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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Senior Year Movie Review

Kyle Newell
Senior Year part 1 directed by Michael Bay was one of the most memorable movies I have ever seen and it will become an instant classic for the rest of my life. It's like watching a movie as good as Titanic and like Charlie Chaplin will never be forgotten, the main character of Senior Year (Kyle Newell) in his most interesting years will never be forgotten. While the movie genre was the first to be labeled as undetermined it was clear why that was, it contained so many genres and though it was like a documentary, it seemed like a Hollywood made film that everybody 17 and older can enjoy because of it's rated R rating. You could easily place the tags of exciting, comedy, action, drama, documentary, thriller, suspense and classic on Senior Year.
The movie starts out with a brief but very thorough introduction of his past which created a very in depth back story to the person he was and some of the struggles he went through to get himself to where the movie of his senior year begins. The beginning of his senior year like every other school year starts with the new but average anticipation of getting the easiest and final year of his grade school career done and over with. With a plan to bust out his final credits, Kyle  keeps senior privileges in mind, doing what he can, he pacts his schedule so tight he no longer had room for fun that way he could get his Senior year done even faster.
       Kyle achieves his goals and gets the good grades, grades he worked so hard for and the third quarter/second semester rolled around he knew he could take a breather and enjoy the next few months. But with to much room to breath he losses control of his academics while he trys to make up for the loss of excitement and fun (social life) that was locked away in the first semester to get where he wanted to be. Like a solar flare Kyle was blind to the drastic change that would soon throw him off and risk his entire senior year. Being blind to his academics he enjoyed life and became the social person that he thrived to be all year long. That's when the most action packed, suspense filled moment of his senior year engulfed his entire life in flames and burned him so badly that he could finally see again and he realized how upside down his social life now was and his academic life was.
        With a huge eye opening moment and the will to fight on, Kyle tried to stitch up and repair what he spent his whole high school career doing, graduating. With graduation hanging in the balance and his entire future doing the same he came back to reality and strived for every high school seniors goal, to graduate. After that intense climax Kyle was able to look back and laugh at himself knowing that he had made mistakes but at the same time knew he was able to going to push through and finish up his senior year like the rest of his friends and family.
      If you've ever seen any of Michael Bay's other movies you know they were full of action packed moments and though this one didn't have action through out the entire movie, he did a very good job making an insanely explosive moment that the climax peaked on.  There's no telling what part 2 will have in store for us but I believe we can anticipate a triumphant return from Kyle with his academics and watch him have a wonderful graduation filled with the mixed emotion of happiness and sadness. Overall this movie earned a solid 10/10 stars for the strong roll of Kyle Newell and the amazing work of Michael Bay. I would recommend this movie to anybody 17 and older, for it was one of the most exciting movies of the century.

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Valentines day feature article

Kyle Newell
Do Males Or Females Care More About Valentines Day

Valentines day is a time for people to show their love to one another. Men get their women gifts and women occasionally surprise their men with something nice. The general assumption about valentines day is that women are the only ones who really care about it because they receive gifts. This doesn't mean that men don't get gifts, it's just that women generally make more of a big deal about it. Since my father and his girlfriend have been around for their fair share of valentines days I decided to interview them.
When asked what his opinion and how important valentines day is my father said, "I feel like its important enough to get a small gift for her, but I don't really treat it as a big day, like Christmas and birthdays. I think it's a good day to have, just to make her feel special."
When asked how he would feel if he didn't receive a gift he said, "I don't really care if she gets me anything. As long as she's happy, then I'm fine"
Both of these answers further proves a point that men don't see valentines day as this big, enormous day that needs to be celebrated and it's mostly for the women. After interviewing my father it was his girlfriend Erica's turn. Erica had been looking forward to valentines day for over a week because she said that she knew the exact day that it was on. But my father didn't know the day because he just said sometime next week. Some people may think guys don't receive anything but my father is a lucky man because his girlfriend always buys him something. When asked what she got him Erica said, "The same thing I get him every year cause our feelings for each other haven't changed since I bought his first valentines day gift. I bought him gummy bears, twizzlers, and chocolate. His favorite candy."
My father is a very lucky man because his girlfriend cares about him so much and always treats him well. If my father didn't get my girlfriend anything she would be very upset but only for a short amount of time. Overall my father and his girlfriend do care about each other a lot and even though they don't do anything extravagant it still shows they care. But Erica does care more about valentines day than my father which goes to show women care more about it than men do.

