Seed Consultants Market Wrap Up 7/10/12 with Gary Wilhemi

first_img Financial2Q earnings begin with a soft attitude and even more never anticipation on advanced guidanceEU finance ministers meet again with no results expectedSpanish interest rates climb above 7% which amounts to a monetary cliffHere at home we wait and worry about dropping over a fiscal cliff as tax cuts expire and debt rumbles on.Dow off about 60 points most of the dayS&P 500 near 1350 support level wire to wireCrude oil up $1.20 to $85.77Chinese CPI at 2.2% is in a stall and Japan’s machinery orders were poorGold languishes at $1588Dollar slides 23 to 83.14 but still near its export choking highEuro at 2 year lowLivestockFeeder cattle continue their power dive as corn surges aheadBoxed beef off $1.78 at $190.87Tighter supplies expected next year take April of 2013 to new highsPork cutout came into the week off $.51 with loins down $.78This will be a normal slaughter weekWatch slaughter weights as it is still toasty in the plainsAs feed costs sky rocket I don’t think has any idea on what $170 plus per head losses mean to the meat counterGrain and soybeansCorn last week was 48% good to excellent down for 56% the previous week and 69% last yearSoybeans 45% versus 53%, and 66% a year ago.Watch the conditions report tomorrow morningCurrent yield estimates are around 150 bpa in corn and 42 in beansSoybeans still have a little time to improve but that requires moisture and none is forecastThis is the worst drought since 1988 and maybe back to the 1930’s, but that would take many years of consecutive dryness.Some see El Nino relief in late 2012 or early 2013Corn yield could fall to 140 bpa and after today’s explosive session it is impossible to calculate how high is high.Reduced feed usage, decreased ethanol production and diminished exports will help shape rationingThe WASDE S/D report will be out on the 12thThere will not be a survey crop estimate for a month10:48AMS&P 500 drops under 1350, which was resistance on the way upDow off 60 at 12,710 with support at 12,600, although not majorGold up $9 and crude up $.87Corn, wheat and beans cruise at high altitudesJapanese corn buyers not covered for 4th qt.Black sea port shut down by floodingMeats beat quiet retreat Seed Consultants Market Wrap Up 7/10/12 with Gary Wilhemi SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Financial2Q earnings begin with mixed expectationsThe shadow of last Friday’s poor jobs report is still castEuro is at 2 year lowEU Finance Minister’s meet again with little expectationsSpanish 10 year yield back up over 7%, which is unsustainableEuro actions short term at bestChinese CPI 2.2% equals economic slowingDAX steady to startUS consumer credit may be $9.5b up from $6.5b in AprilUS 10 year down to 5.2%Unemployment benefits top $14 bCrude oil $84.79 up $ .34Gold $1586 $4 betterDollar 83.18 down 19Dow called a little lowerLivestockCash cattle $117 up $1 but remains at a large discount to futuresBoxed beef $192.50 on choiceBetter eating weather in Midwest but plains remain friedPork cutout off $.51 with loin’s down $ .78 and hams up $.40Short slaughter weekGrain and soybeansThe hot air balloon rises $.32 in December corn to $7.25, $ .40 in November beans to $15.46 and September wheat up $ .23 at $8.2940% of corn is affected by droughtTemps moderate back into the 80’s but it looks dry out through 10 daysDelta may get ¾-1 ½ of rain150 bpa corn yield seen by many down from beginning 162 bpaSoybeans till have some time to recover over $15 Nov. does not show optimismDollar at 83.18 is awfully rich and that limits all exportscenter_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 9, 2012 Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants Market Wrap Up 7/10/12 with Gary Wilhemi SHARE Previous articleThe Inconvenient DroughtNext articleFarm Bill Up in House Ag Committee This Week Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Senate Will Take Up Farm Bill, Stallman Pleased

