The Disaster Artist: The Ultimate Disaster Piece
Article by Ryan O’Donnell
When people think of life’s greatest mysteries, quite a few things come to mind: the creation of Stonehenge, the fate of Amelia Earhart, the disappearance of the colonists at Roanoke, and of course, the entire production process of The Room. Dubbed “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” by many film critics, viewers spent almost the entirety of the bizarre film asking themselves rhetorical questions. Why are all of these subplots getting abandoned? How did this monstrosity of a movie cost $6 million to make? Most importantly, who is Tommy Wiseau, where did he get all the money, and what country is he from with that kind of accent? In the midst of his laughable pipe dream of winning an Academy Award – and shamelessly ripping off acting legend James Dean in doing so – Wiseau was quite innovative in a sense. He managed to carve out his own legacy by being a remarkably horrible actor, producer, writer, director, and human being. The Disaster Artist, a film based on Tommy Wiseau’s friend-turned-Hollywood whistleblower’s autobiographical book of the same name, serves as the perfect sentiment to Wiseau’s legacy. Continue reading
Winter Movie Guide
By Kevin Lewis
As the year comes to a close audiences are looking for an escape from the holiday madness. This December is a significant movie month for Oscar contenders and some big blockbusters. Here is a list of films that I think you should watch this holiday season (after you have seen The Last Jedi, of course):
5 Fun Filled Winter Activities
By Chloe Keith
WinterFest at Kings Island
This year, Kings Island has created a winter wonderland called “WinterFest”. With multicolored light displays, entertaining performances, an ice skating rink, and thrilling amusement park rides, you can’t go wrong. “…It’s a fun place to spend time with the people you love” says Renee Perpignan of Kings Junior High. At WinterFest, there’s fun for the whole family. Children can decorate cookies and even meet Santa. You won’t want to miss out on this unique experience!
December 15-30 (Exc. 12/24 and 12/25):
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It’s a Wonder
By Ryan O’Donnell
After several years of persuasion and demand from fans, R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestseller-dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as a “crackling page-turner”-finally splashes onto the silver screen. Wonder essentially plays out as a classic “underdog triumphs above all” tale, whilst also being a coming-of-age story; the latter type of tale being something the film’s director Stephen Chbosky has a great deal of experience with, seeing as he wrote the best-selling novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower and produced its film adaptation. Although Chbosky has proven that he is certainly no rookie at pulling instantly classic novels from the bookshelf to the big screen, his adaptation of Wonder is rather hit-or-miss. Continue reading
Blade Runner 2049: A Runaway Success
By Ryan O’Donnell
The year was 1982. Wayne Gretzky was firing slap shots left and right, Jelly Belly sales were at an all-time high thanks to the President who “won one for the Gipper,” and anyone with either the name Jenny or the number 867-5309, no longer wanted to get out of bed in the morning. In the midst of pop culture, a strange new movie named Blade Runner was quietly released into theaters, boasting game-changing special effects, exciting storytelling, and a thriving new star named Harrison Ford. Despite these factors, the film flopped at the box office like a fish out of water and split opinions down the middle. Over time, critics and audiences have re-evaluated the picture and given it a much more warming welcome. The film still retains an overwhelming cult following and has been considered one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made. The American Film Institute even placed it on their list of the 100 greatest films in the history of American cinema. Now, 35 years later, a long-awaited sequel has been released into theaters.
Lots of Love for Lady Bird
By Kevin Lewis
Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, is not only one of the best films of the year, but also one of the best coming-of-age movies of all time. The film is set in suburban Sacramento at a Catholic high school in 2002, and stars Saoirse Ronan as teenager Christine McPherson who goes by the name “Lady Bird”. While Christine navigates her senior year, the audience follows her misadventures as she deals with getting into college, dating, and her relationship with her mother Marion, played by the excellent Laurie Metcalf.
Senior Edition: 2017
Novels continue atop favorites list
The Kings High school experience may or may not involve reading a few books for your English class. The Knight Times asked seniors what their favorite books from those classes were, and here are the results from the few seniors who acknowledged reading a novel at all.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Katie Davalos, Emily Flecker, Avery Roe, Jackie Baronti, Justin Edsell, Alex Fliegel, Aaron Knific, Maddie Lewis
Brave New World: Camryn Gostel, Avery Young, Claire Galberg, Sam Purkiss, Chloe Super, Domas Karvelis, Kyle Glennon, Ethan Cain
Great Gatsby: Maguire Stinson, Clay Spivey, Erin Ryan, Michael Havrilla, Haley McCrory, Megan McMahon, Andrea Montenegro, Erin Muenchen, Kirstin Mumbeck, Taishi Okamoto, Gracyn Vazquez, Hunter Nosek
Senior Edition: 2017
Pippin, Drowsy Chaperone top stage favorites
Throughout the years, the Kings Theatre department has put on incredible shows. We asked the graduating class of 2017 what their favorite production was, with the top 5 resulting in Pippin, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Almost, Maine, and Much Ado About Nothing. You can see which of our survey respondent love which productions inside … Continue reading
‘Pippin’ wraps up weekend with final performance
Kings High School Theatre performed its final production of “Pippin” Saturday night before a packed auditorium, with a celebration after in the school lobby.