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Netflix’s Stargirl should be on your watchlist

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The movie inspires viewers to explore the world around them.

Based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl is a movie about a free-spirited girl who changes the life of a new friend, Leo. They develop a romantic relationship as they discover more about themselves and each other. 

Stargirl is funny, sweet, and suspenseful. It is a feel good movie, streamed on DisneyPlus, that will get you attached to the characters in a short hour and a half.  Best of all, it includes many life lessons, which makes me believe it is fantastic for high schoolers to watch. These are the main lessons I got out of the movie:

Stargirl expresses herself through unique outfits. (Lauren Wensel)

Individuality – Stargirl does not conform to the standards most high schoolers do. She is herself and does not care about being “weird.” She dresses the way she likes, not the way other kids do. Stargirl also does not let herself get soaked up in technology, like most kids today. To listen to music, she uses a record player; she has no interest in cell phones. I think when Stargirl tries to be “more normal” like Leo tells her to try, it shows how special she really is. It is obvious that when she is her unique self, that is the best version of herself. I think that goes for everyone in real life too, and it is an important lesson that teenagers need to see. 

Kindness – Stargirl brings a little boy’s bike back to his house after he is injured. She does not knock on his front door, or do anything to show that it was her. She does it out of the kindness of her heart, because she thinks the boy will love having the bike ready for him to ride when he is healed. She also holds a football player’s hand when he gets injured at a big game. She risks being called a traitor by her school by even going in the ambulance with him so he is not alone. She does all this when the rest of the fans just freeze. The fact that doing nice things for others makes her feel good shows how good Stargirl’s character is.

Supporting the dreams of people who you care about is important. (Lauren Wensel)

Young love – The innocence of Stargirl and Leo’s relationship in the movie is priceless. Stargirl does not have many friends, but Leo is there for her. He supports her even when she joins the school music group that is “a joke” to the rest of the school. The way Leo seems a little nervous when he meets Stargirl’s mom portrays high school relationships perfectly. Even though Stargirl and Leo are young, they fall hard for each other. They fall in love with each other’s personalities first, something the media is constantly portraying as rare these days. The relationship does not work out, but Leo shares that his memories of her continue to affect him when she is gone. This is like many high school relationships, because even when they do not work out, the individuals usually learn from them. Stargirl and Leo also prove that having one person who is really there for you is better than having a bunch of friends.

Stargirl is a wild child and is not afraid to try new things. (Lauren Wensel)

Don’t overthink – Stargirl is reckless in the best way possible. When she kisses Leo, it proves that she goes after what she wants, when she wants it. Not many high school girls would run up to the boy they like and make the first move, but she is bold enough to do exactly that. She lives simply, and says yes more often than she says no. Research shows that dwelling over past mistakes and problems increases mental health issues. Once your mental health starts to decline, it is easy to fall into a cycle of unhappiness. Stargirl avoids negative thoughts all together, and she is not hard on herself when she makes a mistake.

Exploration-  Stargirl shows Leo what it is like to try new things, such as meditation. She shows him how amazing it is to get outside and adventure, rather than pretending they are too cool for that like typical high schoolers. Stargirl has a sense of wonder in her that opens Leo’s eyes. He is inspired to explore not just the outdoors, but also the everyday mysteries he never used to think about. The movie brings mental exploration to light and encourages viewers to pay more attention to the world around them.

Stargirl says that like flowers, people are beautiful as they grow. (Lauren)

Growth- Stargirl gives a speech about how real things take time. In the speech, she refers to people as flowers. She says that it takes time to reach your full potential. Her speech indicates that you don’t have to know exactly who you are as you are growing up. Growing up can be hard sometimes, but Stargirl makes it sound beautiful. 

Being brave – Leo is the “typical high schooler” in the beginning of the movie. He cares about what people think of him, and he wants to fit in. Stargirl taught Leo to have courage. When he sees how much fun Stargirl has with life because of her bravery, Leo is freed of the pressure he once felt to fit in with his class. Leo even got up on stage at his school dance and sang in front of his whole school. The movie would be so boring if Stargirl and Leo tried to conform to the rest of the kids their age.

