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‘Let it Snow’ Movie Review and ‘Jaws’ Book Review

Let Go Of Let it Snow  

Wednesday afternoon, I grabbed a blanket and settled into my couch to watch Let it Snow, the newly movie adapted version of the book Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances written by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. I was excited to watch this new Netflix movie, I knew it was going to be cheesy and had 75% Rotten Tomatoes rate but I thought maybe it had some promise.

Within the first thirty minutes I was let down. Not only were the characters stale, but the stories were overworked cliches with drama that seemed drawn out and overblown. I waited an hour and thirty-three minutes, hoping and praying that maybe the cliche tales would be wrapped up uniquely, in a way that would separate Let it Snow from the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas romances, but how I was wrong.

There are three stories that are happening over the course of this movie and they are stitched together to create a Frankenstein-esque monstrosity. In the first tale, Tobin, played here by Mitchell Hope, has to find a way to tell his best friend the Duke, played by Kiernan Shipka, that he is in love with her, but several setbacks stop him from doing so. During one portion of this movie they sing a tacky and out of place duet of “Whole of the Moon” originally sung by the Waterboys. 

Liv Hewson’s character, Dorrie, must confront a visiting cheerleader girl named Tegan, played by Anna Akana, who she likes on why she won’t acknowledge her. Their romance is refreshing in one sense as they are LGBTQ+ characters in love, but dull in that there is little to no characterization or originality in their storyline.

Julie, Isabela Merced’s character, is a girl struggling to face the real world and decide between going to college and staying to take care of her sick mother. She is about to leave on a train where she meets the new rising popstar Stuart Bale, she is annoyed by his presence and continues on her way. Minutes later she learns that the train is stuck because of snow on the tracks and gets off the train to go home where she is followed by Stuart. They are only walking for a minute when Julie says, “I got into Columbia (University). In New York. Also my mom is sick,”(Let it Snow). Are we supposed to believe that people just tell strangers about their innermost dilemmas within seconds of meeting? Julie jumps from being annoyed with Stuart for his fame to being a giggly schoolgirl over him within seconds.

Sure everyone gets their happy ending but it leaves the viewer with several questions: Will Julie go to college? How will she take care of her mother? How did Stuart get away from his publicist to see Julie? Why was Duke hanging out with JP instead of talking to Tobin? Why did that one lady wear tinfoil? Did Keon ever get to meet the Tempest? Why did I think this movie would be any good?

The rating of 5.8 out of 10 rating left on IMDb is absolutely valid as this movie lacked in not only fresh characters but also original stories and fails to draw viewers in past the first thirty minutes. While looking for a good Christmas movie to watch this year, settle for something besides Let it Snow.

– Anna Principato

What Came First; the Movie or the Book? (And Which Is Better?)

Most of us have scene the 1975 movie Jaws directed by Stephen Spielberg, the classic summer horror film that sparked a newly revived fear of sharks, but many have never read the book that came first. By the same title, Jaws, this book written by Peter Benchley came out in 1974 and became an instant sensation. 

The setting is a little town called Amityville where a young woman recently washed up on the beach, dead and torso severed, supposedly killed by a shark.  The book follows the chaos that unfolds from the now multiple shark attacks. The town thrives on its summer business of attracting tourists to the beaches, but this new threat of a killer shark threatens this coastal paradise’s welfare. We watch as Brody, the police chief, struggles between what he knows is right, shutting down the beaches, and what the mayor is pressuring him to do, keeping the beaches open for tourism money.

The book opens with a chapter dedicated to the shark’s point of view, allowing the reader to build a connection with the shark which is unique in the horror book genre. But Jaws isn’t all about sharks, guts and gore, it also dives into the personal lives of several other Amityville residents. The story circles mainly around Brody but also branches out to Brody’s wife, Ellen, and her crisis about her relationship with Brody, “This depiction of human frailty hints at Benchley’s main triumph over Spielberg”(Independent). Of course, it doesn’t bore you with the human relationships too much as there is always the lurking shark to focus on. 

