Oscar Nominations and Reflections

So, it’s official! The Oscar nominations have been released, and there are some huge surprises. It’s mostly how I expected (many are indie dramas) but there are some nominations and lack thereof that took me by surprise. Here is the official list of Oscar nominations: Best Picture Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Best Animated Feature Film Kubo and the Two Strings Moana My Life as a Zucchini The Red Turtle Zootopia Best Actor in a Leading Role Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling, La La Land Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic Denzel Washington, Fences Best Actor in a Supporting Role Mahershala Ali, Moonlight Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea Dev Patel, Lion Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals Best Actress in a Leading Role Isabelle Huppert, Elle Ruth…

Live Action “Little Mermaid” Dream Cast

Here is our dream cast for the newly announced live action version of the Little Mermaid! While this may not be the best piece of news of all time, it is a big one. So, of course, we are going to cast this movie with our personal picks. Ariel Emma Stone Most recently in the hit, “La La Land”, Emma Stone is an amazing singer, amazing actress, and amazing person in general. All of her performances are so realistic and packed with such feeling that you can’t help following her character’s emotions to the T. A multi-talented star, she is an obvious choice for Ariel. Emily  Blunt Emily Blunt is an amazing actress who is very expressive, very emotional, and very dedicated to her performances. She played the Baker’s wife in the cinematic edition of, “Into the Woods”, where she displayed her amazing talent for singing. She has had many…

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Make Your Own Imperial Star Destroyer

We have been working very hard on making a large imperial star destroyer outside of newspaper in the makerspace. We made it out of cardboard, duct tape, and laser cut circles. It took weeks of recess and lunches to create it, and we hope that you enjoy the time lapse video we have made.

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Han Solo: A Backstory

  Princess Leia: “I love you.” Han Solo: “I know.” Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt’s most infamous smuggler, the rebel alliance’s most famous general, going up against foes like Boba Fett ( see Riley’s article for more info on him) and Greedo… But do you really know about him? So here I come in, Dylan, to tell you about the Galaxy’s smuggler turned general. Han Solo was born on the planet Corellia during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. His parents gave him up at a young age, and turned to a life of crime as a thief in order to survive the perils of the galaxy. Solo, at some point, acquired a starship and became an exceptional pilot. Solo began working outside of the Galactic Empire’s laws, beginning a career in smuggling. Solo eventually met the Wookiee Chewbacca, whom he saved from imprisonment. Chewbacca, grateful for Solo’s intervention,…

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Really Good Unknown Movies: The Perfect Game

The Perfect Game is based on a true story. It is about a group of kids from a poor area in Mexico who dream of playing Little League baseball. When they manage to get a coach, the whole town pitches in to get them to the Little League World Series. But when the kids get to Texas for the Series, they are faced with a huge amount of racism and hatred because they are Mexican. The Perfect Game is a heartwarming story of a bunch of kids who work their hardest to get what they deserve. I highly recommend this really good unknown movie and rate it five out of five stars!

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Glad You Came AMV Mix

If you are wondering what an AMV is, it is a anime music video. I have created my own AMV for you to enjoy. I have taken a old popular song and combined it with some of my favorite anime. I hope you will watch the anime that is in the following video. The anime that the video contains is: Devil Is A Part-Timer: We have an extra clip at the end of the AMV. You can find a summary at our favorite anime page. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions Hetalia Free A Certain Scientific Railgun All of these anime are action, romance, and/or comedy. I hope you will watch my AMV and enjoy!

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Just Japanese: Anime Top 13 and 3 Things to Know about J-Pop

Top 13 Anime Movies and TV Shows My Neighbor Totoro (Skylar and Emma’s Age Recommendation: All ages): This is a story about two sisters May and Satski who move to a new house with their dad near the hospital where their mother is. One day, May finds a three forest spirits: a small one, a medium one, and a big one. She names the big one “Totoro.” She tells her sister about these spirits then they visit them often and have many adventures. The Devil’s Part-Timer (Skylar and Emma’s Age Recommendation: Ages 11+): This anime is a hilarious comedy, sure to bring laughs to all who watch it. The anime starts off as a dramatic fantasy war in Ente Isla between the demons and the heros, but when they go through a portal to the real world (in Tokyo), things turn out differently than they expect. In Tokyo the two characters, Sadao…

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Nir’s Top 20 Favorite Movies

Movies. Movies, movies, movies, movies, MOVIES! Even if you aren’t interested in movies, you can still appreciate the hard work the directors went through making movies. I myself am a fan of them, a lot of them. In fact, I animate because of them! So to celebrate my last article for now, these are my personal Top 20 favorite movies. There will be spoilers, so I’ll mention that if there are any. Just in case you’re interested in watching it, I’ll leave an MPAA rating to show if it’s inappropriate or not. PG is definitely appropriate, PG-13 means you have to be thirteen or older to watch it, and R is inappropriate. So sit back, relax, grab your popcorn and snacks and enjoy the show. #20 (PG-13) SPOILER ALERT!!! Although I’m not really that much of a religious person, the movie Noah is an astounding piece of work. Noah, the…

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“Boyhood” Review

WARNING: BOYHOOD IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. IT INCLUDES FOUL LANGUAGE, ABUSE, DRINKING, AND SEXUAL INNUENDOS. THIS ARTICLE ALSO INCLUDES SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the twenty-first century. Back in the early nineties and early 2000s, media and memes were funny, beautiful, and epic! Now, music’s bland and repetitive; people take selfies, twerk, and talk with text language/slang I don’t understand; the video game industry is filled with FPS (First Person Shooter) games; and it has ruined some great careers. *Cough cough* Charlie Sheen *cough* I like to call this the “Twenty-first Century Syndrome Theory,” but at least there’s still some things in media I consider amazing. In music, there are songs by bands and singers like Michael Jackson, a lot of country singers, and Sonitus Vir. As far as TV goes, the only shows considered gold could be Courage the Cowardly Dog and Gravity Falls. The video game industry…

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Summer Blockbusters: 5 Action Thrillers Reviewed and Previewed

This summer, there are a variety of major action thrillers coming to theaters and we have decided to preview and review this summer’s box-office biggies. Some of the movies we decided to review are The Amazing Spider Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We believed The Amazing Spider Man 2 was an action-filled movie. There were also some jaw-dropping special effects in this thriller. However, we thought it had a little too much action and the plot was predictable. We give this movie a 7.5/10 rating. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a very predictable plot, but we also thought there were a lot of interesting fight scenes and special effects. We give Captain America: The Winter Soldier a 6.5/10 rating.

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