Freshman Artist at RBR – Jack KrupinskiEmilie Weiner and Phoebe Carr
Freshman RBR art major Jack Krupinski agreed to let us in on some of the details about his art. Jack’s passion for his art was evident in his responses to questions and never missed a beat. We eased into the topic of his artwork by starting out with inspiration – something every artist needs in order to be successful.
Krupinski said, “Shepard Fairey inspires me with his whole “propaganda” idea.”
After just a quick Google search it was easy to see why Fairey may serve as an inspiration to a young boy who favors a style more toward loose, emotional pieces. Fairey creates contemporary pieces and says his explanation toward his pieces is to “question everything.”
“My favorite medium so far is granite pencils or pen and ink,” Jack says.
While pen and pencil are two art mediums often overlooked for paint and pastels, Krupinski, in almost all of his work, seems to gravitate toward them. Both are on the very opposite of the spectrum, pencil forgiving and erasable, pen harsh and permanent.
When asked about his favorite piece, he didn’t give a title but responded firmly, “Definitely the pen and ink shoe still life.”
The still life is an art form difficult to master, and yet, Jack seems to take it with open arms.
And finally, I was curious to find out if he had an inspiration on the inner circle of his life, more a muse, but he merely replied, “Not really,” which hinted to more of a broad expanse of those that feed ideas toward his art. Hopefully Jack will continue to fill us in on all things
RBR Art and keep us posted with his newest pieces!
Top Five Plays of 2013
By Keith McIntyre, Sports Co-editor
Jadeveon Clowney’s monster tackle in the Outback Bowl (1/1/13)
A little over a year ago, if I had asked you who Jadeveon Clowney was, you probably would have had no clue. However, after the Outback Bowl on New Years’ Day against Michigan, everyone knew this kid’s name. His bone-crushing hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith made him famous overnight. Maybe it was the fact that he blew past the offensive line like there was nobody there, or because Smith’s helmet launched from his head and traveled a few yards into the backfield. Perhaps it was because Clowney had the presence of mind to grab the ball that he had jarred loose, with one hand. All I know is that this one play defined Clowney’s entire college career. Now, he has become a household name. A 6’6” 240 lbs human highlight reel, with strength and speed that any NFL team would kill for. All of this has landed Clowney in the conversation for the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and I guess he has Vincent Smith to thank for that.
David Ortiz’s grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS (10/13/13)
As the Red Sox trailed the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the 8th inning by a score of 5-1, some Red Sox fans began to throw in the towel. With the game basically over, how could they possibly bounce back from a 2-0 hole against a Tigers team with a lights-out pitching staff and the reigning AL MVP and batting champion? Other fans saw that David Ortiz was stepping into the batter’s box with the bases loaded and a chance to tie the game. So, what do you think happened next? Big Papi sends one over the right field wall, producing perhaps the picture of the year in Torii Hunter’s leaping attempt at a catch. In the end, the Sox came back to win the game and the series, and went on to seal the deal against the Cardinals in the World Series. It’s quite obvious that Ortiz’s grand slam was the turning point of Boston’s postseason and a play to remember in 2013.
Khalil Edney’s buzzer beater for high school basketball championship (3/3/13)
Khalil Edney, much like Jadeveon Clowney, gained instant fame for one incredible play. In the waning moments of the Section 1 Class AA boys’ basketball championship, New Rochelle trailed the defending champion, Mount Vernon, by two points with 2.9 seconds on the clock. Edney got the ball and launched a 55-foot shot that seemed to hang in the air forever. Edney sinked the miracle shot and was immediately swarmed by his teammates. That improbable shot capped an improbable comeback against the 7-time defending champions, and Edney made himself someone to remember looking back on the year in sports.
Ray Allen’s game-tying 3-pointer in NBA Finals Game 6 (6/18/14)
In an already exciting NBA Finals, the Heat and Spurs took the excitement to another level in Game 6 at Miami. LeBron and the Heat were trying to stay in the game and using every ounce of energy to do so. San Antonio, however, seemed too strong. They led the Series three games to two, and many fans began to leave the game early to beat the traffic. Then, the comeback started. LeBron took over for the Heat and played as well as we have ever seen, losing his iconic headband in the process. With his team within three points of the Spurs, LeBron attempted a three for the tie. He got a great look but, unfortunately, the shot rimmed out and it looked like the end of the road was near for the reigning MVP and his defending champion team. Then something unbelievable happened. An offensive rebound gave Miami another shot with a few moments left. Veteran Ray Allen, a career 40% three-point shooter, got the ball in the corner and nailed a shot that forced overtime and eventually led to a Heat victory. Needless to say, the fans who had left were begging to come back inside after they had missed one of the greatest plays of 2013.