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Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War

While this is not the first Captain America, it is the first of the Marvel one-off movies that feature many of the known superheroes. Not only that, but Civil War also introduces new heroes, as a sort of promotion for their upcoming movies.

Tom Holland as the new Spiderman

Some of the new superheroes are Spiderman, played by Tom Holland, Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd, and the Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. Each of these heroes have their own movies or are a recurring character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America: Civil War is a very important movie in the Marvel Universe. It portrays two characters, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, fighting each other because of their conflicting views. Steve wants to save his best friend, Bucky Barnes, but Tony wants Bucky to pay for killing his parents.

Steve and Tony get into a battle and recruit other heroes to help them. This movie focuses on the importance to look at a situation through someone else’s eyes and to see it how they see it. If Tony had seen it through Steve’s eyes, he would have realized that Steve didn’t want to watch his best friend die for a second time. If Steve had taken a moment to look at the situation from Tony’s perspective, he would have felt Tony’s anger at what Bucky did.

This movie shows that some conflicts can’t be solved with a simple apology. Even though the movie is from Steve Roger’s perspective, I really liked how the director didn’t try to persuade the viewers to root for Steve or Tony. Instead, it had a nice balance of Tony’s side and Steve’s side, which is difficult to create, especially in a one-off movie such as this. The viewers find themselves believing one side more than the other.

This movie was one of my favorite Captain America movies that Marvel has created, because of the character development. Steve Rogers tries to do everything right, but he still manages to become a public enemy. It proves that even though you are a hero, you can still be a villain in someone’s eyes.

Steve Rogers and Tony Stark (photo via flickr)

 

I applaud the Marvel directors for making something as bold as to pin two lovable characters against each other, but it was definitely important to the plot of the story and to the character development.

Over all, I would definitely watch this movie over and over again. It has so much emotion and the actors truly seem to understand the pain their characters are going through. It is a wonderful movie and I would definitely recommend watching it! (Just watch the previous Captain America’s first!)

 

Captain America Civil War is extremely bold. It has battles between heroes, conflicting viewpoints, and amazing cinematography”

— Junior Grace Radeke

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Madison Franzmeier is a senior at Sartell High School. She is involved in multiple choirs including her school and community choirs. She loves performing...

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Marvel Studios has 20 movies in the series that you should watch in chronological order.

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Marvel Studios has 20 movies in the series that you should watch in chronological order.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an extremely complex, amazing set of movies revolving around fictional heroes created by Stan Lee. The Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man, which was released in 2008, and since then it has created more than 20 other movies in this universe. In total, Marvel has accumulated more than $22 billion in box office sales, and the group movies alone accounted for at least $8 billion in sales.

 

The best way to watch all of the Marvel Movies is in chronological order, so here is a little guide to help you out:

Captain America: The First Avenger – takes place in 1942 during WWII.

Captain Marvel – takes place in 1995, nearly 53 years later.

Iron Man – takes place in 2010, 15 years after Captain Marvel

Iron Man 2 – takes place after Iron Man

The Incredible Hulk – time unspecified, pre-Avengers

Thor – takes place six months before Avengers

The Avengers – takes place in 2012

Iron Man 3 – takes place six months after The Avengers

Thor: Dark World – post-Avengers, pre-Ultron

Captain America: Winter Soldier – post-Avengers, pre-Ultron

Guardians of the Galaxy – sometime in 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – after Guardians

Avengers: Age of Ultron – takes place in 2015

Ant-Man – takes place in 2015

Captain America: Civil War – post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War

Spider-Man: Homecoming – post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War

Doctor Strange – takes place in 2016

Black Panther – takes place in 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War – takes place in 2017

Ant-Man and The Wasp – between IW and Endgame

Avengers: Endgame – starts in 2017, finishes in 2022

Spider-Man: Far From Home – post-Endgame

 

Below are movie reviews on the group movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Movies vs. Musicals: Beetlejuice

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Beetlejuice the musical is better than the movie because the plot is thicker and you actually see Beetlejuice more!

Ever since I could remember I have always enjoyed theater, whether I was just watching it or being a part of it. One day I got thinking about how there are so many musicals that are also movies, so I have made it my goal to compare the two and find out which one is better in my opinion. I decided that I am going to start with Beetlejuice and Beetlejuice the Musical. 

