Grab your popcorn, sit  back, and get  ready to ‘scream’
Oct26

Grab your popcorn, sit back, and get ready to ‘scream’

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Fall. The time when the weather is nice and cold, the leaves on the trees turn different colors and when an abundance of horror movies are released just in time for Halloween. Now the weather may not exactly be cool enough to wear all of your favorite fall clothes, but the horror movies are still being released. So what exactly should you watch in preparation of Halloween? Well for starters, a classic. This classic is more of a family film, so if easily scared, this film may be perfect for you. Hocus Pocus, rated PG and released in 1993, is very popular with ‘90s kids. Hocus Pocus follows the story of two teenagers and one child who accidently set free a coven of evil witches on Halloween night. They spend the rest of the night trying to trap them once again. Two of the more famous actors who star in this film are Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. It also has a memorable musical number and wonderful one-liners that could be quoted all Halloween. For fans of the horror genre who enjoy the thrills, Ouija: Origin of Evil was released on Friday, Oct 21. The film is rated PG-13 and currently has a 6.7/10 rating on IMDb. Ouija, is about a widowed mother of two who runs a séance scam. After deciding to boost their credibility by adding a Ouija board to the game, things go south when they accidently set free an evil spirit who possesses the youngest child. From there the trailer shows a series of creepy, disturbing things that come along with possession and someone playing the Ouija board again, but this time with bloody fingers. Talk about a game night gone wrong. Another movie that was released on Oct 21, 2016 is Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween. This is rated PG-13 and is another in a series of Tyler Perry’s movies that feature Madea. Like the other films in the series, Madea winds up in mayhem and she spends her Halloween fighting off Halloween themed villains in order to survive the night. The film may feature not feature as many screams, but there are definitely lots of subtle life lessons. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween currently has a rating of 7.3/10 on IMBd. While people still go to the theaters to watch movies, bingeing and streaming has become more popular. So if you are more into bingeing and have access to a Netflix account, there are two shows you must watch in preparation for Halloween. The first is Scream, which is the...

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Is Netflix taking over the entertainment world?
Oct26

Is Netflix taking over the entertainment world?

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells I believe that Netflix is taking over the entertainment world as we know it. How so? Well, to begin with, here are a few scenarios that everyone can relate to. First scenario: you go to the movie theatre and it is a horrible experience. You either viewed it with the wrong crowd, movie goers were constantly talking, or someone decided to bring their restless two-year-old child to see Deadpool. Another scenario is that you’ve waited all week for the next episode of your favorite show and when it finally airs it’s just a filler episode. The last scenario is when it comes to lack of money. Have you ever wanted to just stay home and hang out with friends rather than spend money going out with them? Have you ever just wanted to binge on a show? Find that anime from when you were a child? Watch a Disney movie? These situations are why Netflix has become so popular and why it is slowly dominating the entertainment world. Netflix is not only readily available to you in your own home, but it’s also only $8 a month. According to statista.com there are 70 million subscribers worldwide. But, people’s boredom and lack of money are not the only reasons that Netflix is so popular. It is also popular due to Netflix original series. Many of the most popular shows in the past two years have been Netflix originalseries. Popular Netflixshows include Luke Cage, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, and coming soon, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Of course, there are other popular shows on various networks, but in my opinion, Netflix is dominating. Netflix original series plays to a variety of demographics, and because the shows aren’t tied to a network, they don’t have to worry about network executives controlling production. They do not have to worry about something being too violent, having too much cursing, or too much sexuality. This gives Netflix the upper hand over other networks. Other networks do have successful shows, but ask yourself, for how long? Normally around the third season, your favorite show becomes a bit watered down. It’s like you can see production companies putting their sticky hands in and ruining the show. And the ones that are popular either end badly or are cancelled in the middle of a season. From my perspective, all their series are perfection. Others feel this as well because Netflix is continuously cranking out seasons of their best shows. Another thought is that Netflix is taking advantage of our...

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Strange things are happening on Netflix