first_img Senate Will Take Up Farm Bill, Stallman Pleased Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Will Take Up Farm Bill, Stallman Pleased Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 23, 2013 SHARE American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says the introduction in the 113th Congress of the farm bill approved by the Senate last session represents real hope for farmers and ranchers that the Senate will aggressively move forward on a long-term bill to give farmers the risk management certainty they need. He says it will ultimately take real bipartisan cooperation to get the farm bill to the finish line. He is hopeful Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Thad Cochran will work quickly to build on the bipartisan work that was the hallmark of the Senate farm bill last year. SHARE Source: NAFB News Service Stallman encourages House Speaker John Boehner and other House members to follow the example set by Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson in their actions to pass a bipartisan farm bill that worked for all Americans out of their committee. According to Stallman – the nation’s farmers deserve the policy certainty a five-year farm bill would provide. He says we need a flexible, reform-minded bill that draws its key risk management tools from crop insurance provisions. Facebook Twitter Previous articleGrowth Energy and RFA Joint Statement on EU Proposed DutiesNext articleAnnual Fish Fry like a Purdue Ag Family Reunion Gary Truittlast_img read more

April WASDE Released Wednesday

first_img Previous articleSeed Consultants 4/10/2013 Market Closing with Gary WilhelmiNext articleFarm Bureau Analyzes Latest WASDE Data Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Apr 10, 2013 April WASDE Released Wednesday Home Indiana Agriculture News April WASDE Released Wednesday SHARE The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates were released Wednesday.WHEAT: U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2012-13 are projected 15-million bushels higher this month. Seed use for 2012-13 is raised slightly based on producer planting intentions for 2013-14 as reported in the March 28 Prospective Plantings. Feed and residual use for 2012-13 is projected 15-million bushels lower reflecting lower-than-expected disappearance during the December-February quarter as indicated by the March 1 stocks. All-wheat imports are unchanged. The projected range for the wheat season-average farm price is narrowed 5-cents on both ends to $7.70 to $7.90 per bushel.Global wheat supplies for 2012-13 are raised 2.9-million tons. The increased stocks primarily reflect balance sheet revisions that lower 2011-12 domestic wheat use for several countries this month. Global 2012-13 production is nearly unchanged. Global wheat trade is projected higher for 2012-13 with exports raised 2.6-million tons. World wheat feed and residual use is lowered 5.2-million tons. World wheat ending stocks for 2012-13 are projected 4.0-million tons higher.COARSE GRAINS: U.S. feed grain ending stocks for 2012-13 are projected higher this month as an increase in ending year corn stocks more than offset reductions for sorghum, barley, and oats. Corn feed and residual disappearance is lowered 150-million bushels. The reduction in corn feed and residual use is partly offset by a combined 20-million bushel increase in projected feed and residual use for the other feed grains based on the March 1 stocks. Adding to 2012-13 feed grain supplies this month are increases of 3-million bushels and 2-million bushels, respectively, in projected barley and sorghum imports. Domestic corn use for 2012-13 is projected 100-million bushels lower as a 50-million bushel increase in corn used to produce ethanol partly offsets the lower projection for feed and residual disappearance. Larger-than-expected March 1 corn supplies, lower corn prices and favorable margins for producing and blending ethanol limit the expected year-to-year decline in ethanol production during the second half of the marketing year (March-August). Corn exports for 2012-13 are projected 25-million bushels lower. Projected U.S. corn ending stocks for 2012-13 are raised 125-million bushels. The projected ranges for the season-average corn and sorghum farm prices are lowered 20-cents at their midpoints to $6.65 to $7.15 per bushel and $6.60 to $7.10 per bushel, respectively. The projected farm price ranges for barley and oats are narrowed 5-cents on each end to $6.30 to $6.50 per bushel and $3.75 to $3.85 per bushel, respectively.Global coarse grain supplies for 2012-13 are projected higher with a 1.1-million ton increase in world coarse grain production. Global coarse grain trade for 2012-13 is raised slightly. Global corn feed and residual use is down 5.3-million tons with much of the decline reflecting the reduction in the United States.RICE: Higher-than-previously expected March 1 U.S. rice stocks results in a 5.0-million cwt reduction in all rice 2012-13 domestic and residual use and a commensurate increase in ending stocks. No changes are made on the 2012-13 supply side or to projected exports. Long-grain 2012-13 domestic and residual use is lowered 4.0-million, and medium- and short-grain domestic use is lowered 1.0-million. The all rice 2012-13 export projection is unchanged at 108.0-million cwt.USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated March 1 all rice rough stocks at 104.3-million cwt and milled rice stocks at 6.7-million cwt (9.5 million on a rough-equivalent basis). The March 1 all rice stocks estimate on a rough-equivalent basis at 113.8-million cwt is up 0.8-percent from a year earlier, and up 0.9-percent from the preceding 5-year average. The decrease in 2012-13 domestic and residual use led to a 5.0-million cwt or 17-percent increase in all rice ending stocks to 34.1-million cwt. Long-grain ending stocks are raised 4.0-million cwt to 20.4-million, and medium- and shortgrain stocks increased 1.0- million to 11.5-million. The projected U.S. average milling