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.
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.