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Fans of novel “The Lovely Bones” may be disappointed with “Rings” director Peter Jackson’s movie version

Verdict: Director: Peter Jackson Author: Alice Sebold


Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Jake Abel, Reece Ritchie

by Sasha Jaseem “The Lovely Bones” a New York Times best seller by Alice Sebold is now a movie directed by Peter Jackson whose other notable projects include “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The novel saw immediate success as it opened the world up to a controversial topic, child rape and molestation, subjects not easily written about or discussed in today’s society. Film director Peter Jackson does not hold back on producing

something that is as sentimental as it is disturbing. While the film provides moviegoers with stunning images plot, it fails to fill and a gripping pl the void for those who fell in love novel. Changing the with the 2002 nov focus of the novel as well as some of Jackson the character development, deve and message of the alters the plot an re-creation. novel in the re-cre The roles of characters are changed, some dim diminished and some enlarged to fit the new story line. Killer George Harvey, less of the focus and more of the instigator of conflict in the novel, becomes one of the main characters in the film, Jackson’s camera focusing on his actions at regular intervals in the film. The search for the killer in the novel is less of a mystery, and in the novel, the father of the murdered Susie Salmon has a hunch about who killed his daughter but had no evidence, whereas the film portrays

him as completely clueless. Differences aside, Jackson’s depiction of the novel turns out to be a movie filled with both the horror of how realistic rape and molestation are in the world, as well as one that provokes both thought and emotion from its viewers. Moving between the main character Susie Salmon’s inner conflict with accepting her death and her time in the “in between” to the sadistic mind of her killer, Jackson is able to provide a film that has viewers going from feeling disgusted by the actions of the killer to feeling true remorse for the girl whose life was ended so abruptly. Overall, the film adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” is an entertaining and emotional experience, which sheds light on a subject that is more than controversial in today’s society. While it may not echo the message of the novel itself, fans of the book and those who have not read the book should enjoy it equally.

February 5, 2010


INTERVIEW: SAS Choral teacher Kristin Symes debuts in Puccini’s “La bohème” by Alli Verdoscia Kristin Symes walked into her classroom with a huge smile and a stack of pink Post-Its notes. The middle school choir teacher and Musetta of the opera La Bohème explained to me, via Post-Its, that she was resting her voice and could not speak but could type. This was just one on a list of the many vocal regimens she was on in preparation for her professional debut as a soprano in the upcoming production, La Bohème. The list continued to grow as she typed. It includes “rest, lots and lots of fluids (water only, no caffeine - dries out vocal chords), no spicy foods, no greasy or milk-y type products, no medications with caffeine in them (like nuerofen?), lots of sleeping and rest is #1 though, without this, you are nothing!” As she answered questions about her singing experiences Symes’ fingers flew across the keyboard the clicking of the keys accompanied by animated expressions and gestures, she explained, typing, that she started singing when she “was little, like 5ish. [she] would sing in church” and “[her] dad and [she] would go to nursing homes and perform for [the residents].” Symes was introduced to opera when one of her high school teachers noticed something unique about her voice. She is performing in Puccini’s most famous opera, La Bohème, at the Esplanade from January 29 -30 and February 1 - 3 .This romantic opera takes place in Paris in the 1930s, and it is sung in Italian. Symes typed that she speaks “un poco (a little)” Italian along with German, French, Russian, Latin and Spanish. She emphasized the importance of understanding “exactly what each word means.” In La Bohème, Symes plays Musetta the “loud and proud and [vibrant]” lovestruck singer and voice instructor. Symes explained that it was “AN ABSOLUTE DREAM!!!!!!!!!! COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!!” to play such a unique character. Knowing that La Bohème is so familiar, Symes said that she put her all into creating the perfect Musetta. She wrote that in terms of nervousness she’s “Getting there…I think on the night of the performance I will have a lot of butterflies.” The interview concluded when she played a recording of one of her rehearsals, as Symes pressed play her beautiful soprano voice burst from her iPhone filling the silence.

A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything by Aarti Sreenivas Before cars were used, our streets were drowning in horse manure which was probably more detrimental to people’s health than the toxic gases our cars are exhausting,” according to non-fiction best seller “SuperFreakonomics.” Within four months of its release, “SuperFreakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner hit the number 7 spot and maintained its name on the New York Times’s best selling non-fiction list for 13 weeks. Their previous book, “Freakonomics,” stayed on the Times best list longer than any non-fiction book on the list. This lead the rock stars of popular economics to come up with an another book talking about incentives and quick fixes for big problems. “SuperFreakonomics” takes a unique approach to answer quirky questions such as, Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands? How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? Why should suicide bombers buy life insurance? What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo have in common? Using basic economics and statistics, Levitt and Dubner accumulated data, anecdotes and examples for four years to support their ideas before answering these questions. The major part of their book is about global warming. The chapter titled “What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo have in common?” refers to a revolutionary, yet controversial idea. According to genius Nathan Myhrvold, just like volcanic eruptions spew gases in the atmosphere and reduce the temperature, all we need to do is pump sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere.Though the idea makes sense and sounds simple, many environmentalists

are skeptical about the idea. Oxidation of sulfur dioxide in the presence of a catalyst such as sulfuric acid creates acid rain. Though the idea makes sense and sounds simple, many environmentalists are skeptical. Oxidation of sulfur dioxide in the presence of a catalyst such as sulfuric acid creates acid rain. “We should have precautionary principals before we know the scientific ramifications of using such technology,” Environmental Science teacher Martha Beagan said. “We should channel our energy into preserving what currently exists.” An October 2009 Guardian article said that these geo-engineering ideas are a good back-up rather than discouraging them completely. “It would be a good idea to have some big ideas in reserve, a Plan B, in case nothing comes of appeals to personal abstinence and global political will,” the reporter wrote. Though there are complaints about the book’s ideology, overall it makes an interesting read. The authors themselves claim in the introduction that their book is more in the nature of a conversation. One of their aims is to throw around interesting ideas which start debate and discussion. “ ‘SuperFreakonomics’ is a good, popular economic book which simplifies micro economic concepts to everyday actions,” economics teacher Erik Torjesen said. “In regard with geo-engineering, there are risks involved with any new theory but like the book said, it is worth just trying it out.”


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