By Jessica Lipman
As celebrities walk along the red carpet all eyes are on the stars -- not only because they are famous, but because of what they are wearing. The 2018 Golden Globes, held on January 7th, is where many actors and actresses receive awards for their yearly accomplishments. This year however, had some of the best and worst fashion seen yet at the Golden Globes.
Actresses made the choice to wear all black to protest against sexual assault in Hollywood, supporting the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Some celebrities took a more formal approach, while others, such as Connie Britton, went overly casual for the ceremony. Britton came onto the carpet wearing a knitted black sweater with white writing over it saying, “Poverty is Sexist”, along with a matching long skirt. Critics from popular social media outlets such as Ok! Magazine and the Daily Express, have described Britton’s outfit as “cheap” and “too gimmicky.” Another actress who caught attention was actress Alicia Vikander. Tori Wright, a Junior at Glenelg High School, describes Vikander’s long, black lace dress as “depressing and dull for such a lively night.” Model Kendall Jenner walked along the red carpet wearing a large, fanned out dress which appeared to swallow her small figure. Sometimes bigger isn’t better.
Although there were many fashion mistakes, many actresses brought elegancy and classiness to the show. Angelina Jolie, who wore Atelier Versace, shined on the carpet as she was wearing a feathered, sheer gown which sprung out around her waist then returning back to its slim form. Margot Robbie also stole the show when the actress appeared in a luxurious Gucci gown. As multiple actresses followed the completely black trend, Robbie coordinated her own style into the dress by adding a silver, floral pattern along the front of her dress. Along with her subtle yet eye catching makeup, Robbie’s look for this year’s Golden Globes is one for the books. Sophomore at Glenelg High School, Raj Ukondwa, said that his favorite look at the Golden Globes was Nicole Kidman, who wore a lace gown from Givenchy. Ukondwa loved this look because of the “stylish lace topping to the dress and the way the bottom of the gown flows out.” Kidman’s formal gown and loose updo balanced the entire look causing her to be one of the stars in the spotlight that night.
Although many critics view the similarities between all of the A-listers as somber and uninteresting, there is a strong message behind all of it. This year’s Golden Globe Awards brought attention to the sexual assault that has arrived in Hollywood recently and how it is affecting the country negatively. However, this night also brought together not only women, but even men, to stand against sexual abuse in the industry.
By Torin Alexander
Most people when thinking of Disney imagine Mickey Mouse and the other whimsical characters. In reality, they've actually been acquiring much more mature films and franchises. Their stock, overall, has risen due to these blockbuster acquisitions that many are fond of. Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, was able to pick up Marvel Studios that holds superhero movies like Captain America, Iron Man, and the well-known Avengers franchise. Another blockbuster addition was Lucasfilm, which holds the American classic, Star Wars, which still brings millions of dollars, especially since the revival of the franchise. Disney is slowly becoming an even bigger powerhouse than what used to be, and should cast fear into any other competitor.
A recent move that could possibly jeopardize Netflix’s fan favorites is Disney taking back shows that were once owned by different networks. An example was when Netflix was unable to renew the hit series How I Met Your Mother. The show was very popular on Netflix, but the network was unable to renew the series due to recent merge of Hulu and Fox. How does that involve Disney? Disney owns NBCUniversal, and because NBCUniversal owns Hulu it ultimately means that Disney owns Hulu. This could also mean that other shows that were owned by Fox, Disney, or NBC could be taken off of Netflix. This includes hit shows Friends, The Office, Parks and Recreations, New Girl, That’s 70’s Show, and many more popular shows. Philip Patchen, a Sophomore, states “I honestly might just switch to Hulu in a couple years, since it seems Hulu will be bringing in what Netflix considers their top hits.” Like Patchen, it would not be a surprise to see many subscribers of Netflix to move to Hulu to continue to watch these popular series.
Another move that should scare rival companies is the fact that Disney owns the biggest franchise of movies out right now. Marvel Studios has produced countless blockbusters in the last 10 years and have no signs of stopping. With Marvel producing the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, Disney looks like they'll be bringing in boat loads of money. Jake Baker, a Senior, says “I can't wait to see the new Avengers movie and I don’t think I’m the only one. I have no doubt that the movie will bring in millions of dollars, if not billions, so I think Disney has a lot to look forward to in this upcoming movie”. DreamWorks, another Disney owned production company, holds classics like the Shrek franchise, How to Train Your Dragon, Shark Tale, and Madagascar, but it doesn't stop there. Disney for years now has been making money off of the famous ABC network, which includes the now called freeform. That means Disney is able to receive countless amounts of money off the hit shows The Goldbergs, The Fosters, Black-ish, Greys anatomy, Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, etc. Clearly, Disney is continuously acquiring new ownerships of very big companies that have very bright futures.
Disney is making absolute power moves that should easily scare any other competitors. Netflix, who is top streaming company in the world, has some competition as they slowly have to give up the rights to numerous hits that make their service so popular. Disney is also collecting millions of dollars off of their subsidiaries that include, Marvel studios and Lucasfilm. Because Disney continues to gain money from the popular subsidiaries that they have, it wouldn't be surprising if Disney becomes one of the best, if not the best, filming company in the world. It seems that in a couple of years Netflix will begin to show signs of digression if Disney and the owners of Hulu begin retrieve back beloved shows that boost Netflix’s ratings.
By Sofia Weddle
England is the birthplace of many iconic brands. Burberry, Barbour, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, and Ben Sherman. The design house, unlike the others, has widened its audience to the everyday man with affordable polos and slacks. Although some fashion moguls may turn an eye from ready-to-wear style, Ben Sherman is quickly instigating its brand as a modern fashion force. One that combines both chic attire and a relaxed attitude. High-fashion and high street.
Ben Sherman began as revolutionary shirt company in the 1960s, created by the mogul himself. According to the Ben Sherman website, Sherman wanted to offer the “new [post-war] generation of youth” an eclectic, professional, and mod style to fit the electrifying British pop culture era. Shirts transformed into a fully-stocked menswear brand, offering shoes, pants, tops, and accessories-- all for the modern youth. Now, Ben Sherman is a darling of British fashion; a company that nevers ceases to innovate.
During the 2018 London Menswear Fashion Week, Ben Sherman took the stage to showcase its Autumn/Winter 2018 line, which the company paired with designer Henry Holland to create. The British brand swiftly traveled back to the time of fur collars, checkered pants, and boldly designed sweaters. Think the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. If last year harnessed the 90s, then surely 2018 must be the age of the 80s. Glenelg Senior Matthew Lloyd believes that brands are turning towards past eras because “... as a generation we have overdone the modern aesthetic… So naturally, we resorted to older style of clothing. Eras such as the 80s and 90s give our generation a way to express style through bright colors and costumish pieces without becoming insanely revealing”. Ben Sherman’s entire line fits this fashion leaning as it seemingly paid homage to the increasingly popular TV show, Stranger Things (but with an English flair). Each garment, though fit for daily wear, combined throwback grunge with contemporary office style. Classic track pant lines ran down pleated wool, the brand’s name stood plastered in bold colors against bulky sweaters, and sneakers paired with formal blazers and zip-ups.
