Review of Dunkirk

Poster for the movie Dunkirk

Review by: jakobsherman

Dunkirk is a movie produced by Christopher Nolan, and soundtrack done by Hanz Zimmer. Dunkirk is a movie about the evacuation of over 400,000 men in WW2. This movie takes place on the beach of Dunkirk, the sea surrounding it, and the sky above it. As such, the movie revolves around three different plot lines. The movie starts off with the sound of ticking, like many other Hanz Zimmer films. The soundtrack uses something called the Sheppard’s tone, a musical illusion that is able to hold up everlasting suspense.

As for the acting, it is done perfectly. This movie stars Harry Styles, who I was fairly skeptical about, mostly because he has never acted before. However, this singer definitely has a future in the acting scene. This movie is not for the faint of heart. Many people die, however most characters live, and to be honest, it’s terrifying. It really just goes to show how it must’ve been like when real people were fighting on those beaches, because yes, this was a real event.

The plot of this movie is not for everyone. It’s more about the event rather than the people in it if that makes sense. There is very little dialogue and no character even has their name said to my knowledge. This movie grabs your hope, and just chucks it out the window, as boat after boat gets sunk by torpedoes. All three stories do connect in the end, but I don’t want to spoil what happens. This movie might be confusing, since everyone looks basically the same (which is accurate to the actual event). Plane fights are very realistic, but are still confusing. Just remember the planes with the yellow noses are Germans.

Overall, Dunkirk is amazing, and is definitely worth seeing in Imax theaters if at all possible since that’s how it was shot. I give this movie a 9.3/10.

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The Peanuts Movie

Over the weekend I went to the movies with my family (minus my mom and plus my Grammie). We got to watch the Peanuts movie! I don’t know about anyone else, but I love the peanuts. Charlie Brown somehow makes me feel better about myself, and just makes what ever is going wrong in my life seem over-come-able. The movie was somewhat based off of the comics and following cartoons, bringing our favorite characters, like Lucy, Linus, Pig Pen, Sally, the little red-haired girl, etc. It was a funny and cute movie that starts out in the winter with the usual mishaps of poor Charlie Brown. With the introduction of the new girl (little red haired girl, whose face isn’t really ever shown until the end) comes a lot of different plot twists as Charlie Brown tries to impress her and get her to notice him. Be it the 1,000 word essay on War And Peace or the school dancing competition, man’s best friend, and World War ll pilot, is always there. Snoopy holds a plot of his own, which chronicles the adventures of him (portrayed as a pilot) falling in love and fighting the ever-infamous red barren.  It was cute, funny, and a great way to bring back to life the classic trials of a not- so-lucky kid.

😃😏😜

Minions (2015) – Movie Review

Overview

  • Release date: July 10, 2015
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes review: 54% rotten

Plot summary (from iTunes)

“Ever since the dawn of time, the Minions have lived to serve the most despicable of masters. From T. Rex to Napoleon, the easily distracted tribe has helped the biggest and the baddest of villains. Now, join protective leader Kevin, teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob on a global road trip where they’ll earn a shot to work for a new boss—the world’s first female super-villain—and try to save all of Minionkind… from annihilation. Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.”

My review

As a fan of the minions in Despicable Me, I was excited when I found out Universal would release a movie about them.  Last month I saw Inside Out, which was excellent and heartwarming on Pixar’s part, so I hoped Minions to be just as good. Needless to say, Universal didn’t cut it; Minions wasn’t anywhere near good as Despicable Me and Inside Out combined.

On July 10, my friends and I were ready to go see Minions, a mistake we would soon regret. At first I imagined smiling and laughing at those cute, yellow… things, I should say, on the big screen. I was eager to see it. The movie began with opening credits and the song, “Happy Together” by The Turtles playing in the background. Then it showed how the minions evolved, and how they chose their former evil masters, etc. It was cute.

The rest of the movie, however, was a drag. Yes, there was some action, but stealing a queen’s crown is a common plot among movies with villains. I didn’t smile or laugh at any part of the movie as I imagined I would. Besides, Gru didn’t appear until the very end. The movie was set in the 1960’s, which was fine for my Mom but not for me. My friends didn’t seem to enjoy it, either. With Inside Out, which I saw a month before, I left the theater crying and feeling mixed emotions . As for Minions, I left feeling extreme disappointment. The movie made The Smurfs look better, and I regretted wasting my parent’s money on it.