Let’s start with the plot of the two. The movie starts inside the house of Adam and Barbra Maitland.  They head to the store and later when they get back home they actually find out that they have passed away. The musical has a very different start with it beginning with the funeral of the character Lydia Deetz’s mother’s funeral. If you watch both the movie and the musical you see that they both have almost completely different plots while also have some similarities.

In the movie, Barbra and Adam are trying to get the people that moved into their house out. In the musical, it also has Barbra and Adam trying to get the people out but at about the middle of the musical, the story switches to Lydia trying to get her mother back from the netherworld, so she can see her again.

Another difference between the musical and the movie is that in the movie Barbra and Adam go to the netherworld right away to try and figure out how to get the Deetz family out of their house. In the movie, they try to avoid the netherworld at all costs. In the movie it shows that Lydia’s father Charles had already gotten remarried to someone named Delia but in the musical Charles and Delia have been secretly having relations and Charles eventually asks Delia to marry him, further pushing the plot.

The last thing about the plot differences is probably what bothered me the most. In the musical, we see Beetlejuice in the second song of the musical but in the movie, we don’t see him until about the middle of the movie. In fact, in the movie we barely see Beetlejuice at all, he’s only in it for about 15 minutes of the entire movie. Both the movie and the musical have some explicit content though.

Beetlejuice the movie actually has some pretty well-known actors such as Winona Rider, Michael Keaton, and Alec Baldwin. The musical doesn’t have as well known actors like Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, and Sophia Anne Caruso. But in my opinion, the actors in the musical were better than the movie.

Now I would like to talk about my top 5 songs in the musical. My favorite song from the musical is Home. I chose this song as my favorite because I am a sucker for a ballad, and I just like the sound of Sophia Anne Caruso’s singing voice. My second favorite is probably Say My Namecause I think that the song has a lot of power behind it from what is going on in the story. My third favorite is Prologue: Invisiblebecause once again I love a good ballad. I just put this one a little lower on the list cause it doesn’t have as much power behind it. My fourth favorite is No Reasonjust because I think it’s a really fun song to listen to. My fifth favorite song is The Whole “Being Dead” Thing, Pt 2.because it is also a very fun song to listen to.

Between the movie and the musical though, I’d have to say that I like the musical more than the movie because I find the story to be slightly more interesting along with the fact that Beetlejuice was barely in the movie that was named after him.

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Anna and the Apocalypse Review

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Movie poster for this fun zombie Christmas musical!

What do you think would be the worst time for a zombie apocalypse to take place? If you said Christmas, you would be right.

Anna and the Apocalypse released in 2017 is a surprisingly good mix of weird. Anna, our main character is having one of the worst Christmases ever; instead of presents for Christmas, she got a full-blown zombie apocalypse. 

Now you may be thinking, “A zombie movie, that takes place during Christmas, that’s crazy!” but that’s not all, my friend. It’s also a musical. 

I know some of you just rolled your eyes far enough back to see your brain, but all these crazy tropes actually work really well together! 

One of my favorite scenes in this movie was when Anna took on a whole bunch of zombies wielding a giant candy cane and singing her way through all of it…like a total boss. Or when Anna and John take out their first zombie with a see-saw. 

But I’m getting too carried away. 

This movie follows high schooler Anna and her best friend John (who is totally in love with her) as they try to survive this new horror that has overtaken their small British town. They manage to pick up fellow high schoolers Steph and Chris, and soon realize people, including some of their parents, are hiding out at the high school. 

Anna has a very Shaun of the Dead vibe in this scene.

In their desperate attempt to find their lost loved ones, they come across Anna’s ex, Nick, and his ragtag team of zombie hunters. Besides Anna’s best efforts, in order to stay alive, the two groups have to stick together. But like in every good horror movie, once something good happens, something tragic must follow. 

With all of the fun and great things happening in this movie, there are always downsides. I really only have two bones to pick with this movie. There was very little backstory on any of the characters, and the ending was very unsatisfactory. 

