Category Archives: Jacob’s Journal

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Jacob Tiranno Accepts the 365 Day Movie Challenge

Happy New Years Everyone!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and had a great time ringing in the new year. Like most of you, I compiled a list of resolutions for the year of 2016. But, when I was writing that list that we all know too well, I thought for this year I needed a real challenge. Something to test my will power and my never give up attitude. But instead of choosing something silly, I decided to take on the 365 Day Movie Challenge.

Jacob Tiranno accepts 365 Day Movie Challenge

Jacob Tiranno

Now for those who are unfamiliar with this 365 Day Movie Challenge, I am committing to watching one film a day, that I’ve never seen before. To some of you, this doesn’t sound very challenging. To you, nay I say. This is probably one of the hardest things to do. The 365 Day Movie Challenge will be a part of my life for one whole year. Every day my life for the next year will be revolving around the question of when can I sit down and watch a movie before the day ends. That not only intrigued me, it genuinely excited me.

Tomorrowland is Tame and Tangled

It was July of 1955, only a year after America decided it was unconstitutional to keep white and black students in separate schools. It was the beginning of what would become one of the most important movements in our nation. Our country was looking forward to the future and so was one of the greatest innovators of all-time, Walt Disney. In fact, he wanted to create a “land” dedicated to the future, to the possibilities of a united and marvelous world. He called it Tomorrowland.

George Clooney in Tomorrowland

George Clooney in Tomorrowland

It opened July 17 to be exact, and Disney gave this description during the dedication to the millions of television viewers. “[Tomorrowland is] a vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying Man’s achievements…A step into the future, with predictions of constructed things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideas. The Atomic Age, the challenge of Outer Space and the hope for a peaceful, unified world.” Now, 60 years after it opened, director Brad Bird, brings the world a movie based on Tomorrowland.

Jacob Tiranno’s Rules for Surviving A Horror Movie



It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for costumes, candy, haunted houses and of course, scary movies! The Exorcist, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary’s Baby – all of these films and countless others have forced people to check under their bed, shut their closet doors, and sleep with the light on for years. Movies like these have haunted people all over the world. Today, I’m going to offer you a few words of survival in case you ever find yourself in a true scary-movie situation. Before I go on, however, I must give credit where credit is due. Jamie Kennedy’s character from Wes Craven’s Scream mentions a handful of survival rules in the famous movie franchise – some of his major rules reappear in my list below.I will note, though, that his character died in the second Scream film, proving he probably wasn’t the best person to take advice from. I, on the other hand, am alive and well. So I can only hope you take this list of numerous rules seriously, as they can be the difference between life and death.

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Women Hold Their Own in Film Industry Run by Men





Click the link above to read my new piece for the UNLV Rebel Yell, where I talk about the presence of women in the film industry and the organization known as Cinefemmes.

Master of Horror Roams the Halls of UNLV

David Schmoeller, Master of Horro

David Schmoeller, Master of Horro

Click the link above to read my new piece for the UNLV Rebel Yell, where I write a professor profile on writer-director and producer, David Schmoeller.

Short Film Contest Seeks Talented Participants

Click the link above to read my new piece for the UNLV Rebel Yell, where I talk about the upcoming 12th annual UNLV 48-Hour Short Film Contest.



Awareness and Advocacy Abound at Boyd Law School Film Festival

Awareness and Advocacy Abound at Boyd Law School Film Festival

Click the link above to read my new piece for the UNLV Rebel Yell, where I recap what happened at the 4th annual Boyd Law School Film Festival.