Recently, I went online and researched some Minions statistics. I was surprised that it made $115 million in one week compared to Inside Out, which only made $95 million in a month. It’s a simple fact: Inside Out (with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98% fresh) is excellent and didn’t earn much, while Minions (54% rotten) is terrible and earned a lot more. Why? Everyone knows who the minions are; they’re all over the advertising industry. For this, I’m no longer a fan of the minions because they’re turning into an eyesore.

See what I mean?

Conclusion

Minions is an unevenly paced movie that will leave you disappointed. Don’t bother wasting your money on it. Overall, I give this movie 2.5/4 stars. If you liked this movie, good for you, but there are better movies that deserve more attention and income than Minions.

When the Game Stands Tall

 

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When the Game Stands Tall

Directed By: Thomas Carter

The story starts when a high school football team has the longest winning streak in football history, 151 games, they called it “The Streak”. The season ends with another victory. The seniors graduate and move on to college football. When all seems to be going well the head coach who led the team through all 151 games has a heart attack. When they arrive at the hospital he is told that he can’t have any physical activity can’t even step on the football field until he is completely healed. Just to make things worse a player was shot after a game of pick-up when getting his cousin. Along with him being shot another player’s mother died leaving him and his little brother all alone. The team was falling apart because of all the tragedy. When the “The Streak” was lost that season when they were kicked out of their own league the team fell, but they were taught by coach Ladouceur that when you fall you have to get back up. Coach Lad got back up to coach again toward the end of the season to coach the team that was failing without him. Meanwhile a player on the team, Ryan, is 4 touchdowns from the record of touchdowns in a season made by a previous player. However his father forces him to do well by yelling at him and running plays with him after games. Just to show his father that he doesn’t need to get the record he does what his coach taught him and acts like a man. In the last game of their season since they were already winning he stopped throwing the ball and didn’t break the record his father wanted to break so badly. That season De La Salle won the championship and realized that they didn’t need their streak to be a successful team they needed to be able to depend on each other and play as a team and most importantly grow up.

-Erin 6th grader

Draft Day

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Draft Day

This is a movie based on one of the days in the year football fans go crazy. It’s draft day! The Cleveland Browns are the worst team in football so they get the number one pick. The Seattle Seahawks call, to trade Bo Callahan for the number one pick spot for the next three years. Three years gone the deal was made. That trade was one of the worst trades, EVER. After getting a call from Vonta Williams, the coaches potential number one pick before the call, he looks at the tapes of Bo after being sacked as Vonta wished. He realized that each time before the sack that he rushed the ball. One mistake on his record so far. Then after talking to the coaches from his college he realized that Bo was not a team player because none of his teammates came to his birthday party when he turned 21. When the time came to make your team he was between Bo, Ray Charles, whose dad was a former Browns player, and Vonta. Instead of asking his team staff he called the pick on his own. Vonta Williams! The choice was made and that choice ticked off Bo Callahan. He ran out of the place so fast. The picks went on no one picked Bo. Other crazy deals were made and then the Browns called the Seattle Seahawks to make a deal to get their #1 picks back so the Seahawks could get Bo. The Seahawks reluctantly made the deal for their punt returner and next three number one picks back. When the Browns took their next pick they chose Ray Charles. That year was the best year for the Browns and it brought the fans back to the stadiums. The head manager got the splash he had asked Sonny, the manager, for. And in the end everyone was happy.

Erin – 6th grade

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Review

People who know me say that I watch a LOT of movies, and I tend to agree with this. They also say that I am often to hard on movies, and that I am to critical, I also tend to agree with this. I know I am very critical of films, and I believe that less and less great films are coming out. That is why I was so shocked that after watching “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” it had not only exceeded my expectations, but had surpassed the hundreds of other films I have seen to become one of my all time favorites in only ONE VIEWING. Since my first viewing I have seen the film five times in two weeks (yes its that good) and it has not stopped being entertaining once! But, instead of just praising the movie, what is so great about it?

