STU D E NT PU B LI CATI O N ISSUE FIVE
We take a look at the history of this grand event at the college from 1992 to 2015.
YEAR TWELVE BALL
Corpus Christi’s first student Publication featured in the Melville Times’ Youthful Perspectives column.
interhouse swimming carnival the history of
chinese new year
Hello everyone! Welcome to Corpus’ Journalism Club’s biggest magazine yet! After a few delays, it’s here again and we’re all excited for this year’s first issue. Now in its second year, the Journalism Club has expanded and has some fresh, enthusiastic new faces you will be introduced to over the pages, as well as some of our great writers from last year. Notably this year, we have also been featured in The Melville Times newspaper as part of a column they agreed to introduce titled ‘Youthful Perspectives’ (pg 3). Sam Coten’s article on the injustice that is the death penalty was the first article to be published and the whole club is excited for the opportunity to feature there! We have also, within the club, been given access to Corpus’ archives - 30 years of Corpus’ history in photos and yearbooks, which we are excited to include in the magazine as a regular feature. In this issue, as tribute to the Year 12 Ball, we have found photos from Year 12 dances past as a tribute to the times. This year will be a busy one and we’re looking forward to all the things we’ll be able to put out - hope you tune in again! Alyssa Bay 12 Chisholm
Contents Melville Times Article: Student Criticises the death penalty ………………………… 3 Year 12 Ball: The Archives ……………………………………………………………… 5 “We had a ball!”: 2015 ………………………………………………………………… 7 #jesuischarlie …………………………………………………………………………… 9 Politics Matters ………………………………………………………………………… 12 Chinese New Year …………………………………………………………………… 13 Swimming Carnival …………………………………………………………………… 16 Term One in the Education Support Centre ………………………………………… 17 Teacher Interview: Mrs Weber ………………………………………………………… 19 Teacher Interview: Mr Harries ………………………………………………………… 24 Superman: The Icon …………………………………………………………………… 25 “Why Jupiter Ascending Should Have Been A Good Movie” ……………………… 27 2001: A Space Odyssey: A Confusing Masterpiece ………………………………… 29 Six Movies That Give a Theatre Experience ………………………………………… 31
Year 12 Ball | 1992 - 2015 Alyssa Bay, Daniel Millard, and Kenith Png looked through Corpusâ€™ archives for Year 12 Ba!s through the decades, featuring 1992, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2015.
“We had a ball!” Rebekah-Anne Craggs recounts the night of the Year 12 Ba! on January 31st this year at the Forrest Centre. Cinderella was willing to have to be pretty cool, personalities. Everyone’s risk her evil stepmother’s and by ‘cool’ I mean different, and not wrath to go to a measly ‘agree to daggy dancing ‘different’ where we all little royal ball. and endless photographs/ listen to indie bands and Imagine for a moment that selfies’. Shout out to my drink herbal tea (although you’re a seventeen year cool date, Cody, who I some of us do) and call old girl on the brink of her made sure was in a ourselves ‘edgy’. I mean last ever year of high locked in contract to really and genuinely school, surrounded by her agree to any and all different. From indie band friends, eager to fans to tea make memories My fear of awkwardness with drinking to that will get her having not seen some classmates in m u s i c i a n s t o through the long actors, we are two months was instantly wiped study sessions in loudly and store this year away as we bonded in the shared proudly different. (50% joking). It’s awesome. excitement of this night that we S o y e s , t h e r e have looked forward to for so long. And this was a lot on the awesomeness is line here. no more obvious selfies and dagginess. Though people had than in our ball pictures 50% kidding), and the sort ‘warned’ me that the ball we are a rainbow of of attitude you go in with. was not as good as colour. It’s easy to get caught up everyone made it out to Interestingly enough, we in what pres you’re going be - that it was a big build wore similar fabrics, with to or what limo you’re up for not that much fun flowing silhouettes. It was travelling in. Let me tell I took their ‘wisdom’ with a the one common theme to you, it was hard work big pinch of salt. I am very our outfits; everything else getting everything aware that hyping was different-from the together. But everything something up in your makeup (vintage, natural, came together beautifully. head can sometimes snip romantic) to dresses (gold My friend Isobel’s pres a few inches off the glitter, bright blue, green was gorgeous, and the heights that your night and white, yellow). We l i m o s m y f r i e n d s ends up reaching. But, were literally a rainbow, coordinated were like anything, this night with no colour appearing ‘fabulousness’. was going to be as good twice. More to the point, my as I decided to make it. Although it was hard to friends were absolutely It’s about who you stand heels for such a beautiful. We’re a big surround yourself with, lengthy amount of time for group, with lots of big who your date is (they pre ball photographs in
Queen’s Garden, I’m glad we decided to do it. Paying $15 to Sean Yo o n g t o c o o r d i n a t e photos for the night ended up saving us a lot of time because we didn’t have to line up during the night for official photographers. It also saved us a lot of money as, for $15, we received digital copies of all of the pictures from the shoot. This year, Corpus decided to move the location of the ball to the Forrest Centre. It was a really lovely location, and it was very exciting coming in and watching the guys and girls trail in looking absolutely fabulous. They brought dates from far and wide, in colours and styles more numerous than I could count. My fear of awkwardness at having not seen some classmates in two months was instantly wiped away as we bonded in the shared excitement of this night that we have looked forward to for so long. It was similarly exciting to catch sight of old classmates - some of whom I haven’t seen since Year Ten, some I haven’t seen since Year
Six. We danced together, laughed together, drank fake champagne and ate delicious strawberries together. The best part of the night wasn’t even that I didn’t lose my glass slipper. (Although I did freak out about my momentarily misplaced lipstick. Actually, now that I think about it, if I had lost a glass slipper, would a perfectly coifed-haired Prince Charming have come to my rescue? More importantly, tiny singing mice and a cool magic coach-pumpkiney thing?) The best part is that I couldn’t think of a better way of starting off our senior year at Corpus Christi College. A fantastic end to the summer holidays, a great way to have a whole heap of fun before getting into studies this year, a terrific time had by all. Fantastic, great, terrific. Thank you
to all the teachers, students, Ms Farrington and the Ball Committee, for ensuring that this was our night. Our night to remember (yes, I did just quote High School Musical. So sue me, I’m allowed to be nostalgic). We made it a night to remember. A night of grown up seniors, who danced and laughed together. We teamed together and ensured the night lived up to our hopes, our planning, the dreams of our year seven selves. It was absolutely magical. This night, these nights, these experiences…they, like life, are what we make of them. And we made it. We made it!
