Over the course of my tenure at USC, I have turned to movies as a way to not only enjoy myself, but to else ease the stress of school. This semester, I’m taking a class called Film Symposium. The class lasts 4 hours during which you learn all sorts of different things about the movie world, get to watch movies before they come out, and then do a Q&A session with someone involved with the film. Sitting there for 4 hours with no phone access forces me to just pay attention in class and, in effect, I become engrossed with whatever we’re talking about.

So far, two of my favorite movies that we’ve seen are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Seven Psychopaths. Plus, the author/director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (a USC alum) missed the premiere of his movie just so he could come and do the Q&A with our class which I thought was pretty awesome of him.

Outside of this class, I’ve only seen a couple of movies in theaters. Yesterday, I saw Ben Affleck’s Argo. It was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year and might now be on my top 10 movies all time. During the last 20-30 minutes, I was literally on the edge of my seat anxiously trying to anticipate what was going to happen in the movie. Definitely go see it if you have the chance.