BSGE’s Favorite Movies of 2016

This past year, thousands of movies were released by a wide range of directors and each with varying degrees of interest. The most popular movies viewed by BSGE students were Deadpool, Moana, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Rogue One, Finding Dory, and Suicide Squad. Deadpool Deadpool, released on February 12, 2016, dealt with a former Special…

The Force Awakens – And So Does a New Breed of Star Wars

I grew up on Star Wars – and yes, I am aware of the faint laughter I hear from “original” 1970s fans as I say that. But I’m as real a fan as a teenager in 2016 can be. My parents thankfully raised me on the original trilogy, and so when I heard that George…

Dr. Helfenbein on Movies: Science Fiction Movies of the 50s Part II

Dr. Helfenbein is an avid film watcher (or, as some would say, cinephile) and will be writing a semi-regular column for the BACC Rag in which he recommends older movies students might be interested in watching.  In the previous column, I mentioned that the large number of science fiction movies produced in the 1950s may…

Dr. Helfenbein On Movies: Science Fiction of the 1950s

Dr. Helfenbein is an avid film watcher (or, as some would say, cinephile) and will be writing a semi-regular column for the BACC Rag in which he recommends older movies students might be interested in watching.  The first two decades of the sound era (the 30s and 40s) saw few science fiction movies (notable exceptions…

“SELMA” Tickets Free for Students

On Monday, January 19th, America celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Although many students celebrated with a day off from school, a group of 27 African-American business leaders in New York spread awareness with free movie tickets for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. This group created a fund that offered 27,000 New York City middle/high…

Movie Review: The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry was recently turned into a movie. Released on August 15th, it revolves around a boy who lives in a futuristic black-and-white world where the idea of ‘sameness’ is created to eliminate conflict. Everything is controlled, from emotions, to weather, to memories, therefore preventing people from making bad decisions and causing war…

Divergent: Book vs. Movie

Divergent has been a popular topic ever since the books came out. Being the first book out of the Divergent trilogy, Divergent introduces a dystopian future in which the only city left after a horrible war is split into five groups, otherwise known as factions. The five factions are Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, and Amity….

Catching Fire: Book VS. Movie

The Catching Fire book came out on September 1, 2009. The book starts out with Katniss and Peeta’s new lives in the Victor’s Village a year after they won their Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta no longer have to worry about death lurking at their sides. Or at least that is what they believe. The…

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters: Book vs Movie

For those who watched The Sea of Monsters this past August, they can be sure to remember the angry whispers that surfaced once credits rolled in. Most of these angry whispers came from those decent audience members who actually read the writings of the great Rick Riordan. Okay, maybe I was the only one hollering…

The Hunger Games: Book vs. Movie

In case you don’t know already know, The Hunger Games is about Katniss Everdeen, a girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem. Panem is split into 12 districts and the Capitol. Katniss is from District 12, and volunteers to fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games to save…

The Hunger Games!

Happy Hunger Games! But was it really, though? Last month marked the big screen premiere of Harry Potter 2.0- err, the Hunger Games, and people went capital C crazy. I couldn’t walk through the hallways without hearing “OMG HUNGER GAMES” or something about how “hot” Josh Hutcherson is. People were staying up all night to…

2009 Summer Movies

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 24): This sci-fi action flick is the sequel to the 2007 Transformers movie. In it, Sam Witwicky, portrayed by Shia LaBeouf discovers the history of the Transformer machines on Earth after receiving strange visions about them. The Transformers, as depicted by the movie, are somehow related to the beginning…

Movie Review: Yes Man

I walked into this movie thinking it was going to be a waste of time and money. After all, previous Jim Carrey movies didn’t exactly give this movie a good reputation (think “Liar, Liar“ and “Bruce Almighty”; you get my point.). But I was still curious about the plot of this movie, a man who…

Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire, Best Movie by Far

by George I ’10 Every so often, an independent film comes along and makes a splash in awards scene. For the past couple of years, it was Juno and Little Miss Sunshine. This year, that film is undoubtedly Slumdog Millionaire. The film has already received heaps of critical appraise, and won eight Oscars at this…

Movie Review: Benjamin Button

What would happen if instead of growing older as time went by you grew younger? Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the tale of a man who ages in reverse; he is born an old man, and as the years progress, he gets younger. Over the…

Movie Review: Puts the “Wow” In “Chihuahua

Just when you thought we didn’t need another talking animal movie… In “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, Drew Barrymore is the voice of the lead character, a spoiled Chihuahua from Beverly Hills named Chloe. When her owner goes on a vacation where dogs are not allowed, she leaves her self absorbed, irresponsible niece, Rachel, to look after…

Movie Review: Stepbrothers: A Surprising Success

Will Ferrell’s newest film is a crude comedic adventure. It takes you through the world of two individual characters that stumble upon each other as a result of their parents’ recent marriage. Inappropriate and abrasive humor rages throughout the film, with Ferrell displaying some unnecessary imagery towards the middle of the 98-minute spectacle. With the…

Movie Review: The Dark Knight’s A Bright Light

This second movie in director and co-writer Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series needs a new title. “The Joker” or “Heath Ledger’s Brilliance” would be more appropriate because 2 minutes into the movie, the Joker steals the the spotlight. His performance in the more than 500 million dollar (and still counting) grossing movie rocked the audience;…

Movie Review: Indiana Jones Is Worth Every Cent and Then Some

When a popular franchise is being revitalized after 19 years, there are bound to be huge expectations. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which was released into theatres on May 22, is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. The previous installment in the series, The Last Crusade, was…

Movie Preview: Iron Man

Iron Man Strikes Theaters! Iron Man, based on the Marvel comic, hit movie theatres May 2, 2008. Directed by Jon Favreau and Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire weapons maker. When demonstrating his newest weaponry in Afghanistan, he was kidnapped by a terrorist who said he was going to hold him captive…