Oscars Review
Feb27

Oscars Review

The Oscars have always been a big deal to me. When the show came on, I always watched it. I even had a party for it one year in college. This year, I celebrated the Oscars at Grand Avenue Theaters. It was a very nice evening for people in the community. There were a lot of games and activities for the guests to participate in before the production started. I enjoyed viewing the Oscars on a big screen for the first time. Grand Avenue did a great job with this event. They had a red carpet and a professional photographer. There were three awards given out at the end of the night to the guests who came. These awards were Best Dressed, Ballot Champion and Ballot Runner-Up. The Oscars themselves were pretty unpredictable. I guessed some of the right winners but not all of them. It was also weird this year because there was no host. The introduction of the Oscars celebrated one of the nominated films, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with a Queen concert featuring Adam Lambert in place of Freddie Mercury. The moving performance was led by lead guitarist Brian May. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was nominated for five awards including Best Picture and won four of these awards. Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the film, won Best Actor in a Leading Role. This was his first time being nominated for and winning an Oscar. His acceptance speech was moving. “Part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment,” he said. “It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” My favorite performance of the night has to go to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who starred in the 2018 remake of the hit musical “A Star is Born.” At the ceremony, they sang the popular anthem “Shallow” from the film, which won Best Original Song. During her acceptance speech, Lady Gaga said, “If you are at home and you’re sitting on your couch and you’re watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work, and I’ve worked for a long time, and it’s not about, ya know, it’s not about winning… If you have a dream, fight for it. If there’s a discipline for passion — and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or fall down or you’re beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going. Thank you.” There were a lot more great movies that won awards, but the most shocking award was Best Picture. Everyone expected “Roma” to win due to the film’s success with titles such as Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography. However, the award for Best Picture went to “Green Book.” The movie is about an unlikely friendship and the struggles the characters faced in the 1960s. The film starred Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor, and Viggo Mortensen. Director Peter Farrelly gave an inspiring speech. “The whole story is about love. It’s about loving each other despite our differences and finding out the truth about who we are: we’re the same people,”...

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“The Kid Who Would Be King” conquers box office
Feb13

“The Kid Who Would Be King” conquers box office

When I first saw this movie trailer, I thought that it was going to be the dumbest movie ever. The graphics looked terrible, and it did not look interesting. I guess it is true what they say… looks can be deceiving. “The Kid Who Would Be King” is about a young boy named Alex and how he pulled the sword Excalibur from the stone. Alex and his friends go on an epic quest to stop an evil enchantress named Morgana. Alex is played by Louis Serkis, and he is the main hero of the movie. I thought that he played a noble character. He is just starting at a new school, and he felt like an outcast with his friend Bedders, played by Dean Chaumoo. He then has to be brave when the sword in the stone picks him. He chooses two other students to help him. The two other students are schoolyard bullies, Lance and Kaye, played by Tom Taylor and Rhianna Dorris. These characters see the world as you better be tough or you are going to get stepped on. This is why they bully people like Alex and Bedders. They join Alex on his quest just to benefit themselves. This is a great lesson for all of us. Whenever we only think about ourselves we fail. They soon learn that when they work together with Alex they can succeed. The mighty sorcerer Merlin also helps Alex and his friends on their journey. I like how this character takes a back seat so Alex and his friends can be the main heroes of this great story. There was a scene where Morgana is taking to Merlin and he is telling her that it is the kid’s time to shine and not theirs anymore. This reminds me that children are the future. Young Merlin is played by Angus Imrie and adult Merlin is played by Sir Patrick Stewart. I liked the introduction of this movie. It shared the original King Arthur story with great animation. The story was that there were corrupt rulers wanting to take the kingdom from Arthur but, he united his enemies and made them allies just as Alex did in this movie. It shows us that jealousy and corruption have always repeat themselves throughout history. This movie reminded me of the movies that my mom and dad took my sisters and I to. It was very nostalgic and I am glad that I got to see this...

