More than a childish parody, “Lego Batman” spoils audiences of all ages – Patrick Connolly

More than a childish parody, “Lego Batman” spoils audiences of all ages
Patrick Connolly
Anchor Staff

 

To have a parody film surpass its serious-film counterparts so significantly has left me feeling bittersweet, considering “The Lego Batman Movie” is the best superhero film I’ve seen since “The Dark Knight.” On the one hand, it’s sad that a film involving Legos, of all things, managed to get a superhero film right when it is, ultimately, an endearing parody of those films. On the other hand, if a parody has the power to tackle what makes a superhero so compelling, then you know you have seen something truly special.

Inspired by the character played with charming effect in its predecessor, “The Lego Movie,” Lego Batman/Bruce Wayne, voiced by Will Arnett, deals with his greatest challenges yet. He must defeat the villains attempting to take over Gotham City, while simultaneously taking care of an orphaned boy named Dick Grayson, voiced by Michael Cera. Through these experiences, Batman ultimately learns the importance of teamwork, while also realizing that he can’t feel complete without battling his nemesis, the Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis.

There are other admirable plot aspects but remain best left unspoiled. “The Lego Batman Movie” constantly surprises the audience within its entire run-time, whether it involves hilarious visual gags or emotional character moments. In one scene, there are several visual gags that pass by so quickly that it needs to be savored in repeated viewings. In another scene, we get to understand the character of Bruce Wayne on a deeper level than I ever could have imagined. Yes, we’re still talking about a movie that involves blocks of Legos as the main characters.

There are action sequences in this film that are exhilarating and simultaneously hilarious, as well as sequences that even put “Doctor Strange” to shame in terms of insanity. As much as I loved “Doctor Strange,” its climax felt underwhelming, whereas the climax in “The Lego Batman Movie” filled the void brilliantly. If there are any nitpicks, I would have to say that the final scene went on a little longer than it should, in addition to the fact that the film’s visual style can move a little too quickly for some.

Aside from that, nearly everything works in “The Lego Batman Movie,” the animation, the characters, the voice performances and the writing are of the highest quality. It serves as another reminder that even the silliest of ideas can be handled with the greatest of care. It’s not only the first great film of the new year, it may be the very best film of the new year for a good while.

 

 

Ice Castles – Kristy O’Connor

Ice Castles

Kristy O’Connor

Secretary

 

Having to drive more than 45 minutes to get to your destination is something that Rhode Islanders are usually against, but the Ice Castles are definitely worth the three hour drive.

Situated in Lincoln, New Hampshire, these majestic castles are located at the Hobo Railroad off of exit 33. Upon entering, you are immediately taken back to those days as a kid when you would spend hours playing in the snow and building forts.

Weekend nights are the more crowded times to visit, but there is definitely a perk to going on a night like this. They usually have some form of entertainment to keep your mind off of the fact that you are surrounded by ice and you can’t feel your toes anymore.

If you have ever wanted to go down a slide made entirely of ice, this is the place to go to fulfill that fantasy. You grab a thin plastic mat and slide down the ice tunnel all while your screams are echoing around and trailing behind you. It is definitely worth going down a few times if you can handle the line.

The castles are a magnificent sight and all around you are different sculptures and formations of all different shapes and sizes. On their website you can read about how they make the ice castles, as they harvest icicles and maintain them each night. There is a fountain in the middle of the ice castles, and also various tunnels and benches made out of ice. Make sure to dress warm and wear snow boots when you go, as you get cold quickly.

After you have had enough of the cold, you can get warm in the gift shop where they give out free pins and sometimes free postcards if you take a survey. They also sell hats, t-shirts and various other merchandise.

If you have not had enough of winter, it is definitely worth it to make the trek up to New Hampshire before the Ice Castles melt and spring sets in. Although the drive may be long, it is a spectacular sight that is definitely worth adding to your winter do to-list.

The castles are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday 12 -10 p.m., and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m. Admission rates change based on the day of the week and whether tickets are purchased on site or online, but they typically range from $12.95-$20.00 per person.

Horoscopes – Jason Windrow

Horoscopes

Jason Windrow

Anchor Staff

 

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Say the phrase “amazeballs” a lot this week and drink matcha tea lattes, either iced or hot. Book a flight to Switzerland for spring break and think about how happy you’ll be when midterms are over.

 

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Stay in bed this whole week and don’t go to class. Binge watch Gilmore Girls or House of Cards, the shows are probably more important. Use your inspiration to write a political manifesto on how to stop everything from happening.

 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Use your next pay check to get something nice. Spend 75% of your pay check on yourself and 25% on the ACLU because they’re doing great things. Erase your apolitical nature and get stuff done this week.

 

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Channel your inner-outdoorsman this week. Order Ben and Jerry’s with your best friend and then warm up in a sleeping bag. Listen to Enya and read books on astral projection.