Chris Davis’ missed FG return for game winning touchdown in Iron Bowl (11/30/14)
The Iron Bowl is one of the most anticipated college football games every single season. It’s even more anticipated when both teams are ranked in the top 5 and a national championship berth is on the line. The two bitter rivals, Alabama and Auburn, were evenly matched through 59 minutes and 59 seconds of a pure grudge match. After a long dispute over how much time was left on the clock, referees determined that one second remained and Alabama sent out their kicker for a 57-yard attempt. Chris Davis, an Auburn defensive back, stood in his own end zone hoping the kick would come up short, and it did. The clock read zero as Davis caught the ball and began to run. A couple of good blocks along with some very poor tackling attempts allowed Chris Davis to return the kick 100 yards for a touchdown and the victory. The crowd erupted and the entire country couldn’t believe what they had just seen. Missed field goals returned for touchdowns almost never happen at any level of football, and to see one to win a game with so much on the line was absolutely unbelievable. That’s why I think it was the best play of 2013.
Traffic Jams Lead to Political Scandal—Editorial
By Amy Cavallo
It was irritating, even infuriating, for some commuters on the morning of September 9, 2013, when two of the three lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed for what seemed to be no reason. On the first day of a new school year, parents were frazzled, kids were late to class. Emergency vehicles were delayed. Everyone was annoyed due to the hours of traffic the closures caused.
The lanes remained closed inexplicably for another three days. Finally, on September 13, lanes were reopened and traffic delays ceased. However, the questions referring to the closings did the opposite. People exploded with queries to the Port Authority about the traffic issue. Finally, on September 16, the Port Authority released a statement claiming that the lanes were closed for a simple traffic study.
Disputes regarding the commuting fiasco seemed to wane a bit as some citizens accepted the Port Authority’s explanation. Yet, some were still suspicious or upset over the spontaneous road closures, including the Fort Lee mayor, Mark Sokolich. He claimed that the lanes had been closed in personal retaliation for not supporting Christie in the most recent election. Sokolich, a Democrat, had asserted that he would vote loyal to his party in his election, but said nothing negative about Governor Christie. Months after the lane closures event, emails were revealed implying that multiple people in the Christie administration may had intentionally created the event. These came from a state legislative committee investigating the event and made public by some persistent traffic reporting by the Bergen Record. The most damaging statement, Governor Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Ann Kelly, emailed a Port Authority director, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
Following the new discoveries, polling revealed that New Jersey citizens were dubious about Christie’s knowledge of the manufactured traffic jam and whether or not they could trust their own governor. Christie made a speech declaring his innocence in the matter. He told the press that he hadn’t been informed of the closings prior to their occurrence and definitely didn’t ask his staff to create such an event. He stated that he fired Bridget Ann Kelly calling her “stupid and a liar” and would not “tolerate liars among his staff.” Other people implicated in the scandal lost their jobs including David Wildstein who the Governor appointed to the Port Authority as a director. The Governor also stated he lost confidence in his former Campaign Director and close political advisor Bill Stepien and would no longer associate with him.
Governor Christie denied any involvement in the Bridge-gate Scandal, repeatedly apologized for it and accepted responsibility for its occurrence.
There are currently two investigations into the lane closure scandal, one by the state legislature and one by the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, to discover what actually happened and if a crime was committed. Stay tuned for further developments.
Top Five Sports Moments of 2013 Looking Back
By Jack McLoone, Sports Co-editor
The best part about the end of the year is not New Years Eve parties. It’s not being able to make a fresh starts and resolutions that will be broken in a month or two. It definitely isn’t remembering that you didn’t do a single piece of the mountain of homework you were assigned over break. It’s not Rembert Browne’s annual “Who Won [whatever year]” bracket on Grantland.com, though it’s close. In the sports realm, it’s not New Years No Limits or the college football bowl games.
No, the best part of the end of the year is being able to look back and remember the best parts of the year, whether they are time with friends, that movie you watched at one in the morning that made you laugh till you cried because everything is funnier at one in the morning (just me?), or, in this column, the Best Sports Moments of 2013.