To make good characters and to show why they are doing certain things, it’s nice to have a little explanation into their backstory. Like for example, how long have John and Anna been friends? How long has John been in love with her? Or, why did Anna and Nick break up? How did they end up together? These questions were never answered. They were hinted at, or if they were talked about they were interrupted by a horde of zombies. We really didn’t get to learn about our characters and why they all connected to Anna and each other. 

The ending also left me wanting more. There was no real closure and made me wonder why they chose certain characters to stay and make it out alive over other ones. 

Now I gotta stop talking before I spoil this whole movie because there are tons of surprises scattered throughout that are far too enjoyable for me to ruin by talking about them. This movie was so much fun to watch, and it had my whole family laughing. 

If you’re sick of scrolling through Netflix or any other streaming service, and you want a fun quick movie to watch, Anna and the Apocalypse is perfect. It will make you laugh, maybe cry, and leave you wondering if every pandemic turns into a zombie one. 

 

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Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey Review

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The main Birds of Prey poster, very Looney Tunes oriented.

If you love Harley Quinn as much as I do, this is the perfect movie to see the bombastic antihero in action.

Birds of Prey takes place after Suicide Squad (2016), and Harley Quinn and the Joker have recently broken up…for good this time. But after a hasty drunk decision, the whole city of Gotham knows the Joker and her are donezo. Which means a lot of people now want her dead. 

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn was a fast-paced, out of wack story filled with action scenes reminiscent of Marvel’s Deadpool. It is a movie trying it’s best to put together an all-female team of misfit “heroes” who are forced to work together. Those being Huntress, Black Canary, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, and of course Harley Quinn. 

The gang’s all here in this poster for Birds of Prey.

But if we take a look at the comics, Harley Quinn has never been a part of the Birds of Prey because the Birds of Prey is a group of superheroes, and Harley Quinn is far from a hero.   

This was more a Harley Quinn movie than a Birds of Prey movie. Harley Quinn is the quirky and colorfully psychotic character we have all come to love. One of the things that’s exciting about her character is that she can go from watching Looney Tunes and eating Froot Loops with her pet hyena to chasing after bad guys in roller skates. She is crazy insane …and that’s why she’s so fun to watch. If this would have been just a Harley Quinn movie, with no Birds of Prey, it would have worked a lot better.   

The reason being, that the main story is how Harley Quinn is finding her way in the world. She’s standing on her own, not being controlled by the Joker. She is finding her independence and figuring out she is pretty darn fantabulous.  

Don’t get me wrong, Black Canary and Huntress were cool and I liked their characters, but having a solo Birds of Prey movie to extend on the characters rather than have them hide behind Harley’s shadow, would have made me much happier.   

The villain in this movie was Roman Sionis or better known as Black Mask, an evil crime lord who really doesn’t like Harley Quinn. Black Mask’s diamond disappears, and the young Cassandra Cain is involved.  This is when the girls are forced to band together to take him down.

Now before I spoil too much, this movie was pure fun and very entertaining to watch. The fight scenes were fantastic. Margot Robbie once again does an amazing job capturing Harley Quinn’s crazy antics, and the visuals throughout were gorgeous. Even though the team grouping doesn’t make a ton of sense, an all-girl group fighting bad guys is definitely a change of pace from the male-dominated super-hero industry. If you take one thing away from this movie, it’s that you don’t mess with Harley Quinn or you might end up with both your legs broken. 

P.S: The playlist is also full of incredible songs that really made the movie from the likes of Doja Cat, Halsey, K.Flay, Normani, and a ton more. They bring heavy-hitting bops into an especially hard-hitting movie.  Not to mention the soundtrack is completely composed of only female musicians.  🙂

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The Epic John Wick

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If you haven't checked out John Wick yet, you must!

This movie franchise is one that many of you have already heard of: John Wick. It is an action-packed assassin story.

It follows our protagonist John Wick, a retired hitman with his wife but when his wife dies he spirals into depression until he gets a gift from her from the grave. But I don’t want to spoil much in case you’re one of the 10 people who hasn’t seen it.

