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West Side Radio: Book-to-movie hits and misses

West Side Radio: Book-to-movie hits and misses

Lucy Polyak, Bess Frerichs, Mohammedhilal Al-Ani, Alyssa Skala, Edward Keen, and Alex Carlon

March 1, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Film, Multimedia, Podcast, Reviews

It's always controversial when a well-loved book is made into a movie franchise. But why is that the case? Are the movies always as bad as we think, or do we just come in with too high of expectations? In this series of podcast episodes, WSS staffers tackle three famous movies based off of literature...

What is love?

What is love?

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

February 26, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Video, Video

From believing love is "basically a chemical reaction in the brain" to "caring and friendship or anything you like", we all have different definitions of love. Even if you don't have a valentine this year, you can still take some time to show your family and friends some extra love. ...

New year, new me?

New year, new me?

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor & Reporter

February 24, 2019


Filed under A&E, Showcase

Several hours before the clock strikes midnight, world-class performers warm up their voices prior to taking the stage. Acts such as Christina Aguilera, Post Malone and Dua Lipa are included in the lineup to participate in the festivities synonymous with noisemakers and firecrackers. From a 12-foot sp...

Fashion Friday: Avrill Gratton ’19

Fashion Friday: Avrill Gratton ’19

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Fashion, Multimedia, Showcase

From vibrant patterns as a youngster to more neutral colors today, Avrill Gratton ‘19 says she has always had an interest in fashion and that her style continues to evolve. “I always wore what I wanted to wear, so when I was really little, it would be polka dots and stripes and butterflies...

“Alita: Battle Angel” delivers breathtaking cyberpunk spectacle

“Alita: Battle Angel” delivers breathtaking cyberpunk spectacle

Edward Keen, Reporter

February 21, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Award winners, Film, Reviews, Showcase

When one considers the great directors of Hollywood who revolutionized the world of filmmaking, James Cameron is a name that will be more than likely to pop up in a high position on the list. For the past couple decades he has tinkered with a wide margin of films, from “Terminator” to “Titanic” a...

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is another win for Barry Jenkins

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is another win for Barry Jenkins

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

February 19, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Award winners, Film, Showcase

As a young director, following your first big success is always a tough task. This can potentially make or break a career, determine if the director in question keeps their line of successes going or fades into obscurity. If your previous film happens to be “Moonlight,” as is the case with Barry...

Top five offbeat love stories on film

Top five offbeat love stories on film

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film

I hesitate to say that I like romantic films because of the cliches that have been attached to that label by popular cinema. Of course, love is a universal theme that just about everybody can relate to, so it makes sense that the suits at the big studios have been capitalizing off that for years. But that’...

Breaking down the 2018 Golden Razzie nominations

Breaking down the 2018 Golden Razzie nominations

Jack Harris, WSS Intern

February 7, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Showcase

Every year the Oscars nominations roll around to recognize the “best” movies of the year. For the past 39 years, however, there has been another awards show that recognizes significant films of the past year, on the very same night no less. This awards show, known as the “Razzies,” exists to...

Tales from food industry insiders

Tales from food industry insiders

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Online Profiles Editor

January 28, 2019


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

Many high school students consider pizza restaurants, fast food chains and coffee shops to be places to relax and spend time with friends, employees there have very different experiences both in serving customers and handling the ups and downs of working in the food industry. Three high school students shar...

Harry Westergaard’s top movies

Harry Westergaard’s top movies

Harry Westergaard and Kristina Rosebrook

January 28, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Showcase, Video, Video

Harry Westergaard '19, West Side Story's film critic and arts editor, shares his top movies from 2018 and films he's looking forward to seeing in 2019. Movies from 2018 Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Blackkklansman, directed by Spike Lee The Old Man & ...

“Aquaman” is cliche, yet captivating

“Aquaman” is cliche, yet captivating

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Online Profiles Editor

January 28, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Entertainment, Film, Showcase

While Warner Bros Pictures’s “Aquaman” was too similar to other films such as “Black Panther” and “Thor”, it was a refreshing take on the long fabled story of Atlantis and for the most part had well developed character growth. Although the predictability of the film caused me to guess ...

Breaking down the 2019 Oscar nominations

Breaking down the 2019 Oscar nominations

Edward Keen, Reporter

January 22, 2019


Filed under A&E, Arts, Entertainment, Film, Showcase

It’s that time of year again. 2018 swooped in with a congregation of hits, misses and all the films in between, and the 91st Academy Awards will determine which films were the best of the best. While the Oscars is an independent awards show that isn’t meant to cater to movies, nabbing an Oscar can b...

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