Tolkein Movie Shows Horrors of War

The Tolkien movie is based on of the life of the great author J.R.R Tolkien and his experiences that led him to write the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. It is a mix of real life and fantasy. It describes his formative years leading up to his involvement in World War One. He died in 1973, coincidentally the same year as Pablo Picasso. It describes his friendship with C.S Lewis, the author of The Chronicles Of Narnia. It also shows his experience at war and it blends fantasy elements into the real world battles, like dragons bellowing fire, knights in armor, and orcs. This movie gives a new deep understanding of his life as a whole. J.R.R Tolkien said that he gained the inspiration for his books from going to war in World War One and the horrors that accompanied it. I am hoping to watch this movie…


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Un-Reality   It’s a little known fact that the tech department here at FCS recently bought Virtual Reality systems for the school. They have 10 Lenovo Daydreams, around 15 Google Cardboards and one Vive headset. The Google Cardboard can connect to your smartphone. The Daydreams are a smaller system that has all of the tech inside. The Vive, on the other hand, connects to a computer and has a much wider variety of things to do.   It all started when I (Noah) lost my chromebook the other day, so I decided to do the only thing I could; Go to tech. The door was locked and the lights were off, and there was nobody there. I was about to leave when I glimpsed a familiar shape in the window; a Vive headset! Wanting to know more, I grabbed my friend Theo and set off to find somebody to interview….


Overwatch League: Stage of Madness

Just recently, stage two of the Overwatch League concluded in blistering fashion. The San Francisco Shock played against the Vancouver Titans in the final of stage 2. All of the players played extraordinarily well, and all of them passed any expectations placed on them. Some people that really stood out were: (Shock) Sinatraa, Moth, Super, and Rascal (Titans) Bumper, Twilight, Seominsoo, and Slime All of these players were amazing in this match and either team could have won it was so close. The players in this game produced many great plays that made the game enjoyable to watch. This stage has also had some incredible stories and teams making history. The Shock had a golden stage, which is a stage where they didn’t drop a map, so they beat everyone 4-0. They played outstanding throughout the entire stage, and they proved that they could beat the best in the season….


Avengers: Endgame – Master Class of a Movie

SPOILER WARNING for Endgame and Infinity War! One of the most hyped up movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame came out on the 25th of April, 2019. In its opening weekend, the movie made $1.2 BILLION internationally at box offices, breaking the record for the quickest movie to acquire an income of $1 billion of any movie. To fully understand the details of Endgame, the viewers should learn background info on the previous Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War. In the ending of Infinity War, Thanos the mad titan had defeated the Avengers and completed his goal, which was to wipe out half of the the universe’s population, taking down some of the most loved characters such as Spider-Man, Bucky, and Black Panther. Infinity Wars leaves the viewers on a huge cliffhanger, especially because the viewers had to wait almost a full year for Endgame to be released, which would conclude…


Avengers: Endgame Trailers Contained Fake, Old, and Edited Scenes

*WARNING: ENDGAME SPOILERS AHEAD* Avengers: Endgame will most likely be the biggest movie of the year. Its opening weekend alone put it in the top 20 highest grossing movies of all time, and as of May 8, 2019 it was at number 2, second only to Avatar. It was a truly incredible movie, full of surprises and twists sure to leave viewers dumbfounded. Due to the large scale of the movie, Marvel studios had to keep a lot under wraps. To do this, they altered some scenes in the trailer and filled in some old ones from the past. Here is a list of scenes from the trailer, that weren’t exactly a part of Endgame.   CAPTAIN AMERICA’S SHIELD   In the trailer, you may remember seeing a bloody, beaten up Cap strapping his shield to his arm, ready to fight Thanos. While this scene was included in the movie,…


Retro doesn’t mean bad – why you should play old games.

   A common mindset about old games is that they are “outdated” or antiquated. This is rarely true. Many old games shaped the gaming industry into what we know it as today and invented technology even used outside of video games. Any time you see a 3-Dimensional graphic on a screen, that only exists because of the invention of 3D graphics. BSP is a method of 3D rendering made by Id Software and is used to render almost any 3D environment digitally. This technology was first seen in DOOM, a very, VERY famous game by Id Software. Old games are unique, in the 1990’s video games were still new and game developers were figuring out what they wanted to do. Game developers would improvise and experiment. This resulted in very interesting gameplay and themes, and amazing stories. Today, game developers want to make something unique, the problem is that almost everything…


The Unlikely Spy

Animals have been used in the business of war for centuries, with obvious examples like horse riding and trained search and rescue dogs. But there are some not so obvious examples, like military marine animals. We will do a deep dive into weaponized animals in this article. Dolphins, lionfish, and seals have all been used in various military purposes. Dolphins, the most obvious example, have been used as underwater mine detectors, frogmen (underwater divers) attackers, and explosives carriers. Seals have been used for the same purposes.  Lionfish were attempted to be trained to seek out German U Boats, but the problem was they just chased fish and meandered about. Weapon carrying dolphins have been a hit with the Soviet Union and Russia, as they would strap explosives to dolphins and train them to hunt boats, except they used their own boats for the training, leading to the dolphins tracking down…


Philadelphia Fusion’s $50 Million Surprise!

The Philadelphia Fusion has decided to make a stadium for their team here in Philly, and this isn’t some small theater. The Philadelphia Fusion team has put $50 million into construction, and it is expected to start hosting games as soon as 2021. This is huge for video games as it shows that not only “real sports” can have stadiums. Overwatch was and is still one of the biggest games in recent times, and received a lot of attention on release. This will make it so that the game has a bigger player-base, and just branches out to new communities. We decided to interview some FCS community members who have heard about the stadium.   Q: What Do You Think Of this Upcoming stadium?   Isaac Dubb ‘24 A: “I think it’s stupid and I’m being serious here. Because Overwatch is stupid and more people like other games, like Fortnite….


Was Fun Night Fun?

The fun night took place at Friends Central School on May 3rd. Fun night lasted from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. There was a water ice truck with many many flavors. There wasa dance floor with music from students’ choices. There were video games (Super Smash Bros) and board games (Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, etc). There was lots of food for the hungry party people. There was the movie Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse. According to IMDb, the movie has this description: “Teenage Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from another dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.”   FCS students’ reviews of Fun Night: Konrad Smith 23’: “=Fun Night was fun. The only reason fun night was not that fun was because they stopped the movie in the middle. Otherwise everything was fun, especially the Smash tournament.   Isaac Dubb 24’:…


NFL Draft for the League’s 100th Season

The 2019 NFL Draft took place on Thursday, April 25th in front of a huge Nashville crowd 600,000 people strong. The draft began with a lucky fan winning 100 years of season tickets to their favorite teams games, this was done to celebrate the 100th year of the NFL’s existence. Gregory R. Hampton was the lucky winner of two season tickets to New York Giants for many years to come. After he accepted his award Commissioner Roger Goodell came to the podium and announced that the Arizona Cardinals were now on the clock, the draft had officially begun. For a long time the Cardinals were expected to take Kyler Murray the 5’10 scrambler quarterback out of Oklahoma, who was also taken with the 9th pick in the Major League Baseball draft and was offered a huge contract by the team that drafted him, the Oakland Athletics, but he chose to…


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