The world of LEGOs assembled this past weekend at the box office, reaching an opening day profit of $17 million! We've all played with LEGOs at some point in our early childhood, and we've seen them made into video games, but now The Lego Movie raises up questions and suspicions about it's stop-motion/CGI mix within the development of the movie itself. Can they really pull this off? I went and saw it early after school on Friday the 7th (Official release date), and in all honesty I was very surprised with the outcome. For a fun fact, I was probably the only person there who was older than 9 years old, but that didn't kill the excitement and expectations I had when I arrived at the theater.
The Lego Movie stars Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and many more! The movie starts out with Emmet, an ordinary LEGO who lives by the regulatory standards of the world he lives in; always in repeat and routine, but he suddenly finds a mysterious object that could help save the LEGO universe or potentially destroy it. A team of 'Master Builders' recruit Emmet to their team and believe he's the chosen one from their prophecy. They all embark on an adventure through different LEGO worlds to use this mysterious object to destroy a machine used by an evil villain who plans to destroy the LEGO universe and make it "perfect." Along the way Emmet experiences love, jealousy, self confidence, and much more!
The movie caught me by surprise. When entering the theater, I had the mentality of this being a movie for kids, but by the end, I started to really enjoy it. The stop-motion didn't bother me one bit, and the movie has many humorous moments. Obviously, Batman steals the spotlight in every scene he's in, and Will Ferrel voicing the villain makes it even more fun! The story isn't too complex, and the constant action carried my attention throughout the hour and forty-five minutes that it ran. The Lego sets are astounding and probably consist of thousands of LEGO pieces. The cities and LEGOs feel realistically made. Although some of the sets and backgrounds were made by CGI, you could hardly tell what was CGI and what was actual LEGO. The developers did a tremendous job in this movie; being the first LEGO movie production to ever hit theaters, they pulled it off with a happy thumbs up in the end. I don't think this movie can only be enjoyed by children; I definitely believe there are aspects that can be appreciated by adults too. Over all, I would recommend this movie to all audiences. It most likely wont be nominated for a Grammy Award, but it's surely a good watch.
Standing in line, I excitedly waited to buy my ticket for the movie, The Monuments Men. Being at the theater at two o’clock on a Friday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised by how many people were in the theater, but of this crowd teenagers were not the main make-up.
The Monuments Men features a cast list of favorites including George Clooney playing “Frank Stokes”, Matt Damon playing “James Granger”, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The setting takes place in numerous locations, many of which were in Europe during the end of World War II (mainly 1943-1945, except for the ending scene). Sent by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States, this team of older art scholars (the young ones are already fighting in the war) are sent to protect and return art stolen by Nazi Germany. The movie follows the adventures of the men as they attempt save the art. A few men die along the way, raising the question: is a life worth saving priceless artwork? Throughout the film, although Nazi Germany is the main enemy, historical accuracy brushes on the tense nature between the Allies and Soviet Russia showing a soon to be Cold War.
Critics are complaining The Monuments Men seems boring for a movie that is supposed to take place in a war zone. Some believe the movie drags on in some scenes, and other important plot elements and character moments are too quickly skipped over.
Personally being what many call a “history buff,” I highly enjoy films of this type of genre. Being based on a true story and a book brings the story more to life for me. I loved how the movie had many sentimental and moments filled with heart-warmth, yet the underlying tone of humor rarely left the screen. If you like puns, history, or just plain jokes in the middle of a serious moment, this movie is for you. The camera angles reminded me of the historical movie Lincoln, which came out in 2012. Unfortunately some scenes seemed to drag on. The movie consisted of a lot of talking, and only a few scenes of action and suspense. Also, if you are planning to see this movie, especially in the beginning, keep watching. The beginning of the movie layers in several foreign languages and captions appear multiple times. Missing just a few of these captions can easily confuse the viewer. If you do not really like movies with minimal swearing, only art nudity, and lots of history talk, this movie is probably not for you.
If you don't think this movie is right for you, The Lego Movie is currently a box-office hit. Grab a friend, a sibling, or your Valentine’s Day date and hit the theater.
Written and Photographed by: Kimberly Hedges
As the screen flashes "GET READY," it really means prepare yourself for one of the most stressful, difficult, and annoying games that you can put yourself through. The game Flappy Bird, was released on May 23,2013, but did not get extremely popular until the month of January 2014. This app was produced by Dong Nguyen, who is also the creator of two other hit games that include Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block. All three of his games are currently on the Top Charts with Flappy Bird being number one and Super Ball Juggling at number four. The object of the game is to tap the screen continuously for the little orange bird to fly across, but at the same time avoiding any green Mario-type pipes. Each time the bird passes a pipe, you get a point added. If you obtain a high enough score, you can receive either a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum metal. The highest score ever completed is a total of 9,999. The object of the game seems simple enough, but don't be fooled. Putting that round bird through those little gaps is extremely frustrating and challenging.
There are many students at Costa Mesa High School who play the game wherever they are, whether it's at nutrition, lunch, or even during class time.
Senior Semeria Anderson says "I think the game is quite simplistic and very clever in the way it manipulates players. It's supposed to be extremely simple, but instead it's quite complicated. When I lose I feel upset, but not crazy angry or anything. I suppose that's just me. "
This poorly pixelated game truly causes some people to become frustrated and stressed out. Many people have said that they hate the game but still continue to play it, just because of how addicting it can be.
Junior Jon Jesudasen says "I like the game, but I hate it more. I don't even like playing it because it's so easy to die and it's dumb, but I think I continue to play just because it so easy to keep going on. The main thing is trying to get bragging rights over your friends saying you have a higher score."
In the old game Candy Crush, after losing five times you had to wait thirty minutes until you could play again. In Flappy Bird, there is no limit to how many times you play a day, which adds to its addictive quality.
Sophomore Steven Vu, with a score of 101 thinks, "The secret to the game is figuring out the game and finding a specific rhythm. It's easier to play with the sound on, it helps me a lot. It's really frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it you will be on your way towards ultimate glory."
Written by: Christine Tfaye