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells The Netflix series Stranger Things is an ode to movies like The Goonies and E.T. The show premiered in August when audiences were looking for a show to binge watch over the summer. The show was an immediate hit with the Netflix audience. Here is a brief synopsis (without spoilers) for those who have been living under a rock and have not watched this amazing show. Stranger Things is set in a small suburban town during the 80s. The storyline centers around a group of four nerdy friends who are shocked when one of them goes missing one night. In the midst of this disappearance, a girl with a shaved head appears in the young boys’ lives. The girl possesses strange powers and claims to know where the missing friend is located. This makes the boys and the young girl work together to find him and bring him home. The grieving mother and brother of the missing adolescent boy are also trying to solve the missing boy’s disappearance and uncover the truth. The town’s police chief also becomes deeply involved in the boy’s case and slowly uncovers the swhats really going on. The show also follows the older sister of one of the boys. Her storyline begins with a focus on typical teenage problems, but in a string of events she becomes involved in uncovering the mystery as well. Strange situations happening in the small town bring all these individuals together. Nothing is what it seems to be, and there are sometimes more questions than answers. The thing that is so grabbing about this series is that it sends you on a nostalgic trip to the late 80s when science fiction and boyhood films were king. The story is amazing, but it’s the chemistry of the actors that also pulls you into to the show. The actors seem invested in the story as well. The young boys are played by Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhand, Caleb McLaughlin and they are the best child actors that have graced the screen in a while. Millie Bobby Brown plays the mysterious girl ,and even though she has little dialogue her performance is amazing. Winona Ryder, who plays the distraught mother, and Charlie Heaton, who plays the lost boy’s brother, give emotional performances that have the audienceempathizing with their struggle. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this Netflix series and there is never a dull moment. Even if science fiction is not your thing, this show is worth viewing at least once. So, do not continue to live under that rock. Join...

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Is race swapping in the media minority biased?

Published in the September 14, 2016 issue of The Bells In the past few years the world of entertainment has seen dozens of comic book and video game adaptations  for television and cinema. With all the new comic adaptations, filmmakers are exploring all casting options, even if it means using race swapping. This happens when a classic comic book character’s race is swapped fora different race on a television show or in a movie. For instance, the traditionally white Johnny Storm from The Fantastic Four comic was portrayed by black actor Michael B. Jordan in the 2015 film. Race swapping is not to be confused with whitewashing, which is when you take a character that is a minority and cast a white actor in their place.So why is Hollywood race swapping characters in upcoming films? Well, most of the comics that are being adapted to film were written in the Golden Age of Comic Books, which lasted from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. During that time, it was hard to represent all races, because of the country’s mindset. But today, comic books and their film adaptations are enjoyed by people of every race, gender, and generation. Since there is a more diverse crowd buying comic books and movie tickets, it has become more noticeable that minority groups are  not represented in primary roles. Race swapping seems to be a positive change that moviegoers and comic book lovers are excited about. Just one look at the much-used hashtag #RepresentationMatters can prove this. It is filled with heartwarming posts of children who talk about how there is someone on the screen that looks like them, and tales of people pursuing a career in the arts because they feel there is now a place for them in the mainstream media. Some recent casting, that has race swapping fans excited, include the addition of Candice Patton as Iris West in The Flash, which airs on The CW, Tessa Thompson as Valkryie in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The list continues with Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spiderman 2, Idris Elba as Heimdall in the Thor films, and Zendaya Coleman who is rumored to be Mary-Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. These are just a few characters that have been race swapped. But all these actors have something in common. They all are the same race. And while there are other minorities that get roles, they are not as common. So this begs the question, are we race swapping to a certain demographic? Personally, as a dark skinned...

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Enchanting Harry Potter series get a not-so-magical makeover
Aug24

Enchanting Harry Potter series get a not-so-magical makeover

Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 issue Finally, there is a new book out that features the world-famous Harry Potter and his friends. So like Sirius Black, the Harry Potter fans did their waiting. It’s been nine years since the release of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the years since, “Potterheads” have anxiously-awaited any continuation of Harry’s story. And now, with the release of, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans can finally have their fix. The new story begins 20 years after the Battle of Hogwarts and focuses on Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger-Weasley, Draco Malfoy and all their children. And even though the wait was long, it was worth it. As a massive Harry Potter fan, I was ecstatic when I discovered that there would be a play coming out introducing the world to the newest generation of wizards and witches, while also letting us take a glance at what was happening with the original group of Hogwart’s students. But because the play would be debuting overseas, I was concerned that I would never get the chance to see what happened to my favorite characters. I was hoping there would be a way to see the play without having to buy a plane ticket. When it was announced that the script would be released as a book, I knew it would allow me and other Harry Potter fans to get the knowledge we need without the travel.While the script gives the reader a feel of the play, it leaves much to the imagination and dismisses details of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The book also does not mention most of the minor characters that made the Harry Potter series memorable. Another downside of the Cursed Child is that the beloved J.K. Rowling does not write it. The play was actually written by Jack Thorne, who based the play off of a new original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne. Since the story is only based on a story from Rowling, the Cursed Child gives off a fan-fiction vibe. There are points in the story that do not make sense because they conflict with happenings in the series. Despite the errors of the book, there are some things the book got right, like the introduction of the new generation: Scorpious Malfoy, Rose Granger-Weasley, and Albus Severus Potter. While there are others characters in the book, the play focuses on these children as they try to make a name for themselves outside of their parents’ shadows. While the book did have its ups and downs, it was actually really good....

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