Christmas is almost here, the decorations popping up everywhere and the music rings in
your ears almost anywhere and it hasn’t even snowed yet. If you are someone who wants to
buy your friends or family a gift but have no idea what to get them, you’re not alone. The best
thing is to plan ahead of time so you aren’t panicking last minute over a gift for your best friend.
But what IS the best gift to get people? What’s the worst? Let’s discuss.
Glitter boxes or whoopie cushion? Neither, they both suck. Opening a box filled with
glitter or unwrapping a pair of Handerpants isn’t something anyone wants. There is an extent to
gag gifts. Some can be good but how would you feel opening a box full of bacon flavored
toothpaste, toothpicks, and mints? If you aren’t a big fan of bacon I doubt you’d appreciate it.
There can be some good ones, maybe an inside joke you share with a friend or something they
like maybe you can use that. An example being a bag of “Unicorn Farts” for someone who likes
unicorns. Finding good gag gifts is hard so lets stay out of that area.
A good gift to get for anyone is socks. But you have to understand why and what kinds
first. Don’t get someone a pack of plain white socks (unless they asked for it), get them a pack
of different colored socks with different breeds of dogs or get your easily cold friend fluffy striped
socks. There are so many types of socks with so many different prints. You could get some
knee high tye-dye socks for the hippy or some Starry Night socks for the artist. A plus is also
that you can get them for anyone, any gender, any person just make sure that it’s a gift you
chose for your Good benefit to this is they aren’t usually very expensive and they can be used
whenever and wherever.
Baby animals are always cute and fun but they make terrible gifts for friends and family.
Never get someone a pet unless their parents are okay with it and they can handle the
responsibilities. And imagine the heartbreak of giving someone the cutest puppy you’ve seen
and having to make them give it up because their parents won’t allow it or their home doesn’t
have enough space. So unless you get the okay from the parents AND they want the animal,
pick a different gift.
Keep your loved ones warm! Perhaps you have a little more money to spend on
someone and socks are too cheap. Get them a blanket or a hoodie. A fluffy blanket to curl up in
or a warm fuzzy hoodie to keep them from getting too cold outside. It’s a sweet gesture and
there’s many different types and patterns of hoodies and blankets. A hoodie with their favorite
team or a cool print of a band they like, you can even get a custom print one if you have the
perfect idea for it. And blankets, they come in all kinds of colors and sizes and you can even
pick the thickness too. You can’t go wrong unless the person really hates being warm or you got
their favorite color wrong.
If it’s a holiday like Christmas, you should at least try to get something. If you really have
no idea what to get someone, see the previous paragraphs but never get something
thoughtless. “Hey, I got you this amazing gift you said you wanted.” “Oh thanks, I got you this
cooking magazine from my kitchen and you don’t even cook.” Regifting is okay sometimes but
it’s not ok to just not care and not try. It would be disappointing to the person who receives it.
Put some effort into it, not just a careless anything.
A good last minute gift or a gift to give someone that you don’t know what to get, just get
them a gift card. Got a friend who drinks a lot of coffee? Get them a starbucks gift card. Your
sister really like DIY’s and crafts? Give them a Hobby lobby gift card. If all else fails for a place,
just buy a temporary visa card and put 50 dollars on it, send it with a sweet letter. Just cash is
Sometimes it’s hard to find a gift for someone but it really doesn’t have to be that hard.
Not all things need to be expensive or super fancy, just something sweet and heartfelt. Just
don’t get a bad gift and you’ll be good.
How is it that some
new movies can make us feel a whirlwind of emotions within the span of an hour?
Marc Forster does just this in his recently directed movie, Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin is a movie that shows the future of time old story, Winnie the
Pooh but in live action. The movie itself contains a small bit from
Christopher’s childhood, him playing with Pooh and the other animals from
Hundred Acre Wood and his current life which isn’t the best and his family not
the happiest. A quick visit from a lost Pooh bear is sure to help him… Kind of.
“Doing nothing often leads to the very best
somethings.” says Pooh. Wandering around and finding Christopher Robin allowed
him to see how much he has grown and he asks him to find their friends; Eeyore,
Piglet, Roo, and even Rabbit. A blast from his past, Christopher helps “save
them” from the dreaded Heffalump in order to show that he really was the same.
After playtime and taking Pooh home to his other friends, he must rush home to
his job and family. He isn’t able to tell his wife or daughter about where he’s
been or else they’d have thought he was mad. But Something important was left
with his friends in the Hundred Acre wood so Pooh and friends set off through
London with the help of Christopher’s daughter in order to find him at work.
what it felt like to be a kid and being able to care in a way he hadn’t for
such a long time, Christopher quits his job and dedicated himself to his wife
and his daughter Madeline. He took them back to the Hundred Acre Woods with all
of his friends and he was finally happy. No longer troubled and even closer to
This movie is filled
with so many laughable and cryable moments. Watching a sad, wandering Pooh is
sure to hit you a little bit. The color change in scenes and between “worlds”
and the CGI is so enticing. The animated character’s movements were so well
shown and the difference between real and fake was hard to distinguish which is
which. That adds a great element to the film, allowing us to focus on the teary
story. The backstory of the movie is greatly shown and adds more emotion to the
film and wouldn’t be as great without it. The characters were well formed and
well made which created more depth to the movie and its storyline. Overall, I
believe this movie is amazingly well done and although different from the
original movies, it’s a great sequel. I don’t think it could’ve been made any
other way, it’s great the way it is. I don’t think any other Winnie the Pooh
movie could top this in years to come.
