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Review of Godzilla (1954)

Posted by King Julien on December 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Godzilla is the longest running movie series ever. It started in 1954, and continues to this day. The series has inspired toys, books, comics, T-shirts, and video games. There are just so many things in the Godzilla universe to review, so where do I start? No one in this school really knows about Godzilla. Pretty much all that is known is that he’s a giant Japanese movie monster. So I’m going to review the movie that started it all, to introduce the king of the monsters…




 

 

The movie is Godzilla (1954). In the beginning of the movie, a Japanese fishing boat is mysteriously destroyed. Subsequently, the ship that goes to investigate is also destroyed. The survivors of the second ship take refuge on Odo Island, populated by natives who tell stories of a sea monster called Godzilla. The natives blame Godzilla for the destruction of the boats. Word gets out and curious reporters arrive. That night, there is a storm. In the middle of the storm, something else arrives and causes death and destruction. Soon afterwards, more investigators are sent in. The team of investigators includes Dr. Yamane (Takashi Shimura), a paleontologist. What they find are huge radioactive footprints and a trilobite. Soon Godzilla himself appears, and everyone present flees as the monster roars in rage.




 

 

After this ordeal, Dr. Yamane returns to Tokyo and concludes that the creature was born from a nuclear explosion. After some debate, this is announced to the public. Ships with depth charges are sent in to kill Godzilla, but they fail. Godzilla travels to the waters off the coast of Japan, frightening patrons of a party boat in the process. There is worldwide panic. Officials try asking Dr. Yamane how to kill the monster, but he wants it to be kept alive and studied. At the same time, while all this is happening, a young woman named Emiko Yamane (Momoko Kuchi), is engaged to Dr. Serizawa (Akihiko Hirata). But she truly loves a sailor named Hideto Ogata (Akira Takarada).These three form the love triangle of the film. Emiko decides to break off the arranged engagement with Dr. Serizawa, but before she gets the chance, Serizawa shows her something shocking. The doctor has made a dangerous new invention, the Oxygen Destroyer, which he demonstrates on a tank of fish. He places the device inside the tank, and the fish’s flesh disintegrate, leaving nothing but bones. He tells Emiko to keep this new invention of his secret. That night, Godzilla comes ashore and goes on a rampage in Tokyo. There is death and destruction. Nearly the entire city is leveled by Godzilla’s wrath. Many are killed, and countless others are injured and dying.




 

 

Emiko witnesses the destruction and tells her love Ogata about Dr. Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer. She and Ogata confront Serizawa to use the weapon on Godzilla. After a lot of argument, Serizawa finally agrees with the condition that he’ll only use it once and destroy all his research for the good of humanity. Such a powerful weapon could be devastating should they fall into the wrong hands. Anyway, during this confrontation Serizawa finds out about Emiko’s love for Ogata. Soon a Navy ship takes out Serizawa, Emiko, Ogata, Dr. Yamane and a bunch of other people to Tokyo Bay to plant the Oxygen Destroyer. Ogata and Serizawa dive down, only to be confronted by Godzilla. Serizawa activates the device. Ogata swims to the surface, but Serizawa stays behind. He then cuts his oxygen cord and perishes with Godzilla, taking the secret of the Oxygen Destroyer with him.




 

 

As you can see, quite a dark story. And you know why? Well, Godzilla was not just your garden variety B-monster movie. (common in the 50’s) It had deeper meaning. Godzilla was a nuclear allegory, echoing the death and destruction of the atomic bomb in World War 2. It explored the dangers of nuclear weaponry and radiation, and all too vividly re-created the destruction of the war. So why didn’t they just make a movie about the war? Well, the Americans were really limiting what the Japanese could make movies about back in the 50’s, so they disguised the deeper meaning as a generic monster movie. The Americans didn’t figure it out.

 

This movie inspired 27 sequels and 4 remakes. That alone goes to show just how successful Godzilla was.

 

Let’s talk about Godzilla himself. Godzilla was a surviving dinosaur called Godzillasaurus in the island of Lagos, when the nuclear bomb test in the Bikini Atoll (which we learned about in class) went off. The radiation caused the Godzillasaurus to grow to massive size. The original Godzilla was 50 meters tall (Around 160 feet), with the newest being about 328 feet tall. Godzilla possesses a variety of abilities, such as cell regeneration and his infamous atomic breath. He looks essentially like a very large dinosaur that drags its tail and stands upright. Godzilla also has jagged dorsal fins on his back which light up as a warning sign that he’s about to fire his trademark atomic breath. His face has had many different looks over the years. In the original movie, it is more or less a dinosaur head, although it is far more expressive and with hooded eyes. Many people think that Godzilla is green, but that is a pure myth. Although you couldn’t really tell what color he was in the black and white film, it is later revealed that his skin is a charcoal gray.

