Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Escape rooms are a fun challenge for teens

Escape rooms are a new challenge for teens and adults. Escape rooms have became very popular in the last year. Several escape room businesses are open in West Virginia, close to us.  

Locked and Coded escape rooms are located in Charleston. They have five rooms that are all themed differently. The goal is to get out of the room by figuring out the clues. Sometimes one room leads to another room. It's not just one room. Their most popular room is the jailbreak one. Many customers gave Jailbreak a difficulty level with nine out of ten. 

“We asked the lady that worked at the front desk which one she would do and we chose the one that she picked,” said Jaysi. 

They can be very exciting but also very aggravating. 

“I participated in the escape room Jailbreak. It was a lot of fun. There were two rooms and you had an hour to get out. Unfortunately, we did not make it out. When the game was over a lady came in and told us everything that we had to do to get out,”  said senior Jaysi Ludtman. 

“All of us working together and going crazy trying to figure out the clues was fun,” said senior Zaya Settle. 

Some people can’t make it out successfully. Others can. 

“I also went through Jailbreak. It was confusing at some parts but it was a lot of fun. My group had 9 min left when we made it out, “ said junior Stormie Wilkinson.

“What made the escape room confusing was how all the clues were not really descriptive,” said junior  Gage Parsons. 

When people get out of the escape room customers can go get their picture taken with signs.

“Once we made it out we took a picture with signs that said “you made it”, said Wilkinson. 

Locked and Coded is open from 6-11 pm. The time limit is one hour and it is $25.00 per person. In all of their rooms guests will be with a group from two people all the way to eight people. Locked and Coded has a lot of good reviews and high ratings, go check it out. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘Bird Box’ suspenseful due to setting and music

“Bird Box” is a wonderful movie that was released on Netflix in December 2018. People have been talking about it a lot because there have been memes created, and that is why it became so popular.  Most people, including me, thought the film was really good.

When the movie starts, life is normal just like anywhere else in the world. One day monsters appeared.  Where the monsters came from is not known, they just invaded and now it is a issue. Malorie (Sandra Bullock) who is the main character, and two children (Julian Edwards, Vivien Lyra Blair) are trying to get to a safe place. If they see one of the monsters they’re doomed. The characters are hoping that by wearing blindfolds it will protect them. 

First and foremost this is a Netflix original.  Not all of Netflix’s films are good, but this one is excellent. Sandra Bullock who is the main star/character of this film, is actually known for a lot of movies. It is a surprise to see her as the main character in a Netflix movie because she is known for bigger budget movies like “The Blind Side”, “The Proposal”, “Ocean’s 8”, “Miss Congeniality”. Most people know her for comedies but she did great for this drama by displaying the emotions of Malorie.

The setting of the forest was perfect for this movie because it provided opportunities for the characters to trip and be less aware of their surroundings. The sounds of the forest made the characters feel scared because they couldn’t see if it was a monster.

“Bird Box” has been compared to a movie called “A Quiet Place.” They are very similar because, both have killers based on the senses. In “Bird Box” if you see something you die; in “A Quiet Place” if you make a sound you die. Though both of these movies are great, the concept of “A Quiet Place” is more thrilling because any sound could kill you and makes the audience more scared.  “Bird Box” makes up for the audience being able to see by adding suspenseful background music.

All in all I am going to give “Bird Box” a 8/10 rating. The only reason I am not giving it a 10/10 is because there is some missing background information. It would have been better if there was a story behind the monsters.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Behavior slowly improving in the new semester

Ripley High School has been a school of excellence and good behavior for many years. We had a small number of school fights, fewer people in I.S.S, less of “Schedule B”, and many more students were passing their classes. What changed, and why are we noticing things are no longer the same?
Newspaper staff, upper classmen, and many students as a whole believed it was due to freshman behavior. We have had five fights just this school year, and we usually do not have that many until the end of the school year. We have had one incident of harassment, bullying, or intimidation. Also, we have had six threats of injuries, which is double what we normally have. Not all of these problems were due to freshman, but the majority of students got in the fights are freshmen. In past years, we have had trouble with classes not picking up their trash, cleaning up after themselves, but it got way worse when this school year started. What class is newest to Ripley High School? The class of 2022 has had worse behavior than older students have experienced their whole four years of high school. Due to this behavior, everyone was being punished. The whole student body lost privileges like sitting in the gym at lunch and getting out of boost. The school was put on Schedule B for many days. The seniors’ last year of school has been not something to celebrate.

This semester things have already taken a drastic change for the better, and we have had no more fights so far. The student body has started working together and is discovering how good behavior affects us.

To be fair in the future, the school can have the students who cause discipline issues work off their punishment by cleaning up after lunch, doing extra class work, making them do school work they haven’t. I.S.S. or suspension can cause other problems. If they miss school they are just going to be farther behind. Students that cause these issues probably need an adult to talk to, someone to vent to, and someone to really stress that behavior not being acceptable.