Editorial 1 maine driving laws

Good job comparing the old rules with the new- you made the differences very clear! Remember to make paragraphs when you change topics and another interview wouldn’t hurt.
Teenage Driving Laws
In the past year many new laws have gone into effect that have drastically changed some of the Maine driving laws, specifically for teenagers. For teenagers who got there permits and licenses in 2012 they won't ever have to see the effects and with one teen, Eric Wentworth saying "thank god I was born the year I was" and many his age who would agree with that.
With the laws of driving hours for permits and driving hours for getting a license with a permit almost doubling, it almost seems hopeless for the future generations. For a permit in Maine every teenager is expected to pay four to five hundred dollars to get into the class, then every teenager is expected to attend class for 1-2 months with two classes a week and absences aren't permitted, then every teenager is expected to pass a written test and then do 10 hours of driving with an instructor. Same pretty much goes with obtaining a license with a permit. Every permitted driver is expected to drive 35 logged hours, at least 30 hours during the day and at least 5 hours of night time driving, he/she is then expected to have that permit for at least 6 months before being able to to send in the logged hours and then get a date for your drivers test according to the book of Maine State Driving Guide book.
 If you think those laws were seemingly fair well then you can easily see why many teenagers are really upset by the new driving restrictions. With the driving hours on both the permit testing driving and the drivers license driving hours doubled to 20 hours required to obtain your permit and 70 hours of logged driving for your license. With an addition to that the time you must posses a permit to even send in for your driver license test was also doubled to a full year.
That also means that you will have to renew your permit after a year or wait for your drivers test. With this new law that went into effect you can clearly see why so many young teens are upset and so many teens that got there license before the law went into effect were relieved.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pixars Short Film

Pixars boudin was a somewhat funny comedy with a strong morale behind the quick flick. Pixar is notorious for creating funny short videos that always have a strong morale to the story, while this one wasn't as funny as others the morale came across in an amusing way. Pixar's Boudin was a short movie about a lamb who very much enjoyed his shiny coat of fur and would get every morning and dance around boasting about it, until the farmer came and sheered all of it off and put him back in the ran cold a miserable. With the lamb believing he had nothing left but his pink skin, he never got up and danced and stayed upset, until a "great American jack a lop" came bouncing down along the trail, who told him that he need to change the way he thinks to stop believing that it's all because he's pink. The Jack a lop taught him a trick of how he could rebound, where you take one foot and slap it on to the ground which launched him high into the sky and back to the ground. After realizing that there was more to do then strut his fur, he became happy and every year that he would get sheered he would rebound by putting his foot down and launch up high. The morale just comes across in a very interesting way. I very much enjoyed how the moment the lamb got sheered the weather turn into a torrential down poor not only symbolizing his feeling but it made you feel bad for him. Also the fact that the Jack a lops dance was called boudin rebound was ironic to the situation in which it came in handy to the lamb. All around this film was short and sweet and nothing but funny. I would give Pixar short film a solid 8/10 for the strong characters and well done moral story. I would recommend this to anybody who has ever seen any Pixar short film. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody who hasn't seen a Pixar short only because they have better ones.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Movie reviews

If you are thinking about seeing a particular movie, would you consult a movie review for a recommendation? Why or why not?
In most cases I don't, but if the movie looks kinda good but I have mixed emotions of whether or not it will actually be good then I will read a couple reviews and see how many people liked it and how many did not.

What types of useful information can a movie review offer you? List as many as you can.
Whether or not it's a wast of time to watch
How much people liked it
What are some of the pros and cons of the movie
Who was a good actor/actress

How often do you think young people consult movie reviews before watching a movie?
I'm not really sure but I would assume not much. I think the only time movie review really come in handy is on Netflix and that is just a rating systems. I find that I won't watch a movie under three stars on Netflix just because I know I will be wasting my time.

What aspects about movie reviews make them a positive or negative influence on your decision to watch the movie?
Whether or not they liked it and why
Or what they would rate the movie