I will not be ranking these moments, considering that just getting to five was hard enough. Instead, I’ll put them up in chronological order. Here they are, the Top Five Sports Moments of 2013. And yes, I do know that I’m probably missing a lot. These are five that stuck out to me.
April 6- Jack Hoffman scores touchdown in Nebraska football spring game
You may not recognize the name, but you’ll recognize the video if you search it on YouTube. Jack Hoffman is a young boy suffering from brain tumors who was an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. He got the moment of a lifetime (which actuallymwon him the “Best Moment” award at the ESPY Awards) when he was brought out on the field and scored a 69-yard touchdown. The whole team stormed the field and lifted Jack onto their shoulders in celebration. It was one of the most touching moments of the year, and definitely deserving of being one of the Top Five Moments of 2013.
April 17th and 20th – Sports Return to Boston
Boston is a sports town, more than New York or Chicago or any other city. Boston sports fans are the most devoted and fervent fans in the country, whether it’s for the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, or Patriots. Boston’s sports history reaches back over a hundred years, and one of its storied traditions is the running of the grueling Boston Marathon. Everyone knows about the tragedy of this year’s marathon, and the Boston reaction was a blatant refusal to submit. Sports were suspended for a couple of days following the bombing, as the manhunt for the bombers progressed, and the first game played in Boston was a Bruins-Sabres game at the TD Garden. The game opened with a video tribute to those affected by the bombings and the first responders, and then came the most amazing moment. As Rene Rancourt began the National Anthem, the entire crowd joined in after two lines and finished the song, without Rancourt. Even watching it now, almost nine months later, you still feel the power behind it, like watching Paul Simon sing “The Boxer” following 9/11—a truly amazing moment.
Just a few days later, Boston’s first love, the Red Sox, returned home to play their first game, against the Houston Astros. And while there was no group National Anthem in this game, there was a short speech from one of the most beloved Red Sox of all time, David Ortiz. He reminded Bostonians that Boston was their city (while using a choice word that offended many, but I thought was appropriate in the context), and that they would never let someone else dictate their freedom. Sports and Boston go hand in hand, and sports helped heal Boston in the most awe-inspiring way possible.
June 18th- LeBron Loses His Headband
Game 6 of the NBA Finals was one of the single greatest sporting events I have ever watched, and I don’t even like the NBA that much. It came with the San Antonio Spurs leading the Miami Heat 3-2, and a Spurs win would give them the championship. It was a back and forth game, but the Spurs were up 13 heading into the fourth quarter. The Heat “fans” started leaving, and ended up missing one of the greatest sports’ moments of the year. No, not Ray Allen’s three to tie it (that was one of the best plays though), but it was LeBron James losing his trademark headband with 8:58 left in the game. The headband came off, and the LeBron that had faced being told he didn’t show up in the fourth quarter attacked with a vengeance. He was all over the floor, scoring 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter. But more than his spectacular play, the reaction from Twitter was what made this one of the top moments of the year. At first, no one knew what was going on, and for a while couldn’t even find LeBron without his headband. Then Twitter accounts popped up as LeBron’s headband, asking LeBron to pick him back up because he felt lonely. Jokes popped up left and right, and I missed almost two minutes of the fourth quarter scrolling though my feed. It was one of my favorite sports-related Twitter moments, and is one of my main points in supporting why Twitter and sports belong together.
June 24th – Blackhawks Score Twice in 17 Seconds to Win Cup
I’ll admit, I’m not a big hockey fan. In fact, I didn’t watch a second of the Stanley Cup Finals, though I know I missed a classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. It was Game Six, the Blackhawks up three games to two and going for the win. They were down 2-1 with less than a minute and a half to go, when another top moment of 2013 occurred. After a frantic possession around the net, Bryan Bickell poked a goal through goalie Tukka Rask’s legs to knot it at 2, and for what seemed like yet another overtime game. However, a mere 17 seconds late, Dave Bolland made over time a non-issue, beating the net minder to put the Blackhawks on top. They never relinquished the lead, and won Lord Stanley’s Cup—a fitting crazy finish to a crazy series.
