Movie Reviews April 2018

The beginning of the summer movie season provides some big hits and catastrophic flops By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak While cheesy, this teen comedy provides laughs and a heartfelt story that many will enjoy. Blockers follows three parents as they try to prevent their teenage daughters from having sex on prom night. This plot is absolutely ridiculous and has you questioning the logic and the behavior of the characters from start to finish. However, the film’s comedic elements and the stellar chemistry from the cast provide a very enjoyable experience. Most of…

Phone Off!

Phone use in the movie theater is out of control By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak You’re sitting in the theater, as the lights dim down and the film starts. It cost $10 to get into the show, but that’s okay. The big screen, the atmosphere, and the surround sound makes it worth the price. Just when things are all set to begin, someone in the front row pulls out their phone and starts scrolling through their Facebook and Twitter feed, completely distracting you from what’s being shown on the big screen. In…

February/March Movie Reviews

February and March provide the best and worst the film industry has to offer By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak The 18th film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) provides an amazing story, and the best cast the franchise has seen to date. Black Panther follows T’Challa, the king of the technologically advanced and isolated country of Wakanda, and the events that arise after he takes the throne from his recently deceased father. Chadwick Boseman does a perfect job of bringing T’Challa to the big screen, and Michael B. Jordan gives a near-perfect…

Oscar Recap

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony provided a fun yet predictable night of film appreciation By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak The 90th annual Academy Awards occured last night crowing the best Hollywood had to offer in 2017. The Shape of Water became the night’s champion after winning four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Dunkirk should also be noted as it came in second with three Oscar wins: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and  Editing. Tied for third with two Oscar wins were Blade Runner 2049, Coco,…

Grades Vs. Learning

Getting the perfect grade has become a priority over learning new information among DHS students By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak What do you want get out of high school? is a common question DHS students receive on their first day of their freshman year. Many will have different answers to this question such as an athletic scholarship, great memories with friends, finishing with academic honors, etc. While these are all important, very few actually care about learning the information taught in class. A recent survey discovered that more than 60 percent of…

The Power of Iron Dread

The arrival of Coach Jacobs and Coach Whittaker breathes new life into Dexter athletics By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak The beginning of the new football season brought two new faces to DHS, Head Coach Phil Jacobs and assistant coach Chris Whittaker, who took roles as coaches and DHS faculty members. Their initial goal was to rebuild the football program by getting the players in shape and making them physically stronger. Now, they’re expanding this weight room mentality to the rest of Dexter athletics. While Jacobs and Whittaker are both primarily football coaches,…

Social Media’s Flaw

Unfortunately, social networking has begun to divide us more than unite us By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak It’s everywhere. No matter where you go, what you do, or who you talk to, the craze of social media is there to follow you. Programs like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat were originally meant to help bring people closer together, but as these sites have grown, they have begun to tear their user’s personal relationships apart. 

Movie Reviews for October and November

October and November prove to be bland for filmgoers everywhere By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak This murder mystery adaptation of the popular Norwegian novel, The Snowman, starts off with an intriguing and  suspenseful first act, but fails to keep its excitement and credibility throughout the runtime of the film. The Snowman follows Oslo Police homicide detective, Harry Hole, and his investigations into the mysterious murders and disappearances plaguing the city. The film, overall, has decent pacing, and there are great scenes of suspense that will keep you at the edge of your…

Underrated Movies

Here’s our picks for some of the most under-watched and under appreciated films of the past two decades By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak and Joe Ramey The Kings of Summer follows three unhappy high school friends who decide to run away from home and live out their high school summer in the middle of the woods. This 2013 coming-of-age comedy has a stellar cast, a creative and genuine script, witty humor, and is quite possibly one of the most underrated films from the past decade. While the film contains incredible leads such as…

Movie Reviews (October 13, 2017)

Here’s a look at some of the most notable films that came out in the past month By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak This unique murder mystery provides an intriguing story that gives light to some of the forgotten social issues plaguing America today. Wind River follows Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a veterantracker, as he investigates the murder of a young Native American girl in a Wyoming Indian reservation. Make no mistake, this is a dark film. Both the script and cinematography contribute to the terror and discomfort of this realistic situation.  Jeremy…