 

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Replace all the f’s in your life with ph’s. For example, instead of texting someone is fake, spell it “phake.” Be wary, this may cause a fist fight. Create your own destiny and eat Chinese food.

 

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Read Goosebumps and Proust this week. R.L. Stine and Marcel Proust deserve to be read together at the same time. Think about getting your boating license and how cool it would be to study for midterms on a boat.

 

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Do your laundry this week like a boss. Buy a new detergent and dryer sheets and go hard on some laundry. Figure out the science behind detergent and why it makes our clothes smell so nice.

 

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)  You’ve been depressed lately and now, enough is enough. Go outside, get sushi with someone, spend money, make money, go to a movie, think about adopting a dog. Do things that will celebrate you this week.

 

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Thantos is a personification of death. He was a minor figure in Greek mythology, but he lived in the underworld and was also probably super hot. Fabricate a crush on any Greek God that you like this week.

 

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)  Capricorn, launch your own Etsy shop and resell things that have no meaning to you. Say that you made them or that they’re homemade, people will fall for it. Create a strict no return policy. Make money.

 

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 19) Sew a blanket of all the lies you’ve ever told and also lies that have been told about you. Wrap yourself in the blanket after you take a bath and watch as you become stronger. Take one tomato and eat it like an apple. Create your own chaos.

 

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Do drag this week. Buy things that will transform you into drag royalty and go off. Look at Rupaul for inspiration. Think about Judy Garland. Read about drag, be drag, do drag, become drag. The End.

 

He said, she said – Gianna Rocchio & Jeremy Boutin

He said, she said

Gianna Rocchio & Jeremy Boutin

A&L Editor & Anchor Staff

 

Question:

“I have to do a lot of group work this semester and it really sucks. Any tips for making it tolerable?”

-Gagging on Group Work

 

Bonjour, Gagging on Group Work,

Unfortunately, group work seems to be an essential component of college academics. It can seem exciting at first, being able to pool different ideas together and attack a problem at different angles, especially if there’s a problem you can’t figure out. However, adding more people to a project can also breed more problems. There’s always that one slacker in a group that can bring the whole productive process down. When entering a group you always have to remember to keep a positive attitude and stay on track. I cannot remember how many times I’ve digressed in a group work assignment and ended up discussing an unrelated topic, such as my cats. Try to keep your group focused; you’re all trying to achieve the same goal in the end.

Another good thing to keep in mind when starting a group assignment is to set boundaries. From the get-go, make sure everyone knows what is required from your group and what is expected from each group member. This serves as a clear guide and even a form of insurance in case some members of your group are not as productive as others. Also, don’t be afraid to contact your professor for help in the case a problem arises or if you need clarification on your assignment. They have been to college and know how difficult group work can be and above all, they are the ones grading you. Lastly, make sure you have fun! College is all about diversifying and meeting new people. Make sure you have fun and get to know who you’re working with. I am sure you will be surprised to find out what you have in common and you might even make a life long friend.

Good luck!

Jeremy Boutin

 

Greetings, Gagging,

Oh, the ever dreaded group work. Group work can be a tough obstacle, especially if you’re involved in multiple groups at once. The struggles that can come with working together on a project, whether it’s a clash of ideas, finding time that works for everyone or the slacker that doesn’t pull their weight, can be seriously frustrating. However, there are some simple things you can do to keep your group on track and your sanity intact.

First off, make sure your group has identified the clear-cut objectives that need to be achieved. This is important to make sure that all the necessary goals of the assignment are met. Delegating tasks to each group member makes this really simple, but even the simple task of deciding who should do what can be stressful. Taking control of the situation and setting clear expectations for yourself and your peers is the most effective way to handle things. Even if taking such control is out of your comfort zone, it is much easier to set these expectations early and feel uncomfortable than it will be if a group member is slacking and you have to address it later. Chances are, your peers will be thankful that someone is getting the ball rolling You don’t have to be the group leader by any means, but ensuring the group gets off on the right foot is vital.

That being said, don’t forget to embrace the beauty of being in a group with people you would otherwise not interact with. You’ll find that having a few people in your classes that you can talk to makes the class much easier to endure. Try and stay positive about group work, it’s all about what you make of it.

You got this,

Gianna Rocchio

“Honey” podcast is voyeurism at it’s best – Angelina Denomme

“Honey” podcast is voyeurism at it’s best

Angelina Denomme

Business Manager

 

“Honey” is the embodiment of those three glasses of red wine, lights down low kind of nights you have with your close friends. The kind of nights where everyone is feeling open and honest and the most painful part of their lives come spilling out. Except, you don’t know the people spilling their guts and it’s a bright Tuesday morning and you’re stuck in traffic, alone in your car. Hosted by Julia Meltzer, the podcast “Honey” takes every-day normal couples and interviews them about the biggest fights that have shaped their relationship.