September 26th- Mariano Rivera’s Last Home Game
There are only two players on the Yankees I like: Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, because no one can hate them, even though I hate the Yankees. On September 26th, Rivera played his final home game as a Yankee, and it was one of the more touching moments in sports history, up there with Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech. He came in the game in the eighth inning with the Yankees down 4-0 to the Rays. However, it didn’t matter the score. It was his final home game, and he was coming in no matter what. When Enter Sandman by Metallica played, signaling Rivera entering the game, everyone in the crowd was on their feet. And when he reached the mound, the two players that had played with him from the beginning, Jeter and Andy Pettitte, came out and embraced him in a tearful hug. After they left, Rivera stood for another moment, a big smile and tears on his face, before throwing his final pitches in Yankee Stadium. It was as touching a moment as you will see in sports, and a moment specific to baseball, and one of the highlights of the year.
Jack McLoone is Co-Editor of the Sports Section of The Buccaneer. His Twitter is world-renowned (in his fantasy world where he also can fly and runs the Tigers) and is full of amazing and hilarious insight. Follow him at @jfmclooney. Trust me, it’s great.
Top Three Games of 2013
By Tommy McGuire
Over the past year, athletes of all sports dazzled us with their incredible talents. 2013 featured many great teams from all sports, and they came together to produce some thrilling games for us fans. The following, in my opinion, were the best and most exciting games that 2013 had to offer (in no particular order):
Game Six of the NBA Finals- Heat vs. Spurs: The Miami Heat dominated the regular season in the 2012-2013 NBA season, highlighted by a 27-game winning streak. At the top of their game, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were ready to win a second straight NBA title. However, the San Antonio Spurs had different plans and they took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals. In game six, the Spurs dominated the first three quarters and had a ten-point lead heading into the fourth. Reigning MVP LeBron James then took over for the Heat, taking them on a 20-7 run to grab a three-point lead. The Spurs fought back, though, and led by five.
Then, things got crazy. With under a minute left in the game, LeBron hit a three-pointer to pull within two points. Kawhi Leonard was then fouled and sent to the line for the Spurs, but he missed one free throw, so the Heat still had a chance, down by three. After Lebron missed a free throw, Chris Bosh rebounded it and kicked it out to Ray Allen in the corner who then knocked down a three-pointer to ultimately send the game to overtime where the Heat secured the win. The rest was history as the Heat won game seven, capping an amazing season with their second straight championship.
Game Two ALCS- Red Sox vs. Tigers: The Red Sox were perhaps the team of destiny in the MLB this past year. Early in the season, they suffered the effects of the Boston Marathon bombing in their hometown. After a surprising comeback season, after being the worst team in the AL East last year, the Red Sox found themselves sitting in position to reach the World Series. After dropping game one of the Championship Series, the Red Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers in what was a must-win game.
The Tigers jumped to an early lead, scoring one run in the second inning and adding four more in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead. The Red Sox answered with one run in the sixth. Then came the eighth inning, and the Red Sox, with their backs against the wall, loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Up to bat came David Ortiz, the Red Sox best power hitter. Down four, Ortiz delivered with a clutch grand slam to tie the game. In the next inning, Boston won on a walk-off single to tie the series at one. Boston went on to beat the Tigers and then beat the Cardinals in the World Series.
Iron Bowl- Alabama vs. Auburn: The Iron Bowl is an 80-year old tradition, a football game between college football powers Auburn and Alabama. Throughout its long history, no game can compare to the one played in November of 2013,The stakes were high, as the winner would win the SEC West division and presumably go on to the National Championship. Auburn took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, only to have Alabama score three straight touchdowns in the second quarter and take a 21-7 lead. With under two minutes left in the half, Auburn running back Tre Mason made it a one-possession game with a rushing touchdown. Then, Auburn scored three minutes into the second half to tie the game at 21.
The two teams fought back and forth for the remainder of the quarter, and the score remained tied heading into the fourth. With ten minutes left in the game, Alabama faced a tough situation with the ball on their own one-yard line. However, quarterback AJ McCarron was able to connect with wide receiver Amari Cooper for a 99-yard touchdown. Auburn, now down a touchdown in the fourth, had to find a way to score. After turning the ball over on downs, they managed to stop Alabama on the 13-yard line and prevent the Crimson Tide from expanding the lead. Auburn, now midway through the fourth, still could not get to the end zone and had to give the ball back to Alabama. After driving down the field, Alabama attempted a 33-yard field goal, only to have it blocked.