 

Godzilla was inspired by nuclear bomb testing and the re-release of King Kong in 1953. The name “Godzilla” came from Gojira, a combination of the Japanese words gorira and kujira, gorilla and whale. There is rumor among the fans that the name was originally the nickname of an overweight staff member of Toho Studios (the company that made all the Japanese Godzilla movies).

 

The special effects in the movie are truly an art. The monster was a stuntman in a realistic rubber suit, destroying miniature buildings. The whole thing would be shot in high speed film. The slow motion shots would give it a realistic feel of gigantism. The rubber suit would often get too hot and the stuntsman, Haruo Nakajima, could only perform in the suit for three minutes at a time. Once he even passed out in the suit! Performing as Godzilla is dangerous work. The water scenes in particular posed a great threat towards the suited actor. Shots with the military shooting at Godzilla were dangerous as well. There were actual real explosions going off on the Godzilla suit. And on top of all this, the actor could hardly even see out of the suit.

 

 

Overall, this is a truly spectacular film. The special effects are fantastic, even for today’s standards. The black and white color gives it a gritty and dark mood. Scenes of people dying in hospitals and in the rubble are pretty disturbing, as is the choir of girls singing a song of despair. The filmmakers don’t treat it like a monster move, they treat it like an actual disaster. The actors seemed very natural and fit their roles quite well. The story is great, and the deeper meaning behind the exterior is real serious. Well, pretty much everything is awesome if you ask me. The only problems someone might have with this movie is its old age, and the fact that it’s a foreign film with English subtitles. But don’t let that scare you away; it is a true classic worth watching and a great introduction to the Godzilla series. I’m gonna give it five stars, no exaggeration there. It’s that good.



Review of Okamiden

Posted by King Julien on December 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

By Maggie Lonero


If you enjoy strategic fighting and using cool magic tricks, this game is for you!


written by Magnolia Lonero Nov. 14, 2012


Okamiden was released on March 15th 2011 and published by CAPCOM corporation. I know quite a bit of this game because I own a copy for my NDS. (Nintendo Double Screen) and I’ve been playing it until my mother asked me to pack my games away. I can’t wait for the next long break.

 

The background takes place in rural Japan where the humans wore kimonos and worked to brew saki and make a living. This story is about a young wolf known as Chibiterasu the heir of Amaterasu from the previous game “Okami”. Yet continuing on, you play as Chibiterasu, fighting another great evil that spreads. This game requires a lot of fighting and a lot of painting which is what you do. The brush strokes are used for magical powers, like for fighting or for making things look pretty around you.

 

Another thing in the game is that Chibiterasu has riders, his partners. They help him to proceed in the game. While fighting without a partner you have not only brushstrokes but you have weapons. In your weapons you start with a green round flat stone with flames of gold. Then you continue on collecting more weapons. Once your weapon collection is complete, you continue on to see Shiranui, Chibiterasu’s grandfather. And he helps you defeat some bosses. Once near the end Shiranui eventually leaves back to the past. Then Susano (heir of Nagi, who fought against Orochi with Shiranui) adopted a child “Kuni” and Kuni fights along with Chibiterasu, the pup of Okami Amaterasu. Then you enter a mysterious realm. Chibiterasu has lost his partner Kuni. A mirror was set before him and out comes a mirror version of Chibiterasu but dark. Then Kuni comes into the scene but he has a darkened smirk and he jumps upon the dark chibiterasu. Then the fight begins. Once dark Chibiterasu is defeated, a dark one-eyed creature appears and you fight against him with your partner Kuni. You win and all of Japan is saved again! this picture is a picture of Chibiterasu with his partner in the beginning of the game known as Issun. Issun the little sea green bug on the top..

Review of "Hotel Transylvania"

Posted by King Julien on December 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

By Natalya Grigoryan


Hotel Transylvania is great comedy for families to watch. I think this would be a excellent movie for people who want to have a laugh with their friends or even family. The movie is about Count Dracula (played by Adam Sandler) who has a 5 star hotel, where all the monsters go celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. Some of the most famous monsters are invited, like Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy (voiced by Cee Lo Green), the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more! For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis (played by Selena Gomez). All of the monsters are terrific, but my favorite has got to be the Mummy voiced by Cee Lo Green. I believe he does a splendid job of portraying the characters persona, as do all of the actors/actresses. The movie also did a clever job at making horror elements fun, like the drink “beetlejuice.” People might think that this movie is another one of those “corny” animated movies, but I believe it’s really not. I believe it is fantastic for families, especially for Halloween. Every family who has a chance to go watch it, I would definitely recommend it to them. It is the best movie to have a great laugh with the family! :)