The movie version of Jaws, while a classic, makes the story more about how terrifying the shark is while the book is more focused with the shark’s impact on the people of the town. The book is better than the movie because in the movie you don’t know why Hooper, the ichthyologist specializing in sharks, is so annoying and hated by Brody but the book explains their issues with one another much clearer. The movie hides these reasons and turns Hooper into an annoying, pompous know-it-all golden boy. In the book there is much more reasoning on why Hooper is the way he is. For these reasons, the original version of the story Jaws created in 1974 is much better than the movie version created in 1975. With a fast paced plot and intense scenes, Jaws is the book you need for a quick and easy read.

– Anna Principato

Bowling Season Sports Wrap

It’s the winter sports season here at CBNA. While everyone talks about basketball, there seems to be one sport that is overlooked: bowling.. The roster is looking solid this year. Returning members include Caitlyn van Gerena, Tyler Clark, Winter Lussier, Sabrina Jeffers, Lucas Laliotis, and Brianna Burke. Their game on Saturday was against Stevens High School at Maple Lanes in Claremont. Laliotis got a double strike near the end of his 1st game, though failed to make up for it in the 2nd. During the baker round, Laliotis’ squad lost by one point. When interviewed afterwards he had this to say. “We tried our hardest, but barely made it in the end. I couldn’t pretend to be upset because I was exhausted, and wanted to go home to get ready for my piano lesson at 4:30.” Their next game is up at Merrimack Ten-Pin Center in Merrimack against Souhegan High School on the 14th. They hope that you can watch their schedule and come to their games prepared to cheer the Bears on.


Frosting Over Tradition

It seems that in this generation we often have to ask ourselves if we should stick to tradition, or make changes to make it equal for everyone?

This is the dilemma of current Durham councilmen. After concerns that last year’s Christmas celebrate and tree lighting was discriminatory against people that don’t celebrate Christmas. The real concern came after they denied the option of putting a menorah beside the tree when lighting it.

Because of this, they have changed their annual Christmas celebration to a “Frost Fest” to refrain from discriminating against members of the community. I asked a Jewish source who has chosen to remain anonymous about his thoughts on Durham’s alternative celebration and the Christmas season in general. He said, “Christmas is a beloved holiday for others… I think people are so concerned with themselves and seeming like some righteous martyr that they try to take away other people’s fun by calling it ‘offensive,’” and I totally agree.

The town councilmen are not allowing the annual Christmas tree lighting happen and Santa is not making his appearance. They were about to replace the wreaths on light posts with snowflakes but community lash back has caused them to leave it and reconsider that decision. In response to these changes the town has been comparing the councilmen to The Grinch, insinuating that they have taken the Christmas spirit away.

To me, it seems that the councilmen are trying to cover up the fact that they did discriminate last year by going overboard on political correctness this year. The Christmas tradition is something that many people, religious or not, are excited for. Kids await Santa Claus, parents enjoy the decorations, it is a wonderful thing for many people. 

This is how Hanukkah is for other people too, a time of family and joy. Celebrating something that makes you happy and excited is not a crime against humanity. Many people agree with this, including this anonymous source that says, “What if someone held a celebration for Hanukkah, would that be discriminatory against Christmas? People should just have their celebrations.” Why not just let people enjoy their holiday season without making it a big social justice movement? 

Yes, denying the placement of a menorah beside the Christmas tree was wrong and discriminatory. However, taking away a town’s traditional Christmas celebration because of this is not the right move. 

The councilmen feel as if they are doing a big and just thing, but really the “Frost Fest” means that nobody can have what they want. Maybe they could have simply chosen to place a menorah beside the tree this year?