#jesuischarlie In January, the world was seized by the terrorist attack in France - Coralie deRobillard writes on what it means to have “"ee speech”. Charlie Hebdo. Most people French people are very fond themselves in any way, or had never heard of this of their freedom of you don’t have it at all. name before, and most e x p r e s s i o n p o l i c y, a n d After this incident, people people now will never forget nothing is able to justify started debating whether the it. murder. When you see an victims’ drawings were too Over the summer holidays, it offensive cartoon of your racist. became more famous than it spiritual leader or somebody The satirical magazine ever thought it would be, that you value, most people doesn’t only touch on the unfortunately under sad Muslim religion, but also circumstances. the Catholic religion, as The team of the famous You either have freedom well as others. In fact, French satire magazine magazine targets of expression where one the were attacked and some more often the Christian f re e t o e x p re s s religions than the Islam tragically killed by a i s g r o u p o f I s l a m i c themselves in any way, or religion. extremists. While I understand why You may wonder why – you don’t have it at all. some people might take ‘what could be so bad offense to these that got them killed? After would be able to control cartoons, in my opinion, all, all they did was draw their anger and not kill illustrations should in no way some cartoons’. innocent people. justify a group of people Well, these men lost their However, in this case, we wanting to kill because lives because the Islamic are not talking about normal those drawings offended extremists were offended by people. Extremists, as we them. Just like you might some of their cartoons of the are all aware, have a dislike your favourite prophet Mohammed that is different way in which they celebrity being bullied in often displayed in the demonstrate their violence. tabloids, some people might magazine because, of Freedom of speech and dislike their spiritual leader course, a pencil is much expression (in relation to the being criticized in this more damaging than a rifle. magazine) is a tricky particular magazine for the Since this tragic incident, subject. Some people might world to see. But in the end, some people have been argue that freedom of all these cartoons were wondering whether the expression needs to have intended to do was make magazine went too far in some sort of limit, but I don’t people laugh and think. their cartoons about the think you can say that The issue here is that these prophet Mohammed, or freedom of expression can extremists that got whether freedom of have a limit - you either “offended” by these images expression is just that, have freedom of expression of Mohammed are not freedom of expression. where one is free to express following the Islamic religion. They are instead twisting the
core values of the religion and using it to justify killing. Sadly, extremist groups are tricking the world into thinking that all Muslims are terrorists, which is similar to saying that all Christians are
people who made millions laugh, and at the same time made them think about general issues in our society in a lighthearted way. But there is one thing that is certain; France will never be
The work created by the Charlie Hebdo team is extremely funny and creative. They were good people who made millions laugh, and at the same time made them think about general issues in our society in a lighthearted way. good people! I’m not saying that the Islamic religion as a whole is a peaceful religion I don’t know that for sure. I have heard of and seen many different sources that indicate that it is both peaceful and violent. I think that the work created by the Charlie Hebdo team is extremely funny and creative. They were good
the same again. Although this attack has greatly wounded the French nation, they didn’t let it silence them. They arose and together they gave a message. A message that these acts of terror will not be tolerated. On Sunday the 11 th of January, world leaders from around the world and
millions of citizens (3.7 million) gathered to give this message. They marched through the streets of Paris (as well as many cities throughout the world) holding out signs that read “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) “Nous sommes Charlie” (we are Charlie), and gigantic pencils with “not afraid” and “free” written on them. Soon, there was also a hashtag, “#jesuischarlie” trending on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter around the world, while the famous app, Snapchat, filmed the event and made it public so that everyone who had the application could see what was happening in light of this tragedy. Through this, although the French nation took a massive blow to the chest, their hearts will forever keep beating and remain free.
Victoria Hebbs writes about why politics is important and why we - the youth - should care. A recent study by the Australian government suggests two thirds of 15-17 year olds don’t care about national politics. In fact, many of the students surveyed were more invested in environmental issues and overseas events including international politics, considering Australian politics ‘boring’. A d m i t t e d l y, c u r r e n t
will you know which party offers you the best representation? Being aware of how your government and political system works is important, as one day you will have the role of making decisions for your people and land, whether simply through voting or forcing your leaders to listen to the needs of your chosen field. More than
people were needed to swing the vote. If those 400,000 people vote next time, they really do have more than enough power to change the Prime Minister! Finally, we cannot ever forget there are people in foreign nations who are still putting their lives on the line to receive the vote. In our own country women threw themselves under horses for the right 400,000 18-24 year olds failed to vote, when to vote just a century ago and Aboriginal only 300,000 were needed to swing the vote. Australians did the same a mere fifty years ago. leaders seem to be that, having an opinion Let’s stop moaning about obsessed with public makes you important and our ‘dull’ government and opinion to the point of gives you a voice. get the political inaction, while policies Perhaps you don’t care conversations flowing. seem to be rejected far about politics because One heated debate can more than accepted. you think one vote is be all it takes to spark a However, we can’t use nothing in a sea of passion in someone or their flaws as an excuse millions of voters. Yet, open their mind to caring not to care about our youth represent 12% of about the world around country - we always have voters when just 4% of them. the choice to view politics votes can swing the vote We need to start holding differently. (change leadership to our leaders accountable Maybe you don’t care another political party and to their role in shaping our because you’re not Prime Minister). futures, because we eighteen and you can’t Last elections, 400,000 matter and so do the vote. Fair enough. But 18-24 year olds failed to issues that matter to us. when you are eighteen, vote, when only 300,000
CHINESE NEW YEAR COMES TO CORPUS Chinese New Year is one of the biggest festivals that is celebrated today. Over 1/3 of the world’s population celebrates it, but what is Chinese New Year? How is it celebrated?. Elizabeth Cook discusses Chinese New Year celebrations and the history of this holiday Gong Xi Fa Cai! This and wealth into our term saw another lives. People celebrate Chinese New Year; you this occasion with may have celebrated it firecrackers, family with family or just dinners, and giving enjoyed the atmosphere money to family and of the red decorations friends in a red envelope and traditional Chinese called an Ang Pow. music around the canteen area at school. The Chinese Saying However you c e l eb ra t e d i t , Gong Xi Fa Cai Chinese New Year is a major means May you holiday for the Chinese and is have good fortune often celebrated This year, it was the year with the company of of the sheep/goat family and friends. according to Chinese There are many myths astrology there are 12 and traditions animals each year. The associated with this order of these zodiac event such as, families animals is: Rat, Ox, will clean their houses Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, beforehand to get rid of Snake, Horse, Goat, bad luck and get ready Monkey, Rooster, Dog, for the good luck to and Pig. They are all come in at this special associated with different time. Chinese New year years and the one that is all about bringing in corresponds to your happiness, good fortune
bir th year is your animal. Just like horoscopes, each zodiac animal comes with many facts about your personality and what’s lucky for you. The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese Zodiac but, did you know that there is a story behind the placement of each animal? THE STORY OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor thought that China needed a way of measuring time. He decided to split it into 12 animals and let them race. The first twelve animals would each win a spot on the Chinese calendar. There stood all the animals along the riverbank. The cat and the rat were best friends but they were afraid because they weren’t
very good swimmers. Because of this, they decided to ask the ox if they could ride on his back. Being kind and generous, the ox agreed. They were almost across the river when the rat selfishly pushed the cat
some rocks to the finish line. The dragon can fly, therefore he should have come first, but came 5th because he humbly stopped to help some people who needed water. Along came the horse, whoâ€™s hooves ran for the finish line, but just Chinese New Year before he has been celebrated f i n i s h e d , a sneaky snake for over 4000 years. unraveled off the horses Celebrations started h o o v e s a n d finished before around 2300 BC. the horse, placing the horse 7th. Not into the water right long afterwards, a raft before the ox finished arrived carrying a goat, the race, the rat leapt in rooster and monkey. front and finished in 1st They had worked place. Angrily, the ox together to finish the finished second. race. The emperor was Th r o u g h t h e s t r o n g extremely pleased and current came the tiger placed the goat 8th, the who won 3rd place. monkey 9th, and the Â After the tiger, a smart rooster 10th. In 11th rabbit hopped across place came the dog who
took so long because he couldnâ€™t resist to play in the water. Finally, the pig came 12th after stopping to eat and to take a long nap. As for the cat, he never finished the race because he got swept away by the current. This is why the cat hates the rat. We learn from this story that each animal has hints of their p e r s o n a l i t i e s s h ow n through what they had done to finish the race. From this story, the Chinese Zodiac cycle began.
