By Caleigh O'Toole
“Game of Thrones” is a fictional drama and fantasy series that aired on HBO for nine years, from 2011 to 2019. The show is based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Martin worked as a co-executive producer and writer for the show for a period of time. Over nine years and eight seasons, we have seen many characters come and go. There have been too many beloved characters to name, but let’s take a look at some of the favorites who made it to season eight, the final season. These ten characters are listed in order of my most hated to my favorite because, well, “the things you do for love.”
By Sophie Grady
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a conclusion, summer is right around the corner. One popular summer hotspot is Montauk, New York. Montauk is approximately two hours from Oyster Bay. This town is filled with plenty of beaches, restaurants, and shops to keep visitors busy. If you’re thinking of heading to Montauk this summer, here are the top five things to do during your stay.
1: Montauk Point Lighthouse
Montauk Point Lighthouse is a Montauk staple and the perfect place to visit on your vacation. A trip to the lighthouse is a great place to go when you want to take a break from the beach, and you’re even allowed to climb to the top. Montauk Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1796, and it’s the oldest lighthouse in New York. The fee to enter and ascend to the top is $8.00.
By Joan Olivero
Summer is just around the corner, ready to be filled with fun and enjoyment. There are many summer “hot spots” and activities spread throughout Long Island and New York City, so why not take advantage of them? Each of these experiences are unique and exciting. Here are the Top 5 places to check out this summer.
Cooper Beach, in South Hampton, has been ranked among the top 10 beaches in America. Facing right out to the Atlantic Ocean, Cooper Beach’s white sand and scenic backdrop attract many beach-goers. With a cost of $40 upon entrance, a day spent at this Hampton beach is one for the record books. The beach provides chair and umbrella rentals, spectacular meals (mainly seafood), and a gorgeous sunset as the day comes to an end.
By Joan Olivero
Every first Monday of May, a major fashion show promoted by the world’s leading designers takes place in New York City. It is held to raise money for the Costume Institution of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This event is the Met Gala.
Everyone has heard of the famous Met Gala, but many do not know what it is. The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, is a benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally started in 1948, the Met Gala has served as the opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, which lasts for approximately five months. Each year, the theme of that season’s collection is provided in advance to the attendees. Celebrities invited to the Gala team up with world renowned fashion designers to create a piece that matches the theme. Since it is always held within the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Gala has been deemed as “the jewel in New York City's social crown.”
By Stefanie Sadocha
Flying cars? Not yet. Robots everywhere? Not quite. A regressing climate? Yep. Movies from the past have poked at what society would be like in the future, which, for us, is the present. Films and television shows such as Blade Runner, Back to the Future and The Simpsons were able to make many predictions that turned out to be accurate, while other predictions do not depict today’s society at all.
The action packed film from 1982, starring Harrison Ford, takes place in a dystopian version of Los Angeles in 2019. Throughout the film, many characters are portrayed as “replicants” rather than real humans. It is up to the viewer to decide if Rick Deckard, the protagonist, is a replicant or a human. Obviously robots have not taken a role in our society just yet; however, they could be used frequently in years to come.
By Joan Olivero
Romantic films are arguably one of the best genres in the film community. The balance between the dramatic and romantic challenges makes these movies truly one of a kind. There are a myriad of quality romantic films out in the world, but here are the top 5 for the perfect movie night.
The Fault in Our Stars
From best-selling novel to award winning movie, The Fault in Our Stars is the perfect young adult romantic film. The heartbreaking, romantic love story is so full of emotion and tear-jerking moments, viewers must be prepared with a box of Kleenex. Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager living her life with metastatic thyroid cancer, meets Augustus Waters, a fellow
By Lindsey Purcell
Have you ever heard “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” or “We Will Rock You”? Do you know who sings these iconic songs? Some teenagers may not realize that all these songs are performed by the band Queen! The 2018 Academy Award winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by Bryan Singer, depicts the life of Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
Starring Golden Globe and Oscar winner Rami Malek, the movie begins with the story of how the band formed, and it explores Freddie’s life before fame, including his relationship with the love of his life, Mary. The mood was more uplifting in the beginning by showing the success that Queen garnered and the excitement about finally achieving fame. Throughout the movie, readers see the obstacles that Mercury went through to compose music while discovering his sexuality.
By Craig Mannino
In 2006, the supposed final episode of Ron Howard’s “Arrested Development” aired, ending a show before it could really begin. Before its cancellation, “Arrested Development” aired three seasons, beginning in 2003, that blew audience’s expectations out of the water. The program included witty writing, clever humor, and a format that seemed made to be binged. However, there was one problem: Netflix, the series’ current home, was nonexistent until 2007, making binging the show impossible on network TV. Many believe this to be one of the main reasons for the program’s early cancellation, disappointing the show’s dedicated fan base.
From 2003-2006, “Arrested Development” immediately set itself apart from its competition by using a narrator to relay information to the audience. Although it may sound relatively unimpressive, this technique actually expanded the scope and comedic possibilities of the show and helped it stand out from its competition.
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.