Auburn took over with under three minutes to play, and quarterback Nick Marshall led them down to the Alabama 39-yard line. Fifty seconds remained on the clock and Auburn had to score to tie the game. On first down, Marshall connected to wide receiver Sammy Coates on a miscommunication by the Alabama defense for the score. With the game tied and forty seconds left, overtime seemed inevitable. However, the Crimson Tide wanted to try and score before time ran out. Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon caught a pass in the last few seconds and stepped out of bounds on the Auburn 40-yard line. The clock appeared to run out, but the play was reviewed and one second was added. Alabama would have a chance to win the game. Despite already missing three field goals, Alabama coach Nick Saban decided to send out freshman kicker Adam Griffith to try to win the game. The kick at first seemed good, but it ended up being a yard short. Auburn’s Chris Davis was waiting under the goalpost and received the short kick and started to run it out of the end zone. After making a few Alabama players miss, Davis broke through to open field and returned the missed field goal 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown. The Auburn fans went crazy at Jordan-Hare Stadium as their team had won The SEC West, and eventually went on to win the National Championship.
Creative Writing Majors Take Home Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
By Alex Sosa
Each year, thousands of students enter the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Medals are presented to the winners. You can win three types of medals: The Gold Key, Silver Key, or an honorable mention. Around two hundred thousand submissions are entered and only around a thousand win. The Creative Writing class of RBR has been entering this prestigious competition for the past few years. Each student sends in five original pieces varying from poetry to short stories. There are a total of twenty eight categories. Each year the Creative Writing Majors win a majority of the awards. In fact, just last year RBR won the most awards in all of New Jersey. This year, they earned about a hundred medals. Students who had won the Gold Keys are considered some of the best in the nation. Their pieces will move on to be ranked again in order to earn a higher title. Gretna Wilkinson, the Creative Writing Teacher, expects nothing less of her classes. She encourages every one of her student’s to be the best they can be. The creative writing major’s worked on these pieces for quite a while and put a lot of time and effort into what they had written.
Congratulations to everyone who has won an award:
Marissa Albano: Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Renae Ames: Honorable Mention (3)
Gabi Amorelli: Honorable Mention (3)
Giana Apreza: Silver Key(2), Honorable Mention
Ariel Balaban: Gold Key
Noah Beller: Honorable Mention(2)
Phoebe Carr: Silver key(2), Honorable Mention
Grace Cody: Honorable Mention (2)
Sofia Dadap: Silver Key(20
Lauren Diaz: Gold Key, Silver Key (2)
Franny Donnington: Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Krystan Dougan: Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Skyler Eber: Gold Key
Emma Gorry: Honorable Mention
Hanah Haugenes: Gold Key
Siana Henriques: Silver Key, Honorable Mention (2)
Anthony Jiminez: Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Alyssa Keleigh: Gold Key, SilverKey (2)
Ben Krachman: Honorable Mention
Emily Levine: Honorable Mention
Emily Lugos: Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Elly McCarthy: Silver Key, Honorable Mention (2)
Jack McLoone: Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Alexa Meternan: Honorable Mention (2)
Meriah Murphy: Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Mya Nunnally: Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention (3)
Ann Palma: Silver, Honorable Mention
Andrew Perfetto: Honorable Mention
Courtney Ravelo: Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Leah Roberts: Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Alex Sosa: Silver Key, Honorable Mention (2)
Fiona Taddei: Gold Key
Patrick Tessenholtz: Gold Key, Honorable Mention (2)
Lola Todman: Silver Key(2), Honorable Mention
Corey Van Huff: Honorable Mention
Jeff Villapiano: Gold Key
Emily Weiner: Gold Key, Silver Key (3)
Abby Westgate: Gold Key, Silver Key (3)
Brooke Willemstyn: Silver Key, Honorable Mention 3)
Kayla Williams: Honorable Mention
Liv Winnicki: Gold Key(2), Silver Key (2)
Emma Wright: Silver Key
Madison Zeller: Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Relay For Life: — A Night Where Laughs are Shared and Memories are Made
By Elisa Orsini
Relay For Life is a night where people come together and remember those that they lost to cancer and to recognize and support those that are currently fighting their own battle with cancer. Family and friends all come together to prepare for this exceptional night and fundraise for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The American Cancer Society does more than just raise money for cancer research. The ACS provides cancer patients with transportation to treatment, gives patients a free place to stay when they have to travel far for treatment, provides patients with wigs, and overall eases patients’ fears while they are going through this very tough time.
This is the sixth year RBR has hosted the Relay For Life which takes places on May 16th and 17th, on the Red Bank Regional Track under the lights. It is truly an unforgettable night! Please join us to walk around the track for this 24-hour event because cancer never sleeps and neither will we.