yield for 2012-13 is reduced to 70-percent, down 0.25-percentage points from last month. The midpoint of the 2012-13 long-grain, medium- and short-grain and all rice season-average prices are unchanged at $14.50 per cwt, $15.90 per cwt and $14.90 per cwt, respectively.World rice production is reduced 0.5-million tons to 467.6-million tons – still a record. Global consumption is reduced 0.9-million tons. Trade projections for 2012-13 are little changed from a month ago. Global 2012-13 ending stocks at 103.8-million tons are up 0.5-million from last month, but down 1.7-million from the prior year.OILSEEDS: The U.S. soybean crush for 2012-13 is increased 20-million bushels this month to 1.635-billion. The increase reflects strong soybean meal exports through the first half of the marketing year. Soybean exports are projected at 1.35-billion bushels, up 5-million on stronger-than-expected shipments in recent weeks. Residual use is reduced based on indications from the March 28 Grain Stocks report. U.S. soybean ending stocks are projected at 125-million bushels, unchanged from last month. Soybean oil balance sheet adjustments include increased production, food use, and ending stocks. Increased food use partly offsets reduced imports and consumption of canola oil. The season-average price range for soybeans is projected at $13.80 to $14.80 per bushel, unchanged from last month. Soybean oil prices are projected at 48 to 50 cents per pound, down 1-cent at the midpoint. Soybean meal prices are projected at $415 to $435 per short ton, down 10-dollars at the midpoint.Global oilseed production for 2012-13 is projected at 468.8-million tons, up 2-million from last month. South American soybean production accounts for most of the change. Global oilseed trade for 2012-13 is projected at 114.4-million tons, down 1.4-million mainly reflecting reduced soybean trade. Global soybean ending stocks are projected at 62.6-million tons, up 2.4-million.SUGAR: Projected U.S. sugar supply for fiscal year 2012-13 is decreased 122-thousand short tons, raw value, from last month, as lower production more than offsets higher imports from Mexico. Lower planted area and later seeding of the 2013 sugarbeet crop, compared with last year, reduce expected early harvest and sugar production in August and September. For 2012-13 sugar use, the strong pace to date supports an increase of 100-thousand tons. For Mexico, 2012-13 cane sugar production is increased based on increased sugarcane yields. Exports are increased both to U.S. and world markets, while higher ending stocks are in line with recent government forecasts.LIVESTOCK, POULTRY, AND DAIRY: The 2013 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is lowered from last month. Beef production is forecast down as lower expected fed cattle and bull slaughter more than offset greater cow slaughter. The pork production forecast is raised as the March 28 Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report indicated a slightly higher-than-expected first-quarter pig crop and a smaller decline in the number of sows which farrowed or are expected to farrow in the first half of the year. Hog carcass weights are also raised as feed prices are forecast lower. The broiler production forecast is lowered for the first quarter based on production data to date, but subsequent quarters are unchanged. Turkey production is forecast lower as the turkey price forecast is reduced and hatchery data points to a slowdown in poult placements. The egg production forecast is lowered, reflecting recent hatchery data.The beef export forecast for 2013 is lowered, reflecting the pace of trade in the first quarter. Beef imports are raised. Pork exports are cut as exports to a number of markets are relatively slow. The broiler export forecast is reduced from last month on expected higher prices. Cattle prices are unchanged from last month. Hog prices are lowered as greater inventories and weaker forecast exports are expected to pressure prices. Broiler prices are raised on robust current prices and demand. Turkey price forecasts are lowered as demand has been weaker-than-expected. The egg price forecast is raised on stronger-than-expected first quarter prices.The milk production forecast for 2013 is reduced on lower milk per cow in the first quarter. Cow numbers are unchanged from last month. Fat-basis imports are reduced mostly on lower imports of anhydrous products. The skim solids import forecast is reduced largely on lower expected imports of milk protein concentrates. Export forecasts are unchanged from last month. Fat-basis ending stocks are forecast higher, but skim-basis stocks are lowered. With slightly lower forecast 2013 milk production and improved domestic product demand, price forecasts for cheese, butter, NDM and whey are raised. As a result, both Class III and Class IV price forecasts are higher than last month. The all milk price for 2013 is higher at $19.45-$19.95 per cwt.COTTON: This month’s 2012-13 U.S. cotton estimates include offsetting increases in production and exports, resulting in ending stocks of 4.2-million bales, unchanged from last month’s forecast. Production is raised 280-thousand bales based on USDA’s final Cotton Ginnings report, released March 25, 2013. Domestic mill use is unchanged. Exports are raised to 13.0-million bales, based on the larger supply and strong export shipments to date. The marketing year average price received by producers is now forecast at 70.5 to 73.5 cents per pound, up 0.5-cent on each end of the range, reflecting recent higher prices.The 2012-13 world cotton estimates show higher beginning and ending stocks and sharply higher trade. World production is forecast slightly lower. World consumption is raised slightly. Forecast world trade is raised 1.8-million bales, including a 1.5-million bale increase for China, based on reported allocations of additional import quotas to mills. World 2012-13 ending stocks are now projected at 82.5-million bales, nearly 1-percent above last month.last_img read more

