first_imgNo person would consider watching a movie without prior knowing what the film is about today. Of course, the movie’s rating in the popular review and rating sites like IMDb and rotten tomatoes. In this article, I’ll try to explain how the rating and review sites influence how we watch movies and perceive how good the film is—of course, not considering the Netflix movies. In some unusual yet a typical case where it is the background score for us to browse through Instagram.First things first, to understand how the rating and review sites influence our movie watching experience, let us try to understand how we watch them. The order of things is identifying, in this case, could be referred by a friend, and the next step would be the information search. Which usually is a google search, which gives the results from IMDb and Rotten tomatoes. And next comes the processing of the information obtained from the search process, including reading the reviews. And then the judgment and decision phase wherein we process the information available to us and decide whether or not to watch it—all of it in the span of 2 to 5 minutes. And after all that, the only thing that sticks in our mind is the initial information we come across. In this case, our friend talks about the movie, which is the initial source. Then all the other information may either aid it or contradict it. Still, we rarely change our beliefs, in this case, opinion on the movie.A classic I wanted to share is about one of the most influential movies of all time. It has inspired many filmmakers to cross the boundaries that the time may put upon them. King Kong 1933, which, if watched now, might seem a bit silly due to its visual effects and the limitations that time has placed upon them. The rating & review sites recommend movies like King Kong to users, thereby serving as a primary source of information for them and informs beforehand of what to expect from this particular movie. One specific thing about human judgment is that we most primarily trust the initial information that they have crossed upon whatever the source might be. Only in a few cases do they tend to change their views upon the things, in this case, being movies. So while watching a film like King Kong, either a review site mentioning it as “One of the most influential films of all time” makes us watch it with a different mindset. And viewers don’t mind some apparent flaws.Moving on for about a few decades, let us consider The Shining 1980. upon release, the movie received mixed reviews by the critics at the time, added to Stephen king’s (author of ‘The Shining.’) dissatisfaction with the film, it was not a big commercial success. The critics’ primary concern was the slow pacing of the movie and a lot of other reasons. But over the years, considering the popularity that the film has garnered, it was subjected to a thing critics do when they are wrong, called the re-evaluation or reappraisal. And since then, ‘The Shining’ has become a staple in pop culture, inspiring filmmakers and creating a new genre.Let us consider the movies of the present time, in particular, the Netflix originals. The Netflix originals are made based on the data collected from millions of users worldwide based on their watching preferences; this might range from selecting a particular genre that people watch frequently or the inclusion of Asian and Latin American cast in their shows. And we are so used to this type of programming that subconsciously, whenever we hear about a Netflix original movie/series, we think of it as a no-brainer and let the movie run. At the same time, we do our work as a background score for whatever we are doing.So how exactly do they influence the way we watch movies? The answer might be both as simple as we want or make it as complex as we like. Keeping things simple, we might say that Netflix tried to make that reputation for itself. So even if the movies are passable, they make a pretty good attempt at it that people like watching those generic movies with an all-inclusive cast.Let us not consider the rating sites for a while and talk about the movie genres. While all the movies come with a genre tag attached to them, it might spoil the movie and increase others’ enthusiasm. When a movie tagged as a drama, and a particular twist comes up, we genuinely feel it and get thrilled. And if the same film, when labelled as a mystery or a thriller, we might see it with a different mindset and try to find clues throughout the movie.So, we might say that not only review sites, but also the tags for the movies change the way we see movies.last_img read more

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first_imgMireya Acierto/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Russell Simmons struck back at one of his accusers in a court filing on Wednesday, alleging the woman sent him love messages and unsolicited nude photos both before and after the dates she claims the assaults took place.The accuser, Jennifer Jarosik, filed a $5 million civil against Simmons in January, claiming he “got aggressive” and sexually assaulted her after inviting her to his home in 2016.When Jarosik arrived, Simmons asked her “to have sex, whereupon she responded ‘no,’” according to the lawsuit. The two then got into a struggle and Jarosik said she eventually fell to the floor and hit her head, the lawsuit said.The lawsuit then claims Simmons “pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her.” Simmons disputed those claims in his legal rebuttal on Wednesday, saying they met in 2006 and maintained a “casual acquaintance” over the years. “On the occasions when Ms. Jarosik and Mr. Simmons had sex, it was with Ms. Jarosik’s full consent,” according to court filing. “In the wake of the #metoo movement, Ms. Jarosik alleged that Mr. Simmons raped her, but in exchange for funding her film project, she would help him restore his ‘image’ with women.”Simmons, who said Jarosik would often ask for his assistance with her “nascent entertainment projects including a documentary, reality television shows and children’s books,” also presented text messages and emails allegedly sent from Jarosik, according to the rebuttal. According to the Wednesday court filing:“On July 23, 2016, days before August 2016, when Ms. Jarosik alleges Mr. Simmons sexually assaulted her a second time, Ms. Jarosik sent him a text that stated ‘I emailed u love.’”