With your help, we could find the cure to cancer once and for all. You can make a donation or learn more information on the Relay For Life website. If you want to get involved in Relay For Life this year, gather up some family and friends and create a team here:
Upcoming Team Captain meetings: (Open To Everyone)
March 13th, 7:00pm @ RBR High School Commons Area
April 23rd, 7:00pm @ RBR High School Commons Area
RBR Presents Forty Second Street April 3 through 6
"Come and meet those dancing feet on the avenue I’m taking you to… 42nd Street."
The RBR Theatre Company reprises the iconic, musical, 42nd Street with performances on Thursday, April 3, Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5 at 7 pm. There will be a special matinee performance on Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Red Bank Regional is located at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver, NJ. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved ahead for large groups by calling 732-842-8000, ext. 217.
Pink Shirt Friday
By Jacquelyn Bosamonte, Lifestyle Editor
Many students who have taken Chemistry or Marine Science know Mr. Mancuso. However, there might be one thing about him that you didn’t notice; that is, every Friday he wears a pink shirt. This appropriately led to his students renaming the last day of the week Pink Shirt Friday. Some of his classes may already know the tale of how Pink Shirt Fridays came to be, but if you’re wondering why, you’re in luck, because I have the full story straight from Mr. Mancuso.
The story begins back when Mr. Man had starting working in the city many years ago. There was a strict dress code; white shirts and dark or black ties. Being a bachelor and just starting his career, money was tight for him as he had to pay for his NYC apartment, food, and other necessities. One Friday, while washing his clothes, he accidently mixed one of his white shirts with something red, and when he took it out of the machine, the shirt was pink! Seeing as that was the only clean shirt he had and he didn’t have the money to buy another one, he was forced to wear the light pink shirt despite the job’s dress codes. To his surprise, he didn’t get in trouble for wearing the pink shirt. On the contrary, it was a big hit in his office. After that day, he began wearing that pink shirt on Fridays and ever since. If it’s a day he is working, you will find Mr. Mancuso wearing some sort of pink shirt.
Pink Shirt Fridays are not only just for Mr. Man, he encourages anyone out there to join him in wearing pink shirts on Fridays. Maybe RBR can even start a new fashion trend!
Movie Review on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
By Courtney Ravelo
Premiering on Christmas Day, the second film adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hit theatres. Based on James Thurber’s short story by the same name, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an action-packed adventure for kids and adults alike, given its PG rating.
It is directed by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the movie as Walter Mitty with love interest Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig). Most of the action comes from Mitty’s imagination since he is too shy and introverted to do any of the things he dreams of. Mitty works for Life magazine in the photo department dealing with negatives all day for the covers of the magazine. He has worked there for sixteen years and has never lost a negative. When Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), a famous photographer, sends Life a photo reel asking for negative 25 to be the cover, Mitty goes crazy because negative 25 is missing. To make matters worse, it is going to be the last cover of Life magazine since they are going completely online and letting almost all of the workers go. In an effort to find negative 25, Mitty goes searching all over the world for Sean O’Connell.
Mitty ends up following breadcrumbs to Greenland. There he takes a helicopter to a boat that Sean is supposedly on. He drops into the freezing water and has a fight with a shark, which he is not sure is real or a figment of his wildly active imagination. Once he gets on the boat, he realizes it’s taking him to Iceland and that Sean isn’t on it. In Iceland, he has a close call with an erupting volcano, just to lose track of Sean. He heads back to America dejected, and back to work where he is fired for not finding the negative.
When he returns to his apartment, his mom mentions that Sean had visited her the week before and helps Mitty decipher one of his riddles. Mitty makes his last attempt at finding Sean by heading to the Himalayas. It is on the top of one of the mountains that he finds Sean O’Connell! He’s sitting and waiting to take a shot of a snow leopard. Mitty finally asks him what Sean did with negative 25 and why he didn’t send it in with the rest of his photo reel, and Sean tells Mitty that he put negative 25 in a wallet he gave him.
Mitty is shocked to realize that he just traveled all over the world for something that has been in his pocket the entire time. Upon his second arrival to America, Mitty drops off the negative at Life magazine without looking at it, just to see the cover at a newsstand in Manhattan. The negative was actually a picture Sean had taken of him. To wrap things up, the final scene consists of Mitty and Cheryl holding hands and walking down a New York City avenue.
The movie was very enjoyable and fun and well worth seeing.