PALLOTTI PREVAILS IN 2015 SWIMMING CARNIVAL Kenith Png 10SA On Thursday of Term One Week Four, Corpus Christi College had its annual swimming carnival for 2015. In the morning, students and staﬀ were shepherded onto buses departing from the college for the forty minute trip arriving at the HBF Stadium in Mount Claremont. The day consisted of a constant flow of events in (and around) the pool. Student volunteers helped to run the events while eager photographers wandered the stadium shooting pictures. The swimmers competed in events including freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and novelty.
Throughout the day, six records (set among the decades of the college’s existence) were broken by five spectacular swimmers. Taylor Kroyer from Year 7 along with Trent Wier from Year 11 both broke the record for the 50 metre breaststroke at 42.6 seconds and 33.95 seconds respectively. Claire Coten from Year
10 broke two records — butterfly at 30.92 seconds and freestyle at 28.55 seconds — and Cameron Bell from Year 10 along with Jake Laycock from Year 12 broke the freestyle record at 26.62 seconds and 25.9 seconds respectively.
At the end of the day Pallotti had climbed, or swam, to the top of the ladder with a total of 4515 points, thrashing Merici (4343 points) by over 170 points, who beat Mackillop (4188 points) by over 150 points and were tailed by Xavier (4081 points). De Vialar with 4045 points topped Salvado (4000 points) who was followed by Romero at 3935 points, which left Chisholm in deep water with 3807 points.
The swimming carnival is all water under the bridge now and the houses have a chance to continue to strive throughout the rest of the year in the upcoming athletics carnival, cross country and other events to grab the interhouse cup at the end of the year.
Term One: Education Support Centre Year 10 Peer Pal Olivia Fuderer reports on what has been happening in the Education Support Centre in Term One. It has been a very busy and hectic term within the Education Support Centre, with so many oppurtunities to learn, grow, and for each student to be enriched by their own daily lives. This term in the Education Support Centre, the Ed Support students of Years 7 and 8 have been participating in sport sessions with the special needs students of Yidarra who are in Years Five and Six. This sport session program is called "Play 4 Life"; it is run by exCorpus Christi student, Jacob, speciali sing in keeping children active in a fun way and getting older students to interact with each other. Every day, the students in Education Support also run the Inspire Cafe and make coffee for teachers by order. This term, every coffee is being delivered with
home made biscuits, made by the E d u c a t i o n S u p p o r t staff and students. Every Thursday, the students have their "Community Connection Day". Each Thursday is a d i f f e r e n t theme, and special events include having b e e n t o A q u a , and on the 19th of March, they went to Sculptures by the Sea. Additionally, the senior school students have started their TAFE and work experience this term and are learning many skills to assists them later on in life. Mr P e n h a l i g o n h a s also been taking the students out to buy ingredients for their parents to help their parents with dinner preparations so t h a t t h e s t u d e n t s experience a fun activity whilst obtaining skills needed for life.
Highlights of Term One in the ESC: 1) Play 4 Life sessions 2) Inspire Cafe and coﬀee making for the teachers 3) Community Connection Days, including Sculptures by the Sea excursions 4) TAFE courses 5) Middle School camp in York (pictures to the left)
NOTE: Mrs Weber filled in for Mrs Armenti in Term One and is leaving for Hawaii for three years at the end of the term with her two-year-old daughter and husband (pictured here).
Alyssa Bay talks to self-dubbed “rea"y not that interesting” Term One Business teacher, Mrs Weber, about careers, travel, and education. If you had to summarise your career, could you tell me a bit about what you do? I studied law when I first left high school, and I hated it. I found it very boring because there’s just so much reading. One day, when my brother was still in school, he asked me to come help coach their debating team. So I did, and I really enjoyed being in front of an audience and being able to tell them what I knew. Then I thought I’ll give law away and become a teacher; I transferred over and I finished my teaching degree and I went straight into teaching. I had this wonderful opportunity in 2005 when I had my long service leave in Iona - my dad is from Belfast in Northern Ireland so my brother and I both have British passports, which meant that I could just go and live in the UK if I wanted to. I thought, “This is a good opportunity, so I may as well go and do it”. Especially when you
come from a place like Australia and you’re so isolated, there’s very little chance to travel [...] so I thought I’d take advantage of that. At that time, before the GFC or anything bad had happened, England couldn’t hire enough teachers. They were basically paying people to come over and babysit you didn’t even have to teach. It was crowd control; in Eastern London, nobody cared too much about the kids. I did that for three months but when you’ve come from a school like Iona and you go to East London, it harder than I thought it
island and my friend said to come over and teach for a year. Then, I was getting paid £33000 but the Australian dollar was quite weak and teachers in WA were getting paid about half as much as they do now so it made sense for me to stay there and do all my traveling. I lived on this island and worked at Guernsey Grammar School for a year. They have good holidays in England in the Grammar Schools - one t i m e I w e n t t o I t a l y, another time I went to France and you know, I could see the coast of France from the east coast of Guernsey.