I think sometimes we all need to take a break from trying to save things that do not really need to be saved, and just enjoy where we are. The town tradition was very much more loved than hated, and the situation that occurred last year could have been handled in a different way than simply changing everything. The holiday season is wonderful for many people,regardless of religious affiliation, and Durham’s new “Frost Fest” is removing the wonder that was once present in nearly everyone’s holiday season.

Drusilla Szatko

Senior One Act Plays

After the closing of their recent musical, Cinderella, the CBNA theatre program has promptly gotten back to work. Their new endeavor: Senior One Acts. The One Acts consist of one scene with up to six characters, all directed by seniors. Some are, in fact, senior projects.

I have had the pleasure to interview one of the student directors, Caitlin Reynolds, who’s piece is called Jumping by William Borden, and features a man (played by: Calvin Swett, grade 11) who has just been cheated on by his wife and is about to jump off a bridge when a woman (played by: Ruby Carr, grade 12) approaches him and tries to force her political views onto him, evidently causing them to fall in love. 

Caitlyn says she chose this piece because it, “Really speaks to her,” has a good message, and shows us that, “There is still love in this world.” She says she knows her actors very well and when reading the piece she saw them playing the characters. She says she can’t wait to see it all come together and is very excited for the final show. She also says that although she didn’t choose to do this as her senior project, she has wanted to direct one of the one acts since she was a freshman. Her stage manager, freshman Cassandra Clery, is equally as excited. 

Along with Jumping, there are four additional one acts. Medieval Medicine directed by Madison Bowen, The Meaning of Halloween directed by Patrick Helm, In the Waiting Room of the Ghost Placement Agency directed by Abi Pellitier, and Weekend Warriors directed by Mrs. Lent and assistant directed by Lauren Rose. 

All cast, crew and theatre friends are very excited for this newest endeavor. Please join us on December 11th in the Garrish Gym at 7pm to watch these wonderful and hilarious shows! 

The Addams Family Review

Recently, I saw the new Addams Family movie with my grandma, and it is now one of my favorite movies. The animation was amazing. I liked how the tree had more fluid animation with the bending and everything. It was great to see how 3D animation has changed over the years. The cast was very well-chosen. I liked Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. Kroll’s voice made the character match up with their look. 

Now for the story. Bear in mind, spoilers are ahead. The movie starts with Morticia getting ready for her wedding. In the wedding, there was a funny joke that could call back to the original show. The townsfolk attack, forcing the Addams clan to flee. The newlyweds end up in New Jersey, with another really funny joke with the sign. They meet Lurch,their forced butler after hitting him, and move on to their new home. The opening credits sequence is really cool with the growth of the family and showing the actors. Morticia wakes up and gives the house, which is alive and a spirit, coffee after it yells “GET……OUT!!!!!” Then we’re introduced to Wednesday and Pugsley Addams. The tree wakes them up and they have a sibling rivalry in addition to internal conflicts. 

The whole family is coming to Pugsley’s coming-of-age celebration in two weeks. Meanwhile, a super popular woman finishes wrapping a new episode of her home makeover show. The season finale is happening in two weeks so one can assume what’s going to happen. Soon Wednesday and Parker, the woman’s daughter, meet, and the conflict truly starts. Uncle Fester shows up early and then more hilarious “oblivious to pain and death jokes” start happening during Parker and Wednesday’s talk. The town is all the same and the Addams are different, so Parker’s mom goes on this neighborhood chat thing and it’s evident that it’s like a utopian dystopia. Soon Cousin Itt, played by Snoop Dogg, arrives, and soon the rest of the family shows up too. During the coming-of-age celebration, the town attacks and Pugsley helps the family realize that tradition should be followed in their own way. The townsfolk realize they made a mistake, and so change their ways. They rebuild the Addams house, the spirit returns, and then …Animated original intro to the show! This movie was really good, and deserves a watch.

-Lucas Laliotis 

Merry Christmas (in July)!

