I am the type of wallflower that flourishes in the fumes of nerdtopia.

I call anything with the suffix of “-Con”— (e.g. MegaCon, ComicCon and even the most recent SwampCon)—an oasis in the barren desert of normalcy. My name is Jennifer Ortiz, and I am a full-time student and burgeoning Otaku.

Usually, when introducing the kaleidoscope variety of my interests I would begin by detailing my musical tastes (which range from the gospel styling of Jose Luis Guerra to the symphonic Penguin Café), or perhaps even food (Apple pie a la mode as an obvious first, and cheesy mangu with fried salami as a close second). However, in this instance I figured it would behoove me to explain the status of my nerd-dom especially since it will be so transparently displayed within the following list of my favorite films.

I am a HUGE fan of particular genres of movies that provide some type of catharsis.  Comedy is the first to leap to my mind, though I find in genres such as Action and Adventure provide their own level of catharsis especially in the resolution when the Villain has been defeated and all has been set right in the world, all with the help of a couple hundred million dollars of epic explosions.  Perhaps it is too broad a generalization to make, but I do not find any of these types of “Hollywood Blockbusters” too intellectually challenging—which might all in all be the summation of its appeal.  Essentially, “Just sit back, relax, and prepare to be entertained,” and after a long day of absorbing textbooks through my eye sockets, that sounds positively wonderful.

I earned my nerd flag through my love of fantasy (the HP Empire springs to mind, over Tolkien), and of course Animation, especially those birthed by the incredible mind of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I dabble in documentaries of the HBO variety (Vito and War Torn), and quite often refrain from cringing while watching Rom-Coms (aka Romantic Comedies). I cannot do social awkwardness and public displays of embarrassment. I switch the channel or leave the theatre. That being said, I am such a GiGi from He’s Just Not That Into You. My life in film form, I swear. ( -__-“)

From ENG 4133: European Youth in Cinema, I hope to gain a broader understanding and perhaps even an appreciation for the indie films which seem to be in overabundance in Europe.  Not pointing any fingers or saying any names (Cherry Bomb), but it would appear that indie movies walk the line of being deeply profound, or just plain pretentious. Above all, I hope to take on sponge-like qualities and absorb all that Professor Hassapopoulou plans on teaching.

Hiyazaki/ Studio Ghibli

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)


  • Beauty and The Beast
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Pocahontas
  • Mulan


  • Toy Story 2
  • The Incredibles 


  • Ever After (1998)
  • A Little Princess (1995)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • Sin City (over Watchmen, any day)
  • Queen of The Damned

LMN (LifeTime Movie Network)

  • Gracie’s Choice (2004)
  • Homeless to Harvard (2003)
  • Magic Beyond Words (2011)

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