Review of Slender

Posted by King Julien on December 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

By Sarah Nelson


The Slender Game concept seemed like it would be relatively easy to complete and much less frightening than it actually was. For those who don’t know, the game is basically this: You are a person, trapped in a forest, looking for and collecting eight pages. Simple, right? Well, you’re also being stalked by a persistent monster that wants you dead. Playing Slender Game could definitely be described as a thrill. If you like scary stuff (movies, books, video games), this is the game for you. If you don’t, it will make you run screaming to the nearest living being and paranoid for the rest of the week. The scary effects (music & such) just add horror to the storyline where you are being hunted by a scary, white, un-faced, scrawny man with tentacles shrouded in the fog and death of night as you run through a dark forest with nothing but a dying flashlight. Your sole purpose in the game is to find and collect the “eight pages.” The way the game combines the effects of sound and sight create constant suspense, and makes you actually live the horror. I can tell you that after a minute of the steady booming sound overhead, I was literally shaking in my boots.


One of the things that draws some people to this game is that it seems to be impossible to complete and/or is unbeatable. It may seem like you will never survive as you slowly sneak behind a tree searching for a page, or are almost cornered in the abandoned bathrooms; but there is a way to complete it. I will not tell you the secret behind winning because it will come with trial and error. My advice: just keep trying and don’t give up, then you will succeed.

 


Review of Argo

Posted by King Julien on December 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

By Sophia Maciel

 

“Or you could just send in training wheels and meet them at the border with Gatorade.” This is just one of the quotes from the the film Argo, the declassified true story. It is about a dramatization of the 1980 CIA-Canadian secret operation, working to extract six fugitive Americans out of revolutionary Iran. In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador, and the CIA is eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez comes up with a daring plan: to create a fake Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez creates the ruse and proceeds to Iran as its associate producer. However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House have doubts about the operation themselves.

 

The director is Ben Affleck, who also plays the main character. Some of the actors and actresses are, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, and Kyle Chandler. The film is rated R, so those who are not allowed to see it, should not. The duration of the film is 120 minutes (2 hours). The genres included in this film are, drama, history, and thriller.

 

I am usually very critical about the movies I see. But, to be honest, I had absolutely no problem with this movie. I thought the plot was very good and intriguing. Argo, being based on a true story, made me even more involved in it. I wanted the movie to succeed even more. I think the acting was very well done, and they chose some great actors and actresses to play the roles. Some of those well known actors are, Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. At the end, the film displayed pictures of the actual people, and compared them to the actors and actresses. They obviously tried to get as accurate as possible when it came to looks. The whole time I was at the edge of my seat, and I usually don’t react that way when I watch movies. Some of the moments were obvious and predictable, as many movies are, but I was still so anxious. Overall, this was a great movie, and a little history lesson. Anyone that is allowed to see a rated R movie should go and see this. It will definitely teach you a little about American history.

 

Board Meetings

Posted by King Julien on December 3, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

By Nate Tibbils


On Monday, November nineteenth in Room 14, there was a monthly meeting of the Communitas board that addressed the problems and issues at Communitas and have a led to solutions. It was organized by Theodore, the Board President, and a founder of Communitas.

 

A very highly discussed topic was the math program, a subject of controversy.The IMP (Interactive Math Program) a controversial program, has caught criticism from students and parents, some students feeling like the program isn’t mathematically challenging and some feeling more comfortable with the program as it is than with a traditional program.

 

There were parents, students, teachers (including Leanne), and board members in attendance.There were several students present at the meeting, included were Buddy Johns, April Evans, Sarah Nelson, and me, Nate Tibbils. An argument could be made that some students went for the express purpose to speak about the IMP, as evidenced by the fact that some students showed up around the time that program was to be discussed. The IMP was a major subject at the meeting, taking up over an hour of time. Students spoke in advocacy of a change in the program, and the board deliberated on it. A committee was made to try and help address student concerns.

 

Even though the math program was a hot topic at the meeting, there were other topics and discussions. The teachers, Barney, Julie, and Terrie, spoke about the Integrated Studies classes. Leanne, our math teacher, spoke about the math program, giving her take on it as well as her plans for the classes.

 

The meetings occur monthly and are open to spectators, students, and parents alike.

Review of Halo 4

Posted by King Julien on November 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

By Nick White


Attention all Xbox gamers! The newest Halo game is here! Halo 4 is all new with new in game stuff.There are new weapons, enemies, and a new vehicle. Here is a list of all the new toys with a short description. While the Battle Rifle is back( as well as the DMR and the Carbine), I will not have the descriptions in here.