You know that time of the year, when the garden center at Walmart is filled with stockings, ornaments, and string lights. Red and green signs with bells and reindeer are hung up on the side of the aisles. Peppermint treats in many different forms are put out. You begin seeing Santa hats and red sweaters. It’s the wonderful time of the year where Christmas items are beginning to be sold.

You may feel that this time of the year (often times early September) is annoying and uncalled for, because Halloween has not even passed yet. I totally understand. When you are just getting ready to pick out a costume, and you begin purchasing fake spider webs and candy bowls, the cheerful red and green that is beginning to creep into the store seems out of place and might take away from the spookiness you are feeling. However, the early decorations of Christmas can be beneficial for many people.

Personally, when it starts getting colder outside and the leaves begin falling off the trees, my mood falls with them. Summer is my favorite time of the year, feeling like freedom and sunshine. The vitamin D improves my mental health and energy levels more than anything else. I love to pull on a pair of shorts and a tank top and walk outside without needing a jacket to cover up. I love how refreshing ice cream tastes and how nice it feels to sit in warm sand. Once the temperatures begin to drop and tank tops are moved to clearance racks in order to make space for sweaters, I can feel the freedom and glow of summer slipping away.

When I see the Christmas sections, however, I feel like a little kid, almost. I stroll through the aisles everytime I go to the store; smelling candles, pressing automated stuffed animal’s buttons, and walking excitedly through rows of fake lit up Christmas trees. Sometimes I splurge and buy peppermint bark just to get a small taste of what is coming. The early preparation gives me something to look forward to, it reminds me that even though I have to pack away my jean shorts and my tan is going to fade, good times are in store. The idea of Christmas is something I have always loved. The lights, music, and cheer that seems to be in the face of every person during the season. Winter, which usually seems dreary and dismal to me, is transformed into a winter wonderland. During this time, pulling on a sweater and winter boots seems like less of a task than ever before, sometimes I even find myself hoping for snow. I’m sure I am not the only one that feels this way either, there are plenty of Christmas enthusiasts out there.

Not only is this beneficial on an emotional level, but a financial one too. The reason behind the early displays is so stores can profit (Alexander). Consumers spend very large amounts of money on Christmas items every year, and decorating before the month of December only helps to maintain this trend. Almost all stores benefit the most during the Christmas season because of the purchasing of decorations, wrapping paper, and gifts.This provides the necessary money to many stores. 

The early celebration of Christmas can also benefit parents. When the season rolls around, it is often times stressful and overwhelming. There are gifts to be bought, old decorations to be replaced, and to do lists that seem to never end. This can become harrowing to a parent, and the early placement of Christmas isles provide an early opportunity to them so when December rolls around, they are not drowning in Christmas lists and necessities.

The way that I look at it, what does it hurt? Sure, you might be annoyed, but will it ruin your entire day? To some, the decorations are only positive, a bright light into the seemingly dark tunnel that is winter.

Drusilla Szatko

The Animal in Everyone

Hurry up and clear your plates, throw everything in the sink! Thanksgiving dinner is over. It’s time to trample a pregnant lady and 82 year old man at Target to get that 72-inch flat screen with that Black Friday deal. Does anyone else think Black Friday is the most awful, greedy, yet wholly American holiday in existence? In my opinion Black Friday is definitely an experience everyone should have, but just once. After a while it gets old, annoying and down right irritating. 

“While shopping has traditionally surged after Thanksgiving, Black Friday’s roots only trace back a matter of decades. The term “Black Friday” (as used today) originated in the 1950s in Philadelphia, where the Army-Navy football game is most commonly held the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. When throngs of mid-century shoppers and visitors swarmed the city that Friday, Philadelphia police officers required to control crowds would begrudgingly call it “Black Friday.” By the 1980s, retailers nationwide latched onto the term “Black Friday” and spun it to their advantage. Rather than using the phrase to bemoan the crowds, they exalted it as a prosperous start of the holiday shopping season when stores started turning profit (or “went into the black”). You know the rest of the story: blockbuster bargains, massive lines, and sales stretching into Cyber Monday” (Lim).