Another Rainy Period About to Confront Hoosier Farmers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Another Rainy Period About to Confront Hoosier Farmers Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Facebook Twitter Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program SHARE Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Previous articleU.S. Ethanol Now Exported to More MarketsNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Another Rainy Period About to Confront Hoosier Farmers Facebook Twitter Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 By Andy Eubank – May 12, 2015 SHARE Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Cool then wetRyan MartinRain that swept through Indiana Sunday and Monday moved most planters out of the fields. Hoosier Ag Today Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says there likely isn’t any planting going on at the moment, and it will be Thursday or Friday morning before most can get going again, even those who had the smallest amounts of rainfall.With the rain came a cold front and warm temperatures have departed. Martin says that warmth won’t return right away.“Well the warmer temperatures I don’t think will be back to equal what we got used to there late last week and into the weekend. I don’t think that’s going to happen for probably another week or so,” he told HAT. “The way I see this unfolding is the next couple of days we’re still going to be well below normal. When precipitation starts up again by the time we get to about Friday I think we’ll be close to normal, maybe a tick or two below. Then from the weekend through early next week probably a bit above, but I don’t think we go back to those almost July like temperatures for another week or so.”Because of additional rain, he says planting prospects over the next week to 10 days are marginal at best.“If I was a guy who had acres and acres to go, whether it’s corn or beans, if I needed to go back in the field, at this point I’d have equipment ready to go just because our windows are going to be very, very tight here over the next two weeks. The reason I say that is we’ve got rain coming back in Friday, and then I can’t keep rain out of the forecast any day from Friday right on through next early Wednesday. So I think we can put together 5, almost 6 days where we have to at least be ready for moisture. I think the hit and miss aspects of it are going to be similar to what we saw the end of last week and through the weekend, but we’re not going to be dry by any means in there.”Then he said Hoosier farmers might see one or two days of dryness before another front could move in Memorial Day weekend. Martin does not see a good, long planting window opening until at least after Memorial Day.[acm-tag id=”post_column”] All quotes are delayed snapshots Name Sym Last Change last_img read more