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Trilogy conclusion “Glass” shattered expectations

On Jan. 19, the highly anticipated end to the “Unbreakable” trilogy hit the box office. “Glass,” directed by M. Knight Shyamalan, features several well-known actors and actresses, including James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Paulson. “Glass” follows three incredible people with extraordinary gifts. They all meet each other when a woman named Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) finds them and takes them to a psychological facility to learn more about the gifts they have. Kevin (James McAvoy) is a very complex character because he has Dissociative Identity Disorder. In this movie we get to see 20 of his personalities. McAvoy portrays Kevin’s character well and handles the difficult task of portraying multiple personalities with expertise. When Kevin is especially angry, he becomes an unstoppable monster and takes on the name “The Beast.” Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is responsible for derailing David Dunn’s train in “Unbreakable,” the first film in the series. Elijah has Type I Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which causes his bones to be fragile. Elijah’s alterego is a villain named “Glass.” His inspiration for this name comes from his childhood nickname due to his rare genetic condition. The main theme of the movie was terrific. In the movie, Dr. Staple told the characters that they were just imagining their extraordinary powers and gifts. They almost started to believe that they were not special. However, Elijah told Kevin that they were special and that their gifts should be shared. While his plan to achieve this goal was not morally right, his idea is correct. “Glass” is a suspenseful movie that keeps the audience guessing until the credits roll across the screen. Additionally, the screenplay and cinematography in this film made “Glass” a great movie. Content goes...

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Album Review:  “The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say”
Nov13

Album Review: “The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say”

Tenth Avenue North, the Christian rock group who wrote famous songs like “By Your Side” and “Losing” are back with brand new music. On October 9, 2018 the band released an EP titled “The Things We Are Too Afraid to Say.” This is an emotional album written by lead singer Mike Donehey and the group’s guitarist Jeff Owen. The album consists of six songs. One of the songs, “Afraid,” was on their previous album, “Followers.” “Afraid” is a powerful song about how our life circumstances bring us down. It proposes that we are so afraid of what will happen in the future or the next day that we let fear rule our lives. Written by Donehey and his guitarist Owen, this is a cry for help. One of my favorite songs from the album is called “Counterfeits.” This song is all about how people fill their hearts with things that are not worth it. In the song, the singer says, “I want the truth, I want the real thing. I want the genuine to hold to the light.” He wants more than a fix. This song really spoke to me. I used to always run away from Jesus because I thought he was not good enough, but He is the only thing that we need. “Love Anyway” is another great song. When someone does not think the same way as we do, sometimes we do not love that person. However, God does not just call us to love people who have the same beliefs and opinions as us. He calls us to love everyone, no matter what. This song does a great job of showing this. In the song, Donehey says, “Show me how to love them how you love me.” This is a great song, especially for today’s world. I had the opportunity to see Tenth Avenue North in person this year for a early Christmas present. They were amazing and are easily my favorite Christian band. When I found out that they were releasing a new EP, I was so excited. I read an interview from Donehey about the album, and he said, “It’s a collection of songs that say, we don’t have it figured out and we’re not exactly sure where we are sometimes…” I think that it is great that he says that he does not know everything and that he is not perfect. These are great songs about living in sin but always having...

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First Man film review: A blast
Nov13

First Man film review: A blast

“One giant step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” We have all heard this famous phrase. Neil Armstrong said this when he made it to the moon on July 20, 1969. His story has been told so many times from movies and television specials. The new movie “First Man” tells the story again. This movie is directed by Damien Chazelle who directed the incredible “La La Land” film, which won six academy awards. This movie stars Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife. The movie is based on a book by James R. Hansen on the life of Armstrong. I did not know all of the hardships he faced in his life. It was so shocking. Gosling did a great job playing Armstrong. When he was up in space I really believed that he was there. Armstrong was kind of a jerk to his friends and family, as it is portrayed in the movie. This surprised me since he is known to us as an American hero who was such a good guy. Clair Foy also did an amazing job in this movie. She played a great grieving mother and wife. She always wanted what was best for Armstrong even though he just cared for himself. She was so passionate in every scene she did. This movie is getting a lot of Oscar buzz and I can see it winning a few. The score for this movie is by Oscar winner Justin Hurwitz who worked with Chazelle in “La La Land.” The music was amazing. I felt like I was in space because of it. In the scenes where they were testing out the rockets, I was at the edge of my seat. The acting and directing had me thinking that I was actually right next to Gosling as he ejected from a fiery training crash. I did think that the movie was a little slow in a lot of parts. There was just a lot of science stuff that I did not really care about. I just wanted to see Gosling in a rocket and blasting off. I also thought that Armstrong’s character could have been developed more. Minor spoiler: His family went through a hard time at the beginning of the movie, which was somewhat portrayed, that also could have been developed more. The movie left me wanting to know more about it. In spite of that, this was an overall interesting movie to...

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