Well, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a 23 year old slacker living a careless, jobless life in Toronto, Canada. He enjoys video games, he is in a band, and is much more immature than his other friends. Life is pretty great for Scott, until he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in a library, and is immediately sure he is in love with her… and that is all I’m going to tell you. I want to tell you more, really! I wish I could, but anything more would ruin the fun. This is a problem with movies nowadays, their either marketed so well, you know exactly what to expect, or marketed so little that the don’t make money but end up being awesome, “Scott Pilgrim” falls into the latter category. So, even though my description of the movie makes it sound super boring, the entire theme of this article is pretty much “YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM AT ALL COSTS” so just… trust me.

The film is not without flaws though, flaws you start to notice after your fourth or fifth viewing. The Character of Ramona Flowers, for example, can get a little annoying at times, and it does not do a good job of explaining it’s world very well. But I think that that’s one of the films strongest points, the world it takes place in is SO crazy and SO nonsensical, that once you start watching you won’t want to look away. All of the actors bring their A- game here especially Kieran Culkin (who is the kid from “Home Alone’s” brother, isn’t that crazy?!) as Scott’s roommate Wallace Wells. The film is a combination of a LOT of different genres, but at its core its definitely a teen romance/comedy mixed with a lot of action. I know this sounds like a weird mismatched concept, but it really flows when you watch it, it is also very entertaining to see scrawny Michael Cera doing back flips and kung-foo.

The film is littered with pop culture references, and heavily inspired by video games, in fact a lot of the sounds you hear throughout the film are from the game series “Final Fantasy”. Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie to all teens or young adults who enjoy video games, comics, and anything else “pop culture” related. It is truly the fist great film I’ve seen in a while, and has quickly become one of my all time favorites.

Rating: 10/10*

Recomended for: Teens, Young Adults, Anyone into Pop Culture

*note: (This is an incredibly high score for my first movie review, but anything less would feel wrong, SO DON’T EXPECT THE SAME TREATMENT OTHER MOVIES!)

Film Review: “Once”

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Film Review: “Once”

“Once” is the story of two young musicians who meet by chance in Ireland. The Guy is a rather talented but undiscovered singer/songwriter who plays on the streets at night for pocket money.  The Girl is an immigrant from the Czech Republic who is drawn to his music.  She plays the piano when she has the time, writing half-finished songs about her husband back home.  These two continue to bump into each other on the streets, and eventually start playing together in beautiful collaboration that draws them together.  This film is the story of their all-too-short week together until they go their separate ways.

This beautiful little movie was perhaps the most realistic I’ve ever seen. The director, John Carney, made the bold decision not to give the main characters names.  I did not realize this until the end credits rolled around, and the actors’ names were listed next to “guy” and “girl.”  The fact that this went completely unnoticed is really important, because Carney pulled something off that is very artistically significant.  All of the encounters between the guy and the girl were just awkward enough to make them seem authentic.  Both of them were, shall we say, otherwise occupied; the guy writes most of his songs about an ex-girlfriend whom he is still trying to get back, and the girl has a husband in the Czech Republic and a young daughter.  Nevertheless, they find a strong connection through music.

This movie was a romance, but not in the conventional sense.  The main characters never kissed; there weren’t any dramatic proclamations of love.  As much as I love a good chick flick, this was much more realistic.  The characters don’t leave their significant others for each other; there are no dramatic revelations that they are destined to be together forever.  This movie simply told the story of two people who touched each other’s lives over the course of a week.  Carney leaves viewers wondering if they will ever meet again, but to me it doesn’t really matter where they end up.  The story didn’t have any real closure, and this reflects the times in our own lives when we don’t know if we will get closure either.  In other words, this film shows us that life and art imitate each other.

The music was the best part of the film.  It was a musical, but not the kind where the entire cast automatically bursts into song and everyone knows the choreography.  This was probably the best film representation I have ever seen of how musicians conduct their relationships with other musicians.  Most of the story was told through the music, with beautiful montages that looked almost like home video silenced with music in the background.  As a musician who spends most of her time with other musicians, I can safely say that none of the musical scenes were unrealistic.  Not even the one where a bunch of strangers are sitting around a table playing music with and for each other.  This is how we communicate.  Watching this movie made me feel at home, and it is a beautiful thing when one can tell their story through music.  The talent of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová was remarkable as well.  The first thing I did after watching this movie was buy the soundtrack

Mary

10th Grade