The color palette consisted of burnt oranges, mulled reds, mustard yellows, navy blues, and striking blacks. Each garment fit its model perfectly-- not only in shape, but in attitude. The diverse array of models featured in the show had both fierce jawlines and a fierce walk; a true representation of Ben Sherman’s goal to give youth the power. According to Women’s Wear Daily journalist Lorelei Marfil, “Holland added his own twist and gave an upbeat touch to the label’s classic knitted polos, button-down shirts, T-shirts, jackets, denim, knitwear, trousers and coats”. The collection’s unique statement pieces represent the change that many brands are taking for the new generation. Glenelg High School Junior Anna Haney thinks that this stylistic change results from designers wanting “to increase their sales and to build brand recognition”. Consequently, basic office wear, and even its luxury counterparts, are being transformed into brilliantly colorful garments to fit the modern youth.
Thus, although the classic British label will always remain known for its affordable collared shirts and twill slacks, 2018 may mark its beginning as an abstract, revolutionized brand. As the world continues to change along with the growing generation, fashion needs to follow Ben Sherman’s lead in representing that clothing can be more than clothing. It is our insight into the future.
By Kendall Howze & Jackie Lyons
Glenelg High School has been around since 1958. It has withstood sixty years of renovations and remodeling. Somehow, none of those changes made to the school to improve its appearance seemed to be focused on artwork. With the exception of the walls by the auditorium and the main staircase, students spend their days walking past blank, white walls. As of recently, it seems that someone has decided to change that. Towards the end of the 2016-2017 school year, a mural was painted in the math hallway across from Mr. Mize’s classroom.
At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, another mural was painted. This one is located in the stairwell directly in front of the cafeteria. The artist, Nicole Patsy, painted colorful bubbles floating along the blank, white stairwell walls.
The most recent mural is being painted by students Tony Mistichelli, Jenny Giampalmo, Anushka Desai, and Gillian Marx. It is being placed in the English stairwell. While many have assumed that the murals are being painted for Senior art projects, any student can paint one. They do not necessarily need to be done by art students. If a student is interested in painting a mural, they should speak to Mr. Strothers. Mistichelli was asked to present a proposal, along with a realistic design plan, and was cleared shortly after to begin his project. His painting will “promote school spirit” among students when they pass it on their way to class.
Many believe that these murals are long overdue. Senior Gopika Gopinath is “relieved that it’s finally happening because it brings out the spirit of the school being a more colorful and pleasing environment for the students.” Perhaps these murals really will increase school spirit. Creating a more pleasant, vibrant environment may encourage students to take more pride in their school. It may even encourage students to make contributions to the environment they are in by creating artwork of their own.
Glenelg may be on the brink of finally encouraging students to take an active role in changing the flaws in the surroundings. You can often hear students in passing mention their disdain for the “prison-like” sections of our school such as the long hallway that connects the auditorium and musical or theater arts section of the school to the main part of the building. Finally, instead of simply complaining about the lack of character and dreary ambience, students are taking action and becoming more involved in making a change.
By Bethany Stewart
HQ is the hottest new live trivia game, and it can be played right on your phone. All you have to do is download the HQ app from the app store, and play the game at certain times to win money, yes money! The app is free to download, leaving many people wondering how the creators of HQ have come up with the money to award, on average, $2,000 per game. When the game first started, the pool was only $100, but it continues to increase, and the creators hope to eventually have an award of $1 million per game. The player must answer twelve questions correctly in a row in order to split the prize with other winners. Simple right? Well, not exactly. The questions typically get harder as the game goes on, and even though the games start out with about 800,000 players to date, only a couple hundred typically win. The app launched in August and has already gathered a large following. There are typically two games a day on weekdays, one at 3pm est and one at 9pm est, and only one game on the weekends at 9PM EST. There was a special game on New Years Eve at 11:45 est, with a prize of $18,000.
Now back to the real question, how on earth do the creators make this kind of money if the app is free? Well, there are many investors, and the HQ founders are some of the founders of Vine, so they have some experience in running an app. One of the early investors is the same person who first invested in snapchat. The issue that investors are finding with the trivia game is whether this will just be a fad, rather than a lasting media company like Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram. The only source of potential income from this new game is from brands and sponsors that are hoping to somehow fit into the game. Senior, Glenn Brown, says, “I was wondering the same thing,” in reference of HQ making money. The creator says that they only way they would do this is if they truly improved the game.
Many Glenelg students enjoy playing this trivia game daily. Sophomore, Mia Stamatakis, says, “I have my notifications on for HQ, I don't want to miss a single game! It is a chance to win free money!” It is no surprise that high schoolers are excited for this game, it is the newest way to make easy money. People have won $500 in a single game, so it is no surprise people are playing everyday.
Ultimately, making money is not the main focus for the HQ creators at this time, but it can be for you. Download HQ to have a chance to win some cash in just fifteen minutes. Once you have won over $20, you can get the money transfered to you through a paypal account. So, clear you schedules at 3 and 9 pm est to play along and earn some easy money!
By: Nicole King
On November 30, 2017, a series of emotions penetrated the audience at the Billboard Awards Ceremony where singer and actress, Selena Gomez, earned the honorable award of Woman of the Year. This twenty five year old singer was at a loss of words as she gave a heartwarming benediction and dedicated the award to her best friend, Francia Raisa. These best friends started to get close in 2008 when they congregated at a Disney Channel and ABC Family event. The two teenagers were paired together to visit kids in a children's hospital where Raisa stated “We just clicked.” Though the two might be four years apart in age, it has done nothing aside from fortifying their bond.
Many fans noticed Gomez laying low over this past summer and not producing any new hits. After the few months where she remained unheard of, Gomez posted a picture of her and Raisa in a hospital bed holding hands. In the caption, Gomez explained that she was informed in the early summer about the severity of her kidney Lupus, an inflammatory disease where a person's immune system attacks it’s own organs. After receiving this poignant news, she returned to her home she shares with Raisa. She grasped a water bottle which she soon came to realize she was too frail to open and launched it across the room. Frightened, Raisa sprinted over to the singer to comfort and soon discover what had the celebrity so feeble. Without contemplation, Raisa immediately shouted “Of course I’ll get tested!”.
After many weeks of testing her physical and mental stability, Raisa received the call that she was a perfect match to donate her kidney to Gomez. They then proceeded by going into a lengthy two hour surgery to complete the transplant. Once they safely completed the surgeries, the two best friends got to reunite and see each other before regressing to their rooms. Once Gomez reached her room, she began to drift to sleep in peace. This feeling became very breif as the celebrity started to hyperventilate and was rushed back into surgery. Next up was a six hour procedure due to one of her arteries flipping in her body, causing a great deal of misery. Thankfully, her fresh kidney settled in precisely and she was on the road to recovery.
