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.
By Joan Olivero
This past summer, original movies created by Netflix have taken the world by storm. More specifically, the film To All the Boys I've Loved Before sent the internet into a tailspin. The teenage romantic comedy scored a nearly perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and had critics everywhere raving. Although the basis of the film is just like many other teenage movies, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before introduces quirky, relatable, and charming characters that keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The protagonist, Lara Jean Covey’s life goes haywire when her younger sister Kitty sends out her most important possessions: her love letters. Whenever she has a crush so strong she can’t stand it, Laura Jean writes a detailed love letter. She then addresses it to the boy, and places it in her favorite shoebox, for no one’s eyes but her own. Or so she thinks. The letters are mailed out, and to spare herself from complete embarrassment, Lara Jean convinces the school’s most popular jock, Peter Kavinsky, who is one of the five boys who received a letter, to fake a relationship with her. The story then follows their relationship and what it eventually turns into.
By Ava Aschettino
1. Friends: This show is by far my favorite show available on Netflix. “Friends,” is a timeless show that aired on NBC from 1994-2004 and is still one of the most popular shows of all time. This treasured sitcom features a group of friends living in New York City and follows their hilarious lives as they try to find their way in life. The show highlights the relationships, careers, and conflicts of the six friends. And let’s not forget the famous guest stars like Alec Baldwin, Brad Pitt, Winona Ryder, Bruce Willis and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. With a total of ten seasons, this show will have you hooked for every single hilarious second. Clearly I was! And, we get it, Ross. You were on a break!
By Joycelin Wong
When you hear the name Ernest Hemingway, his distinct writing style and timeless stories often come to mind. However, it’s more than his prose that engages fans. In Paula McLain’s novel The Paris Wife, readers venture into the Jazz-age in Paris to learn about a slightly less familiar side of Hemingway—his love life.
The novel gives readers a fictional glimpse into the life of Hadley Richardson, the enchanting but unglamorous object of young Hemmingway’s affection. Being his first wife, Richardson shares the toughest years of Hemingway's career as an unknown writer. McLain’s novel also portrays the beauty of life in Paris after the war through literature, art, and romance.
By Ashley Hazan
Not once in my seventeen years have I seen a movie score 100 percent on the infamous Rotten Tomatoes review. This week alone the thriller A Quiet Place brought in 50.2 million dollars, ranking first in the box office. The film, directed by John Krasinski, proves to be one of the most gripping and electrifying movies of this decade, captivating a wide array of audiences.
Some individuals tend to think that the typical, alien-based horror movies have been released one too many times. Each containing the same storyline, each instilling the same “fear” into the hearts of the audience, and, of course, each ending with the same outcome: everyone lives. Enough is enough.
A Quiet Place, on the other hand, is far from your ordinary horror flick and truly keeps the audience’s heart rate at a rapid 180 beats. The storyline is simple, yet clever: “If they hear you, they hunt you.”
By Matilde Bechet
Get your popcorn ready because the 90th Ceremony of the Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars) is airing on Sunday, March 4th, at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center.
For all you teenagers who have always wanted to stay up late to watch the ceremony, now you can! This year’s show will no longer begin at 9:00 pm, but at 8:00 pm instead.
This year, the Academy Awards announced that the ceremony will be hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel. Fun fact: Jimmy Kimmel is only the second entertainer to return to his Oscar hosting duties two years in a row. Many viewers are looking forward to political jests and celebrity antics. The nominations for each category were announced on January 23rd, and the following are my predictions for future winners.
By Stefanie Sadocha
The iPhone X is supposed to be Apple’s best phone yet, but is buying the device really worth it? The iphone X was released on November 3rd, 2017, but the phone was available for presale on October 27th. Presales rocketed just minutes after the release of the phone. The new iPhone contains more features and the most advanced technology, making it more efficient than previous Apple phones.
The iPhone X introduces new technology, including facial recognition software so that users don’t have to unlock their phones with passcodes. The glass on the back is water resistant, and the phone contains a more advanced camera.
By Stefanie Sadocha
Goody two shoes? Not anymore. Taylor Swift isn’t the bubbly pop sweetheart she used to be. With more than 400,000 pre-orders and over one million copies sold within the first four days of Swift’s album release, Reputation is the most drastic and unexpected change Swift has made to date.
Taylor Swift has been on the top of the music charts since she dropped her first song, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006. Originally known for making slow country songs, Swift, a ten-time Grammy winner, is now a pop sensation famous all around the world.
By Matilde Bechet
Do you have a particular soundtrack, perhaps a go-to comfort album, that you listen to when completing homework or unwinding from a stressful day? If you don’t, you should consider listening to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and 2 original motion picture soundtracks.
I can predict your reaction: “The soundtrack of a vampire and werewolf movie? Uh, I don’t think so.” Regardless of whether or not you have indulged in the massive franchise of the Twilight Saga films, these soundtracks should not be prejudged based on biased opinions of the plotlines, so please keep an open mind. It is my hope to acquire a few more members in the Twilight soundtrack fan club. So, sit tight because I am about to take you on a ride to a land full of captivating songs.