“On July 31, 2016, she texted Mr. Simmons to say ‘love to c u soon.’”“On September 24, 2016, mere weeks after the incident alleged in the Complaint, Ms. Jarosik sent a text to Mr. Simmons stating ‘Sending love <3.’ A few days later, she sent a text that said ‘I miss u Russell. r u ok?'”“On November 5, 2016, after allegedly being assaulted by Mr. Simmons, Ms. Jarosik sent Mr. Simmons a text that said ‘Coming to l a. I want to see u ok.’ Mr. Simmons ignored each of these texts.”“Additionally, Ms. Jarosik sent Mr. Simmons unsolicited nude photos after the alleged 2016 incident.”Jarosik is asking for at least $5 million in damages and a jury trial. She is one of at least nine women who have accused Simmons of sexual misconduct; he’s denied wrongdoing.In November 2017, Simmons, the founder of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and CEO of Rush Communications, announced that he was stepping away from his companies to “commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgPosition DescriptionThe Department of Pediatrics at the University of WashingtonSchool of Medicine and The Center for Developmental Biology andRegenerative Medicine in the Seattle Children’s Research Instituteinvites applications for one full time position as an AssistantProfessor without tenure on the Faculty Scientist Pathway,commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This is a12-month service period position from July 1 to June 30 with ananticipated start date of Summer or Fall 2021.Areas of interest are broad; these include human genetics, modelorganism genetics (especially zebrafish), stem cells andregeneration, computational biology, and systems level analyses ofpathways involved in disease and development. The successfulapplicant will enjoy a competitive start-up package, and excellentspace and state-of-the-art facilities in the Research Institute,which is near the University of Washington South Lake Union Campus,the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Allen Brain andCell Biology Institutes.She or he will be appointed as faculty at the University ofWashington, with a potential affiliation with the Brotman BatyInstitute for Precision Medicine, and will be part of a growingCenter with diverse interests and expertise.All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.QualificationsMD and/or PhD (or foreign equivalent) are required.Application InstructionsPlease send a curriculum vitae and 2-3 page description ofresearch interests and plans through the Interfolioapplication. Equal Employment Opportunity StatementUniversity of Washington is an affirmative action and equalopportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status,pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age,disability, or protected veteran status.Commitment to DiversityThe University of Washington is committed to building diversityamong its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, andarticulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes facultyefforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversityand equal opportunity as important contributions to a facultymember’s academic profile and responsibilities ( read more

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first_imgCommunity Bank NA,Left to right: Green Mountain Animal Defenders Walk Coordinator Jenn Piette, Community Bank N.A. New England District Manager Erika Baldasaro, Green Mountain Animal Defenders volunteer Jessica Langton, Green Mountain Animal Defenders Board President Sharon MacNair, Community Bank N.A. New England Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois and Community Bank N.A. Branch Manager Jonathan Roddy.Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently presented Burliington’s Green Mountain Animal Defenders with a $1,000 donation to sponsor the organization’s annual Walk for All Animals. All funds raised from the walk will help rescue, protect and provide direct services to pets, wildlife, farm animals and animals of all types in the Burlington region. Green Mountain Animal Defenders is Vermont’s oldest and largest volunteer-run animal protection organization. It provides a variety of services, including food, spay/neuter assistance, transportation, education and wildlife rescue. For more information, visit is external).About Community Bank System Inc. Community Bank System Inc. operates more than 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank N.A. With more than $10 billion in assets, the DeWitt, New York-headquartered company is among the country’s 150 largest financial institutions. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services. Community Bank System Inc. subsidiaries/business units include OneGroup NY Inc., which provides risk management and commercial insurance, employee benefits and personal lines insurance; Community Bank Wealth Management, which provides investment advisory, personal trust and financial planning services, as well as personal, business and nonprofit portfolio design; and Benefit Plans Administrative Services Inc., which provides actuarial, retirement and VEBA/HRA plan administration, and collective investment fund, employee benefit trust and transfer agency services.Community Bank System Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company’s stock trades under the symbol “CBU.” For more information about Community Bank, visit is external) or is external).Source: Community Bank,Yeslast_img read more

