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“Rings” leads audiences into an adventure

By Chery Hu

Photo courtesy of : Paramount Pictures

 

Ghost Sarama Morgan pose for an advertisement.

 

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As a fan of horror movies, the “Rings” trailer successfully caught my attention.  “Rings” is a movie that is based on a Japanese horror novel, written by Koji Suzuki in 1991.  

 

          After this novel was published, many movies were filmed based on the story, but they come from different countries such as the oldest Japanese version “Ring,” the Korean version “The Ring Virus,” and the American versions “The Ring” and “The Ring 2.”

 

         Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz is the director of “Rings,”  the newest American version which released on February 3rd, 2017. He released this amazing movie two years later after his first decision of releasing it in 2015 because he wanted to have a perfect cut of the movie, and he changed many scenes during these two years.  Diaz decided to film this movie because he is a big fan of the original Japanese version of “Ring”, and he wanted to take the challenge for himself to add some new elements for new audiences or old fans.

 

          In “Rings”, once the victims watch the Sarama Morgan’s cursed videotape, a phone rings to remind them have only seven days to live before their death.  If they can’t find a person to watch the cursed videotape, then they will die dreadfully with their head twisted.  The main character Julia, is unfortunately caught in this situation because her boyfriend, Holt Anthony watched the videotape.  Anthony first refused to see Julia because he doesn’t want her to be another victim, but Julia finally finds out the truth and watches the cursed videotape to save Anthony. She then wants to stop this tragedy by finding the mystery of the videotape.

 

         Holt says, “ I keep... thinking about this story. There's this video that... kills you. Seven days after you watch it. The second it's over... the phone rings. And this voice says…   Seven days,” when Julia asks why he tries to hide.

 

         During the movie, I could feel that the audience was fearful of the ghost Sarama, and the atmosphere of the room was tense.  All of us didn’t know what would happen next, and I was already frightened by the background music.  

        Although this is not my first time watching a horror movie at the theaters, I still covered my eyes constantly while watching it.  The most unforgettable part of the movie for me is when Gabriel Brown, a college professor, was killed by the ghost Sarama.  It  shocked me because the effects make the scenes so horrendous and bloody.

 

         Compared to the previous versions of “Ring”, the newest version is better than what I expected. I knew it would be a great challenge to film this movie because the Japanese version created a great impact for horror movies.  I remembered when I first saw the Japanese version of “Ring,”  the scene when the ghost came out of the television really scared me.  The face of ghost was the highlight because she had unforgettable long hair that covered her face. For the newest American version, director Diaz keeps the original part of the movie as much as possible, but he still tries to create some new concepts into the movie such as focusing more into the cursed videotape instead of the ghost killing people. This is more attractable for the me because I would like to know more about why this videotape became a way to murder people.


          If you’re wondering if you should spend your time to see this movie and want excitement. “Rings” is the movie that you would enjoy. Try bringing your friends with you as well! Don't be afraid when a girl with long hair comes out while you watch the movie, she just wants to say hello to you…

Fight for gold and glory in For Honor - Game Review

By Ben Sheh and Cameron Takashima

Photo courtesy of : Ubisoft

 

Cover image for “For Honor” depticting the three factions.

 

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Take up arms as For Honor takes you through a chaotic and war torn world, harsh but beautiful. It’s a place where Vikings, knights and samurai are pitted against each other in an age-old war for a cause long forgotten. The story explains that a great calamity 1,000 years ago swept the earth, smashing three continents into one and forcing three factions to compete for resources.

 

When the game first starts, you are given the decision to choose which faction you will fight for - knight, Viking or samurai. Making this decision does not tie you to one faction, however, as you have the opportunity to change at anytime. Once you have made your decision, you can customize a banner that will represent you in the multiplayer portion of the game. This feature is purely cosmetic and is up to the player as to how their warrior looks. After these steps are complete, you are given a basic tutorial on the features and controls of the game. When completed, you are given 2,000 steel - the game’s currency.

 

From here, you can also play the game’s advanced tutorial. Doing the advanced tutorial is something I highly recommend as it gives the player a better grasp on how the game is played as well as more complex techniques they can use when playing. If that wasn’t enough incentive, there is also the added bonus of 3,000 steel. If you decide not to play this, you can jump right into the single and multiplayer parts of the game.

