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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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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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Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Shocks World

Words: Julia Stitely

Marvel fans around the world have been anticipating this event for months. They have waited to see shots from one of their most anticipated movies of 2018: Avengers: Infinity War, and finally they have. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s finale is set to release in May of next year, but we got a special trailer to it that broke records as the most viewed trailer with 230 million views in 24 hours.

The trailer starts with a conversation with The Avengers like Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow, talking about their purpose of creating the team to help humanity. Following the Marvel logo, Thanos, the movie’s villain, starts a monologue as destruction begins. Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., is seen running out of a door which some speculate is Doctor Strange’s headquarters. Peter Parker also notices a huge object in the sky from his school bus.

As the trailer goes on, we get shots of different characters like Black Panther and a now, brunette and bearded Steve Rogers (Captain America).

Then, after the logo for the movie comes on, darkness fills the screen but the trailer keeps going. Thor appears and asks, “Who are you guys?” It turns out he is talking to the Guardians of the Galaxy who haven’t interacted with any other Marvel characters.

Sophomore Ameya Sriam had one word after watching it, “Incredible.”

“I’m excited to see all these characters come together from different storylines,” she commented, “but they unite here!”

The trailer gives off even more questions to fans. What will happen? Who is going to die? Who is going to survive Thanos’s wrath? We will see on May 4, 2018.

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Thor: Ragnarok Defeats Box Office

Words: Julia Stitely

After the success of Spider-Man Homecoming, Marvel fans had high expectations for the next movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. Thor: Ragnarok was not on anyone’s radar. The two previous movies in the series had mixed reviews from fans and critics. The series wasn’t a standout compared to other movies from Marvel Studios. That was until the third installment came and blew everyone away. What makes this the best reviewed superhero movie ever?

What most viewers are praising in the movie is the humor. Marvel is known for its comedic aspect, but it became more dominant in the recent installment. Most of the lines are on the humorous side. They all land perfectly due to the actors’ comedic timing and great improve which makes the movie a lot of fun to watch.

The actors, new and old, are fantastic. Chris Hemsworth brings a new flair and development to his character of Thor. Tom Hiddleston returns in his role as Loki, Thor’s trickster brother. The brotherly relationship creates many comedic bickering between each other, and with addition of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie adds more great dialogue and scenes to the movie. Hela, the evil villain, played by Cate Blanchett, is a good role, well acted but has the same criticisms as other Marvel villains. She is underdeveloped and is just there to be the baddy that Thor fights.

Having different tones could also cause an imbalance in the film. There could be one serious scene and randomly, there is a laugh in there that destroys the emotional tone. One scene could have the death of civilians, but then the villain would make the joke.

Even though there isn’t a balance of serious and comedy, the movie is a load of fun with beautiful visuals, great performances, and great jokes. The movie is being played in theaters everywhere. If you are free anytime, make sure to make your way to the theatre for another great Marvel movie.

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Centennial’s Roleplay Playing Games Club

Words: Julia Stitely

On Wednesday, September 20, in room 915, the Roleplay Playing Games and Strategy Club began to plan for the 2017-2018 school year. The club consists of many students who hope to relax from a long school day by roleplaying and playing board games.

Dominic Cangialosi, one of the members,  declares that “the club is very fun to be in!”

If you are interested in joining, contact the club’s sponsor, Mr. Panzarella, at christopher_panzarella@hcpss.org.

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