The greatest privilege of my life has been the opportunity to travel. would be. After that, I got a job in a place called Guernsey in the English Channel in between England and France. They had these wonderful British Grammar Schools on the
That would’ve been amazing. It was - especially when you come from Australia and you’re lucky to even see Rotto, it was a really unique experience for me
- for the weekend you could just go over to Paris and that blew me away. I saw a lot of Europe I wanted to see and at the conclusion of my year in Guernsey, I did something called “The Way of Saint James” where you walk across to the west coast of Spain, following yellow allows on the road, on the footpath, on trees, without a map; it was a big hike. When I came back to Australia, I’d been teaching business for ten years so I thought I’d go and do something about it, which I did. I worked as a personal assistant to the manager of a mining
and I moved to the United States at the end of 2011. I suppose the bulk of my career has been in the classroom but it’s been in a variety of different roles. I started off as a normal classroom teacher and did Head of Year for a couple of years - I really didn’t like that; it was so emotionally draining. My favourite role was as the Careers and Enterprise coordinator. I worked with the InStep students at Iona and I guided them through Year 11 and Year 12. It was very successful and I really enjoyed that. The other half of what I did was help people with
I could be a bookkeeper for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy. company and I did a bit of HR and a little bit of accounts. I do love accounting - I could be a bookkeeper for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy with that. I did that for about a year but didn’t love being in an office environment and I missed being in a school. At the same time, a job opened back up in Iona which is where I used to work so I went to work back there until I married Michael
careers; I found that really engaging, and that finds me here. In the state of Western Australia, you have to have a certain number of hours to maintain your teaching registration, which is why I’ve come back with Molly for this term because my husband’s away for all of January and all of March so it made sense for us to come back [...] so I could maintain my registration. I’m just starting my
Master’s degree as well. I’m doing it through ECU because that’s the only place you can do it entirely online so I can do it all externally; it’s quite expensive in the US so I’ve decided to do it through an Australian university. It is really expensive I’ve heard a lot of people get into substantial debt over there. People leave with hefty student loans that do take a number of years to pay back. It depends on which degree you’re doing. The Australian Government are lobbying deregulating university fees - what are your thoughts on that, having been in America for so long? I don’t think it’s fair. A government has a responsibility to look after its people in terms of health and education two main things. I think healthcare should always be free and education should always be free. HECS is not free because you pay it back through your tax but it’s fair and it’s equitable. My parents were not wealthy people. If it wasn’t for HECS, I would never have been able to go to
university and if it wasn’t for the fact that Catholic schools had lower than other private schools, my brother and I would never have gone to a private school. We would effectively have missed out, not through our own fault, so I think it opens up many great opportunities for people. I do think the universities are partly responsible for the changes; they have become money-making industries rather than good education outlets. Rather than look at the current fees structure, I think the government should be putting pressure on universities and finding out, you know, whether or not you you need to be running a Master’s degree in surfing like some universities do. They’ve become moneymaking ventures where unfortunately the quality of service is quite low and as a result, what they’re turning out at the other end is not quite good. I don’t think everybody should go to university. I genuinely believe that maybe the top 20 or 30 percent of the cohort should go to university and there are really great institutions for other people to do different things. The world needs plumbers, not just people
with an Arts degree. Unfortunately in Australia, degrees have become more valued than very essential services. I really don’t think everyone should go to university all universities do now is pump people through on Cs to get degrees and that’s not okay. I think universities should look at themselves, but I’d be very sad if Australia deregulated the fees. It would be a great injustice. [...] Back to your travel, what was your favourite place and where is a place you’d like to go? My absolute favourite city in the world is Paris and I had a really good experience there. [...] I love the French people; I think they are egalitarian and treat one another with a great deal of respect. French people take old, ugly things and they make them beautiful. They don’t discard anything - they don’t knock it down and put up something new. Rather, they value older things and just make them beautiful. One place I’d been to that I’d really like to go is Turkey. I’ve never been to Turkey and I really feel like I’ve missed out - I’d love to go there.
If you were to give someone life advice, what would you say to someone who is clueless as to what they wanted to do? Someone who wanted to travel and see the world, but were unsure? I’m really in two minds about this; I think part of the reason it took me so long is that I was an exchange student immediately after finishing high school. Part of the reason I was so unsettled was because I had taken that year to travel. All of my friends who didn’t do that were quite focussed and went on to do their degree in three or four years. It took me five years to do my degree because I changed around a bit and I travelled. I think traveling immediately makes you quite unsettled, but it also gives you a global perspective. That definitely made me feel as though teaching was a rewarding career and I wasn’t so influenced by my friends who jumped straight into law for the money or other reasons. When offering people advice, I sit on the fence a little bit because I see both sides. It’s good to expand your world view, but you do lose focus and
it takes quite a strong person to come back to Earth. My advice then to people is to think about doing a generic degree and then go on to do a specialist Masters degree afterwards. I think that’s a wonderful philosophy because I don’t think any seventeen year old should know exactly what he or she wants to do with their lives. I think your generation will have two, three, or four professions - it won’t be that you go through and get your gold watch because you’ve been at the same place for twenty five years. Part of the thing that is really wonderful about the way you’ve been educated is that you will change professions a number of times because you have learnt adaptable skills, and that’s quite different to our generation. For example, my husband did a degree in literature and now he works as an Intelligence Officer in the US Marine Corp. Literature really helped him - his analytical skills are second to none because he really understands how to write and how to read and he can teach himself very well, which lends itself to a number of things. I’d also suggest to someone
who’s bright enough and unsure to do a law degree because at the end of a law degree you do have good analytical and evaluative skills which lend itself to a number of professions. I know I haven’t fully answered your question because I do really sit on the fence with that. Which is fair enough it’s good to have both sides and be able to understand it. To wrap up, what was the best thing about your life? [Long pause] I think traveling has definitely been a privilege. I feel sorry for people who haven’t had the opportunity to experience another culture because that has been the highlight - I think that’s the greatest privilege of my life. I owe that to my dad; my dad was a merchant sailor, born in 1932, so he was never afforded an education beyond a certain level. He went to Christian Brother’s School until the age of 12 or 13 when he had to go off and work but they taught him how to read and write so even as an old man who’s never been formally educated, he can converse with just about anybody on just about
anything. I think part of that is because he travelled so much. He has this shoebox full of black and white photos of all these different places he’d been to around the world. As a child, I remember I used to pick up this box and I used to look at Egypt before it became a tourist destination and Turkey before people started really populating the area. I was asking him all these questions about all the wonderful places that he traveled to and he used to just tell me how fortunate he was. Growing up in what can only be described as an awful place, he says, “I was so grateful - I had a wonderful childhood,” and he talks about his youth and his life with such a wonderful sense of accomplishment and reminiscence. I used to look through his box of photos and think I’d love to be able to do that one day. I think, to answer your question in a very longwinded way, definitely the greatest privilege of my life has been the opportunity to travel.
