Reviews

Last Resort

Harrison Charwat ’13 Photo courtesy of abc.go.com We have finally reached the point in television when shows are no longer seeking to become the “next Lost.”  This is a huge development, because trying to recreate can only leave the viewer disappointed. Last Resort features the large cast, complex mysteries, and intrigue that made Lost a…

Let’s All Go See Argo

Alice Schoneman ’13 Photo courtesy of  warnerbros.com Argo, a fast-paced historical thriller, follows the story of six Americans who manage to escape the American Embassy in the midst of the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979). These Americans take refuge inside the home of the Canadian Ambassador to Iran. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is a CIA operative…

The Revolution is Here

Harrison Charwat ’13 Recently there has been an increase in popularity in cable shows, from Mad Men to Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead to Homeland.  The reason is that cable shows do not have to follow the strict guidelines of censorship that network shows, such as NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX, must follow. …

‘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…