Just like Chucky, classics never die. Once a movie gets it big then we are left with a great movie for generations to come. This year, horror movies are becoming more popular the closer we’ve gotten to halloween. New movies that have come out this year like “The Nun”, “Halloween 2”, and “A Quiet Place” will never compare to a classic slasher film like “Friday the 13th” or “Halloween” the original. Speaking of originals, let’s get to some undying classics.
Halloween; a movie with a holiday title. If you haven’t seen it, watch it as soon as possible. The movie came out in 1978 and starts off with a murder from a 6 year old boy. 15 years later we watch Michael Myers (boy from beginning of film) escape from prison and stalk/kill 7 more people. The one who gets away is Laurie Strode, a teen Myers stalks throughout the film and fails to kill in the end. Myers then gets away. The following Halloween movies, although good, can never be better than the first. The chills and scares were real and original. With the recent release of “Halloween” (the 2018 version) it is causing the original movie to become more popular than it has been in previous years. Why see a new movie without seeing the first? You don’t usually so back to 1978 we go.
Have you ever seen the clip of a little boy on a tricycle, pedaling down the halls of a hotel? Well if you have then you’ve seen a clip from the 1980’s film, The Shining. Built on an Indian Burial ground, the Overlook Hotel has come into new management. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a writer, husband and father who slowly goes mad. His wife Wendy and son Danny endure the scares of ghosts and Jack who is slowly going mad. After a conversation with the ghost of the previous hotel manager, Jack is convinced he needs to ‘correct’ his wife and son. After games of “Tag” and “Hide and Seek” Danny ends up outside, Jack kills the hotel chef and Wendy tries to find Danny. In the end, Danny is found and Jack freezes in the cold winter that leads to his death. This classic movie always has a big comeback especially near halloween. The popular REDRUM scene is never a disappointment to see on screen. A classic that is loved by all.
A kids doll comes to life. No, this definitely isn’t toy story. In 1988, the horror film “Child’s Play” a young boy, Andy Barclay wants a good-guy doll more than anything for his birthday. When his mother is lucky enough to get one from a street peddler, Andy is the happiest he could be. But the doll now contains the soul of mass murderer Charles Lee Ray who was killed in a toy store at the beginning of the film and used his voodoo to put himself into the doll. After his nanny is “pushed” through a window by his possessed doll and Andy gets put into a mental institution for his crazy talk about his doll, Chucky, being alive. Escaping and going home to his mother and the policeman who have both been attacked by the dool. Chucky chases after the boy but is killed within minutes. But the film in not necessarily resolved. The Chucky series goes on for a good 6 more movies and the CGI does get better as the films go on. This film is making a bigger comeback and people are getting more interested in it. It was expected to remade years ago but only now the process has begun. Because of the remake, it’s popularity is moving higher up on the watched list. Cheesy horror is the greatest part of older movies.
Young actor and singer, Ricardo Tovar Jr., was called back for the lead role in Pirates of Penzance. The freshman has been acting for 5 years, staring mostly in school plays and performances. He manages a choir class, theater class and his own job as a cashier and host at his family’s restaurant, La Puente. After almost every day of school, the young 14 year old spends about 3 hours rehearsing for this years play, Pirates of Penzance.
The simplicity of singing at a birthday party helped spark Tovar’s love for singing. Being around performers for most of his life also helped. His love for singing and acting goes back years into his childhood and has grown ever since. “I like making people laugh, I like seeing different reactions. If I can surprise people with my voice or make them laugh from a funny skit, it’s probably one of my favorite things to see.” said Tovar contentedly. He’s had his good and bad experiences in acting as well. His least favorite was playing Aladdin in “Aladdin, a play told inside out”, one where Tovar claims he doesn’t know how the school didn’t get sued over scripting issues. In the previous year, he played his favorite role as Papa Ge, the God of Death in Mount Jordan Middle Schools production of “Once on this Island” and he states “I think this character had a lot of myself in it and was probably the best role, well, character that I have ever played.” He hit every note and never missed a line. The God of Death had many successful performance nights.
Using his love and passion for singing and acting, Tovar auditioned for a role in Pirates of Penzance, this years play at Jordan High School. He was on a list of audition callbacks which made him happy. It made him even happier because it isn’t often that a freshman gets called back for a main role. Although he didn’t get the role, he is a very important part of the ensemble now.
“The rehearsals are pretty boring if I’m being honest,” says Tovar cheerlessly “we don’t do a lot, usually just running through the same songs over and over again but I still enjoy it anyways.” The auditions involved him singing and dancing and when he got the callback he was more than happy. “Just being involved makes me happy even if I get tired of practicing the same stuff over again.” chuckled Tovar.
Fellow actress, Ravyn Sue, gave her opinion on Tovar “I was in a play with him, I think he’s a really good, serious actor and he is very nice and funny when he’s not on stage performing. I think he will go far with what he’s doing right now, like being in plays and stuff and putting in all the hard work.” Sue was Agwe, goddess of water and played along side Tovar in Once on this Island.
During the interview, Tovar worked. I had met him at La Puente on a Saturday afternoon, the lunch rush was just ending. I watched as he was able to answer questions and help customers in such a manner that I know he is capable of managing his schooling, acting, job, and home life with ease. “It hasn’t been hard for me, I am a great multi-tasker so I can do this and that with no problem.” said Tovar. He had no difficulty switching back and forth. He manages himself well.
In a few years, broadway will come into the scene. His experience singing, acting and dancing is sure to get him a good start in his future. “For a long time I’ve wanted to be on broadway,” he paused, thinking “It’s always been one of my dreams to be on stage doing the stuff I love most.” Tovar exclaimed. “One day I’m going to be there. One day.”