Category: A&E

Who Will Win?

Words: Julia Stitely

An Oscar is one of the most prestigious awards someone in the film industry can earn. Every February, creators from all around celebrate the movies of the year that spark interest. 2017 was an astounding year in film which makes the competition more heated.

What most viewers focus on is the Best Picture award. Fifteen movies are in the running for the main prize. World War II dramas Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour are two nominated. Movies with female main characters like Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Shape of Water are up against others like Call Me by Your Name, Get Out, Phantom Thread and The Post.

This Oscar season is also groundbreaking in the director category. It is only the fifth time a woman (Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird) and an African American (Jordan Peele, Get Out) have been nominated for Best Director.

Unlike last year, which had obvious spotlight films like Moonlight and La La Land, the winner this year seems blurry. The Academy could go with the creative storytelling of Get Out, the performances of Three Billboards, the action of Dunkirk, or the passion of The Post.

But Sophomore Kruthi Mattupalli already has an idea for the winner. She has “high hopes” that Lady Bird will win the gold for Best Picture. “I’ve heard good things about the movie. It even won two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress.”

It may be too early in the race to ultimately know who will win. What we know now is that all of these films are amazing enough to be nominated and marks a year of change in the film industry.

The opinions stated in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the Wingspan staff as a whole.

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‘The Post’ Review: A Perfectly Timed Retelling

Words: Natalie Keane

Releasing in theatres on January 12, The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, tells the true story of Washington Post journalists in 1971, in the midst of the Vietnam War. The film portrays their efforts in publishing the Pentagon Papers to expose private information about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, a topic that the Nixon administration had been hiding from America for almost two decades since the war had begun.

The movie focuses on the story of Katharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, who is the lead publisher of the Washington Post and the first woman to be the publisher of a major American newspaper. For the Pentagon Papers to be published, she and editor Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks, must gain on The New York Times as both papers strive to publicize strictly classified documents that the American government had been hiding for years. Doing this means risking their jobs, their company, and even their own freedom, to bring the truth to light.

The message of the film can significantly be related to current events, despite the event happening almost 50 years ago. It’s about the importance of the First Amendment, and the ongoing battle over how much power the government truly has over the media. This movie emphasizes that the press exists not to serve the government, but to serve those who live under it. And as it’s proven, democracy cannot exist without freedom of the press.

It relates to the conversation happening all across the country today, about the president himself being able to control or filter what is put into journalistic media. Whether it be television, radio, print, or even the internet, doing so would conflict with the powers that are given to him in the Constitution. This movie shows that it’s the responsibility of media and news sources to reveal matters like this to the public eye, and in our world today, this film stands as a reminder of how vital, and valuable, the truth can be.

The opinions stated in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the Wingspan staff as a whole.

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Is Riverdale Downstream?

Words: Julia Stitely

The world of TV is expanding with more television shows, piquing people’s interest. 2017 brought us shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, GLOW, Legion and the new, popular CW show Riverdale. Riverdale, which caused massive buzz when it was first released, is entering into its second season. Many people and their grandmas have watched the show religiously, solving the mystery of Jason Blossom’s murder. Like every popular show, not everyone likes it. As more people watch it, more people find problems with the popular show.

One of the noticeable hatreds of the show are the differences from the original comics. The show is based on the 1939 Archie Comics. Many fans of the classic comics note that the show is “loosely” based on the comic, only having similarities with the names of characters and the town. Archie fans are angry with the lack of loyal source material. The contrast of the usual lightness of Archie comics and the darkness of the show is very noticeable. Other changes have included characters, one being Chuck Clayton. In the comics, he is a loveable cartoonist whose television counterpart is the total opposite, an athletic playboy.

Another famous change is to fan-favorite Jughead Jones. The controversy surrounding this character is not only because of his changed personality, but the change of his sexuality. Originally, in the comics, the hamburger lover identified as asexual. The creators and writers of Riverdale promised the fans that he was still asexual, but this became a lie in the finale of the first season. There is barely any representation in entertainment for people of his sexuality, and to have that gone from the show is awful.

