“Holy cats, Batman!”
Feb22

“Holy cats, Batman!”

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells “Clever and self-knowing.” “Smart, funny, and fast-paced.” “A great action/comedy on its own terms.” These are just some of the many reviews of the new hit movie The Lego Batman Movie which premiered on February 10, 2017. And with a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film seems like a shoe-in for an Oscar or two. The Lego Batman Movie is about, you guessed it, Legos and Batman. When something amiss goes on in Gotham City, Batman goes on a mission to prevent any more damage from being done. There are many obstacles in his path, though. There’s the new Commissioner of Gotham City, Barbara Gordon, who wants to defeat crime in a way Batman doesn’t agree with. Also, he finds out that he has adopted a boy, Dick Grayson, aka, Robin, who is eager to help Batman in any way he can. The movie tackles themes such as loneliness and the importance of friendship. Because Batman usually works alone, it is difficult for him to have to work with others. There are many aspects of the film that I enjoyed. At the beginning of the movie, the film pokes fun at itself by stating the obvious, like how an innocent bystander gets caught up in trouble, just like in other action movies. In fact, the movie does a really good job at making fun of its own story and the history behind Batman. There are a ton of references to old Batman cartoons and movies and how Batman goes through “similar phases”, as shown by Alfred, Batman’s butler, who pokes fun at him by listing different Batman films throughout the years. What’s unique about this movie is that it doesn’t just limit itself to the DC universe. There are numerous characters from other movies such as Voldemort from Harry Potter, Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, and a velociraptor from Jurassic Park. Another interesting thing is that The Lego Batman Movie practically acknowledges that the real world is out there because by referencing live-action movies. Also, the jokes in the movie are sure to please a wide variety of age groups. Batman, known to be a serious character in other films, brings about a new interpretation. He’s gruff, tough, conceited, and absolutely hilarious all at once. At the end of the film, you can really see his temperament shift to that of a more caring personality. However, that’s not to say the film doesn’t have any flaws. I thought it was a bit too fast-paced. There were scatterings of serious issues here and there,...

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Goodbye McLane air-horn, you will be deeply missed
Feb08

Goodbye McLane air-horn, you will be deeply missed

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells “The Air Horn” was born in late September, 2016. The death of “The Air Horn” was January 18, 2017 around 12:45 a.m. The owner of “The Air Horn” is unknown, but we can be certain that he is upset about the demise of his practical joke. “The Air Horn” will mostly be remembered for its loud appearance in the Orange Hall of McLane. It would go off at random hours during the day, once a day, for the entirety of the first semester and a week into the second semester. For the first few weeks of its appearance, “The Air Horn” was hated by many, an annoyance at the least. But after a few weeks it grew on everyone. “The Air Horn” became a common topic around not only the Orange Hall, but also around other halls in McLane. It was a mystery, which is why so many people loved the topic of it. “The Air Horn” is known as legendary throughout McLane. No one knew who controlled “The Air Horn”. RA Andrew Simons, a fifth-year senior Marketing major, said that he was able to eliminate five rooms from being the operator. However, he was never able to narrow it down further than that. Noah Tyner, a freshman Christian Studies major ,said “I was very sad that “The Air Horn” was gone. The joke was funny, but waking up at 1 am was not. I spent a good amount of time laughing about “The Air Horn” and how much disturbance it was causing… but now I cannot, and the world is a sadder place.” When asked what his favorite memory of “The Air Horn” was, Andrew Simons said, “My favorite memory was being able to hear the air horn every day. I didn’t know when it would sound, but I looked forward to hearing it. It was one of the constants in my life.” The morning after its confiscation on Jan. 18, Orange Hall held a memorial for “The Air Horn”. They reminisced about all the good memories they had with it. They laughed at all the happiness it had spread. These students mourned the loss of one of the most legendary college pranks they will ever be exposed to. Andrew Simons, along with the McLane administration, have officially announced the mascot of McLane Orange Hall to be an air horn in remembrance of “The Air Horn” that was loved by so many. It is more of a symbol since the noise policies will still be intact. However, they are looking to create a memorial to be placed in...

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Are you Split about  seeing this movie?
Feb08

Are you Split about seeing this movie?

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells The recent PG-13 film Split made a grand entrance to theaters Jan. 20. Split is a psychological horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. This two-hour thriller keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as they wait to see how the story will progress. A quick fun fact is that at the end of the movie, there is a surprise reference to Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable. The movie revolves around three teenage girls who are kidnapped by a man who experiences associative identity disorder (D.I.D), which is also known as multiple personality disorder. Actor James McAvoy’s personalities in the movie are Dennis, Patricia, and Hedwig. As Marcia (Jessica Sula), Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) try to understand what’s happening and plan their escape, they must also figure out how to manipulate each personality that threatens their safety. The actors selected did a wonderful job portraying their characters. McAvoy did a spectacular job transitioning between personalities and gave each personality its own essence of reality. The character design for each personality was so detailed. From the way they dressed, to the manner in which they talked or walked, to the quirks each personality had, everything was specific to that personality. Each of the girls played their parts really well. The troubled teen and main character Casey Cooke hints at a mysterious past that the audience learns more about throughout the movie. The dialog between characters was very well designed. Each line is tailored to a specific personality and is crucial to the plot. The set design was also well thought out. There were separate spaces where each personality resided while they were conscious. This movie also has a smaller theme embedded into the story–how powerful someone’s beliefs can be. This belief system is a constant re-occurrence in the movie. One thing that really made this movie stand out from the rest was that it brought three different social issues into the spotlight. D.I.D. is controversial among mental health professionals, but the movie provided some information about the disorder and the personalities in a way that the audience can understand. The other two issues that are also brought up are sexual abuse and child abuse. The issues are seen in the flashbacks of the characters and explain why the characters have turned out to be who they are during the movie. All-in-all, this movie is a definite must-see for those who enjoy the suspense and are curious about the peculiar situation the characters find themselves in. I would give this film a nine out...