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Mr Harries Head of Music
Year 10 music student Gabriela Postma interviews one of Corpus’ new staﬀ additions - Mr David Harries, Head of Music. As the students and staff of Corpus Christi College welcomed the new year of learning, we also welcomed our new Head of Music, Mr David Harries of Chisholm House. Directing and accompanying the College Choir at the first whole school assembly, Mr Harries was already becoming an integral part of the music department. Mr Harries, who previously held positions as 'Musical Director of Production' at Penhros College and 'Director of Music' at Bunbury Catholic College, described his start to the year as "exciting and challenging." His highlight of the year thus far was performing 'Mustang
Sally' alongside the Year 10 Live Music class at the whole school assembly in Week 6. He spoke of the experience saying, "I very much enjoyed seeing all the Year 10s come out of themselves and put on an incredible show. It is an experience that will be with me for a long time." Mr Harries has been playing the piano since the age of five but enjoys trying new instruments and "jamming along on anything he can get his hands on." Mr Harries says he is looking forward to performing at the Fremantle Eisteddfod at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and at the week long Music Tour to Margaret River in Term 4.
Mr Harries has already made a major impact on his students with one s t u d e n t s a y i n g " M r. Harries has, since his arrival, progressed the music department towards its full potential. With the addition of two new choirs and other ensembles, he has been able to truly encompass the talent of every arts student. Mr. Harries has made my personal musical year excellent already, making the early morning wake-ups worth it! Mr. Harries is a bright, energetic, humorous and vibrant character who makes everyone feel welcome in the music area!" All the arts students are very much looking forward to the rest of the year with Mr Harries!
THE ICON Joshua French discusses Superman, arguably the most interesting and underestimated superhero of a! time. Superman may not be the most liked superhero. Hell, he isn't even my favourite. But don't you dare say he isn't interesting don't you DARE say he isn't interesting - or isn't fallible, or overpowered. Now go onto the street and ask some guy what he thinks of Superman. He will start of by saying Clark is overpowered, infallible, and not interesting. Everyone thinks this about the character, from arty farty “experts” to Fifa playing - even YOU probably think this about the character. If that is the case, YOU are wrong. Very wrong. You absolutely have no idea of how wrong you are. The amount of wrongness that you have achieved is phenomenal. For one, he is anything but overpowered, which is the most known misconception of his character. I mean sure, everyone
knows that he can't see through lead and that Kryptonite is a massive problem. Even one small piece of that small green rock can get him feeling incredibly nauseous, so imagine how a whole suit made of it can be used against him. Aside from that, there isn't really any other way to triumph over Superman, right? If you know BASIC magic, you can kill Superman. If you can easily locate a Red Sun or an area with depleted sunlight and get him close enough to it, you can kill Superman. If you can expel even nearly the amount of force that he can, you can kill Superman. If you are a “level 8” life form or higher, you can kill Superman. If you have super speed, you can kill Superman. Superman is not the fastest character in the DC universe, nor
is he the strongest, Nor is he the smartest or the most powerful. You know what he is, though? The greatest symbol that comics has ever produced.
Superman was created by two guys named Joe Shuster and Jerry Seigle. Jerry was the youngest of six Jewish children, whose parents had immigrated to America from Lithuania. His Dad had been killed by a heart attack during a robbery of his store when Jerry was young and Jerry was also the subject to bulling due to his shy nature, so he had seen a fair amount of social injustice in his life. He was an avid fan of science fiction, though, and was determined to create something he hoped would make a difference. He would do some work here and there, write in some Sci-Fi magazines and write a short story on a telepathic villain called “TheSuper-Man!” before he met Joe Shuster and a connection was made, or “…the right chemicals came together,” as he personally put it. Seigle and Shuster got to work on the first issue of Action Comics - a new series in which the star is none other then Clark Kent; Superman. Seigle and Shuster created a guy who has evolved into what I believe is undoubtedly the greatest superhero of all time, though that is a title usually given to Spiderman or Batman. He was originally created to fight against the horrors of the great depression: bankruptcy, greed and economic collapse. Now he fights against those problems, and more. Superman is the superhero that is the most important to the world we live in today. A world filled with injustice and poverty everywhere around us, from dark city alleyways to the well lit parliaments, courts and newsrooms. He is the best superhero because of his outlook on the human race and what he represents to them. Every other superhero has the mentality that the human race needs to be saved, that it needs someone or something to save them, that the humans are truly the ‘doomed race of savages that destroy everything they touch that must be saved’. Superman doesn't think that. In fact, he hates that way of thinking. Superman did not become Superman to SAVE the humans, he came to help them. Superman has lived among humans for 27 years and for most of that time he thought he was a human himself. He looks at the human race and says “no, they don't need to be saved. Yes, they fail a lot, but they have also achieved a lot as well. After all the turmoil they have inflicted upon themselves they remain standing with their heads up hoping for the best. They are a race that can do so much, that is destined for great things. So no, they don't need to be desperately saved from their own demise, not yet. What they need is to be assisted in becoming what they need to be, to be helped to achieve the things they are destined for, what they need is a push in the right direction”.
Superman is that push. There is a saying that goes something along the lines of “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Thats not the case here. Instead absolute power has absolved Clark, cleansed him of his any totalitarian thoughts that could pass his mind. He learned that great power comes with great responsibility before Peter Parker did. Because of this, Superman fights for humans, not good humans and not bad humans. Just humans. He believes he can inspire people to become better and improve themselves as individuals. If they refuse, he just sadly accepts that fact and moves on, hoping that one idea they will learn from their faults. Superman isn't really known for his villains, and you can see why. There are only around three enemies in Superman mythology that really matter, being Braniac, General Zod and Lex Luthor. All three of them are leaders of sorts, but there is one who outshines the other two: Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is my favorite villain of all time, mostly because of the fact that he is the most realistic, and in some sense the most evil. Put simply, he is a white, smart Kanye West. When you take slightly deeper look into the character he is much more then that. He’s the guy that Bill O’Riley, Nancy Grace, Rupert Murdoch and Clive Palmer would have tea with. Lex isn't a villain that would defeat you by facing off with you in a battle of epic proportions, or by kidnapping your young friend and beating him up with a crowbar (*cough*Joker*cough*). No, Lex wouldn't “beat you”, he’ll sue you, he’ll show to everyone your faults and make them hate you’ll feel defeated. You see, Lex is regarded as a saviour as much as Superman is. He’s known as a brilliant human with the smartest mind in America. He’s a cunning fellow who has everything he needs to impact the world already in his possession, the media, the people, the brain. Of course, he uses those things to gain more and more power that he disguises as some form of control or order. When Lex sees Superman, though, he sees the death of progression. Lex thinks that if you give society a messiah with the power of a God, the death of human progression will occur, and Lex as a self-made man wont allow that. Lex, EXACTLY LIKE those people that would have tea with him, thinks that he is not just the good guy, but the REALLY good guy. He thinks that by making efforts to remove Supes by manipulating the public, the people around Superman or even Superman himself, he is doing the world a favour. Seeing Lex’s pessimism go up against Superman’s optimism proves Lex to be an amazing opposition to big blue. In summary , Superman is an interesting character with an interesting outlook towards being a superhero, dealing with one of the most interesting and complex villains in history. So, is Superman Interesting?