Today, Gomez stands with high blood pressure, energy, and a three to five percent chance her Lupus will ever return. Though this news flattered Gomez, what she really wanted was to spread awareness. Everyone looks at her as if she has it all, but she wants her fans to get a glimpse of the struggles she has encountered. When receiving the Woman of the Year Award, Gomez told the audience “I respect the platform that I have been given so deeply.” Gomez will continue to use this platform to grow as a person and apprise those who look up to her that no matter how good people seem to have life, everyone has their own drawbacks.
By Sofia Weddle
It was a cool Sunday evening when Masterpiece Classic took the world by storm. The seemingly dull subject of manor servants in the early 1900s became a full-blown drama entitled Downton Abbey, reminiscent of heavily followed soap operas. Then, five years later, the beloved series ended with a flourishing finale. And that was it. No more 9 pm Sunday nights glued to the television screen. Until Victoria came.
After Masterpiece discontinued Downton Abbey, a replacement was needed for the avid fanbase to watch. And truly, what do people love more than highly theatrical, exciting royalty? So in came another British series, Victoria, set in the mid-1800s and based on the famous life of Queen Victoria of England. She was a queen, that according to The Guardian journalist Julia Baird, represented “the model of a modern woman: candid, stroppy and stubborn” and “the 19th century's most powerful and prominent working mother”, but has been unfairly “dubbed a ‘domestic tyrant’”. Victoria works to expose this false mirage of the Queen’s persona and ruling style and develop her as a benevolent, powerful monarch through reenacting the many hardships she endured at the helm of the throne.
The opening scenes of the first episode set the dramatic, regal tone of the series. Victoria’s uncle has just died and she must claim the throne at just 18 years old. The show prominently explores Queen Victoria’s trials and setbacks, especially as a petite female whom many party leaders doubt. Her future husband, Prince Albert, is introduced early on and develops arguably the most interesting feature of Victoria’s story. Their love truthfully starts as frustration from each other’s polar opposite personalities, but soon flourishes into an authentic, passionate devotion. The first season left off at a critical point in their relationship, as Victoria had just given birth-- a feat that most political leaders at the time believed would bring the Queen’s untimely death. Unfortunately, avid fans have had to endure a year long wait to continue Queen Victoria’s tremulous tale until the arrival of season two in the U.S. in January 2018. If the next season is anything like the first, viewers will not be disappointed.
Throughout the show Jenna Coleman, a Doctor Who alumna, artfully portrays Queen Victoria in her varied emotional states as a new and controversial ruler. Victoria was known for her spunk and fierceness as a ruler, and Coleman becomes just that when her character is faced with doubts from Parliament, her mother, the Prime Minister, and even her own husband. Similarly, Tom Hughes transforms Prince Albert from a shy, overtly-precise aristocrat into a doting, selfless husband who stands confidently by Victoria’s side. However, it takes Albert a few episodes to conform to the English royal rules and etiquette as a Prince Consort, allowing for Hughes to further explore Albert’s insecurities and anxieties about simply becoming a figurehead solely dependent on his wife.
Even if the extraordinary acting, dramatic plotline, or emotional investment wasn’t enough, Victoria features an exquisite array of costumes and set designs. Think Kate Middleton’s gowns times 100. Victoria’s dresses feature jaw-dropping details of lace, beading, or jewels that are sure to make the fashion community swoon. According to an anonymous Glenelg High School Junior, the costume designers of royal-based shows such as Victoria, The Crown, and Reign “not only want it [the clothing] to be historically accurate, but beautiful.The intricate designs and gowns in these shows are so thoughtfully put together because it is the only representation of that era we have left. Viewers are attracted to theses time periods as we are always curious what living in a different time would be like”. Likewise, the sets accurately replicate the English royal homes of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in all their ornate, crystalline glory. Truly, this show is a feast for the eyes.
Victoria has all the makings of a hit: drama, romance, suspense, historical accuracy, intrigue, beautiful clothing, excessive jewels. While it will never be the beloved Downton Abbey, PBS Masterpiece Classic has hit the television jackpot yet again with a royal tale that captures seemingly outlandish but realistic events.
It was a cool Sunday evening when an enthralling monarch captured the hearts of millions…
By Jackie Lyons
Chad Michael Murray. Actor. Spokesperson. Former fashion model. Author? Yes, that’s right, one of America’s favorite early 2000s actor has written a book. Written alongside praised author, Heather Graham, American Drifter, tells the story of River Roulet, a young war veteran who struggles with PTSD. River decides to escape his past and flee to his favorite country: Brazil. As the Carnaval nears, River finally feels like he’s at peace with his life. He then meets a mysterious journalist named Natal. The two of them end up in a whirlwind adventure with a drug lord hot on their trail.
Many fans were very excited to read this book because Chad Michael Murray, THE Lucas Scott, wrote it. Senior Easha Qasba says, “I would not have picked him as someone to write this kind of book.” Murray doesn’t really seem like the type of person to write a romantic novel. There was so much advertising and promotion leading up to the book’s release all over his Instagram page, it was impossible to not read it.
Unfortunately, the novel did not live up to the hype. Not one of the characters left some sort of impression. They all were easily forgotten and just not memorable. The entire plot was incredibly stereotypical. He made the entire story, that takes place in Brazil, centered around what the country is best known for, the Carnaval. Senior Trey Hensing says, “Has he even ever been to Brazil? Is he qualified to write stuff on this?” Murray also threw around words in Portuguese randomly throughout the entire book. There was no need for it due to the fact that the entire book was written in third person if he was throwing around Portuguese vocabulary.
American Drifter’s co-author, Heather Graham is a well known romance and horror author who has written over 150 novels. Even though Heather Graham’s name was on the cover as a co-author, not one part of the book sounded like her style of writing. It almost sounded like something Lucas Scott from One Tree Hill would write… because it was.
Overall, American Drifter wasn’t that great of a book. However, if you’re looking for something good to read in a doctor’s office waiting room, this would be the book for you.
By Sofia Weddle
November brings with it turkey, family, freshly chopped Christmas trees, turning leaves, and, most importantly, the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This event, marked by a following of 6 million viewers, showcases the brand’s new lingerie and its infamous and outrageously bejewelled Fantasy Bra. However, even with the great popularity of Victoria’s Secret across the world, the 2017 show has garnered great controversy and immense negative publicity. Is this the end of a 22-year old fashion era? Only time will tell.
The first problem the brand approached was their location: Shanghai, China. From an outside perspective, the city may seem the perfect place for a worldwide televised event, but you would be wrong. Evidently, China is not a fan of Victoria’s Secret or its models. According to Forbes journalist Pamela Ambler, although the country initially gave permission for the VS Fashion Show to take place in Shanghai, Gigi “Hadid along with a handful of Russian and Ukrainian models were denied visas without explanation”. Hadid may have expected this censorship, as she was recently blasted on social media for racistly imitating Buddha.