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first_imgThe 21 Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram last week attend a meeting on October 19, 2016 with the Nigerian President at the State House in Abuja, NIgeria. Speaking at the presidential villa in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja, Buhari addressed the girls and their families saying “we shall redouble efforts to ensure that we fulfil our pledge of bringing the remaining girls back home”. / AFP / Philip OJISUA (Photo credit should read PHILIP OJISUA/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images)The 82 Chibok girls rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram by the Nigerian government have arrived at the women affairs and social development centre to start yet another journey. One that will help them recover from traumatic experiences in captivity.The women affairs ministry will ensure that they received psycho social therapy which will last for months before being put back in school.Besides that, the girls will be introduced to some basic teachings, similar to those in the schools they will be joining. The idea is to refocus them back in to classroom.“For the the remedial aspect, to bring them refresher courses, to bring them where they were before they left or even more, then the vocational training, every girl is learning true skills, most of them have chosen to learn sewing and catering so that is what all of them are doing and ICT we made it compulsory for them,” said Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs, Nigeria.The girls aged between 16 and 18 are part of the 276 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants in April 2014 in north eastern Nigeria. Dozens of them escaped in the first night of abuction and 106 of them have since been freed leaving more than 100 unaccounted for. But some of them reportedly have refused to be released.For the next 4 months, the women affairs ministry will be home for the 82 girls, a team of psychologists will help to heal the mental wounds they’ve suffered in past three years during Boko-Haram captivity. After which, they will be sent out to various schools across Nigeria to continue with studies. But none of those schools include Chibok girl school from where they were abducted three years ago.“All of them will go back to school together because if we keep them beyond September, it means they will waste another school year, we don’t want that to happen, so all of them will go back together, these ones are staying for 9 months, the first 24 between January and September because by the time we were sure they were ready to go to school, they school year had already gone very far,” said Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs, Nigeria.The batch of 82 girls was freed in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners held in government prison. The government has promised more releases even as Boko Haram says there will be no more negotiations for the release of the remaining girls.last_img read more

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first_imgSteve Baker (2nd left) with Graeme Dunn (left), Colm O’Donovan (far right) and Phil Davies.PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, July 23, Laem Chabang – StablefordA Flight1st Paul Smith (2) 38pts 2nd Pete Seil (6) 37pts3rd Kevin McEntee (7) 37pts4th John Pierrel (12) 35ptsB Flight1st Wayne Peppernell (16) 38pts2nd Maurice Roberts (14) 35pts3rd Kazunoyi Okamoto (16) 33pts4th John Carling (19) 33ptsC Flight1st Masayuki Okada (22) 37pts2nd Masaaki Sugaya (24) 32pts3rd Len Jones (27) 28pts4th Paul Garvie (24) 27ptsMonday saw the society continue its low season golf odyssey at Laem Chabang and again found the course (B & C nines) in superb condition.The forty-plus field teed off in twelve groups in hot and sultry conditions and good scores were at a premium for the three flights, cut at twelve and nineteen and a mere few managed to do better than net par on the day.In the third flight, fourth place went to Paul Garvie with 27 points, one behind Len Jones’ 28 points. Runner up was Masaaki Sugaya with 32 points and the winner was his fellow countryman Masayuki Okada with 37 points.In the second flight fourth place went to John Carling with 33 points, losing third to Kazunoyi Okamoto on countback. Second place went to Maurice Roberts with 35 points, twenty of which were recorded on the extremely tough C nine. The flight winner was Wayne Peppernell with an excellent 37 points.In the top flight John Pierrel found himself in fourth place with 35 points, a couple behind Kevin McEntee and Pete Seil, with the latter taking second on countback. The best score of the day was reserved for Paul Smith whose gross 72 would have ranked in the top twenty a day earlier in the final round of the Singha Thai tournament on the same course.Near pins went to Kevin Rogers (B5), Paul Smith (B8), Mick Alleyne (C5) and Pete Seil (C8) whilst the consolation brace went to Michael Olah for his best front nine of 21 points and Matt Cronin’s 17 points on the back nine.Wednesday, July 25, Royal Lakeside – Stableford1st Steve Baker (19) 41pts2nd Petr Petursson (6) 40pts3rd Maurice Roberts (14) 38pts4th Alan Walker (28) 37ptsTwenty-two golfers made the trip to Royal Lakeside and eighteen of them played in the comp.Steve Baker and Petr Petursson finished the day in first and