If you have been getting tired of the shaky cam, quick cut action of modern movies, then John Wick is the perfect movie series for you. They focus more on combat on-screen with minimal cuts. They focus on a theme when John is fighting where the colors around him are blue and the enemy is red and when they start fighting the color of the lights of the room turn purple. Brilliant little stuff like that is everywhere in these movies.

It also includes an underground world of assassins that you get a taste of in the first movie. The next two sequels expand on it. Also, Keanu Reeves makes you really believe this is a seasoned legendary hitman.  That is due to Reeves training for months to do a lot of the gunplay he does in the movies.

It’s a movie series I encourage a lot of people to pick up, but there is a warning that it is rated R for a reason. There is a lot of blood and violence in the movies. So you have been warned!

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The Joker movie is no laughing matter

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The Joker is a movie that will have you glued to your seat!

On Sunday I saw the new Joker movie. My first impression was that the cinematography was amazing, and the theme is very dark. Let me say it is rated R for a reason so make sure you know what you are getting into beforehand.

You are really given a perspective of the mentally ill man Arthur Fleck. During the movie, you can tell there is something not right with him…like something is off all the time.  Because of this, it makes for a great rewatch to see details you missed the first time around.

I enjoyed the movie and thought that it was an amazing breakdown of the character and why he is the way he is. There is a scene in the movie that is a metaphor for him going into a cocoon like a caterpillar and when he comes out he is very different than before and more sure of himself.

Now from here on out, I will be talking spoilers so if you want to just leave this article because you want to see the movie for yourself ,you have been warned. 

Like I’ve said before, the story of the joker is about Arthur Fleck and his mental disorders. One of his disorders causes him to laugh when he is in uncomfortable situations or experiences trauma and sadness. A lot of times his psychotic laughter makes him a target for people to harass him. He had a job as a clown for hire where he does jobs like singing and dancing for children at the hospital or to wave a sign in front of a store going out of business. But one day he gets mugged by a bunch of kids after they smack him with his own sign. Then you see one of his co-workers give him a gun. 

Now being that Arthur has a serious mental illnesses, it’s illegal for him to have a gun, so you know this can’t lead to anything good. This comes to pass when he was working at the children’s hospital, and he drops the gun leading him to get fired. Now it isn’t fully explained but the co-worker who gave him the gun to get him fired since they didn’t like him and picked on him a lot. But on the train ride home, he gets confronted by three men dressed up in suits.  They start picking on a woman on the train and when Arthur gets uncomfortable he starts to laugh uncontrollably leading the guys to start beating him up and calling him a freak.

This is the moment he snapped. He ends up shooting two of the guys in the head and when the third guy tries escaping, Arthur shoots him in the leg. When the train stops, the guy makes a break for the stairs of the subway. Unfortunately for him, Arthur catches him in time and shoots him in the back three times. This is where the movie really shows it isn’t messing around.

Because in the next scene, Arthur is in the bathroom dancing, and you get the sense he enjoyed killing those three men. It makes the scene uncomfortable, but that is all I will share for now because the best scenes are best watched and interpreted by you. 

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By the Decade: Movie Edition

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Movies have developed over 100 years, since the first movie in 1888

Movies are a big business carrying in billions of dollars every year and endless content for the worldwide masses to enjoy. Movie reviews are then one of the many ways in which consumers can get an honest assessment of any film before they ever even see it.

By the decade, these are my favorite movies to come out in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and 10’s.

Psycho came out in 1960 by director Alfred Hitchcock

The sixties were a time of exploration, originality, and creativity in film. They pushed the boundaries of cinematography and screenplay with directors like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey and, my favorite movie of the 60’s, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The film was innovative for not only the horror genre, but also film itself. In Psycho, the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother, the setting of their small rural motel, and the movie elements of horror were not original to this film, but instead Hitchcock’s purposeful use of black and white and his deep delve into psychological horror was what was rarely executed, especially successfully, prior.