With more and more shows being produced, more archetypes and plots are being overused. Riverdale is no exception to this. Viewers have seen the repeated cliches throughout the show, making it not stand out from other competing teen shows and movies. The love triangle has been tackled in things like Vampire Diaries and Hunger Games, and a murder mystery was taken from Pretty Little Liars. People have even noticed that there is a similar development of mean girl Cheryl Blossom to another redhead, Lydia Martin, from MTV’s Teen Wolf. The forbidden romance of Jughead and Betty was copied and pasted from Romeo and Juliet, which has been repeated multiple times in movies and television.

Even while taking cliches from other shows, Riverdale falls flat with its own plots. Many viewers, including fans of the show, disliked the ending of the first season, with the reveal of the murderer of Jason Blossom. They thought that it was anti-climatic and didn’t think the writers did well. Another part the show lacks is romance. There may be many hardcore fans that adore Bughead (Betty and Jughead) but they lacked development, suddenly getting together. The writing itself can be cheesy and lack a certain charisma at some points.

Now, am I saying that if you like this show you’re wrong? Of course not. We all have different opinions. You can love Riverdale, you can hate it, or you can be on the fence about it. People can separate the original source material from its adaptation while others can’t. Some can find annoyance with certain cliches and want something new, but others may like seeing the repetition of these plots and seeing what new things the writers can do with it. Viewers can ignore the cheesy dialogue and just enjoy it.

Do I think the show needs improvements? Of course. Nothing is perfect. Having a second season can allow Riverdale to improve some of its criticisms. They can develop the relationships more and the writing can improve. They can start new plots that will stray from classic tropes. We will see as the CW airs Riverdale episodes on Wednesdays.

The opinions stated in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the Wingspan staff as a whole.

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Netflix’s Additions and Executions

Words: Julia Stitely

With the new year beginning, Netflix has announced their shows and movies coming to the streaming service this month and those leaving. It was a huge loss with many features being replaced by others.

A majority of the Batman movies, excluding Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises, found a new home on the streaming service right as the ball dropped. Other movies that were added including the complete Godfather trilogy, The Bring it On films, and the Lethal Weapon series.

Throughout January, more TV shows are coming, such as the complete series of Episodes. Many Netflix original movies are premiering, like Before I Wake. Also their original shows are returning for a second season, for example, One Day at a Time.

Although there are awesome shows and movies being added, many didn’t make the new year cut. Grease and Chicago are dancing off. Some 80s and 90s classics like, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, and Forrest Gump are leaving. The six seasons of Lost are gone by January 4th, and the popular teen comedy, Mean Girls, will also leave.

As sad as it is to see well-loved shows and movies leaving, there is a light. There is more space for creative and enjoyable forms of entertainment. Netflix’s viewers can be exposed to new movies and TV shows. What will you watch in 2018?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Does it Bring Balance?

Words: Julia Stitely

The Star Wars renaissance has had strong movies coming out on top. The Force Awakens had positive reviews and welcomed a new trilogy into the Star Wars canon. Now, after two years of waiting, the sequel to the movie, The Last Jedi, brings mixed feelings from fans and critics. Does it deserve the backlash?

Rian Johnson’s Last Jedi is probably the darkest and most developed Star Wars movie yet. You need to have time to process the movie’s ideas and theme. Even if it is similar to some of the past movies, by the end, it strays away from the usual Star Wars fashion. Characters show their true colors and how much they have changed throughout this movie and the past ones. Old legends have been destroyed and there needs to be change. This could also be a metaphor for the movie. We have had Star Wars for three decades and it can’t be the same thing over and over again. The Last Jedi brings a new flavor to the new trilogy. This means it needs a second or even third viewing for fans to take a breath and understand where Star Wars is now heading.

Throughout the movie, there are brilliant performances to praise, from Daisy Ridley’s Rey to the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia. Another shining performance is Mark Hamill’s, who has been praised for his return as Luke Skywalker and may be a contender for the 2018 Oscar race. Kelly Marie Tran gives a surprising light performance to her character of Rose. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is more menacing than ever.

The Last Jedi is filled with twists and turns. You could be expecting something and then it goes in the opposite direction. The end results will be shocking. They end this movie on a high note, telling us that the battle of the Resistance and the First Order is far from over.

This movie takes a while to process. You need to think about it for a while, but that is what makes a good movie. The finale of this new trilogy will be released in 2019.

