CATCHER IN THE RYE review by Kaycee W.

I chose to review the book ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger. Most are forced to read this book by order of the school board. This read however was a personal choice. Catcher in the Rye is a novel on an anxious individual that goes by the name of Holden. Holden is quite the character and has much to tell about his life and past life experiences. He attends a boarding school called Pency Prep, and is not too fond of it. Read more »

Lovely Bones movie review by Jamal G.

Lovely Bones the movie…. Not even close to as good as the book. It was directed by Peter Jackson. It had its strong points. Such visual aspects that can’t be portrayed through a book but it was just something about the book that the movie just couldn’t reach. It was too many important parts were skipped over or left out. If I would have seen the movie first I would have never picked up the book because the movie was to “open” it was as if something was missing. It might have been because I read the book first, but I still think I would have had to many unanswered questions. Read more »

BREAKING DAWN – Book Revew By: Breanna B.

“When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give your beloved, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?”  Breaking Dawn is the last book of the Twilight Saga written by Stephanie Meyer.  Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen have finally gotten married.  They spend their honeymoon on a private island, on which they have sexual intercourse for the first time.  Bella realizes she is pregnant and the process is happening at an uncontrollable rate.  It’s assumed that Bella has a monster growing inside her with suggests to kill it; but Bella has become attached and, monster or not, she cannot let go of her child.  Once the Quileute werewolves and The Volturi hear about the birth of a vampire child, they immediately plan to destroy it.  Bella, Edward, and the remaining of their family must come together to try and save this precious half vampire, half human child.

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THE ILLUSIONIST a movie review by Kristen B.

A DVD cover for the movie The Illusionist

The Illusionist (directed by Neil Burger) takes a classic Romeo and Juliet romance and infuses it with late 19th century magic. The main character, Eisenheim (played by Edward Norten), is our Romeo, in love with the Duchess Sophie von Treschon. Torn away from each other as teens, Eisemheim returns from his world travels as a magician, surpassing all others in skill and attracting even the attention of the Crown Prince Leopold. It is when the prince attends a show with his posse, included in which is the Duchess von Treschon, that the plot really takes off. Read more »

V FOR VENDETTA – Film Review (Christian T.)

V for Vendetta is a 2006 thriller based on the novel of the same name. Set in a dystopian future of London, the plot revolves around masked character, known only as V, a “terrorist” as called by the government. He seeks to start a social and political revolution, carefully planning events and assassinations to play out to finally reach the climax, while at the same time seeking his own personal vendetta against those who turned him into what he is.

V for Vendetta is a superb movie, gracefully translating from the novel to the film. Along with great acting, the film retains its political and philosophical meaning. The protagonist, “V”, is a literate and mysterious “hero”, capable of describing and criticizing the feelings of others, and is able to carefully think out what he says and how he says it, showing a smarter side of him, however, you might think he is mentally ill, pursuing his personal revenge with no regrets upon committing murder. “People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people”. His political ideals lead him to revolt against the totalitarian government. This film provides a dark side of such a government, showing the limiting freedom that you would have under one. It shows the British one as a monstrous and unhuman one, showing no mercy to those opposed to it. This can be interpreted as a warning of giving the government too much power that eventually any country could and would turn into a dystopia. Weather you portray V as a monstrous terrorist or a heroic revolutionary, or even both, is up to you, allowing personal interpretation to the viewer.

Aside from its intricate and interpretive plot, V for Vendetta offers many other things such as great acting. Although you never see V’s face, his words and actions give you a good understanding of what he stands for and really portray his emotions. The dialogue is written nicely, often intelligent, but never pretentious. The setting gives off a dark, but realistic vibe. It also has action that any movie goer would enjoy, with fights beautifully choreographed, but even the action is nothing compared to the overall atmosphere. It genuinely examines the human condition, where fear is a weapon of the government, exploiting fears of its people to gain its objective. This is what separates it from other thriller movies. It’s hardcore realism.