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Plan a romantic date for Valentines Day
Feb08

Plan a romantic date for Valentines Day

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Ladies and gentlemen, the pressure is on. Valentine’s day, that “holiday” that simultaneously creates joy and fear, is less than two weeks away. Don’t forget the flowers, the chocolate, or at least a card. But the gifts are the easy part. Generally, the hardest part is planning a date. Everyone’s idea of a good date is different, but here are a few simple ideas to build your own perfect outing. If you don’t have to, why go anywhere? The whole purpose of Valentine’s day is to focus on one of the most important people in your life. So, if you’re able, just stay in. Cook dinner together or sit and watch a movie. Spend time together, and really enjoy it for what it is. Couples can get distracted at restaurants and movies, but having a nice, quiet dinner in can be a great way to refocus on your relationship. However, there’s nothing wrong with going out. Going to the movie theater seems to be most couples’ default setting when they don’t know what else to do, and that’s ridiculous. When did it start making sense to go sit in a dark room where you’re not allowed to talk? It can be part of a good date but in and of itself it is just terrible. Instead, try going to a coffee shop or someplace off the beaten path so you can talk and enjoy each other’s company. Everyone wants to make their Valentine’s day date in the evening, but going on a lunch date is just as nice. Be the great significant other and take them to one of their favorite restaurants. Chances are that the lunch crowd won’t be nearly as bad as what’s going to be there that night. One of the most important things to remember is not to fall into Valentine’s Day stereotypes. You don’t have to dress up and spend a lot of money to have a good time. Another option would be to embrace your inner hipster. Go stroll around in town and see what you find in the way of interesting small businesses. Wander around in antique shops and find out what kind of cool stuff is there. Sometimes the smallest hole-in-the-wall places have the most amazing atmospheres, and finding it with your boyfriend or girlfriend is a memory you could have for the rest of your life. You never know, you could end up coming back to it if you both fall in love with it. This holiday should be about your relationship. So, talk about what you’re going to do,...

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A not-so-unfortunate  book adaptation on Netflix
Jan25

A not-so-unfortunate book adaptation on Netflix

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells Unnecessary word definitions, Einstein-esque hair and intriguingly depressing plot: these are the cornerstones of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. The books that the Netflix series are based on were originally published from 1999 to 2006, and all thirteen books experienced great success. The movie adaption, which aired in 2004, was directed by Brad Silberling and received a 6.8 out of 10 from IMDB. Criticisms rained onto the movie for being too compact and unable to truly do the book series’ odd twists and turns justice in a short hour and 48 minutes. The Netflix series, which was released January 13th, 2017, expounds on the books and, according to popular opinion, truly brings the unfortunate story to life. Count Olaf, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, is a washed-up actor who’s hungry for his young relatives’ fortune. He provides a meager living for the Baudelaire children in exchange for slave labor and time to formulate various plans to steal their inheritance. The Baudelaire children are recently orphaned and have a unique set of skills that assist them in evading their wild relative’s plots against them. Violet, played by Malina Weismann, is the oldest orphan at 14 with uncanny abilities to fix, invent, and tinker. She is usually seen with her infant sister, Sunny, around her hip, who has sharp teeth that help her do everything from slice bread to carving the perfect skipping stone. Klaus, the 12 year old bookworm and researcher of the family, is played by Louis Hynes. Do-gooders who attempt to intervene in the Baudelaires’ fate usually end up dead, which is another aspect of the series that makes it so horribly entertaining. The television series is overwhelmingly well done, and portrays Lemony Snicket’s work as it was meant to be seen. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the series, is praised for his meticulous attention to detail in the twelve-book sequence. Patrick Warburton, who plays the dutifully devoted narrator to the bleak Baudelaire history known as Lemony Snicket, carries the cadence of the story in a refreshingly strange fashion. Between the plot that drops jaws and the whimsical costumes and language, A Series of Unfortunate Events sets the bar for 2017...

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Hidden Figures revealed
Jan25

Hidden Figures revealed

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells This year’s newest film Hidden figures received out of the world ratings from sources all over the U.S., passing up the recent Rouge one in the box office and keeping the title of number one movie since its national release. This PG drama is based on the true story of three intelligent African-American women and their team who helped provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. This film is approximately 127 minutes and shows different real life situations concerning these women and their point of view on the world around them. The Personal rating is eight out of ten stars for the featured film. The main setting of the movie is in Virginia 1961 and the plot primarily focuses on the life of Kathrine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and her two friends and co-workers Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). These behind the scenes women were called “computers” by NASA staff and were often overlooked by others because of their skin color. However, the trio did their best to not let setbacks in their journey bring them down. The audience watches as Kathrine, Dorothy, and Mary push through the ranks and cross both gender and racial lines fearlessly. The actresses did a wonderful job portraying these women and their roles were fully embraced by the audience. I believed this film was a cool way to show the different areas behind the scenes for sending a man into space. It was great to see that these women had a major role in achieving one of Americas greatest accomplishments despite being undervalued by their peers. One thing that stuck out me was how the movie didn’t just focus on these women and their personal lives. The movie also made a point to bring in images of the segregation and of peaceful protests that were going on during this time as well as showing how it affected all African Americans during this time. This movie promotes that all genders and all races can do the unthinkable when we work towards the goal together. It is just as the NASA director Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) said during one popular scene, “We either get there together, or we don’t get there at all”. The movie and the message gives the younger audience more understanding and proves to them that there are many opportunities for women to succeed no matter the color of our skin. One thing to look for after watching this movie is the pictures at the beginning of the credits...

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