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Apocalypse now was created by director Francis Ford Coppola

The seventies pulled out, what many consider, to be some of the greatest movies ever made and this can be somewhat credited to Francis Ford Coppola, who created The Godfather, The Godfather Part 2, and, my favorite movie from the seventies, Apocalypse Now. This film is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and is based off the novel Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. The movie came out right at the end of the seventies, in 1979, and unjustly lost out to Kramer vs. Kramer at the 1979 Academy Awards, but I digress. The film follows Captain Willard as he delves deep into northern Vietnam jungle on a mission to take out a Colonel who has reportedly lost his mind while on duty. The movie is gritty and beautiful, and even if you dislike the gore involved heavily with war movies, you will stick around for the astonishing performance given by Marlon Brando as the hallucinatory Colonel.

Full Metal Jacket was created by director Stanley Kubrick

The eighties, many believed, were going to be the beginning of the end for Hollywood with the fierce presence of cable television and its wide popularity. It ended up being anything but, with a lot of popularity resting in the larger presence of youth-orientated movies and anti-establishment films. One of these against the grain movies was Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, an antiwar film and the second Vietnam era film in this list. Not only does Full Metal Jacket happen to be the best movie I’ve ever seen but has all the elements and essence of a truly great war movie twisted in the eclectic vision of Kubrick that makes the film fresh and potent. It follows Private Davis “Joker” as he navigates through basic training and, in the second part of the film, combat in Vietnam. This is the kind of movie that leaves you with an indelible mark and a resounding pause.

Leon The Professional was Natalie Portman’s acting debut.

The nineties pulled out some of the most cult classics in a decade that we’ve ever seen like The Big Lebowski, Empire Records, and Fight Club.The consistent resurgence of the 90’s in popular culture today can be credited to its ability to appeal to the masses through message and sound. As the 90’s began, confidence in the film industry was rising and so were the budgets, but smaller indie projects still reigned tall. My favorite film of the 90’s is Natalie Portman’s acting debut and cult classic Leon: The Professional. The film is set in Little Italy and observes the relationship between Mathilda, a troubled, quirky, and young orphan, and Leon, a chaotically calm hitman, as Natalie Portman and Jean Reno respectively. This movie has one of the biggest souls that I’ve ever seen in a movie and the authentic bond acted perfectly between Mathilda and Leon is not only tear-jerking, but heartwarming.

No Country for Old Men is a Coen Brother film.

The 2000’s are arguably the time of some of the greatest movies ever made, second only to the seventies with fierce titles like Brokeback Mountain, Cast Away, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and, my favorite of Y2K, No Country For Old Men. The Coen Brothers are a highly respected and reputable duo in the film industry, from Big Lebowski to Fargo, but their 2007 Drama No Country For Old Men will likely go down as their most serious and dark film to date. Ethan and Joel Cohen often have nihilistic elements to their movies that couples seamlessly with their dark humored scripts, but this film takes away the comedic beats in favor of a more stern and grim tone. Though I love their usual use of humor, their partaking in full-fledged drama was one of excellence.

Frances Ha is filmed in Black and White.

The 2010’s gave resurgence to the indie classics, and opened up the world to a whole new realm of film in the form of streaming company projects. The extreme rise in popularity of sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video, among others, has birthed a new legitimate platform for film and shows and allows for more risk and artistic merit with its circumventing of the box office. My favorite movie of the 2010’s is Noah Baumbachs 2013 film Frances Ha. The story is set in New York and follows a young adult’s attempt to find success and contentment in a black and white world. It’s awkward, eccentric, and sometimes embarrassing to the point of pain, but Frances’s story is one of admiration and comfort. It is harmonious with the confusion and disorientation of being a young adult battling with love, the pursuit of your dreams, the sometimes crushing nature of reality, and the often difficult desire for happiness.

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Misty Copeland, principal ballerina stars in new Disney movie

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Misty Copeland in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Set to be in local theaters soon.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms premiered October 29th in Los Angeles.  Misty Copeland, a principal ballerina, made her film debut Monday night at the Dolby Theatre.  

Copeland is the first ever African American principal ballerina in the dance industry.  Not only is she a professional ballerina, but she also has been a judge on dance shows, written several books and was named one of Time’s top 100 influential people in the world.