New Weapons


Human


Stick detonator: One-shot, hand held grenade launcher. Remote detonation


Railgun: One-shot rifle. One second charge time. Mildly explosive. Will kill an infantry unit with one direct hit


Covenant


Storm Rifle: It is the big brother to the plasma repeater.


Prometheans


Boltshot: 10 round mag, semi-auto pistol. Can be charged to fire like a shotgun, this will deplete half of the mag.


Light Rifle: 36 round mag, three round burst rifle. When zoomed in, will fire 1 shot but with the power of one three round burst.


Suppressor: 48 round mag, full auto SMG.


Scattershot: 5 round mag, semi-auto shotgun(Finally, shotgun in Halo that is not a pump action!)


Binary Rifle: 2 round mag, semi-auto sniper rifle. Will kill in one shot.


Incineration Cannon: One-shot rocket launcher.


Pulse grenade: Disnergrates dead bodies. Has the explosive force of 2 frag grenades.



New Enemies


 

Crawler: Carries Boltshots, Suppressors, and very rarely Binary Rifles


Watcher: Unknown weapons. Resurrects Knights. Produces HardLight Shields to protect Knights and Crawlers


Knights: Carry any of the Promethean weapons(depending on the type of Knight). Can teleport short distances


Types of Knights


Standard: Carries Suppressors and Light Rifles


Lancers: Carry Binary Rifles


Battlewagon: Carries Scattershot


Commander: Carries Incineration Cannon


New Vehicle


Mantis: 2 legged walker with a machine gun and 5 rockets. Has a melee attack.Very vulnerable to Banshees


 

The campaign is set 4 years(2556) after the events of Halo 3(2552). The multiplayer is set 6 months after the campaign. I won’t spill any of the campaign to those who have not played the game yet. The multiplayer has now introduced loadouts (the Halo equivalent of custom classes). You can now make your own classes to use in both War Games and Spartan Ops. You must purchase the equipment using Spartan points which you earn as you rank up. Spartan Ops is a continuation of the campaign, but with Spartan-IVs instead of the Master Chief. This is my favorite Halo game by far. The storyline is great. The plot has a few twists,which I personally like.The good thing about it is that the setting is a good setting. The new planet is called Requiem. It is a beautiful, lush, and green world. The Chief has to help the new UNSC starship, Infinity, escape from the planet. The good thing is, Microsoft’s 343 Industries has promised 2 more games following the Master Chief. Cannot wait!

 

Farmer's Market Field Trip

Posted by King Julien on November 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Isaac Aronen


A couple of weeks ago, students from Communitas took a field trip to a farmers’ market in San Pedro square in San Jose, because we were studying about food and nutrition and how it all ties up with the origins of food. The teachers wanted to give us hands on experience on how to buy healthier food. The school split up into two groups, one going on October 26 and the second on November 2. The students visited many booths to see the costs of different items they would need to make their dishes. Groups made many different things, such as salsa and salads. Each group only had ten dollars and a couple of guidelines. In the beginning nobody thought that was enough to buy a lot of stuff. But one group had about ten pounds of fruit. Most of the students brought their own money as well, so some kids went to Togos or bought huge bags of popcorn.


When the students got back to school, they went to the break room and got tables for their groups. Everyone prepared their food and one group even made an outdoor fire to cook their food. Eventually all the groups finished and the other students went around to taste other peoples foods and see how good it is. There were smoothies, salads, fruit salads and even a pasta sauce. After the groups were done, they went to class but had to come back and clean up their huge mess. Overall, we learned how easy and healthy it was to go to the farmers market and make your meal at home.

Review of Happy Tree Friends: See What Develops

Posted by King Julien on November 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Tree Friends:


See What Develops


By Alison Yamanishi




Don’t hate me for writing about Happy Tree Friends. Don’t think that I enjoy seeing them get killed. I just like the show because I like animals. Animal lovers may or may not like it.


This is Happy Tree Friends so it is gory but there are some better parts other than that. (Trust me. There is.)


I got most of the information from Wikipedia and Youtube

 

It starts with Lumpy (blue moose) driving his truck delivering newspapers. He arrives at the office and meets Splendid (blue Flying squirrel). He looks at a paper and asks him why there was no picture for the lead story. Splendid Shrugs. Lumpy looks for a photographer to go with Splendid. As he looks at The Mole (purple mole) who is getting a drink. He wasn’t holding the cup in the right place because he’s blind so he gets no water. Due to this he thinks the bottle is empty so he takes it out and puts in another one that is actually empty. I thought that part was funny. Lumpy hires him. He hands him the bag of supplies and sends The Mole and Splendid out to get some reports.