But the overlying question remains: Why the Russian and Ukrainian models? Is China publicly defying their long-held communist ally because of capitalist differences? Journalists, politicians, and ordinary people around the globe have stark and controversial opinions on the matter, and so do the students of Glenelg High School. Junior Anna Haney says that “it wasn’t fair for the Chinese government [to take away models’ visas]. But, it was a little pushy to go there [Shanghai] in the first place because [of China’s harsh censorship]”. However, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s problems didn’t end with China’s censorship of certain models.
Even without the substantial bumps in its road to Shanghai, Victoria’s Secret has experienced more troubling criticism throughout social media because of the chosen models. 2017 has become the year of diversity and acceptance of all appearances-- except when it comes to Victoria’s Secret. After plus-size model Ashley Graham tweeted a statement against Victoria’s Secret’s lack of plus-size models, it seemed the whole Twitterverse agreed as teens and adults alike simultaneously slammed the brand. According to an anonymous Glenelg student, the size exclusive show and lingerie “are downsizing their [Victoria Secret’s] brand. Plus-size women won’t relate to the brand because they only see skinny, fit people”. Haney agrees and raises an important question: “Why would you buy from a brand that makes you feel bad about yourself?” For a person like myself who rarely buys expensive bras, hardly pays attention to which models are chosen to walk, and watches the VS Fashion solely for the purpose of staring bright-eyed at shiny jewels and fluffy white wings, the plus-size debate originally seemed inconsequential. But now, the answer seems all too obvious and all too necessary. While the likes of Elle, Vogue, and Vanity Fair have been posing plus-size models on their glossy covers, Victoria’s Secret has yet to include such models in their shows or campaigns. Simply put, VS needs to implement plus size lines and relatable models into their brand now.
After the landfall of Chinese censorship and plus-size disputes, Victoria’s Secret has a limited chance to save itself and its marketable reputation. This show could be a great turning point for VS, regarding both the body inclusion of its future lingerie lines and fashion shows and its location choices for such shows. However, if the brand remains stubborn to change while the present social climate continues, there may not be a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to watch. Your move, VS.
By Kendall Howze and Jackie Lyons
Last January, the CW channel began airing the teen drama Riverdale, based on the well-known Archie Comics. The show takes the characters from the relaxed, humorous comic and drastically changing the setting, placing the characters into a murder mystery plot. The death of Jason Blossom sends the town of Riverdale into pandemonium and skepticism.
As Riverdale joined Netflix, its audience grew, and it became one of the most discussed shows. A concern, however, was whether or not Riverdale would live up to expectations. Would the show be the suspenseful teen drama that kept viewers dying for the next episode like it promised to be, or would viewers be underwhelmed?
Fortunately for the producers, Riverdale was highly praised by its audience and by critics. The show won a 2017 Teen Choice Award in the “Choice Breakout TV Show” category. Senior Gopika Gopinath agreed that the first season of Riverdale “lived up to expectations. It caught [her] attention.” She, along with many others believe that the show deserved its Teen Choice Award and all of the attention it received.
This October, season two of Riverdale began to air on the CW channel. The show promised more drama and suspense for its viewers in the second season, as well as new developments in the romantic relationships in the show that began in season one. To follow the award-winning first season, an equally engaging second season was highly anticipating. While it is difficult for sequels to live up to the original (for example, Jaws 2, terrible movie), Riverdale is trying its best with the new plotline surrounding a shooting at the popular Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe diner. With the town of Riverdale in danger and tensions running high, each character is forced to deal with their own conflict in addition to the safety of the town.
Only five episodes having aired so far, viewers already have varying opinions of the newest season. Many feel that the quality of the teen drama has not changed and is just as exciting as it has always been from the first episode. Gopinath said, “The second season has been intense. The show keeps me interested in the plot. It always keeps you on your toes. It has everything; it’s romantic, it’s mysterious, funny.” She, like many other fans, have the same high regards for the new plotline and all of Riverdale’s beloved characters. Many viewers feel that the characters are not only entertaining to watch, but growing and developing.
While the first season seemed to be unanimously regarded as a show deserving of an award, many feel that the second season is losing its touch. Senior Maria Salandra, a fan of Riverdale since its first episode, said, “[Riverdale’s] starting to suck. It’s not at all living up to the expectations.” Salandra is not alone in her opinions. Many fans have begun to lose interest in the show, feeling that the plot is too far-fetched after a main character was shot and surrounding characters are figuring out how to cope with the shooting and keep themselves out of danger. Could Riverdale be taking the drama a little too far?
Though there are many mixed reviews about the second season, only five episodes have been released. The show has many episodes to either win back the viewers who are questioning their loyalty to the show, or sully their reputation. Hopefully the next few episodes are able to draw the audience back in, but so far it doesn’t seem like Riverdale will be unanimously winning any awards.
By Sofia Weddle
In today’s modern Hollywood, it’s truly rare to see an old-school murder film; especially when production companies can take advantage of overly avante-garde storylines or simply create another superhero rendition. So what exactly happens when a famed Agatha Christie novel goes on for its fourth movie adaptation (IMDb) with a star-studded cast? It’s either a success or a flop, and critics have already blasted Murder on the Orient Express hard. Variety journalist Peter Debruge bluntly states that “the movie is a failure overall, juggling too many characters to keep straight, and botching the last act so badly that those who go in blind may well walk out not having understood its infamous twist ending”. However, was the film really deserving of its lackluster IMDb 6.8/10 rating, or is the movie critic community pointlessly searching for an Oscar nominee film in a simple murder mystery?
Set on the Orient Express train traversing from Istanbul and across Europe, detective Hercule Poirot investigates thirteen train passengers and suspects to solve the confusing murder of Mr. Ratchett; a fake art dealer and millionaire. Agatha Christie, the late mystery writer, constructed stories of detective Hercule Poirot and his trials in investigating confounding murders. According to Mr. Singleton, an English 12 teacher at Glenelg High School, Agatha Christie is “prominent as a mystery writer because she found a formula that worked… She found a character that worked in Hercule Poirot… Is it literature? Probably not. Does that matter? No, it doesn’t matter. It’s a good thing to read. People read it for escapism and because they enjoy it”. The latest retelling of one of her most famous books, Murder on the Orient Express, has garnered much controversy over its redundancy, as well as much publicity due to its acclaimed cast of Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, and Olivia Colman. Although a fourth adaptation may seem unnecessary, and it might well be, Murder on the Orient Express is a compelling movie when looked at alone. While the entirety of the film itself is probably not Oscar-worthy, the set and graphics should be in the running.
