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Divergent: Does Not Diverge From the Novel

Divergent:  Does Not Diverge From the Novel

Poster by Summit Entertainment, Lions Gate Natalie Kane '14 It seems that one benefit of the recent trend of adapting every popular young adult series for the big screen is that Hollywood is starting to get better at it. As a bookworm, I tend to stick firmly to the mantra that “the book is always so much better than the movie,” but [...]

The Book Thief Wrenches Heartstrings

Rachel Cheng ‘17 One thing you should take away from this article: do not watch the movie if you have not read the book. The book is much better than the movie, in that words can depict things that the eye could never see on its own. The descriptive language in The Book Thief is unparalleled by any other book that I’ve read, perhaps because [...]

The Sound of Music Live! Cannot Compare to Film

The Sound of Music Live! Cannot Compare to Film

Sophia Duke-Mosier '15 On December 5, 2013, NBC aired its latest television special, a three-hour live production remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music. The $9 million production, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, starred American Idol winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp and True [...]

Sea of Monsters Awash with Uneven Writing

Sea of Monsters Awash with Uneven Writing

Photo credit www.redeemedreader.com Natalie Kane ‘14 When it was announced that the second Percy Jackson & the Olympians book was being made into a movie, many fans of Rick Riordan’s bestselling series wondered why. The first attempt, The Lightening Thief in 2010, had been so abysmally disloyal to the book that it seemed torturous to [...]

Eleanor and Park Captures the Epitome of Young Love

Eleanor and Park Captures the Epitome of Young Love

  Photo credit www.goodreads.com Rachel Cheng ‘17 Eleanor and Park, set in 1986, is a contemporary teenage love story between Eleanor, an eccentric redhead, and Park, a half-Korean misfit. Eleanor is extremely self-conscious about her physical appearance, something most girls in their teenage years can relate to. Eleanor also [...]

The Not-As-Great Gatsby

The Not-As-Great Gatsby

Maddy DiGiovanni ‘13 Photo courtesy of static.biola.edu The Great Gatsby has been causing quite a flurry of conversation lately. Opinions of the new movie range from adoration to disgust, although everyone seems to agree that the soundtrack was.... unique. Jay-Z is nowhere near Roaring 20s jazz, but for some viewers, the music somehow fit, [...]

“The Silver Linings Playbook”

Joy Liu '14 Hollywood and popular media have created the standard of a perfect life: a happy ending with success, love, and an overall unrealistic presentation.  So what should happen if someone made a non-Hollywood Hollywood movie?  Well, you would get The Silver Linings Playbook.  Pat Solitano (played by Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany Maxwell [...]

Downton Abbey Outclasses Itself in Third Season

Downton Abbey Outclasses Itself in Third Season

Natalie Kane '14 I don’t watch a lot of TV. Actually, this is the only current show I do watch. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that Downton Abbey is quite different from most other shows on television, at least on American television. Often classified as either a high quality soap opera or a serialized period drama, Downton is [...]

Super Looper?

Super Looper?

Natalie Ruddy '15 Photo courtesy of flixster.com The film Looper follows a young man named Joe ( Joseph Gordon Levitt) who is a looper, which is a hired hit for the Mafia. The twist? He kills for the future Mafia by the use of time travel. The Mafia wants to tie up the loose ends, and they end up sending back older versions of the loopers [...]

Go On

Go On

Harrison Charwat '13 Photo courtesy of nbcumv.com Matthew Perry, the only unsuccessful post-Friends cast member of Friends, has finally struck gold with the new sticom go On. the show incorporates the heartfelt comedy of Friends with a touch of cynic wit. It focuses on the life of Ryan King (Perry), a recent widower, and his therapy [...]

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