 

Singleplayer involves a basic storyline, and it follows a number of characters from each faction. The game starts you out by following the story of one knight as he fights through hordes of enemies while questioning the meaning of all the conflict. The story, while rudimentary, gives the player a little more insight into why the three factions are at war. You will also be able to experience each of the factions’ classes, helping the player make a decision about what playstyle they are most comfortable with.

 

Aside from singleplayer, there is also multiplayer. It is here that your earlier decision of choosing your faction comes into play. In multiplayer, you will have the opportunity to fight in a faction war. To win, your team needs points earned by fighting against other players using the skills you picked up during the practice portion and the story part of the game.


The game's main feature is its battle system. It uses a very simple rock-paper-scissors concept that challenges the player's reflexes and analytical skill. However, players may find that the action can be rather sluggish; don’t expect lightning-fast sword cuts and parries. To make up for the fact that both games and humans have limitations, it places a delay before each warrior’s attack so that the opponent has a chance to react. There are factions with different classes and each class has its own moves and features that set it apart from other similar classes. Each class falls into a category that defines the basic fundamentals of what that class does to contribute in a fight. For example, the vanguard is a frontline fighter that is well-balanced in defence and attack; perfect for beginners and experienced players alike. Then there are the assassins: fast, agile and very hard to take down with brute strength alone. Next are the tanks, which are heavy hitters boasting high defense and low mobility. Lastly, there are hybrid classes. Like the name implies, these are a combination of two classes forming one mixed class. They are typically very difficult to master but also incredibly hard to defeat.


For Honor, while not perfect due to some online connectivity issues for multiplayer as well as pay to win progression, is still challenging yet simple and a lot of fun to play. So grab your weapons, strap on a helmet, rehearse a war cry, and see you on the battlefield.

The Cure for Wellness is BRILLIANT

By Ethan Angeles

Photo courtesy of : Regency Enterprise

 

Lockhart is caught trying to escape the sanitarium.

 

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The story “A Cure For Wellness” by Regency Enterprises was initially released on February 17th of this year by 20th Century Fox, after being initially set to be released on September 23rd, 2016. It is said that 20th Century Fox created fake news sites to market the movie.

 

In my opinion, I feel like this movie should have done better. This psychological horror film beautifully captured family preservation and humanity’s lust for perfection. The movie starts off with a financial services firm about to be sued. They send the next hotshot of the company,Lockhart(Dane Dehaan,) to retrieve the CEO Mr. Pembroke(Harry Groener) so that he could take the blame for the company’s downfall. Lockhart tried to retrieve Pembroke swiftly from a sanitarium in the Swiss Alps, but to no avail. His failure was met with nothing but misfortune. As he was leaving, he got into a car accident, and was admitted into the sanitarium. He noticed many things not quite normal with the spa, and unraveled many mysteries as well as exposing many hidden secrets.

 

In finding out that Dr. Heinrich Volmer (Jason Isaacs)--the owner of the sanitarium--was the long-fabled owner of the property before it was burned down by the townspeople and the father of Hannah, Mia Goth(the daughter of him and his sister), Lockhart tried to warn the other patients but failed.

 

Overall, I believe this was a good story that showed certain people's’ obsessions with family preservation and perfection, something we clearly see when Donald Trump shuns a certain company when they said that they would stop selling Ivanka Trump’s products. It is also different in a sense that Dr. Volmer took it to a different level in preserving his family by literally having a child with his sister, and then trying to have a child with his daughter(that was with his sister) near the end of the movie.

 

I personally believe that the movie perfectly captures mystery and plot-holes in a way that not only makes the story better, but also allows the viewers to imagine what some things meant. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one thinking that the eels, being a cure for everlasting life and also being the means of how people were disposed of, was a double edged sword, but was also confusing when  it was only used for foreshadow in other multiple scenes. The cobalt blue vile was also a useful tool in foreshadow in this movie. It clearly showed the allies of the sanitarium, and who worked for Dr. Volmer.


Other people may argue that the movie didn’t reveal enough, such as containing too much mystery without enough answers. I believe that is why this movie didn’t do very well in the movie theaters--because of its vast mystery and few answers. Nobody ever found out what happened to the company and the other CEOs of the company during the course of Lockhart being stuck at the sanitarium due to his injury from the car accident, and where Hannah and Lockhart went, and they plan to teach Hannah about the world and life outside of the sanitarium. These unanswered questions left a lot of viewers puzzled and confused. This led to many people not liking the overall outcome of the movie.

