By Michael Biggiani
Journalist Marie Colvin was a famous foreign war correspondent for the London Times until she was killed by a bomb in 2012 while reporting about the ongoing civil war in Syria. Ms. Colvin won numerous awards for her excellent journalism. In fact, to keep her legacy alive, our own Oyster Bay High School Library is dedicated in honor of Marie Colvin.
The recently released film A Private War is a must-see movie that details the life of Marie Colvin abroad. The film, written by Arash Amel and starring Rosamund Pike, who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Marie Colvin, gives a detailed account of some of the events Ms. Colvin reported on during her career as a foreign war correspondent. The movie clearly depicts how Ms. Colvin’s courage and determination enabled her to provide the world with accurate, firsthand accounts of human atrocities in several countries.
By Ava Aschettino
The Oscars, THE most prestigious award show of them all, recently decided to introduce a new category, “Outstanding Popular Film,” to the 2019 show. This category was introduced as a result of fans’ belief that box office hits should be recognized for their success too; in the past, creative films that are more or less under the radar to many have been the only ones to receive accolades at the Oscars. This is the first time a new category has been introduced to the show since 2001 when the category “Best Animated Feature” was added to the rundown. The “Outstanding Popular Film” category will feature five box office hits released in 2018, and the nominees will be announced on January 24th, 2019. Although there have been many record-setting films released to the silver screen this past year, here are a few of my predictions for this year’s newest category.
By Molly Kelly
Assassins trained to kill from childhood, rogue royals, and magical creatures - this is just a taste of the glittering and lethal world described in Sarah J Maas’ Heir of Fire, the third book of seven in the Throne of Glass series.
After facing her demons, both literally and figuratively, Aelin, Queen of Terrasan and a deadly assassin, is now in Wendlyn, the country ruled over by her immoral aunt. She has already won the trust of the king, as well as her freedom, and now must fulfill her promise to Nehemia to save her people from a lethal fate. With the blessing of Chaol, Aelin sets off to begin her journey and, hopefully, recruit allies with her old family and friends. Despite these good intentions, she runs into many obstacles, including a fae warrior, and secrets that could very easily tear down all the hope she and her people have. As Aelin begins to train to fight for the future that she hopes to have, it begins to become clear that salvation will not come for her kingdom as easily as she thought it would. Just how far is Aelin willing to go in order to build her throne?
By Francesco Caruso
It’s Saturday night. You want to go out to dinner. And, it just so happens you live on Long Island’s North Shore. There are so many different choices that it can be hard to decide where to dine. That’s where I come in - to help you select the perfect restaurant.
1. 2 Spring--located at 2 Spring Street, Oyster Bay, NY
This restaurant is different from many others. It has a second level that offers a nice view of the town. The atmosphere inside is cozy and welcoming. The menu contains a wide selection from duck breast to sea scallops. A big advantage to this restaurant is that the menu contains both small and large plates - that way everyone can eat the portion size that they want. Their dessert menu is like nothing you have ever seen before. For example, you will find something as simple as s’mores alongside chocolate olive oil cake. Just be sure you bring your wallet!
2. Sandbar--located at 55 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
This restaurant appeals to the senses. It has a coastal look and feel to it - it’s not a surprise that their menu has great seafood like mussels, charred octopus and grilled swordfish. They also offer special menus for holidays. Newsday named Sandbar one of the ten best restaurants on Long Island in 2018.
By: Craig Mannino
Edgar Wright is an English director who creates movies that surpass even the highest of expectations. However, most do not know who Wright is, and they may not have even seen his most famous work, The Cornetto Trilogy, featuring Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End; all three movies ricochet from genre to genre, each creating a unique experience for the audience.
Wright’s work is distinct, stylized, and memorable. His films have the ability to make anyone laugh or cry. Using one-of-a-kind shots, fast-paced editing, and actors that truly give it their all, Wright makes a name for himself as one of the best modern directors.
Here are five of his best feature films:
By Maia Difiglia
Crocs™, the famous 2002 shoe, is making a comeback. Recently, students at Oyster Bay High School have been seen wearing the colorful rubber clogs. First spotted in water-related sports, such as crew and rowing, Crocs gradually became a part of many students’ wardrobes. They have begun to wear them in place of slides before practice, or just as a general staple piece for daily wear. Some students owned pairs as young children, while others have just recently hopped onto the trend.
OBHS teens have been inspired to purchase Crocs by fellow classmates, teammates, siblings, and their 2012 selves. Students who have a pair of Crocs in the back of their closet from years ago were happy to whip them out again. When purchasing Crocs, some got a pair to match a friend or a sibling, while others bought a unique pair to stand out. Even teachers have been spotted around school rocking a pair of Crocs.
As Crocs become increasingly popular, the style that is most frequently purchased are the “Classic Rubber Clog.” This could be considered Oyster Bay’s “favorite” Croc style, as most students are purchasing this type. According to the Croc website, their “Best Sellers” are variations of the original clog. The Crocs website also has popular styles such as women's work flats and men’s canvas shoes. These styles have also been spotted in school.
By Joan Olivero
Like everything, fashion goes in and out of style. A trend could be in one month, and out the next. There are some styles people hope and pray will never come back, but sure enough, they do. These are the top 10 trends of 2018 that are recycled from the 20th century.
By Molly Kelly
In this day and age, it is easy to access books at any time, in any format. If anyone knows this to be true, it’s me. I have a total of five library cards and three reading apps. There is no limit to the selection of books at our disposal. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the selection process, though, here are five dystopian must-reads:
By Stefanie Sadocha
It is a rare occasion when a movie receives an outstanding score on the Rotten Tomatoes board. However, Searching scored a whopping ninety-three percent and has brought over sixty million dollars into box offices nationally. The movie was originally released in January 2018 at Sundance Film Festival, but it was not released in theaters until August 2018. The dramatic mystery exposes the detective work that goes into solving a crime.
The teenage daughter, Margot Kim, of protagonist David Kim goes missing one night after a typical school day. After filing a missing child report, Mr. Kim patiently waits for information about his daughter’s case. After becoming frustrated over the detective’s lack of information, Mr. Kim decides to take the case into his own hands and start investigating on his own. The film is set in present day, so using technology, Mr. Kim is able to find all of the information about his daughter's life and friends through her laptop.
The film is definitely not your typical mystery movie. The beginning of the film leads the viewer to believe that the story may follow the plot of many other movies; most viewers are left bored and wanting more throughout the first half of the film. However, about halfway through the movie, everyone’s jaws drop. The shocking plot twist is sure to catch everyone off guard.
By Lindsey Purcell
Elephants, trapeze artists, dancers, and colorful costumes… this is the greatest show! The Greatest Showman was released on December 20th, 2017 and captivated audiences around the globe with its catchy songs and heartwarming story. Directed by Michael Gracey, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams. Hugh Jackman, who plays P.T. Barnum, was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the movie won four Teen Choice Awards. There are many reasons why viewers should stream this film if they didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters.
The film begins by foreshadowing the life that the protagonist, P.T. Barnum, aspires to have then cuts to him as a young boy dreaming of his future. The Greatest Showman also shows the blossoming love that Barnum has for Charity, played by Michelle Williams, and the life they share together.