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Misty Copeland dancing in a Ballet

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Copeland talks about the importance of being a black ballerina in the movie.  She says, “Eventually little kids are going to look at that and say ‘Oh that’s what a ballerina looks like.’” Copeland also talks about how her character will now live forever in this film and how little kids will be inspired by her.  Not only is Copeland a main character in the film but she stars alongside Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, and Morgan Freeman. The movie premiers in theaters everywhere on November 2nd.  Click here for the full interview with Misty Copeland. 

Watch the trailer for the new movie below.

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Reese Schwarzentraub, Journalist

Reese Schwarzentraub is a Senior this year.  She is on the Sartell Sabre Dance Team and attends studio dance as well. When she's not dancing or at school,...

October Movie Releases

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Saylor Voss

new movie releases for October 2018

Have you ever looked up the upcoming movie releases? I did some research on the most interesting movies that will be coming to theaters this October and now you can access the information right from the LeSabre.

A Star Is Born

Our first new movie will be released to theaters October 5th and this one is for our romance lovers. Jackson Maine is an experienced musician that falls for an up and coming artist by the name of Ally. Their relationship blooms as Jackson takes her under his wing, and Ally’s career takes off leaving their relationship questionable.

Genre: Romance, Drama

 

Bad Times At The El Royale

This next movie takes place at an abandoned hotel in the 1960s. Seven strangers meet at this old Lake Tahoe getaway to discuss their secrets. They have one night to fix everything or it all goes wrong. Released on October 12th.

Genre: Thriller

 

Halloween

This next movie is released on October 18th and is for our Halloween and scary movie fanatics. 40 years go by since a killer attacked Laurie on Halloween night. The killer escapes the institution he was placed in. This Halloween, Laurie is confronted with a nightmare she thought she left behind.

Genres: Thriller, horror

 

Johnny English Strikes Again

A retired undercover agent is called out of retirement when a cyber attack announces all active undercover agents. Johnny English then tries to find the hacker and throughout his mission, he is faced with many obstacles he must overcome. Released on October 26th.

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

 

First Man

This movie, releasing on October 12, is about America landing the first man on the moon. It gives America today a glimpse into the extraordinary accomplishment that happened in the 1969 mission. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in this new film on America’s legacy.

Genre: Biography, Drama, and History

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Saylor Voss, Journalist

Saylor is a senior at Sartell High School. One thing that makes her stoked for senior year is all the football games and school dances to attend. However,...

Evil Genius

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Emma Rasmussen

Evil Genius is a recently released Netflix crime documentary

On August 28, 2003, Brian Wells was working as a pizza deliveryman in Erie, Pennsylvania. His boss handed him the phone when he could not understand a customer asking for a delivery. Wells drove out to a remote area near an abandoned television station on Peach Street. By late afternoon, Brian Wells was robbing a bank with a bomb strapped around his neck.

Evil Genius, a Netflix documentary, follows the infamous Pizza Bomber case from small-town Pennsylvania and the unusual suspects and circumstances that make this case unique, not only to the viewer but to United States history. Its mix of expert commentary and original footage, buttressed with an artistic flair, makes Evil Genius an honorable contender amongst the other Netflix original true crime documentaries.

The first episode of the four-part series focuses primarily on Brian Wells, the day of the heist, and his subsequent death. The first ten minutes successfully captivate your attention with a showing of borderline gruesome original footage. The first episode tells the facts of the case. Brian Wells robbed a bank with a bomb around his neck and a homemade cane gun at his hand. Police caught him and the bomb went off, but they open the series with the story of Majorie Diehl-Armstrong.

Majorie Diehl-Armstrong captures the attention of most of the series, but I didn’t find her as captivating as I was led to believe she was. She was a criminal mastermind with many misinformed mental diagnoses, but I never felt her to be the “evil genius” they played her to be. Her character, and the relationship she had with the narrator, was also shown in a dull enough way that I couldn’t ever focus when they spoke about her.

While the first episode is a winner, the subsequent episodes are lackluster. The increased focus on the narrator and his journey, while necessary to explain the cases revelations, is awkward and boring. While the first episode had my unending attention, the later episodes had me zoning out.

The insanity and peculiar nature of the story itself carries the entire crime documentary and keeps you watching. Peppered with explosive confessions, Evil Genius keeps your interest piqued long enough to make it through the ultra-boring facets of a very unusual crime.

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