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Maryland All-State Music Students Announced


Words: Sarah Kruhm

Please congratulate the following students on being accepted as wind players to the Maryland All-State Junior and Senior ensembles. CHS band students occupy nearly 10% of All-State ensemble wind sections, more than any other high school in the state. The Centennial students recently welcomed include:

Hyungjoo Han (flute alternate), Emmeline Murphy (oboe), Asha Kline (bassoon), Alexa Patnaude (clarinet), Tomas Germanas (clarinet), Samuel Cheng (clarinet), Richard Gao (clarinet), Larry Du (clarinet), Colin Eng (baritone saxophone), Joshua Oberly (trumpet), Joseph Tsaiho (trumpet), Carter Matties (trumpet), Alexander Chen (tuba), John Sedor (percussion), Helen Yang (clarinet), Nadine Meister (clarinet), Kevin Xu (clarinet), Shane Hou (tenor saxophone), Keegan McCardell (horn), Joanna Park (horn), Tobi Ajiboye (trombone), Jack Keane (trombone), and Norman Zhang (trombone alternate).

The following students are being accepted into Junior and Senior All State Orchestra. Kudos on their hard work and getting into such a prestigious ensemble.

Senior All State members are as follows: Violin 1: Alice Lin*, Angela Kou, Emily Kim, and Allen Wang. Violin 2: Nicole Meister*, Nicole Lee*, Leah Mitchell, Vicki Li, Joon Park, Ruoheng Zeng, and Joshua Qiu. Viola: Jisoo Choi*, Steven Hu, and Ethan Lin. Cello: Hannah Kim, Peter Ho, and Genevieve Lee.

*Placed in top 4 and will audition for section leader.

Junior All State members are as follows: Violin: Aaron Chen, Helen Li, and Justin Liang. Viola: Melody Chu.

Congratulations to freshman Sean Kim on winning the Howard County High School GT Orchestra concerto competition. Sean plays cello and his concerto will be featured in the BSO side by side concert in February at the Meyerhoff.

Also congratulations to sophomore Leah Mitchell on winning 2nd place in the 2017 Friday Music Morning Club Strings Competition. She received a cash award of $700.

The following students were accepted in to the Maryland All State Choir: Ana Cunningham, Nicole Ouellette, Kai Daley, Anika Huang, Rachel Harris (Soprano Alternate), Moitri Kazi (Alto Alternate), Lauren Herr, Sabrina Ochoa, Srija MakkapatiCaroline Shimeall, Ashley Xu, Charu Dwivedi, Shardul RakshitWilliam QuAntariksh Tulshyan, and Ameya Sriram.

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Wonder Movie Review

Words: Natalie Keane

Based on the bestselling novel by R. J. Palacio, the movie Wonder hit theaters on November 17, sharing a message of complete authenticity to viewers. For a movie seemingly aimed at kids, Wonder does an unusually good job of bringing depth and underlying wisdom to the screen, while still being clear enough for younger viewers. With important life lessons threaded through each individual character’s story, it surprisingly could appeal to not just the movie’s aimed demographic of kids, but to much older people as well.

Thankfully, the movie proved to be a near exact replica of the book, and it was a relief to know that the author of the book had a large part in producing the on-screen adaptation. Just as the book is written, the movie begins showing the seemingly minor life of a kid who desperately wants to fit in, but then expands into a movie about community, kindness, and how the decisions we make can affect people in ways we don’t know.

The message of Wonder is clear. The year-long story surrounds 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, who has a facial deformity and is going to public school for the first time. As he navigates through the fifth grade, we watch his character as well as many of the other children at his school go from being closed off and unwilling to accept change to people who work to see beyond their own differences and connect with each other. The movie starts off in Auggie’s point of view, but as the story progresses, the perspectives switch between each of the characters and their stories relative to Auggie’s. Through these differing perspectives from the same year, director Stephen Chbosky doesn’t fail to bring a sense of warmth and genuineness to the screen.

It is often forgotten that sometimes there can be more to a movie than just the entertaining aspect, and Wonder represents this perfectly. Once you dig down to the very roots of why this story was made, you find that there is so much more than what this film seems to be on the surface. It is a lesson that so many people have difficulty learning, which is a lesson of hardship, acceptance, and ultimately, how the choices we make show who we truly are, not anything else.

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