Deadpool is not the average hero

Story by: Maggie Brown, News/Copy Editor

“Deadpool,” based on the popular comic books, is a movie that has been much anticipated by people from all walks of life. “Deadpool” is rated R, unlike most Marvel movies, and the reason is quite apparent. The “F-bomb” is dropped 84 times, which is 83 more times than is acceptable in movies with PG-13 ratings. The fight scenes are much more graphic than anything I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie, although the term superhero applies quite loosely to Deadpool.

Wade Wilson is a man who, when diagnosed with cancer, seeks a cure in a “mutant factory,” a place where a man named Francis attempts to force people to mutate with some sort of serum and around the clock torture. The treatment works, but causes Wilson to become what is described by his friend Weasel as looking like “an avocado that had sex with an older avocado,” which is to say quite ugly. He then spends almost two years trying to track down the man named Francis in hopes of curing his ugliness.

As a fan of Marvel, I was extremely pleased with the way this movie came out. From an openly pansexual protagonist to the well-executed fight scenes and quick humor, “Deadpool” is an all around hit. Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast, and the way he portrayed Deadpool was excellent. His comedic timing was impeccable, his character more than adequately developed, and his physical appearance is arguably one of the better ones to ever appear in Hollywood films.

I thoroughly enjoyed “Deadpool”, and after a few more times viewing and examining it, it may even make my top three favorite superhero movies, which is quite an honor indeed. I highly recommend “Deadpool” to anyone with a strong stomach, a tolerance for language, and a sense of humor that toes the fine line between genius and crass.

Star Wars: The review

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photo by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

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Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, the new “Star Wars” movie, absolutely blew me, and millions of other people, away. Earning almost 300 million dollars on opening night, “The Force Awakens” now holds the title for highest grossing film ever, beating “Avatar” (2009) and “Titanic” (1997).

When I was about seven years old, I had a huge crush on Hayden Christensen’s character Anakin. I was totally in love with him and, admittedly had a huge poster on my  wall, next to my “High School Musical” poster. Naturally, I had very, very high expectations for “The Force Awakens” and needless to say, I was not disappointed.

My favorite character in the movie, by far, is Kylo Ren. Though I may be a bit biased because I am absolutely in love with Adam Driver, I still have a certain draw toward Kylo. Critics seem to think he is a weak and whiny character and while they’re not entirely wrong, I also see a sort of complexity in him. He may be a bad guy, but he also feels pain and hurt and longing, and I feel as though Driver nailed it.

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, was absolutely brilliant, and no, I don’t have some secret love for her. Although, after this movie I can guarantee her face will be one I won’t forget. She gave such an amazing and convincing performance as Rey and her rawness really added to the whole movie. I truthfully cannot wait to see more from the 23 year old in years to come.

Though there were a few minimal inconsistencies and given conveniences within the plot, overall, it was a pretty solid. The idea behind and the thought that went into character development and plot development was certainly worth the over 30 year wait between movies.

My favorite part of the movie overall, other than BB-8 who was an absolute pleasure, was most definitely the return of the great Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford. Having a character of such legendary prowess come back and bring such a classic feel to the movie was so welcoming and honestly made me feel like I was watching one of the originals.

“The Force Awakens” was truly cinematic gold and I can not wait to see what Episode VIII has to offer.

This book is “Everything”

Story and Photos by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

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Great books have the ability to deliver a person’s soul to a place they never had dreamed of visiting. “Everything, Everything” did that for me, just as Madeline Whittier’s, the protagonist, books did for her.

Madeline is an eighteen year old girl with SCID, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, which prohibits her from leaving her house in fear of dying from almost everything. She lives in a bubble of safety, being cared for only by her mother and her nurse Carla. That it, until she meets Olly.

I loved the entrance of Olly, the boy who just moved next door, because he’s full of mystery and edge, which are two things Madeline is not used to. He is also introduced wearing all black, which is a contrast to Madeline’s life which is basically white: her room, her clothes, everything. From the beginning, there is already that contrast between them, but opposites attract, as the cliché says.

Everything review 2Her story is told in a variety of styles, such as vignettes, diary entries, and exchanged emails, so the story stays interesting throughout the whole book.

The end was not something that I expected, kind of a microexplosion in my head because I never saw it coming, yet it made so much sense.

As Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, “Everything, Everything” it is one which I recommend to all people who enjoy reading scientifically correct and well-told stories that beautifully yet simply tell of love and freedom.

“Hello” Adele

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter, Photo Editor

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Adele Adkins has taken the stage once again with her new album, “25.” The album is the first after a four-year sabbatical that the star took in order to raise her son, Angelo Konecki. It has enjoyed record sales, surpassing the record for most first-week sales of any song, although this may also be due to the fact that music is now widely available for download on the Internet. Adele’s prowess has yet to heed as her album was at the top of many charts in the end of 2015.

The album is beautiful, featuring many heartfelt songs as one would expect from Adele.  From the popular “Hello” to “Remedy,” the album features slow songs with powerful vocals and telling messages. Adele opened her heart in “Remedy,” which was the first song she wrote that ended her period of writer’s block, according to Adele.

“I really enjoyed ‘When We Were Young,” said Mary Decker, 12. “Adele’s voice was so powerful and soulfull.”

My personal favorite of the album was “When We Were Young.” Adele crafted this song with a certain subtlety, yet the lyrics spoke volumes, conjuring images and sentiments of nostalgia from prior relationships.  Her soulful voice lulls the listener with beautiful lyrical phrases that cannot be ignored in Adele’s lyric-centered work. Her backup singers provided support during appropriate times in the song, pulling it together and making it seem complete. It is the kind of song where you just sit and soak in the music, listening silently, without a care in the world.