Throughout the film, director Kenneth Branagh delivers heart-pounding suspense and mystique combined with amusing quips and gorgeous scenery. After every one of Poirot’s questionings, the audience second-guesses their own suspicions and is left clueless as to the murderer’s identity up until the final reveal. Coupled with this artistic tension, the snowy mountain landscapes surely fed the eyes of every viewer, leaving a great desire to ride the real Orient Express (or simply vacation to a fake-snow ski resort). The acting was superb in every way as well, and left hardly anything to be desired. But honestly, what more could one expect from the likes of Judi Dench (Hollywood royalty) or Johnny Depp (the world’s favorite pirate).
So yes. Murder on the Orient Express may not have been necessary to remake again, but critics can’t deny its entertainment value or stunning production. And staying true to the film industry, Murder on the Orient Express isn’t where Hercule Poirot’s mysteries end: the end of the movie brings him an invitation to the Nile where (surprise!) a murder has occurred. Sound familiar, Agatha Christie fans? But all-in-all, in the new age of action-obsessed movie junkies and the overly complex real world, maybe a journey back to old Hollywood with Murder on the Orient Express is what we need. So I say bring on the no-frills, old-school murder mysteries; the more Agatha Christie, the better.
By Jacob Kersh
On October 18th, 2017, Adobe announced a substantial amount of updates to the various programs that make up its Creative Cloud bundle at the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also introduced many new programs and concepts that only fuel the notion that the company is taking the graphic design and filmatography industries by storm.
Three Adobe apps that have been available in a beta capacity are officially launching: Adobe XD CC for user interface design, Adobe Dimension CC for 2D to 3D compositing, and Adobe Character Animator CC for 2D character animations.
Adobe XD will be vital in the production of mobile phone apps and will likely revolutionize the app development industry, so be prepared for a slew of visually appealing, perfectly optimized applications to surface in your device’s app store during the coming months. Developers from Creative Bloq described it as “simplicity at its finest, with a stripped-back interface along with all the tools you need to design and prototype UIs.”
Adobe Dimension will serve as a huge asset to designers looking to utilize three-dimensional objects in their creations but also make their process more streamlined and compatible with primarily two-dimensional programs, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Test users from TechCrunch stated that Dimension is able to “keep things simple but is still powerful enough to allow designers to create photorealistic images for their packaging, product shots and branding needs.” In a world where the digital arts are dominated by flat and simple design choices it appears three-dimensional design is finally making a comeback!
Adobe Character Animator will essentially be a more complex, intuitive Animoji for up-and-coming graphic designers. Users from MacWorld who tested the program said that “using [their] own facial movements to bring a character [they] designed to life is a process that [they] have found to be extremely entertaining.” Additionally, Adobe envisions that Character Animator will primarily be used for live broadcasts (will be able to directly connect to Instagram live), student projects, and cartoons.
Adobe’s most renowned program, Photoshop CC, is also receiving a myriad of updates that give designers an entire new arsenal of creative tools and intuitive user interface suggestions. It appears as though Adobe has put an immense amount of thought into this new addition.
For example, Photoshop is gaining 1,400 new brush strokes from Adobe's acquisition of KyleBrush and has tremendously improved upon brush preset management tools and automatic brush stroke smoothing—features that users have been asking about for the better part of the past three years. These new features will directly assist concept artists that use Photoshop’s brushes to make their work appear as though it was painted by hand, and also allow the general user base to more easily paint over two-dimensional objects. Additionally, Adobe is introducing new tools and tutorials that are designed to make it easier for first-time Photoshop users to learn how to do basic tasks in the app, which are available in the new Learn Panel. This version of Photoshop will be much easier to learn for the millions of beginners who try it for the first time every year, and should help to prevent rising graphic designers from being discouraged by the complexity of the program. According to Glenelg Junior and aspiring visual communications director Hassan Malik, “ the tutorial-like function will be very helpful for me because it will make Photoshop much easier to work with; when I opened it for the first time a year ago it was a bit overwhelming.” A few other updates for Photoshop include a new Curvature Pen tool, a symmetry painting experience for creating mirrored brush strokes along a symmetric axis, and better integrated selection and masking tools.
One thing designers should note is that Adobe is planning to raise the price of its Creative Cloud plans in North America in the near future. Starting on March 1 (or when a contract is up for renewal), pricing across all plans will increase. The Adobe CC plan that provides access to all apps for individuals, for example, will be priced at $52.99 a month instead of $49.99 going forward. Although this is quite the yearly increase, the majority of the community has welcomed the increase wholeheartedly because of all the new features Adobe has implemented based solely upon user suggestions. Glenelg photographer Jordan Chizmadia says, “I don’t think this small increase will affect Adobe because they already have such a huge following who require Creative Cloud for their businesses. And I know we couldn’t live without it in Photo class.”
These are just a handful of the new features Adobe is introducing today, and more details on changes debuting across the entirety of Adobe's broad range of apps can be found on their official website. In all honesty, they have really outdone themselves this year in terms of making their programs more intuitive, user-friendly, and streamlined; the precedent they have set will continue to affect the digital arts community for years to come.
By Sofia Weddle
Ah, Crocs. A true representation of a love-hate relationship. Whether involuntarily forced into them by our parents or excitedly slipped on with a gang of Jibbitz weighing us down, every true American kid has experienced these controversial shoes. Are they sneakers? Flip-flops? Sandals? I truly have no idea, but I love ‘em.
More recently, these clog-sandal hybrids have arrived on the haute-couture runway. The fashion community is surely familiar with outlandish trends, but this style is turning heads across the world. Critics argue that Crocs are just plain downright ugly, while the houses of Balenciaga and Christopher Kane ignore these pessimistic voices with vibrant spin-offs of the childhood staple.
Even in Glenelg, the shoe is gaining popularity, both casually and athletically. Most teenagers use Crocs as a type of slip-on shoe for sports, but the Croc has found a new place as the fashion-forward necessity for Generation-Z. Specifically, avid Croc fan Hassan Malik says that “Crocs really just go with any outfit […], and they’re very comfortable, [...] they’re really different, and I’m kind of making a fashion statement. I respect the Croc gang”. And truthfully, there is a gang; 179,000 Instagram members to be exact. These tight-knit followers, including some Glenelg students, can be found pairing the trend with gray joggers, khakis, shorts, vibrant skirts, or sweatpants. I, myself, have on numerous occasions worn these ~interesting~ shoes proudly with a sweater, jean jacket, and leggings.
Thus, as much as Crocs are dissed by major fashion outlets and judgemental teenagers, these shoes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, either on the high fashion runway or in the Big Red halls of Glenelg. So I’ll keep my camo Crocs and wear them too.
By Kendall Howze
This November, an extremely important event is coming up. It’s a day to give thanks for the things that we have been blessed with. Surprisingly, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. 37 years ago on November 12th, the world was graced with the birth of Ryan Thomas Gosling. Ryan’s acting career in 1993 on The Mickey Mouse Club. While he was only in three episodes, he made quite a lasting impression. Even as a child, he was able to steal the show with grade A dance movies and a beautiful singing voice.
