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Faultless: A “The Fault In Our Stars” Review

Faultless: A “The Fault In Our Stars” Review

Emilyy LeSueur, FCHS Journalist

March 27, 2014


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Being a teen is filled with enough angst as it is. Throw cancer and true love into the mix and you’ve got a book plot that has sent teens running to the nearest bookstore. The Fault in Our Stars by award-winning author John Green is about one teen, Hazel, as she faces continuous struggles ranging from failing organs to just wanting to be an average teenage girl. Fighting thyroid cancer since she was 13, Hazel’s days appear to be numbered. The only reason she is still alive is because of an experimental drug. Thinking her life is coming to an end, she joins a support group for kids with cancer… and her fairytale love story begins. Augustus Waters is almost too good to be true. He’s good-looking, sweet and a former basketball player who has lost his leg to osteosarcoma. The two have an instantaneous connection, and soon fall in love. In books, love at first sight isn’t exactly rare, but what Augustus and Hazel have is truly special.  Not everyone can unde...

Make The Choice: Divergent

Make The Choice: Divergent

Cara Wissinger, FCHS Journalist

March 19, 2014


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In between all of those boring English reads, here’s a fun book you’ll actually won’t want to put down: Divergent.  March 21 marks the release of Divergent the movie—probably this years’ most anticipated teen film. But Divergent actually began as a trilogy written by Veronica Roth, and many teens consider it on par with The Hunger Games series.  The books in the trilogy are Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant, and yes, you must read this in the correct order. The series focuses on a dystopian society in present-day Chicago where all of the inhabitants are members of five different sectors, or “factions,” including Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent), and Amity (the peaceful).  Each faction focuses on living out their trait (and that trait alone), believing that in doing so the society will be prosperous and peaceful.  When members of this society turn 16, they can choose to stay in ...

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a “10”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a “10”

Chris Haislip, FCHS Journalist

March 13, 2014


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It’s not all fun and games for a police department, but it might be for the fictional 99th precinct of the New York City Police Department.  Fox’s new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows Detective Jake Peralta (SNL alum Andy Sandberg) and the rest of the precinct as they attempt to solve petty crimes.  So far, the show appears to be a huge success. Arguably the strongest aspect of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is its cast.  Andre Braugher (House) plays Ray Holt, the strict new captain of the precinct.  Holt shows little emotion, and often gives Peralta trouble.  Terry Crews plays Terry Jeffords, who is the detectives’ leader.  Jeffords is usually calm and reasonable, which is somewhat ironic, considering Crews’ most popular roles include the dad on Everybody Hates Chris and the crazy, loud guy in the Old Spice commercials.  Rounding out the detectives are Frank Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero).  Santiago is Peralta’s work...

Transformers 4 Preview: Better Off Extinct?

Transformers 4 Preview: Better Off Extinct?

Patrick Dieter and Shjon Best

December 19, 2013


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Oh no. Not another one. That’s the thought that ran through my head when I learned I only had six months left… until yet another Transformers movie arrives to taunt me in June 2014. The very first Transformers movie wasn’t all that bad, but the second one was probably the 11th worst movie ever mad...

Movie of the “Weak” Review: Pacific Rim

Movie of the “Weak” Review: Pacific Rim

Patrick Dieter and Shjon Best

December 19, 2013


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Have you ever wanted to see a movie so amazing that you are literally left in awe at the absolute beautiful of its cinematography (assuming you know what that is)? Well, Pacific Rim isn't it. Pacific Rim is an action movie released in the summer of 2013 that focuses on the premise that the world is under attack b...

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

Nikolai Mayo-Pitts, Editor

November 20, 2013


Filed under Music, Movies and Literature

Of Marvel’s current canon of earth mightiest warriors, Thor is arguably the most difficult to adapt to film, maybe second only to Rocket Raccoon (who is actually getting a movie in 2014).  Marvel accomplished this in 2011 with a really good introduction for the thunder god and now they have the t...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Cassandra Hobbs, FCHS Journalist

November 18, 2013


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Are you excited about Catching Fire? Have you seen the trailer? Do you even know what it's about? If not, you may want to keep reading or click on the trailer above, because it's coming out Friday. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Me...

World War Z– Failure or Family Film?

World War Z– Failure or Family Film?

Shjon Best, Fluco Beat Copy Editor

October 25, 2013


Filed under Music, Movies and Literature

Usually you’d send kids to bed early for a zombie movie. But in the case of World War Z, a classic villain of humanity is reanimated in an almost child friendly twist that the whole family could enjoy. However, this decision to make the movie more family oriented may have been what prevented it from...

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