Can You Side With West Side Story

Have you ever wanted to be in a relationship with somebody from a different culture? Does that culture have a rivalry with your culture? Those are a few questions that we as the audience are faced with while watching the musical “West Side Story” starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.

“West Side Story” is set in New York City in the late 1950s. There are two rival gangs in the west side of Manhattan, the Sharks and the Jets. The Jets along with an ex-member of the Jets, Tony (Richard Beymer), goes to a dance at the gym where the Sharks are also. Tony meets the Shark leader’s sister, Maria (Natalie Wood). Both Maria and Tony fall in love at first sight. It is a more modern twist on the Shakespearean story “Romeo and Juliet” (Even though it is set in the late 1950s).

This movie, being made in 1961, is a little outdated with special effects and things like that. If I were to give this movie a grade, factoring in the technology available at that time, I would give it at least a 94. This is because there are still things that they could have done better, but they did not. With the technology that they did have, they made some great music and sound effects. For example, whenever the gangs were in the gym, the sound crew made sure to emphasize the sounds of their shoes hitting the floor. The score is also good and the songs are in a good placement.

I found the story interesting, as I like Shakespearean plotlines. I did not find the movie boring, but when I did, there would be a song to bring me back in. I personally do not like romances normally, but this movie added the gangs and music to it.

-Edward Velky 3/17/2019

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“A Little Piece of Heaven” Review

A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold

Before the story begins, is it such a sin,

For me to take what’s mine, until the end of time

We were more than friends, before the story ends,

And I will take what’s mine, create what God would never design

Our love had been so strong for far too long,

I was weak with fear that something would go wrong,

Before the possibilities came true,

I took all possibility from you

Almost laughed myself to tears,

Conjuring her deepest fears

(come here you fucking bitch)

Must have stabbed her fifty fucking times,

I can’t believe it,

Ripped her heart out right before her eyes,

Eyes over easy, eat it eat it eat it

She was never this good in bed

Even when she was sleepin’

Now she’s just so perfect I’ve

Never been quite so fucking deep in

It goes on and on and on,

I can keep you lookin’ young and preserved forever,

With a fountain to spray on your youth whenever

‘Cause I really always knew that my little crime

Would be cold that’s why I got a heater for your thighs

And I know, I know it’s not your time

But bye, bye

And a word to the wise when the fire dies

You think it’s over but it’s just begun

But baby don’t cry

You had my heart, at least for the most part

‘Cause everybody’s gotta die sometime, we fell apart

Let’s make a new start

‘Cause everybody’s gotta die sometime yeah

But baby don’t cry

Now possibilities I’d never considered,

Are occurring the likes of which I’d never heard,

Now an angry soul comes back from beyond the grave,

To repossess a body with which I’d misbehaved

Smiling right from ear to ear

Almost laughed herself to tears

Must have stabbed him fifty fucking times

I can’t believe it

Ripped his heart out right before his eyes

Eyes over easy

Eat it eat it eat it

Now that it’s done I realize the error of my ways

I must venture back to apologize from somewhere far beyond the grave

I gotta make up for what I’ve done

‘Cause I was all up in a piece of heaven

While you burned in hell, no peace forever

‘Cause I really always knew that my little crime

Would be cold that’s why I got a heater for your thighs

And I know, I know it’s not your time

But bye, bye

And a word to the wise when the fire dies

You think it’s over but it’s just begun

But baby don’t cry

You had my heart, at least for the most part

‘Cause everybody’s gotta die sometime, we fell apart

Let’s make a new start

‘Cause everybody’s gotta die sometime yeah

But baby don’t cry

I will suffer for so long

(What will you do, not long enough)

To make it up to you

(I pray to God that you do)

I’ll do whatever you want me to do

(Well then I’ll grant you one chance)

And if it’s not enough

(If it’s not enough, If it’s not enough)

If it’s not enough

(Not enough)

Try again

(Try again)

And again

(And again)

Over and over again

We’re coming back, coming back

We’ll live forever, live forever

Let’s have wedding, have a wedding

Let’s start the killing, start the killing

“Do you take this man in death for the rest of your unnatural life'”

“Yes, I do”

“Do you take this woman in death for the rest of your unnatural life'”

“I do”

“I now pronounce you”

‘Cause I really always knew that my little crime

Would be cold that’s why I got a heater for your thighs

And I know, I know it’s not your time

But bye, bye

And a word to the wise when the fire dies

You think it’s over but it’s just begun

But baby don’t cry

You had my heart, at least for the most part

‘Cause everybody’s gotta die sometime, we fell apart

Let’s make a new start

‘Cause everybody’s gotta die sometime yeah

But baby don’t cry

For this assignment, I am using the song A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold. There are two characters. There are no names given but there is a female and a male. The male proposes to the female and the female rejects him. The male ends up killing the female on a fit of rage. The conflict is that the female is trying to get revenge on the male. The resolution is that she kills him and they get married in the afterlife. If This song was a film, I would say that it would be a drama and slightly horror, because I don’t believe that it belongs in any other genre for drama and the horror because it involves possession.

-Edward Velky 2-28-2019

Dead Poet’s Society Review

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For this assignment, I watched Dead Poets Society. The Dead Poets Society is a movie about an English class in a catholic school in which the teachers and headmaster were extremely controlling and strict. This English teacher had gone to that school before them and knew how annoying it was to attend that school and abide by all of the extremely strict rules. Most of the class bands together to recreate the Dead Poets Society, a group of people that met every night against school rules to read and create poetry.