second places, both with great scores of 41 and 40 points respectively. In third place was Maurice Roberts with 38 points, while the “Rev”, Alan Walker, defied age to score 37 points for fourth spot.The near pins were won by Steve Baker (3), Colm O’Donovan (6), Phil Davies (12), and Maurice Roberts (15)Consolations nines went to Stuart Brown (front, 25pts) and Ray Byron (back, 19pts).Friday, July.27, Pattavia – StablefordA Flight1st Pete Seil (6) 41pts2nd Stuart Thompson (16) 38pts3rd Masao Ishikanwa (16) 38pts4th Maurice Roberts (14) 37ptsB Flight1st Greg Proctor (22) 40pts2nd Colm O’Donovan (19) 38pts3rd Alan Walker (28) 31pts4th Mike Tottenham(21) 30ptsPattavia Century played host to our twenty seven avid golfers today and this course turned it on and the greens were just right – not too fast and not too slow.Two thirds of the field scored 30 points or better, for a field average of 32 points and that average was helped by a magnificent 41 points from Pete Seil off his handicap of #6 (gross73).Stuart Thompson’s nice steady round of 38 points saw him take second spot on a count-back from Masao Ishikawa, while Maurice Roberts had a credible 35 points to round out “A” flight.Greg Proctor carded a big 40 points to relegate Colm O’Donovan to second place in “B” flight. Then there was a big gap to third placed Alan Walker with 31 points and Mike Tottenham in fourth with 30.Four near pins went to Pete Seil (4), Simon Niven (7 and 17), and Bob Stokes (13).Consolations best nine prizes went to Phil Davies (front, 19pts) and Wayne Peppernell (back, 19pts).last_img read more

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first_imgThis is a 2014 file photo of Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football center Maurkice Pouncey. (AP Photo/File)china doll; noun phrase:  A woman of very delicate beauty; a pretty and fragile woman. Again in 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers star center Maurkice Pouncey has suffered a major injury in Sundays 24-19 win over the Green Bay Packers in a game that realistically did not mean “diddly squat.”For decades it has been my opinion that preseason games border on almost being evil. That is an exaggeration but I hope that you get my point. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers almost echoed my sentiments as well when discussing the knee injury of his star wide receiver, Jordy Nelson who was injured in the “exhibition” contest as well.It’s difficult to lose a guy like that over a meaningless game” Rogers said after the game. “I think that it’s disappointing that you have injuries like this one in the preseason.”  The Packers like the Steelers are going to have to find someone to step up and fill the void at wide receiver just like the Steelers are going to have to find several players to step up at center, and kicker. And deal with the situation.  As far as giving the thumbs up in regards to being comfortable with replacement wide outs, Rodgers simply said: “I’m not sure yet.”Aubrey BruceBack to the injury to Pouncey.  As former President Ronald Reagan would say; “here we go again.” Please indulge me and hit the rewind button.  On September 8, 2013 Pouncey suffered a season ending injury in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, the season opener!  We may not be able to define Maurkice Pouncey as a “woman of delicate beauty or a pretty woman but we may be able to sneak the word “fragile” into a sentence or two regarding the illustrious Steelers offensive lineman.H’mm, maybe porcelain doll might be a more fitting definition of Monsieur Pouncey but hold your horses.  It appears to me like his last two injuries may have been the result of friendly fire.When Mike Tomlin was questioned about the injury he said, “I will give you the information once we handle the surgical procedure.  Let’s hope that I’m wrong but by the time you read this, my “guesstimate” is that Pouncey” the injured left ankle of Maurkice Pouncey may be a bit more serious than is being discussed especially if the injury can’t be analyzed until after the “surgical procedure.”Mike Tomlin and many coaches in professional sports say that: “injuries are a part of the game” but that blanket phrase is a bit too general when it comes to the often fragility of specific players and athletes.I have pointed out many times in the past that there should only be one “tune up” preseason game played in the NFL. My reasoning is and always has been is that NFL players are going to be normally subjected the perils of battle and will be injured during a normal NFL game, anyway.As far as “evaluating” younger players, draft picks and even free agents, coaches and GM’s would be better served not to subject many players to situations in which players who are at risk of being cut or waived must do certain things, almost anything just to make the team.The position of center on any football team from midget league to Super Bowl Champion is usually looked upon as the “anchor” of the offensive line.  When a captain pulls up the anchor of a boat from deep waters, the vessel can only do one of three things; 1. Fire up a strong engine and continue the journey. 2. Set sails and sail with or against the wind. 3. Float to and fro with no direction.The Steelers have at the moment lost their anchor.  How they plan to navigate the treacherous waters of the NFL, remains to be seen.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741He is also a contributing columnist for urbanmediatoday.comFollow him on [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS and KATHRYN BERMINGHAM POLICE divers have returned to a Pakenham lake for a second day in search…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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