GIRLFIGHT movie review by cherlinda polynice

              

  “It’s about to be a what? A Girlfight!” Girlfight is a drama of which focuses on a troubled teen who decides to let out her anger and aggression by boxing. Despite her abusive father’s and her prospective trainer’s skepticism, she tries her hardest to make it in this male-dominated sport. Diana (the troubled teen) at first begins to train without her father knowing. Once he finds out he tells Diana of his disapproval and thoughts of how he believes she couldn’t make it because she’ll never amount to anything. Diana trains hard in order to prove everyone who doubted her wrong. She achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers all over.

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Groundhog Day Movie Review by Austin Rothe

“Excuse me, where is everybody
going? To Gobbler’s Knob. It’s Groundhog Day. It’s still just once a year,
isn’t it?”
Groundhog Day is a movie everyone deserves to see. The self centered protagonist, Phil Connors, finds
himself in a fascinating situation when he is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the Groundhog Day story; a yearly ritual that he openly loathes. He
and his news team stay the night in town because of a blizzard, upon waking up,
Phil notices something unusual, that it’s the same exact day, February 2nd, Groundhog Day.

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LOVELY BONES by jamal gaines

I’ll start by saying….This book is amazing! Lovely Bones was written by Alice Sebold. The story is narrated by the main character, Susie Salmon. It is about fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon who was raped by her neighbor, Mr. Harvey, and killed tragically. While Susie watches from a gazebo in her heaven, she watches the lives of her family members and her friends. Although this was a great book, it was somewhat hard to understand. For example, the first page tells us how she was raped and murdered then a few pages later it goes through how exactly it happened. Sebold has no chronological order in this book at all. As I was reading this novel, many parts left me confused because the book’s format was very complicated. I’ve met three people who are reading the same book as me and find it to be amazing just as I did. Despite misunderstandings in the text

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The Lovely Bones is narrated in the first person. That’s probably my favorite thing about this book. Also, what puts it over the top is how the main character is not just telling a story. It’s more like she is explaining to me what she is seeing. Alice Sebold used the main character’s narration to reveal her imaginary life between heaven and earth. The whole story is played around Susie watching her family from above. She sees many events that happen to her family members after she dies. It kills her to know she is helpless to them when they need her the most.

Another thing that really caught my attention in this book was how; Susie reached out and told stories of every person who was a part of her life. Sebold has a way of showing each character’s good half and their bad. For example, Susie’s killer George Harvey grew up stealing things for his mother and he never got along with his father. He keeps a keepsake of each one of his victims.

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            I would recommend this book to anyone! It’s a great book. Judging by the text more than likely it would be better for someone in the ninth grade or higher. Its somewhat of a “chick book” but I still loved it.

WHY GEOGRAPHY MATTERS By:Kayla C.

Students learn about the different landscapes of the world but why does that matter? Why do I have to know where the capital of China is located? It’s for the exact reason why you learn language, mathematics, and logical reasoning…. because it shapes the modern day world. Why Geography Matters depicts how the various amount of ways that geography has an effect on politics, trade, health, global terrorism, cultural diversity, government, and power. Surprisingly the environment in which we inhabit can determine the outcome of a country’s ranking economically, environmentally, and politically. The multitude of subjects that involve the information of a country’s status (physical features including livestock, population, agriculture) has greatly impacted the economic stand point at which a country stands. This book is truly amazing. Read more »

THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN By:Kayla C.

Think about this for a change. You are homeless and lost both your parents and one of your siblings in a vicious civil war attack. Thousands of children from the Dinka tribe were orphaned from the bloody murders of their parents, but these boys did the impossible. The Lost Boys of Sudan is a documentary how the life of these children changed when they are given the opportunity to help their people and to do that they were sent to the United States of America. Unfortunately, there view of the USA was totally different from what they expected and a great struggle was upon them. Read more »