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Winter with West High’s Film Club

Sick of being cooped up in the house all winter? Come to Film Club’s movie showings instead!
Jules Keranen
Come enjoy a free movie with snacks provided by Film Club!

After an extended winter break what better to get out of the house and enjoy a free movie? Film Club presents its next showings every other Friday in room 128 for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

Open to all with snacks courtesy of the club leaders, Film Club isn’t something you’ll want to miss.

Here is the list of the next three films being shown for Film Club in January and February.


Friday, January 26: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was released in 1961 and became an old Hollywood classic with two Academy Awards to its name.  The movie stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as Paul Varjak. Holly Golightly is a naïve yet irresistibly fun young woman living in New York City as an escort. Meanwhile, Paul Varjak is an aspiring writer who’s just moved into the apartment building that Holly resides in. The two become acquainted and find balance in their relationship, ideal futures and a past that’s all too present.

While not without its flaws characteristic of the time of its release, this film holds as a movie that’s solidified its place in history. Some even attribute the birth of the manic pixie dream girl trope to Audrey Hepburn’s role in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”


Friday, February 9: “Arrival

“Arrival” is a science fiction drama released in 2016 starring Amy Adams as Louise Banks. This is not a movie you’re going to want to skip. A critically acclaimed film that has a strong supporting cast such as Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, it’s likely you’ve heard of this movie before.

The movie follows Amy Adam’s character, Louise Banks, a linguistics professor leading a team to communicate with the huge spaceships that have touched down on Earth before a global war breaks out. A thrilling race against time, extraterrestrial creatures and humanity itself, “Arrival” is a staple in science fiction films.


Friday, February 23: “Grave of the Fireflies

If you’re familiar with Studio Ghibli, “Grave of the Fireflies” is by far one of their most mature films. Released in 1988, “Grave of the Fireflies” is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel by Japanese author Akiyuki Nosaka.

Set in Japan during World War II, the film centers around a pair of siblings as they’re confronted by the horrors of wartime. Seita, voiced by Tsutomu Tatsumi, is a teenage boy who’s tasked with taking care of his younger sister, Setsuko, voiced by Ayano Shiraishi.

A devastatingly beautiful movie that discusses the costs of war through its child protagonists, “Grave of the Fireflies” is a triumph of Ghibli’s animation storytelling and their ability to tackle subjects with such raw presentation.


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Jules Keranen, Entertainment Editor

(they/them) Jules is a senior and this is their second year on the West Side Story. They are the entertainment editor for the online publication. After school they spend most of the time with their cat, Baby, watching movies.

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