Over the years, Gosling has captured the hearts of many. In honor of Gosling’s 37th birthday, we are going to highlight some of Gosling’s greatest roles over the years. One of his most well known roles was Noah Calhoun in The Notebook. After the movie was released, his character quickly became many women’s ideal significant other. Gosling plays a man who falls in love with Allie Hamilton, played by Rachel McAdams, as a teenager. Due to their differing social classes, Allie’s parents forbid their relationship. Noah, despite their separation, refuses to give up on her, vowing to love her forever. Fans of the movie were pleasantly surprised when Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling himself recreated their iconic kiss in the rain at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards.
While Ryan Gosling could have been a “one hit wonder,” he came back in 2011 with the role of Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Gosling’s on-screen chemistry with Emma Stone was praised by many critics. In the movie, Gosling’s character, Jacob Palmer, helps a man that he meets in a bar who just recently separated from his wife. Palmer agrees to help the man, Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) by transforming him from an average looking man whose wife just left him to new and improved I-bet-you-wish-you-didn’t-leave-me-Cal Weaver. Senior Gopika Gopinath agrees that, “Ryan’s acting skills are unique in the sense of his engagement with his audience.”
To add a few honorable mentions to the list of Gosling’s greatest works, his movie The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012 showed Gosling’s versatility as an actor. While Gosling plays the easy going or comical character in many of his films, he plays a bank robber in The Place Beyond the Pines, struggling to provide for his illegitimate son.
Let’s not forget about his award winning movie, La La Land. His movie won not only an Oscar, but a Golden Globe. Fans were graced with Gosling’s rather surprising ability to play the piano beautifully. In addition to his piano playing skills, Gosling had quite a few chances to sing in the movie, something we haven’t seen from him since his Mickey Mouse Club.
Keeping that in mind, how should you spend Ryan Gosling’s birthday? Watching all of his movies! Maybe not all of them, but the classics listed above paired with a bowl of popcorn will surely make for a great night. Senior Easha Qasba says she thinks, “Ryan Gosling’s birthday is a great day to watch all of his movies.” Everyone, make sure you get ready for the 12th.
By Julie Amoss
The book Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is beautiful, heartbreaking, and a perfect pick for 2017’s One Maryland One book. It was chosen out of more than one hundred and twenty other books for the 2017 theme of home and belonging, and Purple Hibiscus elegantly shows that theme in a captivating coming-of-age novel that is wonderful to read.
Although it is a bit slow and meandering at first, the more one reads, the harder it becomes to escape the story’s clutches. The language is beautiful and descriptive without being overly flowery, and it’s not hard to immerse oneself in the fascinating Nigerian setting. As described by Courtney Parks, a sophomore, the book is “Enlightening, [and] it shows a type of life [that is] important to understand.” The world of Nigeria is vastly different from that of America, yet it is still incredibly important to see and understand places outside of America to better comprehend the world. The characters in this book are vastly different from average Americans, but that makes it no harder to relate to them. They share the same hopes, emotions, and dreams that everyone does, and it’s almost painfully easy to relate to and understand them. Anyone can fall in love with Purple Hibiscus with just a few pages of reading.
The narrator and protagonist, Kambili Achike, is a fifteen-year-old girl in a rich and influential family. She is shy and has trouble making friends due to her timidness and a stutter she is ashamed of; however, her peers mistake her unsociability as arrogance. She lives with an abusive, overly religious father who holds her to the highest standard of achievement at all times, and she is not allowed to question him or speak out in any manner. Her brother and mother are held to a similarly cruel regime, and her mother has had several miscarriages due to her husband’s physical abuse, which is seen through a heartbreakingly apathetic perspective that highlights how awful it is. That indifference, however, sometimes distances the reader from it by giving the events an almost surreal quality.
It’s only when she is allowed to visit her Aunty Ifeoma and is exposed to a life quite literally the opposite of her own that Kambili begins to break out of her shell. In Aunty Ifeoma’s house, laughter and questions ring out almost constantly, and the family’s poverty does nothing to dampen their spirits. The contrast feels a little unrealistic at first, given how different it is from Kambili’s home life; however, after a while that disparity seems less improbable and instead acts as a wonderful contrasting element in the story. The plot is slow and fulfilling, and major, important events are surrounded by smaller -but precious and equally important- examples of beauty that help offset the tragedy perfectly.
The book’s descriptions are vivid and gorgeously detailed, yet the addition of cultural words and terms can be confusion to a reader without the assistance of outside resources. Words in Igbo, a secondary language used by most characters in the book, frequently appear in dialogue, and their meanings can be hard to decipher with just context clues. The reader should be prepared the look up words semi frequently, or be okay with not comprehending all of the story’s dialogue.
Most of the major plot events only occur later on in the book, and when the action picks up it’s impossible to put down. The twist ending is completely unexpected, and for Adichie’s first book, it is a masterful story. The many awards the novel has received, such as the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, show that many critics agree with this sentiment.
All in all, Purple Hibiscus is a magical tale of love, family, and growing up, and it is entirely worth the read.
By Chase Hensing and Noah Kohler
The latest IGN news talks about two new games. Destiny 2 and NBA 2k18. Both of these games are sequels of previous games that were upgraded and made to be more interactive. Let’s take a look at Destiny 2.
The sequel to the thrilling first person shooter Destiny, Destiny 2 is grabbing people’s attention all over the world with its action packed content. 273 thousand copies have already been sold with the game only having been out on Xbox One and Playstation 4 for 3 weeks. The game is available for purchase in Gamestop and The online game store. The price for the game ranges between $48.00 and $250.00 dollars, the copy of the game that costs the most is 250.00 dollars because it’s the collectors edition and its has more features then the regular game.
The game starts off with millions of guardians fleeing the tower which is under attack by an unknown foe. Most of the guardians arrive safely at a farm. Luke Smith, a verified Destiny 2 developer, talks about specifics to the new game, “Shaders are earned through gameplay: leveling, chests, engrams and vendors. We expect you’ll be flush with shaders as you continue to play. When you reach level 20, shaders will drop more often: vendor rewards, destination play and end game activities” (Smith). talking to a student from the school Trey Hensing a senior from GHS, about this game and he gave me his opinion on it he said, “The game is overall greatly made, the graphics are better than they were in the previous game and the missions go more into detail and tell a better much darker backstory” (Hensing). Hensing also mentions he plays the game “multiple hours a day” between 4 and 6 hours a day.
Bungie, an association that helped create Destiny 2, took in thousands of comments about the first game and added some features and made some minor adjustments from the comments to the new game. Most changes revolved around loot intake increase, many more weapons, shaders and new vehicles, but one thing the eager guardians around the world are waiting for is the change to PvP and the brand new raids and boss fights. The difficulty was increased, but can be changed to an easier difficulty if players desire and the maps got bigger making it more difficult to hide from enemies because the map is more open, and more intricate playstyles. The waiting between games has been greatly reduced as well as players can now sign in with out the delay which was annoying and took forever to load many players are glad to say thats gone, of the game loading up and preparing to start and this also increases population density on the servers making finding a game or fire team quick and easy. The game is out and already has a high rating but further updates will fix emblem glitches and minor bugs.
