story of a fictional college girl 😉

Yours,

an Author

 

Just Getting Started in 2020…

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Hiiii Reel Family!

Wishing you all a wonderful and happy new year!

I am super excited about 2020! The year 2019 has brought significant growth to my personal and professional life. So thankful for another year!

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Accurate depiction of me on New Years Day

In the meantime, stay tuned with Reel Review by Lauryn in 2020 because I’m just getting started. . . 

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Ready to Launch…

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Hi everyone!

I am super excited! The manuscript is finished, the edits are done.

This is it people the book is complete!

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All I need to do is polish up this cover and then we are ready to launch!

What’s the book about you may ask?

It is a fun, authentic and unconventional look on college life! It is unapologetic, fun, spunky and I definitely plan to keep it real for you. It doesn’t matter whether you have finished college, just started or only went for one semester, this book is a collection of short stories meant for you.

Be sure to subscribe to this email list to get more juicy details 🙂

I was so excited to share this with you!  I am on a roll with my New Years resolutions! What are yours? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

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Book Writing Update!

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I have been writing for five days straight.

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The writing process has been such an adventure. As of today, I have finished the manuscript and on my third round of edits.

I am exhausted, to say the least. I am so excited though! Can’t wait for you all to read about an authentic fiction story. 🙂

If you are currently writing a book would love to hear about your journey! 🙂

Subscribe for more juicy updates!

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Me editing this book. . . 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Health Awareness: A Review of Forks Over Knives

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I finished watching this documentary at 6:28 pm. By 7:02 pm I was at the grocery store picking out carrots, bell peppers, beets and veggie pasta, eager to transform my current Mediterranean diet to a plant based one.

How did I get from my couch to the grocery store in record time?

Forks Over Knives. 

Unable to find a action movie, I decided to explore the “Documentary” section.  I was intrigued by Forks Over Knives since I just wrote a recent article about food.

The holidays are a wonderful time. It’s a time to relax, catch up and gather around with family and friends. It is also a great time to discover new ways to improve ourselves leading into the new year. Cheesy I know. But once I watched this movie, I was shocked about how great it was!

They went through everything! From interviews with doctors to a large longitudinal health study done in China.

I thought to myself, Why haven’t I started this diet sooner?

After watching the documentary,  I have a new sense of awareness about the foods I choose to eat. The film made it simple. Statements were supported with facts that inspires people to make a change. A cinematic masterpiece.

If you’ve been inspired or just thinking about a plant based diet in general, I encourage you to visit watch the documentary or visit the Forks Over Knives website. They have delicious recipes and starter tips about developing a healthy diet.

I have to admit, it has only been a couple days of this new lifestyle.  I feel in control and empowered by my food choices. I even look better too.

The film highlights diseases such as hypertension and diabetes can be reversed when people start implementing a plant based diet.

The movie can be enjoyed alone or with family. Warning, have your car keys close to you because once you finish, you’ll end up running to the grocery store with a new sense of health and happiness.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated with the results 🙂

Until next time.

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