The lean, hybrid game machine goes where you go - Switch console review

By Ben Sheh and Cameron Takashima

Photo courtesy of : Nintendo

 

The Nintendo Switch comes with the console itself, a dock, two joy-con controller and a joy-con grip.

 

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First of all, forget any preconceptions you may have about the new Nintendo Switch console being a home console first and mobile second. On the contrary, the Switch will likely find much more use on the go. You’ll find that the console itself is very similar in size to the original Amazon Kindle Fire - much smaller than many expect. The two “Joy-Con” controllers are like tiny levers that slide onto the console, but can also be attached to a grip to form a more traditional controller. These have all the buttons you’d expect on a regular controller, and their design quality is very high.

 

The main selling point of the Switch is its ability to transform from being used as a home console to being a mobile console. It does this by putting a screen on the console itself, and using a dock to connect the console to a TV screen. When undocked, the screen is used instead to play games. Many will find that the Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as other console such as the Playstation 4 or Xbox One. Depending on the user, this may or may not be a problem. Although lower processing power tends to lead to more frame rate drops, Nintendo focuses on producing games without realistic environments. This way, the problem isn’t as noticeable. But it’s still a problem with a large game such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

 

Breath of the Wild is one of few games currently out, and while it definitely deserves its own review our A&E section is already filled with material. Suffice it to say, it’s definitely a game worth getting for those who like fantasy settings and exploration. If you need more to sway you, look no farther than the glowing critic reviews Breath of the Wild has accrued since its launch date.

 

Back to the Switch, it outputs up to 1080p 60fps gameplay on a TV and 720p while in handheld mode. Handheld mode felt like the console’s comfort area more than docked, as the Joy-con controllers feel much more comfortable when attached the main Switch instead of the grip for home use. The console has a decent battery life at about 3 hours. While this doesn’t seem like much, it can be recharged on the go thanks to a USB-C adapter.

 

The Nintendo Switch is a mobile console that fills a niche of its own. It seems to be targeted towards a very specific audience, but because of quality titles coming out in the near future I’d recommend the Switch to anyone who’s interested in Nintendo’s IPs.

 

“Fifty Shades Darker” is not just sex but more

By Jose Dominguez

Photo courtesy of : Universal Studios

 

Christian and Ana dance in “Fifty Shades Darker” promotional art.

 

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“Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect,” said William Paul Young a novel writer. “Fifty Shades Darker” directed by James Foley and written by Niall Leonard based on a novel of the same name by E.L. James was released on February 10, 2017.

 

As of March 12, 2017, “Fifty Shades Darker” has seen a gross of $112.9 million in the United States and about $255.9 million in Canada for a total of about $368.8 million, from a starting budget of $55 million. In the first 24 hours this movie sold over 75 million tickets. According to IMDb this movie broke the previous record, held by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, when it sold 112 million tickets in the same amount of time in October 2015.

 

“Fifty Shades Darker” is the series sequel of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. These romantic drama films star Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

 

The story began with Anastasia Steele, a literature student. She goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey as a favor to her roommate Kate. She encounters a brilliant, beautiful and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana starts to realize that she wants him, and, despite his mysterious reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him.

 

Not able to resist Ana's beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her as well  but on his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey despite the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth and his loving family, Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.

 

I believe that Christian's needs to make others submit is too excessive but this opens up more space to continue the romantic sex story they have.

 

Christian and Ana decide to revive their relationship, except this time there are no more rules or punishments.They are no longer having personal relationships by contract, and instead, they are doing it as a free loving couple.

 

As they begin to get used to their newfound relationship, Christian's past begins to haunt Ana as Christian struggles with his innermost thoughts.

 

The beauty about this film is that it bring some action into play besides the sexual intercourse. I believe that the audience that the writers wanted to attract loved it.


While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. One woman in particular from his past was a great addition to the movie, and it gives it a plot twist.

 

I enjoyed the movie overall, and I believe that, although Christian is a sex- by- contract guy, he pulls himself together and begins to change. Anastasia submits to him, and he does to her as well but the difference is that this time they do it loving each other.

 

One thing that I disliked about this movie is that there was little explanation when Christian shares his story with Anastasia about the person who molested him when he was a child.


The movie does have lots of graphic sex  but it is worth it. I do recommend this movie, but I warn everyone that there is a lot  of strong erotic, sexual content, some graphic nudity and language included.