President to Sign USMCA Wednesday; Canada Moving Forward Today

first_img By NAFB News Service – Jan 26, 2020 White House and administration officials have confirmed that the president will sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on Wednesday, leaving Canada as the lone nation that still needs to pass the agreement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country’s government will introduce a motion to approve the USMCA when Parliament resumes today.Canadian Cattlemen Association’s Director of Government and International Relations John Masswohl says he expects quick passage.“That’s something that certainly at CCA we have been expressing our support and we have been meeting with members of Parliament and the Ministers and expressing our hope that a bill will be introduced, if not the first day maybe the second day in the Parliament, and that they will find all the procedural mechanisms that they can to move this thing as quickly as possible and pass it.”He says the chances of USMCA passage are good because both parties back the agreement.“When the governing party, which is the liberals, and the official opposition, which is the conservatives, and they’re both supportive of it, I see things being able to move pretty quickly. I think that’s the case this time around. We just have to continue to explain to them how important this is to the Canadian economy, and we will be doing that, and I know some of my colleagues in some of the other sectors will as well.”Masswohl says once Canada ratifies the pact, then it’ll be this spring when it’s finally completed by all three nations.“I don’t think there’s any hope that we’re going to pass it before the end of January. So the question is if we can get it passed and done by the end of February, then the agreement will come into effect on May first. We go past the end of February and into March, and we’re not done by the end of March, then it’s June first. So, I think that’s the question; Is it May first or is it June first?”Mexico approved the agreement in June of last year. Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News President to Sign USMCA Wednesday; Canada Moving Forward Today Facebook Twitter SHARE President to Sign USMCA Wednesday; Canada Moving Forward Today Previous articleBacon Bringing Farmers and Legislators Together at StatehouseNext articleIt Might be Time to Check Your Corn-Soybean Planting Strategy on the HAT Monday Morning Edition NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

The HAT Soil Health Podcast- So, You Want Me to Change…

first_imgHome HAT Soil Health Podcast The HAT Soil Health Podcast- So, You Want Me to Change How… Previous articleFarm Bureau Gives Back to Hungry Americans Through ‘Harvest for All’Next articleIndiana Farm Bureau Celebrates Female Contributions to Agriculture Eric Pfeiffer In this edition of the HAT Soil Health Podcast presented by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, Hamilton and Tipton County farmer Rodney Rulon and Indiana NRCS State Conservationist Jerry Raynor join Eric Pfeiffer to discuss how the conversation should go between conservation staff, landowners, or even ag retailers and the farmer when they’re discussing conservation practices.Rulon also touches on how the conservation practices he employs are profitable. And what happens if/when things go sideways and you’re out NRCS compliance on a program? Raynor discusses what you should do.In the podcast, we reference a webinar that Rulon conducted. You can find a link to that here. By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 18, 2021 Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE The HAT Soil Health Podcast- So, You Want Me to Change How I Farm? Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Volleyball starts hot under new head coach

first_imgLinkedin printTCU Volleyball begins 5-1 from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.The Frogs and first-year head coach Jill Kramer are off to a 5-1 start, and aside from a loss to San Diego, they have dominated their competition.Kramer knows something about new beginnings for TCU volleyball, as she was captain and the first scholarship volleyball student-athlete for the Frogs when the program began in the late 1990s. Previous articleStudents react to Campus CarryNext articleA Spark of Hope inspires those in darkness Evan Watson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR George W. Bush to speak at Neeley luncheon Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Evan Watson Facebook Twitter Evan Watson TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt ReddIt Linkedincenter_img Three Horned Frogs attempt to block at the net. The Power of Three: TCU and the CWS Baker’s brilliance just part of great team performance Facebook + posts Twitter Frogs win their second game at CWS for first time ever Evan Watson Evan Watson Evan Watson TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Frogs get back on track, sweep UNC Asheville