Black Friday shopping was a one-day event following Thanksgiving in past years. Eventually, many stores have begun opening earlier and earlier, starting Friday at midnight, then on Thursday night and now even before Thanksgiving has passed. Some stores have also started opening on Thanksgiving, closing at midnight and reopening Friday morning. Starting earlier can cause a dilemma for shoppers who have to choose between cooking Thanksgiving dinner and getting out early before all the good deals are gone. This also causes issues for retail workers who have an even shorter break before they have to start work. 

Black Friday is the oxymoron holiday to Thanksgiving. We are supposed to be giving thanks and relaxing with family and loved ones. Instead we are running to get the best deal and christmas presents for people and ourselves. Not only are we missing out on the meaning of Thanksgiving, but the retail shoppers are losing their special dinner all together. Working a shift noon to midnight takes up the whole day and by the end all they are going to want to do is sleep and relax. The retail associates might have to work on Thanksgiving and the following day for Black Friday. My opinion is that all of this seems so unethical and frankly not fun.  

Just three days after Black Friday is, Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is like Black Friday’s less annoying and more mature, older sibling. Cyber Monday in my opinion is more enjoyable because I can shop amazing deals in my pajamas while still laying in bed. I do not have to deal with other people, over crowded lines and rude people, “got there first”.

Morgan Tatem

Jingle Bell March

On December, 6, 2019, the freshman CBNA class government is holding a Jinglebell March up at the track. It is free admission and there will be free hot cocoa available to the people who participate. To participate in the walk we ask you to make a pledge of as low as 25 cents per lap, and  most of the profits are going to the Alzheimer’s community. It is going to be a fun winter event, there will be stringed lights all around the track, as well as your favorite Christmas music playing on the loudspeakers. We hope you’ll be there, it will be a fun event!

CBNA Chapter of NHS Inducts New Members

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) recently inducted 41 new members to this prestigious national organization. In order to obtain membership into NHS, students must first have a cumulative GPA of 90 or above. Students who meet this rigorous scholarship requirement then have an opportunity to complete an application detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.  Once the application process is complete, students’ applications are reviewed by a panel consisting of administration and faculty members and then student scholars are invited to become members based on the panel’s recommendations. The 2019 Induction Ceremony was led by NHS President senior Elizabeth Libby and Officers seniors Celia Fogarty, Lauren Best and Mary Thoms.  Assistant Headmaster Caryn Lasky provided remarks as the guest speaker for the event and adviser Mr. David Daigle presented awards.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 2019-2020 National Honor Society.

New members include Jennifer Bettencourt, Katherine Blake, Amelia Brackett, Emily Buehne, Morgan Burnap, Aislin Burt, Hogan Cain, Ruby Carr, Charlotte Cleaver, Addison Cox, Corinne Fernald, Carter Ford, Madeline Griegel, Porter Heigis, Nathaniel Huckins, Shannon Jackson, Owen Judge, Raymond Lapiejko, Allison Mackey, Sarah Marsh, Hayleigh McNeil, Tessa Millette, Emily Morris, Robert Morrison, Angelise Moss, Riley Mulligan, Isabel Myers, Emma Naves, Kira NealBurk, Olivia Noni, Connor Nowak, Samuel Patteson, Matthew Ramstrom, Brenna Roy, Sarah Souliere, Darin Sweet, Drusilla Szatko Natalie Tate, Lian Welch, Valentina White, Jordan Whittier, and Emma Zollman. These inductees join the other NHS members Codi Boheen, Jaden Boulanger, Benjamin Brieger, Shane Cameron, Riley Colby, Addison Craven, Lauren Curtin, Thomas Daly, Madison Kriete, Evan Lentz, Katherine Messenger, Ryan Nester, Madison Tortorella- Lewis, Kathleen Roach, and Alexandra Wheeler. Congratulations to all of the members for their scholarship, leadership, service and character.