Thursday, May 1, 2014

Senior year movie review

The Wolf of Freeport Review

Chandler Birmingham's film, "The Wolf of Freeport" is based off of his Senior year of high school is an instant classic and a must see. It's the kind of movie that will stay with you forever. Filled with action and adventure will draw you in but the sweet and sensitive side that consists of life lessons and learning from mistakes will really make you fall in love with the store and leave you wanting more.

The plot of the movie is basic, have fun, and live everyday like it's your last. Chandler (played by Will Smith) seems to be a typical boy just trying to get out of high school and into college. Dull and boring at first glance but only at first glance because really there is nothing dull or boring about what goes on in his life. Through out the whole movie you can tell there was no holding back no matter the event. Everyday had the potential to be better then the last. The film really showed how Chandler's senior year played out not only in school but out of school.

Spoiler alert. The movie starts with Chandler reflecting on all the good and bad memories of his past 3 years of high school. Getting ready to enter senior year or the final year he set a goal for himself to just have fun and creat memories. And have fun he did. In school he had an amazing year. Every morning he would see his adviser, Mr. Mellon (played by Bob Marley, the Jamaican) and his friend Ben McMillan (played by Nicolas cage). A great friend but a friend with a terrible problem, an addiction to touching people. After that the rest of his days where filled with amazing classes, like journalism taught by Ms. Levitt (played by Queen Latvia). He learned a lot throughout the whole year to prepare him for college. But in school wasn't were the memories where made. Outside of school was where it was all happening. Every weekend, every day off from school was lives with no regrets. Events like being out late with his boy Ramsey Dodge (played by Zach Galifianakis) and trying to find a ride home. To going for a late night run in the woods with Cam Buthlay (played by Channing Tatum). Or just playing basketball with his good buddy Niko Difazio (played by a young Sylvester Stallone). And so many other crazy events. With out spoiling to much, it's safe to say chandlers goals where reached.

But because the movie leaves you wanting so much more part 2 of "The Wolf of Freeport" is set to come out soon about where the last movie left off with Chandler going into his summer before college and how he kept the great memories doing.

I can't say enough about this film. Over all the film is great, from the star studded cast to the action and events that where retold on the film screen are exhilarating. A small part of a great director and amazing persons life, retold on the big screen.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Semester Reflection

This semester was much different in my eyes. We didn't read at all which was something I liked. We also wrote not as much papers as we did in the first semester. But I think the reason why we wrote less papers was because he were learning more about how to write the types of papers we had to write and I enjoyed that a lot more then just rushing a paper out. I like this semester and wish I had more time because I like the class and the stuff I have learned. I think the class has helped me become a better writer in a lot of good ways. I have learned stuff I will use for the rest of my life and that is why I really enjoyed this class this semester and all year.

Looking at the whole year the class was one of my favorites because the work was challenging but enjoyable, the class was a good mix of kids and the material was taught very well.

The Elvis of hip hop

Elvis of Hip-Hop
Tupac Shakur was shot September 7, 1996 on the Las Vegas strip and died seven days later in the hospital. During his time on earth he made five albums, although one was released days after his death that he previously recorded. Since his death, he has released seven albums, three of which have hit number one on the Billboard 200.

Tupac is making almost the same amount of money dead than he did while he was living. As of 2007, the rapper had made more than 35 million dollars since his death. At the time of his death, he was worth about 40 million dollars. Forbes Magazine consistently has him as one of the richest dead celebrities. He has also sold more than 75 million albums worldwide since dying. Tupac is basically just as popular now if not more than when he was alive.

To compare someone to Tupac is hard, but the way his legacy remains, it's very close to that of Elvis Presley. Not in how they lived their lives or by the music they wrote. Their legacies are unique because before their death they were the best in their genres. Even after their deaths their legacies still can't be touched because when their lives were cut short they were both at the top of their game. Tupac and Elvis's legacies will never die, just as legends never die.

Tupac died in his prime, or maybe he hadn't even reached his prime before he died. In a way because of his early exit, he will forever be remembered by the greatness that he only started to achieve in the short time he had. He made great music when he was alive, and great music is still coming out from notes and recordings people are still finding from what he left behind. He wasn't around long enough to run out of ideas and force an album to make more money like some other rappers have done towards the end of their career. Because of his death his image is frozen in perfect form.

Since that fatal day in 1996, there have been more than 15 books, four documentaries, three college courses, a play and numerous websites made exploring his brief life and legacy. (Lola Ogunnaike, New York Times) He is such a giant figure in the hip-hop community that he even had a hologram made of him at a Coachella festival where he performed alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

Although some may think he was just a thug that died how a thug should die, he is so much more than that. He has forever left his imprint on the rap game and has inspired numerous other rap artists. Tupac Shakur was more than a rapper or poet; he is a motivator, an inspiration and an American classic even in death.

When do you become mature enought?

When Do You Become Mature Enough?