WHY JUPITER ASCENDING SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD MO VIE Joshua French in Year 10 critiques the film Jupiter Ascending and discusses the ramifications of original films for Ho!ywood.
Jupiter Ascending, AKA Wachowskis Artistic Dignity Descending is about a young girl named Jupiter Jones, played by Mila Kunis, finding out through an unfortunate set of circumstances that includes the guy from Magic Mike interrupting her egg donation procedure when she finds out the people conducting the procedure are aliens (I dont know either), finds out that she is the, uhh… genetic descendant of a queen from outer space. From this, she learns that she is part of one of the many extremely wealthy intergalactic families of people creating life on planets just to execute all of its inhabitants to acquire this sort of fountain of youth… nectar… thing from them so they can live longer. Whatever the plot is, it doesn't matter; what you need to know is this: Jupiter Ascending is the best comedy of 2015. It’s that bad. This movie contains EVERYTHING needed for a “so bad it's good movie” like The Room or M.Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. It contains special effects made by a guy who did nothing but mess around in After Effects for five minutes in order to get the job, it's got a romance between the two main characters that is so chemistryless and forced that it just ends up being hilarious, and it even has a needless slo-mo shot of Sean Bean's face FOR NO REASON! Most of all, this movie contains one of the most over the top, brain cell obliterating, laugh inducing villains I have seen in a movie released in the last three years. Every time he appears on screen throughout the movie I try not to break into uncontrollable snickering. The guy is the living embodiment of the words “throat” and “cancer”. Every time he opens his mouth, it's like listening to an impossibly thirsty cat recently reanimated from the dead trying to purr. His shining moment is the scene where they are discussing Jupiter's current status and he says
something of the lines of “I want her fouuund…I want her dead”. He then shouts out “GOOOOOOOOOOO” and the shot abruptly cuts to Jupiter and her dog/human friend. Pure. Brilliance. Even with its flaws and its “so bad its great” quality, I think Jupiter Ascending is something many do not know about. It's a tragedy. These days the only movies getting any recognition from the general public and big-budget studios and finding their way into the box office are based off some sort of source material. We have not had a good movie based on a pure original idea in some time and as a creator myself, I find this eerily frightening (yeah, I know The Duff just came out and is grossing at the Box office, but lets be honest and don't you DARE say that is an original concept. Same goes for Project Almanac/Chronicle with time travel). Now, don't get me wrong - movies based on source material aren't bad. In fact, my favourite director, Stanley Kubrick, has made masterpieces out of basing some of his movies off source material, not to mention I’m an absolute fanboy of most of the pre-existing properties that are getting movies this year. I feel that basing a movie off a piece of pre-existing source material or property, be it comic, novel or just a plain old pre-existing film made years ago, can be a chance to re-imagine the beloved characters in a new light, a chance to turn the plot on its head, and a chance to experiment, a chance to tell the story your way, rather than slap together an incomprehensible script with a creative team that has no idea what they are doing and just watch the money roll in. Even though this doesn't mean that all movies that come out and get attention have to be based on a pre-existing property. So then why is this the case?
Hollywood can be called many thingsYou can say Hollywood is greedy. Hollywood is a money making machine. Hollywood is full of suitwearing snobs with gold watches who drive fast cars and have beautiful women sitting in the back seats of said car at all times. All of those can be proven true, but there is one thing that Hollywood is right now that nobody really gets. Hollywood is scared. No. Hollywood is terrified. There's going to be another Star Wars - we all know that - but there never is going to be another Star Wars. It would be to risky! What if it doesn't make money? What if people don't see it? What if they lose money? The idea would get canned instantly. Now, if I were to say to a big-budget studio “Hey, lets make another damn Jaws film”, they would be casting and beginning pre-production before I had even finished my sentence. It has become a rule among the greater film industry, “Don't you dare pick up or directly make an original idea”. Movies are not made by people with ideas now, they aren't made by a group of hometown directors, writers and actors with a passion that see eye to eye. Nonononono. Now they are written by a senate of marketing professionals. People who look at what could make the most money. For some reason they always happen to look at what has been made before. Most re-tellings of classic stories in the last few years have just been “gritty reimaginings” of the original source material that misses the point of the original work entirely (Marvel Studios excluded of course). Movies like Robocop 2014, Brick Mansions and every Horror remake in the last 8 years are subject to this. Even Man of Steel, a movie I actually like, falls under this! But like I said before, it's a rule now: “only make movies off pre existing material.” We have not gotten a PURELY original film from a big-studio in years; only remakes, sequels and adaptions. This is where Jupiter Ascending comes in. Some time ago, 1999 to be exact, two guys from Chicago named the Wachowskis came along and made a little film called The Matrix. It made over $400,000,000 worldwide and was hailed for its innovative plot that sought out not to answer the question “What is the meaning of life?” but instead tried to answer “What IS life?”. The Matrix cemented
them as two of the best film-makers of that generation and possibly of all time. A lot has changed since 1999. The Wachowskis followed up the Matrix (something that at the time was considered to be the next Star Wars) with two eye-hurtingly bad sequels and a series of mediocre animated shorts. They both then would go on and do some work here and there, notably writing and producing a cinematic adaption of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta (which was actually pretty good) and an anthology film called Cloud Atlas (which was okay). Something had film lovers thinking though, most people thought (me included) that The Wachowskis were biding there time. That one day they were going to snap back with something that recaptured everything loved about their crowning achievement The Matrix. Jupiter Ascending was supposed to be that movie and more. Oh, so much more. Jupiter Ascending had an original plot, an art style unlike anything anyone had ever seen. You could tell it contained some sort of Mythology that begged to be examined, but most of all? It was a purely original concept, not based on anything previous, that was picked up by a Big-Budget studio. Jupiter Ascending was going to be the one film to bring back original ideas to big-budget studios like Warner Bros and Paramount. It was going the kick out the marketing senate and replace them with a proper creative team with a love for film. It was going to bring cinema back to its golden age. The age of putting your idea in front of a camera, hitting record and knowing that the rest is history. No, that is not the case here. Jupiter Ascending let me down more than anyone I have talked to about it so far. It was supposed to be the prodigal son, it was going to bring back the original idea to big companies that deserve big ideas. Unfortunately, though, because of its bad ratings and bashings all around the table, studios will do nothing but continue to push original ideas out the door and use this as some sort of sub-conscious justification to do so, wrongly reminding them that if they are presented with an original concept, this disgrace of a film is what it likely will become. Hollywood is scared. So am I.
