Reviews

‘Downton Abbey’ Lords Over All

Harrison Charwat ’13 and Gina Tomarchio ’13 On September 26, 2010, Downton Abbey premiered on PBS (yes, that PBS with the boring old people and telethons).  But this is not the product of your average filmed-in-somebody’s-basement PBS–this is Masterpiece Theatre, which ports over shows from BBC (yes, that BBC with the British news).  That Sunday evening,…

Thatcher McGhee’s Brings Us the Taste of Ireland

Natalie Kane ’14 Ever since Thatcher McGhee’s opened in Denville in January, the new Irish restaurant has been generating a lot of buzz. I assure you that this attention is well deserved. As soon as one enters the building, a large lot between Main Street and Broadway, it is apparent that this restaurant has something…

‘Chronicle’ Puts a New Twist on the Superhero Flick

Emily Tsang ’13 Chronicle is not the kind of movie I typically enjoy. It is short–only 83 minutes– low-budget, and is shown for most of the movie through a shaky, low-resolution hand camera. Still, Chronicle is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is about three high school boys who…

‘The Artist’ Revives the Magic of Old Hollywood

Natalie Kane ’14 In an age when we are constantly bombarded by the fastest, loudest, and flashiest technology, it can be easy to assume that the newest thing is the best thing. This idea certainly seems to reign supreme in the world of cinema, judging from the wide array of 3D, action-packed movies filled with…

Cleopatra’s Moon: Fascinating Historical Fiction

Natalie Ruddy ’15 Cleopatra, last queen of Egypt, wife to both Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius, is said to have killed herself with the bite of an asp after Octavianus’ takeover of Alexandria. Cleopatra’s tragic story has been told time and time again, through books, movies, and word of mouth. Cleopatra’s Moon, by Vicky Alvear…

‘Son of Neptune': Riordan Delivers Once Again

Natalie Kane ’14 If you have not read any of Rick Riordan’s other books, you might blow right past the Son of Neptune displays at Barnes & Noble thinking, Who needs another fantasy series? However, to many loyal readers, Riordan has already distinguished himself from the hoards of authors scrambling to write the next Harry…

“To Kill a Mockingbird” Takes Center Stage

Maddy DiGiovanni ’13 and Natalie Kane ’14 Photo courtesy of nj.com Even the staunchest I-never-reread advocates find themselves going back for more of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The touching coming-of-age tale of compassion, courage, and changing perspectives is filled with so many powerful messages that is veritably impossible to absorb it all in…

Super 8: a Must-See Now out on DVD

Dylan Conlin ’15 Super 8, directed by well-known thriller movie-maker J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, is a must-see now out on DVD. Super 8 is a successful remake of a classic thriller horror mystery movie. Sometime in the 1970s, a group of kids entering a Super 8 camera film festival decide a shot…

‘The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim’ Complex and Compelling

Alexandra Lion ’14 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an epic roll-playing game from the creators of Oblivion and Fallout 3. The game has over 300 hours of game play filled with intricate quest lines for the player to explore. You begin the game with a character of your own creation, and can customize his…

‘In Time’ Is Worth Your Time

Piper Gellman ’13 Imagine a world where instead of paying for things with money, you must pay with time off your life.  In the movie, In Time, starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Wilde, this is an unfortunate reality. Photo courtesy of http://www.300mblink.com/ The movie is set in a futuristic dystopia in which people…