Movie Review of American Hustle
By Courtney Ravelo, Co-Editor In Chief
On December 20th, 2013, American Hustle had its premiering night in theatres across the United States. Thoroughly anticipated for its all-star cast, the movie lived up to its expectations. I had seen the 10 PM showing, hoping fervently I could stay up for the entire movie, knowing it was well over two hours in length. As soon as it started I was hooked- I didn’t even want to blink in fear of missing an important plot twist.
American Hustle is about the mob, yes, but this movie was different than usual “mob” movies. Rated R, I expected much more violence but there was barely any! It was rated R strictly for cursing, which wasn’t that surprising considering what the movie was about. The movie is loosely based on the Abscam sting operations in the 1970s.
The story revolves around Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), two con artists. Sydney has an alternate personality, a British woman named Edith Greensfield. She is known for having “bank connections in London,” luring desperate men to chase after her and beg her to take their money. It was quite clever, and Irving and Sydney made a good team with hefty profits. That is, until Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), an undercover FBI agent, takes them down. Instead of sending them to jail though, he uses them to catch something much bigger, something that will get him a name in the FBI world.
He plans on taking down United States congressmen and senators, but starts out smaller with the Camden, New Jersey Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner). Richie plans on taking them down by recording politicians taking bribes from Irving and Sydney (Edith) with a hidden wire. Unfortunately, they all fall for it not knowing they are experienced con artists.
The plot twist in the movie occurs when Irving actually, and unwittingly, befriends Carmine and feels guilty for what Richie is making him do. Eventually Irving confesses to Carmine what he did and tells him that he, along with several other United States politicians, are going to jail for taking bribes. Adding to the already intriguing and thick plot, the romance twists had my head spinning.
Rosalyn Rosenfeld (played flawlessly by Jennifer Lawrence), Irving’s wife, is not only psychotic but has a child that Irving adopted as his son and loves dearly, making it impossible to leave her even after falling madly in love with Sydney. Sydney, on the other hand, is making Richie fall madly in love with Edith, her alternate English personality in order to con him in the end with the truth of who she really is. The story concludes quite satisfactorily with Irving and Rosalyn getting a divorce while Irving can still see his adopted son. Rosalyn starts dating a mobster and Irving and Sydney live happily together, though guilt-trodden about Carmine. The pair did manage to get him a reduced sentence, which they conned the prosecutor to grant along with their own freedom. Richie is the one who ends up with absolutely nothing in the end, not even his name in the papers or a story to make him famous.
The movie portrayed the seventies to perfection amidst the cars and hairdos, disco nightclubs, music (Do the Hustle) and smoking. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence competed for most beautiful the entire movie, coming in a tie in my opinion. There is a lot of talk about Christian Bale actually lost his infamous Batman physique and gained 45 pounds to play the role of the middle-aged conman! The movie has garnered many Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, David Russell, with best actor/actress nominations for Christian Bale and Amy Adams and Best supporting actors nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
All in all, I would rate this movie and the performances of the actors with five stars and an A++. A must see!!!!!!
RBR’s National Art Honors Society Hosts it’s Most Successful Kaleidoscope Yet
By Cassie Jain, Features and Managing Editor
On January 17, the RBR commons was once again transformed into a swirl of artwork and colors for the National Art Honors Society’s annual Kaleidoscope arts festival. Stressing the interactive side of art, Kaleidoscope featured various activities and performances which guests both young and old enjoyed.
The entire event was created and run by the National Art Honors Society (NAHS), which any student can join as long as they have taken some art class and fulfill the hoor society requirements. The NAHS is under the direction of Mrs. Claudia O’Connor, the VPA Studio Art teacher. Members ran numerous different stations, where different kinds of art were showcased:
The Wishing Tree: At the Wishing Tree, everyone had a chance to make a wish on a paper snowflake which they cut in their own design and hung on a twinkling, gold tree.
Abstract Photo Wall: Hanging upon the wall were obscure photos of commonplace objects…the game was to guess what each one pictured!
Scavenger Hunt: A colored-oriented quest, each person spun a giant color wheel and landed on a specific color. Based on what color the wheel landed on, participants were given a card of riddles to solve to help locate objects around the room (sometimes even hidden on NAHS members!)
Master Painting: The goal of the master painting was for everyone at Kaleidoscope to recreate, square by square, Picasso’s painting “Girl Before A Mirror.” Every person was given a specific area on the painting to replicate, which would then be added to a corresponding spot on the master painting. This year was the first year the master painting was completed in one Kaleidoscope event!