first_imgLinkedin Linkedin Facebook ReddIt printA strong opening set laid the foundation for TCU’s fourth victory of the season, a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-13) sweep over UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon in the Frogs’ second match of the Home2Suites Tallahassee Seminole Invitational on the campus of Florida State University.“It is always telling to see how your team responds after a loss, especially after the first loss of the season,” head coach Jill Kramer said. “It shows their character and all that kind of stuff and then what you need to tackle as a coach for the remainder of the season.”Kramer praised her team’s improvement from yesterdays match following the game.“Our team did such a great job of preparing to play today,” Kramer said. “We spent a lot of time watching video from our match yesterday to see where we can get better at and we scouted UNC Asheville just like we scout any other team. The girls came in prepared and with a lot of energy and this was a team that came in and played hard.”The Frogs dominated the first set, defeating the Bulldogs by 13 points due to the strong play on the net, totaling five blocks and 12 kills in the set.The second set tested the Frogs’ mettle. At one point, the women were down by seven points, but junior outside hitter Ashleigh Martin led the comeback with five kills and the Frogs closed the set on a 5-0 run to win 25-23.“UNC Asheville played great defense and they never gave up,” Kramer said. “They played hard the whole time. We were kind of tight there in the second set and had a little bit of a deficit that we had to climb out of and we came together and did that.”The Frogs didn’t look back as they dictated play in the third set with a .370 hitting clip on their way to their fourth sweep of the season.Martin led TCU in kills for the second straight match with 13 along with a .435 hitting clip and two blocks. Freshman outside hitter Allye Beth Deaton totaled nine kills on the match with a .320 hitting percentage, and fellow freshman middle blocker Sarah Swanson recorded five blocks for the second straight match. Senior setter Lamprini Konstantinidou led the team for the third straight match with 19 assists, and freshman libero Dani Dennison recorded double-digit digs for the fifth straight match with 19 to lead the team. The team served a season-high nine aces with junior middle blocker Anna Walsh recording three.The Frogs will conclude the Home2Suites Seminole Invitational Sunday against No. 15 Florida State in a highly anticipated matchup. The game will be played at noon and broadcasted on ACC Network Extra. Facebook Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU ReddIt + posts Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Robbie Vaglio What to watch during quarantine Frogs bounce back from their first loss of the season Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Robbie Vaglio Robbie Vaglio Twitter Robbie Vaglio Robbie Vaglio TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Previous articleWomen’s tennis team reveals 2017-18 scheduleNext articleTCU sprints past Jackson State in season opener, 63-0 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Review: ‘Mid90s’ shows Jonah Hill’s solid grip in directorial debut

first_imgTV Review: Netflix’s new show doesn’t lecture viewers about sex Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Richard Edgemon Review: ‘First Reformed’ beautifully wrestles with faith and sacrifice Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Richard Edgemon printIn his first time directing a feature film, Jonah Hill has created a powerful and emotionally resonant story that lingers with the viewer long after the credits have rolled.The film follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic) as he finds a group of friends and his identity through the skateboarding scene in California in the mid-1990s as the title would suggest.Although the film does revolve around skateboarding, even including a video shot with a fisheye lens that is so common from that era of skateboard videos, the film’s true goal is to use skateboarding as an entry point into the lives of Stevie and his friends as they transition from childhood to adulthood.Revelations of child abuse, violence, addiction and friendship becoming resentment are some of the topics that become integral to the tension of the film, but Hill almost never comes out and states them through a character’s dialogue. Instead, many times the trauma or issue is hinted at through the character visually.The best example of both Hill’s talent as a director and the actor’s ability to express deep and complex characterizations comes from Lucas Hedges’ performance of Stevie’s brother Ian. There are several times throughout the film that Hedges’ reactions to other characters dominated the scene; I couldn’t look away as I watched waves of emotions cycle across his face in realistic and haunting fashion.Another real stand out in the film is real life pro-skater Na-Kel Smith. In Smith’s first film, he gives a realism to the skating that no one else in the film really provides, along with a desire for success and determination.Hill really focuses on the performances from the actors, choosing to favor close-ups for most of the film, and with the three by four standard definition aspect ratio that would have been used in the 1990s, there is nothing to look at other than the actor’s face.In those long, close-up shots, Hill’s writing truly shines. In those moments the script gives the audience enough details about the character’s life but leaves the most horrific portions out allowing the audience to imagine those events just as other characters would have to do in the context of the film. Richard Edgemon Richard Edgemon Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ tells a meandering story with stunning visuals, anime action Verdict 9.5/10Overall this is an excellent film with deeply emotionally resonating performances that stay with you long after the film is over. Hill shows his understanding of story and tone with a dark film that gives some resolution but never even approaches a fairy tale or saccharine ending, opting instead for a bittersweet ending that highlights the realistic perspective of the film. Some of the editing is choppy at the beginning of the film, but as the story focuses in on the main characters and their relationships, as does the editing. Between Hill’s writing and directing, it is unclear which aspect is the key factor in this film. I eagerly await his next project. + posts Linkedin Review: ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ has a striking visual style but fails to excite or enthrall Twitter Previous articleMegyn Kelly under criticism after defending blackfaceNext articleGas leak repaired: King Family Commons cleared after evacuation Richard Edgemon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Richard Edgemon Facebook Facebook Editorial: Students returned to campus. Cases surged Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots The poster for Jonah Hill’s directorial debut “Mid90s”last_img read more