We see a view of the supermarket. Mime (purple deer) is making balloon shapes for his friends. The Mole gets ready to take a picture. He gets out the camera and takes a picture of himself. In the supermarket the three grocers Disco Bear (golden bear also my favorite character), Flaky (red porcupine), and Nutty (green squirrel) are getting ready for a picture. The Mole shoots it and leaves a smoke behind as he leaves. The smoke sets off the sprinklers. The Mole gets ready to take another picture but he drops the light bulb. He picks it up and puts it in a gumball machine and it makes a big gumball mess so he gives up and leaves. Nutty sees the gumballs and tries to go out to get them but the door is stuck so he can’t get out. Mime is juggling on his unicycle and he rolls over the gumballs. Splendid hears the gumballs flying around, and he tries to go into the phone booth, but he can’t because Cro-Marmot (green marmot) is in there. So he goes into another phone booth and starts to take off his disguises but Cub (tan baby bear) waves at him. Splendid pretends to be using the phone and waves back at him. Mime bumps into a tool box and juggles the tools. Then he knocks over Handy’s (brown beaver) ladder and Handy saves himself by biting on the line that holds the sign. Mime then lands in the photo booth and ….... Wait, I don’t want to talk about this part. You know why? You do don’t you. Poor Mime.


Let’s just say that a roll of gooey stuff falls out of the booth. The Mole drops his roll of film and picks up the gooey stuff and puts it it the camera. (I know. It’s gross). Now Handy, let’s just say he’s in danger. Splendid tries to get in the photo booth but there is a Mime corpse. Wait, did I just say corpse? Well I can’t lie about it. Splendid takes off his disguises between buildings. The Mole takes a picture of him. Splendid Screams like a girl (ha ha!). Splendid doesn’t know who to handle first. The Mole or Handy? He chooses to save Handy but..... Wait, I don’t want to talk about this part either. Poor Handy. Splendid sees a car driving away. He thinks it’s The Mole. He takes the top of the car off. He finds out that it was Petunia (blue skunk) who was in the car. He puts the top of the car back on and Petunia crashes. He sees a shadow that looks like The Mole. He picks up that creature and he shakes it. But it wasn’t The Mole. It was Giggles (a pink chipmunk) who didn’t like being shaken. Toothy (purple beaver) was mad at Splendid. He zips away and (sorry, I have to say it) kills them both, leaving Giggles’ skeleton and Toothy’s feet. This is why I don’t like Splendid that much. Splendid spots The Mole and zips over to get him. He breaks the glass of the supermarket and frees the corpses who have drowned in the sprinklers. He gets close to The Mole who is taking pictures randomly. He destroys a building.


The Mole and Splendid have returned to the shop. Lumpy takes out the gooey stuff. Splendid is relieved and he accidentally freezes Cuddles (a yellow bunny). Even though the photos were printed on gooey stuff instead of film, they still printed on photos properly, especially the picture of Splendid blowing his cover.


The End

Review for Abbey Dawn

Posted by King Julien on November 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

by:Melissa Schraml


Abbey Dawn is a clothing line by Avril Lavigne and this clothing line is for anyone who is a fan of the pop culture world. So far Avril has designed swimwear, hats, bags, shoes, dresses, tops, bottoms, jackets, and pants.


Some of her clothing line is sold at Hot Topic, and K-Mart. Also you can get clothes from her website. If you want to check out some of the clothes, click on the link www.AbbeyDawn.com.


During the summer, Avril tweeted to her fans "Photo shoot today for @abbeydawn." a few months later on 11/6/2012 she tweeted, " Check out the new @AbbeyDawn Fall collection at www.abbeydawn.com.” Avril works really hard on her clothing line Abbey Dawn, as millions of fans are out wearing her clothing line . “OMG. I love the new line! I can't wait to see you all wearing it!" As Avril works hard on her clothing line and her new album that going to be released early in 2013, millions of “ Little Black Stars” are wearing her clothing line. Abbey Dawn is a must have for the season. There’s even clothes that Avril made for boys. Below check out some of the items she has designed!!!!!!!!!! I hope you all like it as much as I do! I give it a 10/10 like Abbey Dawn on facebook www.facebook.com/AbbeyDawn.


This is a really good line to buy because it’s more of her personal Rock and Roll style and this clothing line is expensive. The line originally started out as a Juniors style. Then it became more as an adult style it has lots of bold colors. The style of her clothing line is about how she dresses and it’s more of her style. She came up with the name for her clothing line because her dad used to call her “Abbey.”


 

 

 






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