One problem this game is having though is the fact it’s having hard time performing on Playstation 4. Players say the game loads up and then they just get dashboarded which means to be sent to the homescreen. Bungie has responded to this problem and is already looking into fixing it. Other than that as they say in the new game “see you in the wild.”
Now that we have taken a look at Destiny 2 let’s see what is in store for NBA 2k18.
With the newest game of the NBA 2K released September 19th. Fans of both the Nba and video games are getting excited for the release. It will be released on all platforms. The new game modes such as Run the Neighborhood and Pack and Playoffs have many people excited after many years of requesting. But just like every year there is tons of hype around the improved MyCareer mode. MYcareer mode is a mode in the game where you make your own player and play as him. A new feature that has many players excited is the Run the Neighborhood mode. Many players are excited for this because many people have been asking for an open hub world in the game.This is the new version of the “MyPark” mode. The “neighborhood” is an open hub world where players can move around freely, communicate with other players, have open stores so you can customize your player, and mini games to boost stats.
If anybody preorder 2k18 you have multiple options just like previous years. The three options are early tip off, legend edition, and legend edition gold. The price range on the game is from 60-160 dollars. This is because their is three different pre order options that all give you in game and out of game rewards.The game also has two different covers depending on where you live. If you live in Canada you will receive a cover with Demar Derozan the star player of the Toronto Raptors on it. If you live in the United States you will receive Kyrie Irving on the cover the new point guard for the Boston Celtics. When asking other people in the gaming community their thoughts on the game Charlie Wendell, a Freshman at Glenelg High school said “I think that it will be better than previous games because they have more technology to put into the graphics.” Russell Henggeler, a Freshman at Glenelg High school said “I am excited and I think my favorite new game mode will be pack and playoffs because you get to play with lots of different players.” Overall it seems the release of NBA 2k18 will be an exciting time for everyone. We hope you enjoy these games as much as we do.
By Alexis Kominos
The season for pools and beaches is over, and it is now time to find some fall activities somewhere else. The movies is one great place to spend those cold autumn days. There are various films coming out that have sparked interest in many people.
Mother!: September 15
When uninvited guests come into a couple's remote home, their relationship is challenged when these people disrupt their household and their serene life. This movie may not be what it seems at first, but after it is watched, there are many themes to be analyzed. The movie is strongly based on the bible and relates characters to those of the bible. This movie deals with religion, environmental issues, society’s treatment of women, and fame. See the movie, Mother!, decipher clues, and feel the true message.
Kingsman the Golden Circle: September 22
An allied spy organization is found when the Kingsman take a journey to help the world. These two top secret corporations assemble together to conquer a popular enemy. This action/adventure movie is full of thrill and excitement. The first movie deals with the spy organization recruiting a young kid from the streets into their competitive training program to ultimately defeat a tech genius. Now moviegoers get to see what happens next in Kingsman: the Golden Circle.
Flatliners: September 29th
Five medical students who are curious of what occurs after death create an experiment to stop their hearts for a short amount of time in order to experience first hand what occurs. But what happens is not what they expect. This thrilling, suspenseful movie would be grear to see with your friends in theaters. According to Molly Dustin, Sophomore at Glenelg High School, “I am excited for the movie Flatliners. I have been for a while. I like the idea of making a movie about something that is unknown to many people, and it looks interesting” There have been plenty of tv shows and movies about what happens after death, but now we get to see the take on what happens when someone who dies, comes back to life.
The Mountain Between Us: October 6th.
This movie is about two people on different, yet important, paths take a flight on a plane that crashes in the snowy mountains. Despite being complete strangers, they must trust each other and work with one another to survive throughout the cold wilderness. This dramatic, thrilling movie takes audience members on a journey through survival, and will be great to see this fall.
Happy Death Day: October 13
Tree Gelbman relieves the same day every day in the upcoming movie, Happy Death Day. She must figure out who her killer is and why they are trying to kill her. Every night she is killed by a masked person and wakes up the next day with complete memory of what happened. So she must capture the killer and find some answers. Audience members can also uncover some answers of their own by seeing Happy Death Day this fall, and just in time for Halloween season.
Jigsaw: October 27th
The eighth movie in the franchise, Jigsaw, taking theaters October 27th, explains many unanswered questions. Dead people have been turning up around the city; each person killed in a grisly, horrible way. An investigation begins and the clues lead back to one person, John Kramer. But that cannot be because John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, has been dead for over ten years. As stated by Willie Brock, Junior at Glenelg, “I have been excited for Jigsaw for a while now. I enjoy horror movies, and I am intrigued to find out if John Kramer is alive or not.” This would be a great movie to see and uncover answers for fans of the Saw franchise.
My Friend Dahmer: November 3
During his teen years, Jeffrey Dahmer struggled with family life at home. We get to witness how he changes throughout high school which pushes him to the path of being a world renowned serial killer. Ben Kishter, a Junior at Glenelg High School, states that he is “excited to see the movie, My Friend Dahmer. There are many shows and movies about murderers and serial killers, but now we get to see how Jeffrey Dahmer reshapes into the notorious serial killer, and cannibal he is.” According to Crime Museum Website, “ he became withdrawn and uncommunicative as he got older. He began showing little to no interest in hobbies or social interaction around the ages of 10 to 15. Dead animals became an interest of his and he also started drinking heavily during his high school years. His drinking escalated and was a huge issue following high school. His father made him enlist in the army, but he was kicked out due to alcoholism.” Moviegoers everywhere will be coming to see the story about how a corrupt childhood could lead to many bad things down the road. This intriguing movie deals with cruelty, morbidity, and substance abuse.
Wonder: November 17
Based on the New York Times best seller, Wonder is an inspirational, heartwarming, and heart wrenching story about a young boy with facial deformities attending public school for the first time. Many people may have read the book Wonder and the time has come to see the movie. The book gives a good description on what August Pullman’s face looks like, so now we get to see the director's visual on it. This movie is a moving story about acceptance and what is on the inside.
Pitch Perfect 3: December 22
And now a movie that many people have been waiting for, Pitch Perfect 3. After they won the world championships, the Bellas come back together one last time and go up against groups with not only voices, but instruments as well. This would be a great movie to see with your friends on the weekend and get a good laugh. Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 were well-liked, humorous movies. And now audiences around the world can see how the Bellas are doing after college and in their own lives.
These are just few of the interesting movies coming out soon that spark the interest of many people everywhere. If you are looking for a laugh, scare, or thrill … there is a movie for that this fall.
By Sofia Weddle
As one of the great fashion legends, Oscar de la Renta’s reputation lives on past his death. Known for his stunning, feminine gowns, Oscar de la Renta transformed his company into a household name that every woman yearns to wear. After his death nearly three years ago on October 20th, 2014, much of the mourning fashion community wondered how the Oscar de la Renta trademark would evolve on the runway. Now, during the Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the brand’s advancing path has been carved.