When students say that they go to Ripley High, we do not want others thinking “oh that’s that school that had four fights in two weeks”. This semester’s behavior is leaving a much better mark on our school. Bad behavior was not only stressing students, but also teachers, counselors, parents, and definitely the principals. The lack of this concern was causing everyone else to suffer, and stress does not mix well with school. As a whole, the freshman class needs to keep working on thinking before they act. So far, students have been behaving better as a whole.  Ripley High School should be the greatest it can be, but actions speak louder than words and hopefully a change can keep being made.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"Bandersnatch" comes out on Netflix

“Bandersnatch” came out on Netflix on December 28th, 2018.  This movie is special because of how the viewer can choose what the character does. This movie was created to be a psychological thriller because you never know what will happen next. Only you can decide, wait and watch what happens next. 

Stefan is the main character who was reading the book “Bandersnatch.”  He wants to turn it into a video game, an important part of the story for him, but not necessarily for the viewer.  The writer of this movie, Charlie Brooker, wanted to do something different, so he made it possible for Netflix viewers to pick what the main character does. He has made the movie have five different endings in a small community or a big city. 

Throughout the movie Stefan will come to a point where he has to make a decision.  You will look at the bottom of the screen and pick what you want him to do. You have 10 seconds to choose but if you don't pick an answer the movie will pick for you. The character doesn't understand why he can't control his life which freaks him out. His decisions you make are sometimes small, like cereal, or big, like who dies. 

Viewers think it is very interesting to see what each decision does and that's why people say they like to watch the movie five times to see every ending. 

I didn't really like the movie because of all the choices.  The movie constantly pausing started to get annoying. Then the more choices you make that gets confusing. Also, I didn't like the movie because you did not really get to choose what he did. If you chose the wrong answer, it took you back to have you pick again. There were dead ends in this story.I did not finish the movie either because the character’s craziness did not grab my attention. I would rate this movie with a two out of five stars. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

'Holmes & Watson' Makes Stupid Humor Great

If you like Will Ferrell or you like comedy that has stupid actions, “Holmes & Watson” is the movie for you. Ferrell plays Sherlock Holmes investigating a murder, but this is different from the other Sherlock Holmes stories you hear because of the humor.  The actors made it fun to watch.

Ferrell is known for inappropriate jokes and childish characters like Buddy the Elf and Mugatu from “Zoolander”.  When he pairs up with John C. Reilly, they are a better team.  The two have worked on “Step Brothers” and “Talladega Nights,”which were big hits for teeangers.

In “Holmes and Watson”, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson start off being friends in their childhood and then becomes detectives. They were to view a trial for Moriarty, a criminal mastermind, but the two men get distracted by a mysterious package. This leads them to missing half of the trial. They travel to Buckingham Palace (which is the Queen’s home) and find a dead body. They try to figure out who did it and catch him before the Queen is murdered.

I personally love Will Ferrell and to be honest, I really liked the movie overall. My favorite scene was the “selfie” part where Sherlock and John tries to take a picture with Queen Elizabeth. They were trying to make duck faces and peace signs just like teenagers do in today’s generation.

Queen Elizabeth is an important character. She hosted the surprise party for the detectives and she becomes the next intended victim for the killer. Two women who are “doctors,” or detectives, from America to try to figure out the killer as well.  They provide a love interest to the two men.

Teenagers and adults who enjoy comedy would most likely watch something like “Holmes & Watson”. However, many reviews online talk about how the movie isn’t that good. On IMDb, it is approximately 3.4/10 and 8% Rotten Tomatoes. People say the jokes weren’t funny. If you like stupid characters who crack a glass case of killer bee and lets them loose, then you’ll enjoy this.

The movie just came out on Christmas Day and is still in theaters. It is rated PG-13 for comedy, some startling scenes, and little violence and gore.  It is showing at the Regal Cinemas Grand Central Mall, Marquee Cinemas, and other movie theaters nearby.  If you love Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly then you should definitely check it out.

Friday, January 11, 2019

"Escape Room" movie is an adventure worth watching

Have you ever wanted to visit an escape room? You probably expect fun puzzles with your friends. “Escape Room” may change your mind. This movie is rated PG-13 for terror, violence, some suggestive material, and language.  

Six strangers are given a mysterious black box with tickets to an escape room for a chance to win $10,000. They are locked in several rooms with life-threatening situations. As they learn the deadly secret behind the escape room, they have to fight for a way out.

Each scene was well thought out and had lots of detail. All of the rooms reveal a back story to one of the characters. There’s something in almost every room that will remind at least one person of something that has happened in their past. For example, one of the players panics over increasing heat in one of the rooms as she has suffered from burns in her past. The heat brings back memories on how she got her scars.

The special effects behind the movie looked realistic and you can tell it was a high budget movie. The dangers in the room, such as the opening scene where one of the players is impaled seemed very real.

The movie is very suspenseful. The changes of the rooms keeps the suspense going. You are never sure what is going to happen next. It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.   

Most of the actors all have some type of experience in other big thriller or horror movies. For example, Logan Miller plays Benjamin in “The Walking Dead” and Adam Robitel is in “Insidious: The Last Key.” 

Overall, it was a really good movie. “Escape Room” is definitely a movie worth watching in theaters. I give it a 5 star rating.