In the episode “Ghost (Allison & Jimmy)” a sweet and clearly in love couple tells of the time in their relationship where Allison just disappeared for seven months. It’s a modern love story involving cool dream jobs, a Manhattan backdrop and dating apps. Allison and Jimmy’s story is relatable and interesting to listen to. Their willingness to open up to a complete stranger creates the most pure and honest form of entertainment out there. The stories told on “Honey” are frank and beautiful while managing to perfectly bottle that warm Friday night feeling with your friends into 60 minutes with strangers.

Meltzer, the host, wholly lives up to her Twitter handle, @drunkactress, within the podcast. From the first moment her whisper-slur comes through the speaker as she sets the stage for the upcoming episode. The cute whisper-slur is endearing at the start, especially when she toasts a beverage with the couple she’s interviewing, but 30 minutes in, when it’s clear the couple is still stone sober, her slur becomes grating. Three-quarters of the way through, the host becomes more of a nuisance than someone facilitating the guest’s engagement. However, Meltzer’s ability to withhold judgement and share parts of her own life with the guests allows for both parties to be completely honest with themselves and each other about a painful aspect of their lives together. This truthfulness and honesty that Meltzer brings to fruition is what truly gives “Honey” its je ne sais quoi. Unfortunately, clocking in at an average of an hour each, the episodes of “Honey’ tend to drag along, and like most tipsy Friday nights with friends, frequently veer off into random conversation.

The ability to listen in on other people’s stories about their love and life is voyeurism at it’s best — sometimes awkward, always interesting and a completely satisfying. Listeners get a chance to hear other people’s perspectives on love, lust and, most importantly, conflict. If you listen closely enough, you can come away from each podcast with a little more empathy towards the inexplicable ways loved ones act.

“Honey” is available to stream in the iTunes podcast store and their website whatsacreative.com.

“Hamilton” coming to Providence – Gianna Rocchio

“Hamilton” coming to Providence

Gianna Rocchio

A&L Editor

 

Winner of 11 Tony Awards and a common household name, “Hamilton” is set to visit the Providence Performing Arts Center during its 2018-2019 season. Unlike any musical of its generation, this musical is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the titular Alexander Hamilton. What sets “Hamilton” apart is not only its story, but the way playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda chose to tell it. Using a wide array of musical styles, from hip-hop to jazz, from pop to classical theater, Miranda made an active choice to cast diverse performers and people of color in the main roles of the play as our founding fathers. Doing so gives audiences an entirely new perspective on what it means to be an American — a well-timed message considering the current tension across the Nation.

“Hamilton” has been so widely-received by audiences and critics alike that obtaining tickets has been something of great difficulty. PPAC hopes to book the sensation for an entire month, hoping to give everyone a chance to experience this unprecedented musical.

“E.T.” phenomenally phones home – Thomas Sack

“E.T.” phenomenally phones home

Thomas Sack

Anchor Staff

 

Lauded by fans and critics alike for over three decades, Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is a timeless classic that depicts friendship at its purest. A paragon of cinema, the film stresses the importance of acceptance and derives much of its content from actual events that transpired in its director’s childhood.

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” tells the story of a lonesome boy, Elliott, who befriends a benevolent alien that is stranded on Earth. Elliott names the titular creature “E.T.” and teams up with his siblings to get his new companion back to his home. Straightforward but beautiful in its execution, this tale has an undeniable charm because it is told from the perspective of children. It, therefore, maintains a sense of childhood innocence that perfectly complements the more mature plot points.

This film is a visual masterpiece. It is meant to be seen through the eyes of a child; thus, shots are framed from such a perspective, and lighting changes in accordance with how a child would react to the events of a particular scene. A majority of this film’s special effects are practical, and they work spectacularly with the few that are computer-generated to create a series of stunning images.

The music is definitely the best aspect of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Composed by the legendary John Williams, the film’s score is the primary voice of E.T. himself. Each piece transcends the alien’s off-putting appearance and perfectly communicates what he feels to audiences. Without a doubt, this soundtrack is one of Williams’ finest works.

When it comes to acting, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” astounds, mainly because of its child cast. Eleven-year-old Henry Thomas amazes as Elliott, and sixteen-year-old Robert MacNaughton delights as Elliott’s older brother, Michael. A surprisingly wonderful performance comes from six-year-old Drew Barrymore, who portrays Elliott’s younger sister, Gertie. Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote, exceptional adult actors, complete the ensemble as Mary and Keys, respectively.

It goes without saying, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is a brilliant film. Not surprisingly, as a Spielberg creation, all its aspects are handled excellently. Made at the zenith of Spielberg’s career, it promises to enchant audience members of all ages and is always worth an another watch.