Recent TCU graduates share the struggles of adulting

first_imgTwitter Linkedin ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Haley Polk printLiving accommodations and managing finances are hardships some TCU alumni endured after their transition from college life to adulthood.Nicoletta Bradley, who graduated from TCU in 2015, said she did not realize how much of a time commitment it took to be in the working world.“I miss the flexibility and little pockets of free time I had while attending TCU,” she said. “When you’re in the workforce, you suddenly can’t skip anything because you have commitments.”Former TCU cheerleader Taylor Freetage cheering on TCU Horned Frog Football. Photo courtesy of Instagram (@taylor_freetage)TCU alumna and former TCU cheerleader Taylor Freetage said the hardest part about becoming a “real adult” was the small, daunting things, such as keeping her house clean.Bradley said being able to live with someone she knew after graduation helped her in her transition from college.2018 graduate Peyton Mabry. Photo courtesy of Instagram (@peyton_mabry)“There is a lot of unknown when becoming a real adult, so being able to come home to something that is familiar can really help you not feel so overwhelmed,” said Bradley.Peyton Mabry graduated in 2018 and is now working on managing her personal brand.  Despite the perks that come with living alone, she said having to shoulder all the responsibility can be a nuisance.“Being adult involves thinking about long-term finances instead of just focusing on short-term spending like I did while attending TCU,” said Mabry. “I have had to have a much more disciplined approach to budgeting and savings since graduating.”Budgeting can seem daunting, especially when handling the other tasks of being an adult.Former TCU Showgirl and TCU alumna Christen Lockett. Photo courtesy of Instagram (@christennmariee)TCU alumna Christen Lockett said her parents helped her budget her finances by writing a one-year plan based off her income.She said this was useful during her transition into working for a brand marketing agency and managing her own public relations firm, Lockett-Up PR.Mackenzie Friedman representing ZYN22, her part-time job. Photo courtesy of Instagram (@mackfriedman)TCU alumna Mackenzie Friedman said that she initially struggled not having days off like she did when she was enrolled in college.“In college, there are so many small goals to work toward,” said Friedman. “I’ve had to learn how to create my own endpoints, set my own goals and celebrate the little things along the way to avoid getting stuck in a rut.”Since graduating, Friedman said she has really learned the value of a dollar. She was able to turn her love for cycling into a part-time job at ZYN22 to help supplement her main income as the Digital Content Manager for the Dallas Wings of the WNBA.Despite their struggles in the real world, all of the graduates expressed gratitude for their time at TCU and for what they learned there. Things to do around DFW during TCU’s Commencement Ceremonies Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Haley Polk center_img Local West Nile Virus cases increase due to heavy rainfall Facebook Haley Polk Facebook + posts Previous articleThings to do around DFW during TCU’s Commencement CeremoniesNext articleSeniors reflect on their time as a Horned Frog Haley Polk RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU graduate Nicoletta Bradley teaching at ZYN22, photo courtesy of Instagram (@nicolettabradley) Linkedinlast_img read more