Reviews

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…

‘Hugo': Imaginative and Memorable

Brit Felsen-Parsons ’11 Photo courtesy of http://1.bp.blogspot.com Based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning New York Times best-selling children’s book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the film tells the story of an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station who, in fixing a broken toy of mysterious origin, endeavors to unlock a secret left by his father…

‘Ides of March’ Gets Our Vote

Alice Schoneman ’13 The Ides of March, starring George Clooney (who also directed), Ryan Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and Evan Rachel Wood, opened in theatres on October 7th.  The plot centers around an Ohio Democratic Presidential primary contest. Governor Morris, played by Clooney, seems to be an ideal liberal candidate: he is poised,…

‘Anonymous’ Movie Doesn’t Do the Bard Justice

Harrison Charwat ’13 In fair London, where we lay our scene… William Shakespeare is considered the most influential writer of all time, with 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two narrative poems.  But what if he didn’t write any of that?  This is the essential question asked by the film Anonymous, which weaves a tangled web…

A General Thumbs Down for TV’s Fall Season Premieres

Piper Gellman ’13 and Shannon Bailey ’13 Photo credit: popchix.com First impressions are everything, as seen in this season’s new premieres. Broadcasting companies have brought their A-game with some shows, while others should have been ditched in the sketch room. Here is a look at a few classics and some newbies of this season’s pilots…