As Oscar de la Renta focused on providing breathtaking, decorative, and chic womenswear, the NYFW crowd was rightfully in awe by the company’s most recent line. Many fans of the brand, such as local Instagram fashion blogger, Glenelg Junior Delaney Smith*, believe that “Oscar de la Renta’s work has a really impressive range. The elegance and beauty of his gowns combined with the unique patterns and textures he utilized create amazing dresses”. The increasingly modern and colorful take on these elegant themes is a result of the recent promotions of Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim as the fashion brand’s newest creative directors, according to Vogue journalist Nicole Phelps. However, their first showcase this past February was not as successful as hoped and was criticized by fashion journalists, such as WWD writer Bridget Foley, for being “old-fashioned” and full of “disparate elements [that] lacked focus”.
Naturally, the two designers bounced back and brought forth an entirely innovative 2018 spring line. Chock full of casual denim, brightly colored blazers, professional palazzo pants, Oscar de la Renta-signed garb, dazzling sparkles, and flowing tulle, Garcia and Kim made an unequivocal statement. Regardless of any criticisms of the clothes, there can be no doubt that Oscar de la Renta has a hopeful track for the future. The spring collection showcases a newfound confidence bold enough to scribe Oscar de la Renta’s signature over dresses, coats, jumpsuits, and bodysuits. Bold enough to make high leg cuts and low necklines. Bold enough to place models in nothing but a leotard and a lengthy coat. Bold enough to make sparkles look like paint splatters or a never-ending night sky.
Despite these beneficial fashion strives taken by Garcia and Kim, there still remains much brand and clothing development to be completed by the power duo. Like many reestablished fashion companies, the work never ceases but the clothes continue to advance, and Oscar de la Renta is no exception. Although the brand is experiencing an uncertain area in their clothing design, their newest runway show represents the beginning of a revolutionized brand; the fashion world just has to be patient.
By Jessica Lipman
Do you remember the movies you watched when you were younger that made you grab a blanket and a bucket of popcorn? Well, they are making a comeback and coming soon to theaters. From dramatic romance to fantasy and adventure, this summer season calls for a wide variety of genres and a return of some of our favorite and classic movies.
Everything, Everything : May 19th
Based on the young adult novel by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything centers around the story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a teenager with bubble baby disease, causing her to be allergic to almost everything. Everyday she spends her time inside her home with her mother and nurse, but when she meets Olly (Nick Robinson), her new neighbor, she begins to fall in love. With high anticipation for this new love story, viewers like Abbey Rianhard, a Sophomore at Glenelg High School, are excited to see how the two lovers are “able to stay together despite the illness she has.” Receiving high ratings, many fans were excited when this film debuted on May 19th. From being called “charming and well-acted” to “modestly engaging” by Variety, Everything, Everything is a teenage romance worth seeing.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales : May 26th
Making a popular resurgence, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars our favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who endures a captivating adventure that relies on his only chance of survival. When Captain Jack Sparrow’s enemies, the ghost pirates and Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, they are determined to kill every pirate at sea, including Sparrow. With help from new faces, Jack must obtain the legendary Trident of Poseidon to gain control over the seas and defeat his enemies. With familiar faces Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley coming back, many fans of the series are excited to see these actors take on these roles again. As many different age groups are excited for this long return of this film series, it is expected that the theaters will be full when this movie debuts on May 26th.
Wonder Woman : June 2nd
Being raised on the island of Themyscira and being trained by warriors, Diana in Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) fulfills her destiny when her homeland is threatened and in danger. For her first time ever, Diana must travel to the outside world where she first steps forward to become Wonder Woman. Alyssa Henderson, a Sophomore at Glenelg, describes Wonder Woman as an “interesting spin on what we are used to... superhero movies typically take on the role of a male, but for this movie it is centered around a female taking on action.” Throughout our time, comics have typically depicted men being the main character, but in this movie the roles have changed. Being released on June 2nd, watchers are thrilled to see if Wonder Woman will be a hero of our time and live up to her expectations.
Transformers: The Last Night : June 21st
Now the new addition in the live-action series, Transformers: The Last Night, provides a new meaning as to what it takes to be a hero. With the world at war, it seems impossible for humans and transformers to come to an agreement. In order to stop the commotion, an alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English Lord, and an Oxford Professor come together to save the future. Reflecting on past problems in several countries and popular war tactics in the past, this film provides viewers with not only explosion filled CGI battle scenes, but it also reflects on history. This film will bring excitement to younger children and teenagers on June 21st.
With popular sequels and new stories, this summer will be filled with a wide range of new films. As the theaters will be filled, we can anticipate rounds of applause for these movies and many others. It is time to grab your popcorn and enjoy these films as they are coming soon to theaters.
By Jackie Lyons
If you don’t think you know who John Hughes is, chances are you actually do. He is the mastermind behind classic films such as Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. In 1985, The Breakfast Club was released and became an instant box office hit. It tells the story of five very different teenagers from separate social groups spending the day together in detention, and ultimately finding out they’re not as different as they thought.
Each character represents a stereotype that exists in high schools. The princess, Claire, and the athlete, Andrew, confess how they bully and look down upon those weaker than them to impress their friends. The criminal, Bender, and the basket case, Allison, both have built walls around themselves to distract them from their abusive home life. And the brain, Brian, is constantly told that if he’s not getting good grades, he’s worthless. The debut of this movie brought issues that teenagers face into a new light, displaying how they crave to fit in and to be understood. It sticks out among the normal teen movies, like She’s All That and A Cinderella Story, by being an accurate model toward the lives of high schoolers.
Within 32 years, the problems teenagers are faced with seem to have not changed. Sophomore Bryn Shane says, “The ideas of stereotypes and cliques, while they have become less prominent, are still present and have an influence on how teenagers interact.” For example, here at Glenelg, we certainly do have cliques, but most of us do not hold intense grudges against each other like how they do at the beginning of The Breakfast Club.
An aspect of the movie that still holds up today is troubled home life. In the movie we find out that under his tough guy exterior, the criminal, John Bender, comes from an extremely abusive home and that the popular girl and princess, Claire Standish’s parents are constantly fighting and are looking into a divorce. In a 2014 study done by Childhelp, about 702,000 children and teenagers are victims to abuse at home. According to the 2011 divorce statistics, 246,273,366 people had filed for a divorce or annulment. Like the characters in the movie, teenagers today distract themselves from their home-life by taking their anger out on others and compulsively lying.
Many teenagers today would agree with the accuracies portrayed in the movie. Senior Liam Kirchhoff says, “Teenagers are just trying to discover themselves and the world on their own and it doesn’t need to be a particular decade for that.” While The Breakfast Club is filled with big hair and lingo like, “neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie,” it’s still an applicable movie that should be passed on through the ages.