Sand Art: The sand art was not your typical sand art station—instead of putting colored sand in tubes, the sand art station gave people a chance to draw in a sandbox and see the creation projected on a screen.
Caricatures: At the caricatures station, talented NAHS members drew what else but visitors’ caricatures in their typical goofy and cartoonishly accurate way.
Kaleidoscope: Bearing the event’s namesake, this station features a giant kaleidoscope-shaped piece of paper where people were encouraged to add their own funky or fancy pattern to create a blend of colors and shapes.
Spin Art: At the spin art station, whirring machines spun pieces of paper around at high speeds while creators squirted different colors of paints on them, resulting in their own mini masterpiece.
Gayla Prom at Red Bank Regional
By Sofia Dadap
Red Bank Regional’s own Gay-Straight Alliance will be, for the first time, hosting Monmouth County’s fourth annual GSA Prom, or ‘Gayla’. This event will be held on May 30th in the commons, and is open to all high school students from ages 13-19.
The GSA strives to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ youth and their allies; attendees and chaperones must be accepting of all sexual orientations/gender identities. Any suggestions or comments can be directed to the Gay-Straight Alliance’s officers during 2:30pm meetings on Mondays. The entrance fee is $20, payable at the door. Sign up, forms, and details will be announced in April.
Finding Positives in the Super Bowl: Looking for Bright Spots in a Blowout
By Jack McLoone, Sports Co-Editor
There’s no denying it; the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos ended up being fairly disappointing. Most discussion leading up to the game was focused on the fact that no one was really sure who was going to win, but that it was going to be a close, hard fought game that would probably come down to the last drive of the game. These predictions were laughable after just one half of play. With a game that out-of-hand, it is hard to find positives, but that is what I endeavor to do. By the way, if you watched the game on a delay so you could fast forward to the commercials ,the Seahawks won 43-8 in the second-biggest blowout ever.
If New Jersey (not York) Can Get One, Anyone Can
Remember when there was going to be Snowmaggedon on the day of the Super Bowl, so much that it could look like The Day After Tomorrow or, even worse, the game could get moved. And then… it was 40 degrees at kick off. Another prediction gone wrong! But with the Super Bowl going off without a hitch, it opens the door for other northern cities like Chicago and Foxboro (where the Patriots play) to host the big game, and technically for Cleveland and Buffalo, though I’m not sure they want to be reminded that there are actual successful teams in the NFL. But with more cities, there’s increased chance of home team Super Bowls (always exciting) and games in the snow (the best kind of game). Mark my words: everyone will be missing the game from the septic swamps of East Rutherford when Goodell sends the Super Bowl to London to try and get Europeans to like football again. Isn’t the frozen tundra of Green Bay a much better choice?
Defense Can Still Win Championships
In the “new” NFL that announcers love talking about, passing is king. Then, of course, they returned to talking about how they “always knew defense would win championships” after Seattle’s blowout win. While this is typical of most gasbag talking heads, they are highlighting an important point. I’m always a proponent of keeping games from becoming one-dimensional, and Peyton Manning’s season this year looked like it would signal a switch to teams putting everything behind their quarterbacks and receivers and leaving the rest of football strategy out-to-dry. Then the Legion of Boom (the Seahawks secondary) absolutely shut down the Broncos’ passing attack, and the importance of defense (and the rest of football) was saved.
The Reemergence of Percy Harvin
Percy Harvin’s career arc has been one of explosive highs and expensive lows. When Seattle traded a plethora of picks to the Vikings for him and handed him a new contract, he was going to be the weapon for Quarterback Russell Wilson. However, he spent most of this season plagued by injuries, only appearing in one
Graphics Major Natalie Christ’s PSA Entered in State-Wide Contest—Help Natalie Win –“Like” her Video on Facebook
By Henry Ehlers
Last month at RBR, graphics major Natalie Christ’s video was entered into a state-wide competition through the “Classroom Close-Up NJ show’s Facebook page.” Her entry entitled “Bullying and Suicide” was a project for school which required her to create a public service announcement. Natalie’s video focuses on the effects of bullying on the minds and demeanors of students. The contest winner is decided by the amount of likes each entered video gets on the Classroom Close-Up Facebook page.
As members of the RBRHS community, we have the opportunity to help Natalie win the contest by viewing her video at https://www.facebook.com/crcunj. Scroll down until you see the post titled ”RBRTV bullying PSA”. It is listed under the date of submission as January 17.
Please like it to help Natalie win the contest! Remember every click helps!