2020 - 2021
Pearly Narvaez Olmedo & Ameer Blackshaw
Published on 10/13/20
Pearly and Ameer compete on various memory quizzes. Hilarity ensues.
the great pretender review
Published on 10/6/20
Kimberly reviews The Great Pretender, a new anime series on Netflix.
Is the New Dune Worth the Hype?
Dune (2020) Movie Trailer Review
The upcoming film, Dune (2020) is based on the original 1965 science fiction novel, written by Frank Herbert. Since its publication, there have been five Dune sequels: Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune. The novel was then adapted into the 1984 film, directed by David Lynch. Kyle MacLachlan starred as Paul Atreides and lead a cast that included Alicia Witt, Brad Dourif, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Sean Young, and musician Sting. Dune (1984) was seen as a cult classic, but definitely had its flaws, receiving many negative reviews.
There's hope among some that the new film will improve upon the old, directed by Dennis Villeneuve and starring the astronomically talented and remarkable Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides. The cast in this movie is phenomenal and includes Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, and many more outstanding actors.
The trailer may seem extremely confusing to people who have no idea what Dune even is. The futuristic story is intricate and contains so much lore that is hard to fit into one movie. That is why this movie will only cover the first half of the original novel, with a planned sequel handling the rest. The trailer starts off with a voice over of Paul Atreides, Timothée Chalamet, announcing that something strange is happening to him in this far future of humanity on the dangerous desert planet, Arrakis. It then leads to him saying that there is a crusade coming. This foreshadows that the whole movie will revolve around Paul Atreides leading nomadic tribes in an extreme battle to control the intergalactic empire planet, Arrakis, also known as Dune. Paul Atreides, being the gifted son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most vital element in the galaxy, undergoes many specific tasks in order to gain the skills to become the leader of the tribes for the crusade. The trailer shows malevolent forces exploding into conflict over the only source of the most valuable substance, spice, that extends human life and provides accelerated levels of thought. The story explores the complex interactions of politics, religion, technology, and deep emotions with Paul’s family, the new empire, and other powerful individuals that are all tied together into the confrontation that will alter the course of humanity.
The music is intense and climatic. It includes a theatrical number in the soundtrack that creates a dramatic atmosphere for the viewers. There were many chants and gospel-like choir sounds that added more flavor to this trailer and the movie dynamic itself. The sudden change in sound from powerful noise to almost silent in certain scenes displays the action packed events that will occur throughout the movie.
The visuals were impressive in the trailer. The dust from the sand, the muted colors, but the massive scale plays a significant role in the art and set design. It truly captures what the exposition of the movie is about and where and when the movie is taking place. You can tell that it is big budget cinema. The combat scenes are shot well and add a great touch into the trailer.
Overall, Dune (2020) looks like a good science fiction movie filled with exciting action scenes for the audience to enjoy. The movie premieres in theaters on December 18th, 2020.
Yearbook 2021 Theme teaser
Published on 9/18/20
A teaser for the 2021 yearbook theme. Can you guess the theme?
Homework at home 2020
Published on 9/16/20
A Colt does homework at home in 2020 and has to deal.
Keeping up with the colts
EPISODE 1 - 9/2/20
ASB, the Vermilion, and teachers with news, stories, updates, and school culture.
2019 - 2020
a walk in the woods
As I stepped out of my apartment and into the warm sunlight, I inhaled the crisp autumn air that seemed to burn my nose. I sat down on the steps for a minute and took in the colors. Red, orange, yellow and evergreen trees were sprinkled around the street and the leaves that had fallen from their branches crinkled and turned crunchy. I put on a pair of gray leather gloves and, and wandered towards the dirt trail located across the roadway, my camera and picnic basket swinging beside me.
It was 9:35 a.m. and as I strolled down the beaten pathway, the forest seemed to come alive with magic. The trees that ordinarily would have been green and bursting with leaves soon faded further and further into the deep rich colors of fall. The branches were bare but not empty, because perched on them were tiny speckled robin birds. Below the trees were the piles of pine cones and needles; inside a mound was a tiny squirrel. He was vigorously chewing on a kernel, but when we made eye contact, he whisked away into the trees.
I wandered further along the trail and made it to a fork in the road, one way led to a playground, the other led to a river. I headed towards the stream. On the way, I saw other creatures, rabbits in shades of grey and one rare deer. Her spots a fine shade of silver that seemed to glimmer in the morning light. I had grabbed my camera before I left, and as I bowed down on the forest floor to snap a shot, she dashed elsewhere. It was better that way, I would relive the memory more now than if I had taken the picture.
Soon enough, I made it to the river. It was like a diamond, for you could see the pebbles tumbling around at the bottom, or the salmon that swam upstream. The sounds of the brook were louder than normal and as I sat on the ground near a large oak tree, I noticed little details I hadn’t seen before. The trees overhead created patterns on the forest floor, leaves made little tornados when the wind blew, or the ripples of the water as it flowed over big rocks. I closed my eyes and sighed; It was a nice morning to take a nap, and I fell asleep in an instant.
When I awoke, my stomach felt hollow, but I had my lunch already prepared. The scent of pumpkin filled my nose as I spread out my meal before me. There was a jug of milk, mashed potatoes, a ham sandwich, two biscuits, and a slice of pumpkin pie. It was strikingly similar to Thanksgiving dinner, but it had only been last week right? Before long it was past 2 o’clock, and I wrapped up my basket and rose to stretch. I hadn’t spoken since I had left my apartment, but I repressed myself from saying anything in fear that the forest would lose its tranquility. As I strode down the path again, I watched the small squirrels and robins and plucked up a few crunchy leaves. In half and hour, I was back at the beginning of the trail.
I approached my front door and set down the basket beside me as I reached for my keys. My hand grasped the doorknob right before everything went black.
I opened my eyes and heard car horns. Rain tapped on the roof, and the blare of my alarm clock came into earshot. I rubbed my eyes and knew that when I went back outside, I wouldn’t discover orange colored trees or white speckled deer. Resting there for a moment, I reached for my robe and got out of bed.
School wouldn’t be perfect like the autumn dream I had just had. I sighed.
Two weeks til break.