A SPACE ODYSSEY THE TALE OF A REALLY CONFUSING MASTERPIECE Joshua French discusses "one of the best movies ever made." “You are free to speculate, as you wish, about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey” - Stanley Kubrick In my last film article (Jupiter Ascending) I briefly mention that my favourite director is Stanley Kubrick, who I believe is the greatest filmmaker of all time. He’s known primarily as the mind behind The Shining (the movie that propelled Jack Nicholson into stardom) and A Clockwork Orange (the movie that makes me question my own sanity when I think about why I like it so much). Most of all, Kubrick is known for the brilliant surrealistic masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, my second favourite film ever made. It tells the story of a series of tall mysterious black monoliths, their role in human evolution and the mission to retrieve one of them found on Jupiter. Upon its release, it was met with both praise from critics and mixed reactions from audiences. Both parties argued on the quality of the movie, but in the end they both asked the same question “What did I just watch?”. 2001 is a movie that is up to interpretation, much like The Shining or Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. This means that the movie means something, but it's up to us to discover whatever that is. You can find literally hundreds of fan theories online that try to make some sense of 2001. Here I am going to try and explain what I think the movie means; there will be spoilers so I recommend you watch the movie first. Okay, here we go. Lets start off with some key scenes first before we get onto the actual theory, starting with the very beginning of the film. In the scene when the apes discover the monolith that appeared outside of their cave overnight, they are taken aback by it at first, but then soon crowd around it and begin to touch it. The scene ends with all the apes touching it with their arms outstretched as if they are worshipping it. Then we cut to the next morning - the monolith is gone and the apes are going about their business like nothing happened. Then, in one split second, we see the main ape we have been focussing on have what can only be described as a intelligent realisation. His mind leaps forward to a different level of human evolution on the spot. We see him pick up a bone and smash it triumphantly on some other bones lying on the ground and then get off his knees and stand upright. The first weapon has been made, the first human is wielding it. This is done while Richard Strauss’s famous score plays and footage of animals falling dead onto the ground cuts in every few seconds. Now, of course, the footage of animals falling down dead represents that this is marks the beginning of humanity's quest to the top of the food chain. What Richard Strauss’s score represents though, is something surprisingly similar. Richard Strauss’s score represents human achievements, the fact that humanity has achieved something that they can be proud of, that they have accomplished something that gives way to the introduction to a New Age. Keep this is mind for later. Anyway, we see the first human use the new weapon on the other tribe of apes, thus starting what could be called the first war.
Now in the last twenty minutes of the movie, we see Dave take the spacepod to Jupiter to retrieve the monolith. As we see him flying to Jupiter we see that the monolith is actually drifting around in space. We see the drifting monolith aline itself with a series of planets horizontally to form a cross. We then see Dave go into “the stargate” as the fans call it. It's hard to explain unless you haven't seen the film (but if you have read this far it means you probably have). Put simply, it looks like a trippy neon dimensional portal intertwined with shots of Dave screaming silently while going through the stargate. To understand what I mean simply search up “2001 Stargate sequence”. Once you've done that, remind yourself that this movie was made in 1968 and people were just starting to move on from black and white film. Yeah, Wow. The pod comes out of the stargate and is sitting in a well furnished room. Dave stares outside the window of the pod. We see outside an older Dave (around early 60’s) staring in at the Dave sitting in the pod. We then cut to behind Old Dave…the pod is gone. Older Dave then walks to the bathroom on the other side of the room and looks in the mirror emotionlessly. He then looks outside of the bathroom door back into the well furnished room. Sitting down, eating a meal on the table in the room, is Dave as an Old Man (mid seventies). Old Man Dave turns around to face the bathroom. He gets up and walks into the bathroom, no-one is in there. He goes back to his meal. He sits there eating calmly until he knocks his glass over and it smashes on the ground. While looking at it, he notices someone lying in the bed. He looks up, its Dave, extremely old and sick, about to die. Dying Dave outstretches his arm toward something in hope…it's the Monolith, standing in the middle of the room. We instantly cut to just the monolith standing in its place in the room before cutting back to the bed. We see that Dave has been replaced by a glowing sphere, inside of it an illuminated baby in the foetus position. We then cut back to the monolith and pan in on it. Then, we are greeted with the familiar moon and Earth as we see the “space baby” drifting towards it. Then, the film ends. Living on this material plane is a race of malevolent creators, great creators, but menacing none the less. They adore to toy with the physical races that lie below them. They think of themselves as Gods in the over-the-top biblical sense. This mentality is represented symbolically when the Monolith drifting
through space aligns with the other planets to form a cross, a symbol synonymous with religion, belief, God and beings beyond human. As an act of experimentation, these creators built a series of tall dark structures that would speed up the evolution of a living creature. As we know, when the ape discovers the monolith that is exactly what happens; he makes the jump and evolves into the mental state of a Human. That was one of the structures in peak condition, much unlike the one that Dave encounters. The one Dave encounters is old, broken down and malfunctioning. When Dave encounters it, it does more then just elevate him to the next stage of human evolution, it goes overboard and evolves him into the highest form of human imaginable. In order to do this though, the malfunctioning monolith had to give him a new life, make him reborn into a new form. This operation is undertaken by forcefully ageing him to death using inter-dimensional means and then giving him new life (i.e. why he comes out as a baby). The monolith gets him in a comfortable environment and makes him think he is living out his life in that space when really he is ageing to death at an alarming rate. The aftermath of this transition into the reborn mega-human makes him the smartest life form in the known universe. What is there to do with all that knowledge? Share it with the people of Earth of course. So we see him going to Earth, because he knows a brilliant feat has just been accomplished by humanity. Another age has begun for the species, Dave knows humans have accomplished something astounding. Of course this is done: While. Richard. Strauss’s. Score. Plays. 2001 A Space Odyssey is one of the best films of all time and takes second place on my top five films ever made, if you haven't ever seen it I HIGHLY recommend you do (also if you haven't seen it why the hell are you reading this?). This movie is on every single ‘100 movies to see before you die’ list, don't believe me? Check. Then again, all of Kubrick’s movies are on that list. That's how good he is and thats why he, and 2001 A Space Odyssey, should never be forgotten.