Women’s Basketball suffer Senior Night defeat – Julian Borges

Women’s Basketball suffer Senior Night defeat

Julian Borges

Sports Editor

 

Things started out well for the Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball team last Saturday night. The game was held at home at the Murray Center and a ceremony for this year’s graduating senior, Alex Moore of West Newbury, Connecticut, commenced the contest.

The Anchorwomen brought a lot of energy to the opening minutes of the game that was present until the final seconds of the game. Their opponents, the University of Southern Maine, did as well. Both teams battled for the lead early on, and freshman guard Fatima McDonald for the Anchorwomen nailed a layup that gave RIC a one point advantage at 11-10.

With that being said, the first quarter was RIC’s to lose. The Huskies went 6-0 with five minutes remaining in the first. USM closed out their scoring for the quarter with a lead reading 16-11. The Anchorwomen regained composure and finished 16-13 with less than two minutes on the clock.

RIC immediately continued scoring early on in the second, by going on an 8-2 run. Junior guard Jessa Rubera’s three-pointer gave the Anchorwomen the biggest lead of the game thus far at 21-18. Southern Maine bounced back quickly and delivered an even bigger run of their own. USM sent the Anchorwomen off the court for halftime with RIC trailing 27-23.

The Huskies returned to action in the second half with even more vigor than they had in the first. USM freshman guard Jackie Luckhardt managed to put Southern Maine ahead with a free throw that extended the Huskies’s advantage to 10 points at 33-23. Following another basket from USM, the Anchorwomen continued to push forward, going on a 15-6 marathon run to make the score 41-38.

Freshman forward Ornela Livramento for the Anchorwomen cut Southern Maine’s lead to just two points following two baskets made at the charity stripe. Nevertheless, the Huskies persisted and did not allow RIC to have the lead any further. The last 60 seconds of the game were the most crucial. Fouls called against the Anchorwomen resulted in three free throws being made on Southern Maine’s side. The Huskies walked off the court victorious.

Final score: 57-50.

For Southern Maine, freshman forward Chantel Eels made 10 points for the Huskies. Sophomore guard Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) managed four rebounds on top of 16 points made. Finally, junior forward Miranda Nicely wiped seven boards and shot for 11 points.

RIC’s Rubera contributed 14 points, four rebounds, and two steals. Livramento notched 11 points and cleared eight boards. Last and certainly not least, senior Alex Moore finished her final regular season game at RIC with 13 points, five boards, and two assists. Congratulations on a great career, Alex!

The Anchorwomen are scheduled to face Tufts University away this Monday at 7 p.m.

Gymnastics visit Cortland for Tri-Meet – Marissa Marsella

Gymnastics visit Cortland for Tri-Meet

Marissa Marsella

Anchor Staff

Last week, the Rhode Island College Women’s Gymnastics team placed third during the Cortland Tri-Meet. With a team score cumulating to 175.025, the Anchorwomen trailed the second and third place spots. Cortland finished first in the meet with a team score of 188.200 points while Springfield College took second place, scoring 187.000 points.

The girls scored well individually on many different events during the meet. RIC Sophomore athlete, Kyndel Yett scored 9.450 on vault, putting her in fifth place for the event. Yett also took 17th place on bars with a total of 7.100 points. Her teammate, RIC sophomore Allie DiBiase, notched third place in the all-around with an impressive score of 36.275.

DiBiase also managed to tie both on bars and beam, 10th place for vault with a score totaling 9.350 and 7th on beam (9.325). Her freshman teammate, Grace Davis, tied with DiBiase on beam. RIC Junior athlete, Erin Shea, finished 13th on vault (9.250) and 15th on floor (8.000).

Great job to the members of the Women’s Gymnastics team for their performances!

Track teams compete at URI Invitational – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Track teams compete at URI Invitational

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

The Rhode Island College Men’s and Women’s Track teams went to the University of Rhode Island to compete in the URI Coaches Tribute Track and Field Invitational. Both teams finished in 10th place, with the men’s team ranking out of 13 other schools and the women’s team placing out of 14.

Starting off with the Men’s team, they scored a total of 24.0 with Joel Ikuejamofo placing fifth in the 400m dash, who took part of the 4x400m relay race. Freshman Jephte Wagnac placed sixth in the triple jump, ninth in the 400m and 16th in the long jump, along with being a member of the second place 4x400m relay. Shamar Spruill also locked up fifth place in the weight throwing event.

As for the Women’s team, Melanie Brunelle finished first in the triple jump, sixth in the 500m and finally 19th in the high jump. Destinee Barette secured a third-place finish in the weight throw and 21st in the shot put. Nicole Grammas finished seventh in the 400m and Eleni Grammas finished 16th in the preliminary round of the 60m and 22nd in the 200m. Emma Landroche finished 13th in the 200m and 33rd in the preliminary round of the 60m.  Finally, Oluwafunmibi finished in 13th place in the weight throwing contest and 18th in the shot put.