The story question for Dead Poets Society is “Is Mr. Keating doing the right thing by letting the kids basically be free and wandering from the standard curriculum. The author took a dramatic approach to presenting the watchers with the story. I believe this because all it is is an exaggeration of the pressures of high school and life in general. There is a deeper meaning to this movie than to just entertain. This movie shows the troubles of being surrounded by constant control and strict rules. One of the main characters, Neil Perry, had a very large dream of being an actor, but his controlling father wouldn’t let him and wanted him to go into a field that is actually successful, the medical field.

This movie deserves many rewards due to its resonation with people of all ages, teaching parents what happens if they are too controlling over their children and teaching children that this happens to almost every kid. The movie did follow the Freytag Pyramid Story Structure. This movie follows the Institutionalized Blake Snyder genre because Mr. Keating is differing from the normal curriculum, inspiring the kids to differ from society and take chances. The characters are round and dynamic, being complex like normal humans and also changing throughout the movie.

Let’s talk about story now. I believe that the most important aspect of an author’s focus is focus on plot. This is because if you don’t have a certain plot-line, you don’t have a story. Therefore, there is no reason for the author to write.I also believe that the most important character conflicts are character vs. character, character vs. self, and character vs. society. This is because character vs. character teaches people to stand up for themselves, character vs. self teaches people about dealing with their personal conflicts and that they aren’t the only ones that have them, and character vs. society creates a passion to question the superiors and society when you don’t agree.

-Edward Velky 2/24/2019

Interview Someone 50+

For this assignment, I am interviewing my father, Steve Velky. Steve is a 53 year-old caucasian male who grew up in a small town outside of Poughkeepsie, New York called Legrangeville, New York, married my mom and moved to New York City. He is now a resident of Kings Mountain, North Carolina that I interviewed on February 12, 2019 about his film experience.

Me: What are some of the first films you remember seeing in the theater?

Steve: Some of the first films I remembers seeing are Fantasia which I saw with my entire family, Excalibur which I saw with only my father, and Gandhi which I also saw with only my father.

Me: What do you remember about those early film experiences?

Steve:  I saw all three of the movies in a one screen theater at Saturday matinee and my group got the biggest popcorn and I got Milk Duds.

Me: Did you watch many films growing up in theatres or at home? If so, what films were you drawn to?

Steve: I watched multiple films as a child, most of which were in the theater. As I got older, and VCRs became more prevalent, I started watching more movies at home.

Me: Did you ever go to Drive-In Movies when you were younger? What do you remember about those?

Steve: Yes, I did go to Drive-In Movies when I was younger, but I don’t remember anything special about them.

Me: Do you remember when the event films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” when they were in theatres? Tell me about those memories.

Steve: I do remember everyone wanting to see both of those movies, although my family didn’t see “Jaws” in theaters. We also never any films on premiere nights because it was too hectic.

Me: When HBO, Showtime, VCRs or DVDs were readily available, did that change how you went to see movies? Or which ones you went to see in a theatre?

Steve: When VCRs became mainstream, my family got one and we started to rent movies whenever they came out.

Me: Did you ever go rent movies from a video store? If so, how did you decide what to choose to watch with all those choices?

Steve: As I just said, we started with renting movies and not buying them. We decided which movies to watch based on what was new and our moods at the time.

Me: How do you watch most of your movies now?

Steve: I watch most of my movies now by streaming them from NETFLIX or watching DVDs.

Me: What kinds of films do you watch now? Do you feel those tastes have changed much?

Steve: I watch a little bit of everything, which hasn’t changed since I was younger. The only types of films which I don’t really voluntarily watch, which your mother drags me into, are rom-coms.

Me: How often do you go to theatres now to see films? How different is it now than when you first experienced films in theaters? What do you attribute the changes to?

Steve: I go to the movies very rarely. A few differences between then and now are that the theaters are multiscreen and the food is more expensive, although choices and sizes are the same. I believe the reason that it is because theaters want to make more money, so it is more convenient for viewers to see the movie they want to watch and more expensive to actually see the movie and have food.

-Edward Velky 9/18/2019 04:48

What Film Means To Me

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Hello everyone, my name is Edward Velky and welcome to Film Review. I am currently a freshman at Cleveland Early College High School. I was born in New York and my family stayed there until I was 7, when my family and I moved to Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Being the youngest of 4 children, I grew up watching movies that weren’t really meant for children my age. Most of the movies were not that bad until a couple of years ago, when my youngest brother turned 18, so he started watching higher rated films. Multiple years ago my mother started Family Movie Night every Saturday which we did for about 5 years. I really like comedy films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Billy Madison, and Bedtime Stories. I also like horror movies like IT and Child’s Play and action films like Avengers (I am proud to say that I have seen every Marvel film in the Avengers timeline). I dislike most romance movies and western movies, but I do like a few. Whenever I think of movies, the biggest three that jump out are The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Bedtime Stories.

I believe that good CGI and other augmented reality animation styles are very interesting. There are special abilities that are proven by all CGI movies. For example, in the movie Jason and the Argonauts, there is no CGI, there are small clay skeleton figures that they used. Although, in movies now like Detective Pikachu, the CGI is blended into the background really well. I also like low-income movies because it requires the moviemakers to use resources and not have multiple products that are placed into the movie, annoying multiple watchers and especially annoying me. I also believe 3D movie animation is also interesting because it was a large step in animation.

Posted by Edward Velky on 2/1/2019