6 Movies that will give you
The Theatre Experience
By Connor Mcbride This article was originally meant to be me talking about how much I hated and cringed while watching Jupiter Ascending, the latest movie trying to be the Matrix.However, due to someone else beating me to that article, I am left in a situation I really didn’t want to be in: either I don't write an article and feel left out, or I write an article on a movie which is right now not even relevant. But, I have found a way around this issue. Les Misérables is (once again) making its way around the world and is right now stopped in Perth (YAY! SOMETHING INTERESTING IN PERTH!) However, understandably, it is a lot of effort to go and see a play which can last anywhere up to 3 and a half hours. So now, here I am with some movies which have been based off theatre productions that you might not have seen, or have seen and loved, or have seen and hated. Either way, you will be getting an opinion along with my list which will be given in no particular order. Ok? Also, if I have left out anything please note that this is all of the movies which I think are worth mentioning. Which means any Shakespeare or something that was a film and then changed into a theatre production will not be added to this list. Also there are a couple movies which I haven't seen (or heard of yet) that aren't included here.
1st. Les Misérables (M) I thought it was only fair to start off with the movie that brought us here in the first place… and boy do I wish I could have had a better start to this list. Les Misérables started life as a French book which is bigger then the Bible and begins in 1815 with convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and how he is freed by Javert (Russell Crowe), the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver (yeah, just go with it) to reinvent himself as a mayor and some sort of factory owner (again, just go with it). Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison, but eight years later however, Valjean (who has been able to keep away from Javert for this long) becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother Fantine (Anne Hathaway) sadly *spoilers, spoilers, blah blah blah*. Javert's relentless pursuit of Valjean means that there is more movie to get through and more pointless dragging on which eventually ends with some semi big twist. Now the stuff about Valjean escaping prison or the raising of the child through an ex-convict alone could make a nice movie in itself, especially when you look at the book which could take 30+ hours adaptations which can usually last you an average visit of 3+ hours
2nd. Jersey Boys (M)
4th. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (M)
I have never wanted a copy and paste button so badly in my life than I do right now.
How about we… Do The Time Warp (ba dum tis)
Jersey Boys follows the story of four guys from New Jersey and their group “Franky Valli and the Four Seasons”, featuring their rise and fall and then back up again - to and from fame. Our main is Franky Valli (John Lloyd Young) who can sing whatever song you give him and does do a good job of representing the character. However, the problem comes with the rest of the cast. You see, the movie spans over nearly 40 years and they try to show it all in 134 minutes… they just can’t do it! This is especially true when you see the main meet up with someone with whom you have no relationship because the last time they were mentioned, they didn’t even exist! Suddenly you are being told they have so many different problems with Valli, and for some reason they expect you to just go with it…? To end on some sort of positive note, all the scenes which you can make sense of are great; you can definitely feel all of the high moments and, more than certainly, the low moments. I do recommend checking this out if 60’s-70’s music doesn’t get on your nerves too much. 3rd. Rent (M) Let’s change things around a little and talk about something which I actually truly enjoyed. This is the film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about 7 friends / occasional lovers in the East Village of New York City and their struggle with life, love and AIDS over the course of 525 600 minutes (or one year, as some might call it). It is important to know that Rent has a lot of heart behind it and can show it in a bit of a weird way. You will sit there and think “What the on Earth is happening?” from time to time, but you will also think “Why can’t I have friends like Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) in my life?” and “My God, Maureen (Idina Menzel),Mark (Anthony Rapp) is trying his best here!” In the end, Rent is definitely worth a watch and is a pleasant surprise for anyone who comes along for its ride.
Rocky Horror is a perfect balance of weird and wonderful 1975(ness) as a newly engaged couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for a place to stay and they end up finding themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) who is (covers young children's ears) a transvestite. Just be aware that if it is your first time stepping into the world of Rocky Horror, it is really weird. But, with its ‘up beat(ness), it is a classic that will never leave the hearts of most. 5th. The Wiz (G) Um, okay - this one is going to be a hard one to write about. The Wiz is an adaptation of the Wizard Of Oz, first made into a stage production, and the thing that made it special was… (drum roll) everyone was black (African American to be politically correct). Yep, I can’t think of a better way to explain it. Dorothy (Diana Ross) is a kindergarten teacher who has been born and raised in Harlem. She is celebrating Thanksgiving one night when she realises she hasn’t got much to be thankful for. Things change for her, though, when she and her dog, Toto, find themselves caught in the middle of a Snow Storm. It then shows a very weird and run down version of Oz (it can be very uncomfortable to see) leading to where they do the exact same thing with the good and bad witches as we go on to find the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson…. no joke), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell), and the lion (Ted Ross). This movie does have a lot of things wrong with it but I recommend watching it anyway, purely because it is so weird that you wouldn’t believe me if I tried explaining it. I mean, there are literally parts of the movie which will blow your mind because of how stupid they can be “Have fun picking at it”, I guess, is what I’m trying to say!
This movie does have a lot of things wrong with it but I recommend watching it anyway, purely because it is so weird that you wouldn’t believe me if I tried explaining it. I mean, there are literally parts of the movie which will blow your mind because of how stupid they can be - “Have fun picking at it”, I guess, is what I’m trying to say!
6th. Mamma Mia! (PG) Nooooooo! No no no no no. NO! I hate Mamma Mia. I hate everything about it. Nothing about deserves to be complimented. All this film had to be was a shiny platter for my ABBA, and they couldn’t even get that right!? So then, what is it? Mamma Mia is the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), set to be married on her mother, Donna’s (Meryl Streep), island in Greece somewhere. However, she has a problem - she wants her long lost father to be there to walk her down the aisle, and because her mother slept around too much (or as the family friendly film has to put it “dot, dot, dot”) she has only been able to narrow down her possible fathers to three different men through her mothers diary. These men are Bill (Stellan Skarsgård), Sam (Pierce Brosnan... Yes that guy who was James Bond) and Harry (Colin Firth). Now, this sounds like an okay-ish plot with a really strong cast of actors. However, Brosnan and Streep can not sing in this film, and sadly they do so…. too many times. (Yes, I am aware of Streep's performance in ‘Into The Woods’ and yes, I know she can sing in it, but no, it is not on this list because frankly I just haven't seen it... yet.) Honestly, if I wanted to see someone famous sing ABBA songs terribly, I would have gone to a over priced Karaoke bar after the Oscars. This movie is awful, terribly cringe-worthy and doesn’t deserve any of your money or time.
ÂŠ Corpus Christi College Journalism Club April 2015