I cannot pick out a major negative point for the album. As a whole, it was a very soulful work, and I could feel Adele’s personality and experiences shining through the work and her carefully crafted lyrics. The album is near perfection, and I would award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

E.l.f. make up

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photo by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

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As an avid makeup enthusiast, having good quality makeup brushes is an essential aspect of the makeuping process. However, finding good brushes on a cashier’s pay is difficult sometimes. Many good quality brushes come with hefty price tags, but there is a way around that. A company called e.l.f Cosmetics offers many great quality brushes for lower prices.

E.l.f is a cruelty free makeup company that can be found in drugstores and other larger retailers. For example, Target, CVS and Walmart carry e.l.f products. They make all kinds of products, from primers to foundations, from brushes to eyeliners, and from mascaras to lipsticks. Any beauty essential anyone could possibly need, e.l.f carries it. Not only do they offer many quality products, but they offer budget-friendly products, especially when it comes to their brushes.

E.l.f brushes range from one dollar to five dollars, and they are great quality. I have used many of their brushes, they all hold up well, and they all offer the kind of quality one might find in IT Cosmetics brushes which usually range from sixteen to twenty dollars per brush.

So, next time you are looking for a set of brushes that will not break your savings, definitely look into e.l.f.

Lifeline app will give you a lifeline to fun

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photo by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

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When I first heard of this game, Lifeline, I thought of the movie “The Martian” with Matt Damon stuck on Mars. I was very wrong.

The game starts out with an astronaut messaging you from the wreckage of their spaceship, the Varia, and in need of help. Let me just say that I was a goner by this point, there is no not finishing this game. This gender-nonspecific, sarcastic, and lovingly sassy character tries to find a way to survive on this moon near Tau Ceti. Whenever Cadet Taylor asks you a question, the game gives you two options to choose from, which makes you think a lot about your decisions, because remember, Taylor can die because of your choices.

This incredible game was the reason for my first panic attack, and for people near the end of the game, they know the reason for it. During the whole game, I was hooked to the story. It’s entirely told from Taylor’s point of view, which can get annoying, especially when I think of the hours they have left me alone with the “[Taylor is busy]” message on the screen and the many times they have passed out or lost signal with their last words being”OH MY GOD,” which is a lot.

I love that Taylor doesn’t use pronouns, so Taylor could be blonde white dude with really bad decision-making skills or an Asian-American women with long blue hair. The character’s physical appearance is totally up to the player. Thank you Dave Justus. You are a fantastic writer for doing that.

The game also goes by real time, so if Taylor says they are eating breakfast, Taylor will literally take a half hour to be done eating, and Taylor sleeping will surely take hours.

I recommend this app to people who are not faint of heart or have free time to spare, because this game had me sneaking my phone out in the middle of class to see what Taylor was up to at that point in time, and I can’t wait to purchase the sequel game “Silent Night.”

I became very attached to Taylor during this game. I felt personally responsible for Taylor’s life, which kinda sucked because I killed them the first day I started playing.

Please, play this game. It will make you cry and want to fling yourself off a cliff. But in a good way.

Ipsy makeup review

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

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During November, I had the amazing privilege of having ordered a service called Ipsy.

Ipsy is an company where avid makeup consumers, such as myself, can receive custom chosen makeup samples in a small makeup bag once a month for only ten dollars.

In the bag, I received an eyeliner from Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, and an eyelid primer from Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics, a Robanda Mood lipstick, a mascara from Smashbox and an eyeshadow blending brush from Crown Brushes.

Of the cosmetics I received, I was not displeased with any. My favorites, however, were the Smashbox Mascara and the Crown brush.

The Crown brush is very soft and perfect for blending. Not once have I created an eyeshadow look with the brush that I was displeased with. I am very satisfied with the quality of the brush and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for good blending brushes. I am also looking forward to purchasing from this company in the future.

The mascara I received was high quality. It is called “full exposure” by Smashbox, which is one of my favorite makeup companies. The formula is very smooth and the brush does not clump the lashes. Mascara usually varies from person to person based on the desired look, but I would definitely say that this one is a winner for anyone. It elongates the lashes and is very dark. It also does not flake or run onto the under eye.

I would say that all together Ipsy is a winner, and so are all of the cosmetics that came in my November bag. I would definitely recommend Ipsy or any of the products to anyone I knew that was interested in makeup.

Diamond Candles are a girl’s best friend

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photo by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

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Of my many favorite things in the world, jewelry and candles rank in the top ten. I never imagined that combining the two would be a possibility but I have been proven wrong.

Recently I have become familiar with a company called Diamond Candles. This is a service that will create, and deliver, candles that have diamond rings in the wax.

It works like this: you buy the candle which is ranges from about 20 to 30 dollars, depending on the scent. The candle is burned until the foil-wrapped ring is revealed. Once the ring is revealed from the wax, it can be pulled out and unwrapped from the protective foil covering. There is also a code attached to the ring in which can be entered online for the chance to win another ring of $10-5,000 dollar value.

My experience with this company and their products was outstanding. The pumpkin spice candle smelled fantastic and arrived in a timely manner. They offer other great scents like caramel apple cider, guava berry, and french toast. Also, the ring I received was gorgeous.

Having discovered this company is truly amazing. For $22 I got an awesome candle as well as a diamond ring.

Overall I would definitely give this company an A+ and I would suggest them to anyone looking for a cool gift or for my fellow jewelry and candle lovers.