Is drinking at 18 more important then going to war? Or voting for things that will effect your country forever? Or smoking that will lead to cancer even more then drinking could cause liver cancer? All questions that could argue that the drinking age in the United States, 21 is to high and unfair to kids that are matchure enough to make their own deciusions.
         Bob Birmingham, a retired teacher and assistant principle for 40 years, and a father of two, one son over 21 and one son soon turning 18. I found out Bobs perspective of the legal drinking age, "I think at 18 young adults are not ready developmentally and haven't had enough life experiences.  Many 18 year olds are not mature enough to make clear decisions concerning drinking and the effects drinking might have on their lives and the lives of people around them." A point of view from some one that has been around young adults for a good portion of time.
          But, what is three years going to do? Are the three years from 18-21 really going to give you enough time to develop fully and matchure enough to make the right dessishions when under the influence? The answer is no, the 18 years leading up to your 18th birthday are what's going to prepare you to be ready to make the decision whether or not to drink and drive or know when enough is enough.
          By the time you are 18 you are aloud to vote, smoke, and go to war.
          Obviously voting doesn't harm or hurt anyone, but it does put a load of pressure on someone shoulders in that it holds such a big responcibility to choose a leader to represent your country.
          In 2013 there where 224,210 new cases of lung cancer, reported by, and 159,260 cases of death that began from smoking tobacco products. 2013 also had 30,640 new cases of liver cancer, which alcohol can lead too. 21,670 cases ending in death from liver cancer. A dramatic difference. A difference important enought to let kids have the ability to assess tabaccp products but not alcohol? You may not being putting alcohol into an 18 year olds hands because he isn't matchure enough, but we are going to put tabacco products that lead to cancer.
At 18 you have grown up and have had enough time to become a man or woman that will succeed in today world. At 18 you already have the ability to make important dessishions, ones that are far more important then wether to buy a drinking at a bar with a couple of friends. If you say people are not matchure enough or aren't a man or woman enough to buy a drink at 18 but are matchure enough to make a dessishions to go to war and literitly put your life on the line is just unfair to say.
          18 year olds should be aloud to drink because compared to everything else they are facing in life it is not a big enough factore that it should have to wait three more years. 18 year olds are matchure enough to vote for our country, fight for our country and smoke tabacco in are country. What's to say drinking an ice cold beer would make your life so much harder than it already is with everything else you already have on your shoulders?

Pixars, Presto Movie Review

The film Presto was a typical Pixar short film. A no talking short comedy that as someone struggling to concore something by getting around obstacles.

The plot of this short is about a bunny that is hungry for a carot but can not either reach the carot or get the carot from the magishion. The bunny hilariously out smarts the magishion and eventually saves the magishions life and show from being a total failure. And of course reaching his goal of eating the carot at the end.

The cast really sells the plot and makes it work together very well. The hungry bunny is a typical funny animated animal that can out smart it's owner and eventually getting what he wants. The role of the magishion was also played well as the enemy of the bunny. Of course the role is only there to be made fun of and always failing but the magishion succesided at it with flying colors.

Over all this is a good short comedy compared to pixars other short films.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The right pick

— If you’re a student who is finished with the college process, what advice would you give high school juniors?
I would tell the juniors not to pick a school that is so hyped up by everyone. Pick a college that you enjoy and can see yourself going to. I personally went a visited a college campus that was beautiful and amazing in everyway, but it didn't have everything I was looking for in academics and basketball. It was hard to say no to just because of how beautiful the campus was but besides for that It didn't fit me. Pick a school that you can see yourself going to for four years and being happy through all of it.
— What is your idea of what the perfect college for you might be? Why?
Nothing is every truly perfect. I don't want to be "that guy," but nothing is perfect. I found a college that fits what I want the best out of the options I picked out. I was looking for a college out of Maine, close to a big city, a college I could play basketball at, and a college that offered a lot of majors that I would pick from when I knew what I wanted to do.
— How much pressure do you feel, whether from parents, teachers, the media or your friends, to get into a selective college? How do you handle that pressure?
I think the pressure is just what you put on yourself. Your parents shouldn't put that must pressure on you because they should have faith that you will make the right dessishions for yourself. The pressure you put on yourself is that matters, if you don't care you won't have that much pressure on yourself. But if you care and want to work hard you should have more pressure on yourself to get into a harder school.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SATs at work

  •  Do you think SAT scores could be a good indicator of future career success? Why or why not?
I do not think SAT scores would be a good indicator for anything to do with your career. To me the SATs are put in place to help colleges find out more about the students that are applying there. As faulty as the SATs are they do help some colleges pick from the thousands of apps they get in a year. But once you get into college and start trying to find a job after that will be your on for the rest of your life, SAT should be nothing besides another stupid test you took back in high school. If colleges really wanted to look and see how smart in school you are they should look back at your GPA or grades from colleges.

  •  If you were on a hiring committee at a workplace, would you consider SAT scores as part of an applicant’s materials?
No I would not, what does the SAT have to show about what you are doing? Even if the job someone was applying for was something you needed math skills with, I would still rather look at there college grades from the math class. One, some people aren't good test takers, and two four years of hard work is going to show more than four hours of nerves cramming. 

  •  Should there be an expiration date on the scores’ being considered as part of a prospective employee’s application? If so, what should it be?
I think the expiration date of a students SATs should be after they get into college and when colleges are done looking at them. The SATs are for colleges and to help them pick students for there schools. Some colleges don't even require the SATs anymore because they know some people rant good test takers and what not. Like in the article what the google person said, the test doesn't show anything, or anything important enough that employers of jobs need to look at them and use it to consider hiring that person based off of there test scores.