The Netflix Original That Stole My Heart

Netflix’s new original series may be titled Free Rein but the series took complete control of this viewer’s (and my mom’s) heart. I was cautious when beginning the show—Netflix had already deeply disappointed the little cowgirl in me with its spinoff of one of my favorite movies, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron—but I was raving about the show even before all the characters were introduced. Continue reading “The Netflix Original That Stole My Heart”

Beauty and the Beast: Tale as Old as Time With a Twist

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite movies and I enjoyed experiencing it so much. Truly magnificent work from the cooperative efforts of the director, cast and animators. I can’t wait to see it again!

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By Daylin Delgado

Disney’s tale of love, a tale as old as time, finally received the live-action adaption that fans have long awaited. Though the tale is old, fans of Beauty and the Beast in a variety of ages filled theaters across the globe.

The 2-hour and 19-minute movie kept audiences enraptured in the pure magic directed by Bill Condon, best known for his work on the sets of Dreamgirls and the final two installments of the Twilight Saga.

A story so familiar to millions was amazingly redone to introduce new elements and dramatize the most iconic of scenes, all delivered by an expertly chosen cast.

Similar to the beloved cartoon original, the adaptation begins with a spoiled prince and a village bookroom, and ends with a kind-hearted prince and a castle bookroom.

However, this rendition of Beauty and the Beast emphasizes Belle’s intelligence, which extends far beyond her…

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Pretty Books: Friendship Breakups

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As someone who has struggled with making and maintaining friendships, this post touches the heart. In this society, friendships are as difficult to keep as romantic relationships. There’s the constant pressure of forming a presence on social media to show “real friendship” and the possibilities of being talked of negatively behind hidden screens. People should talk more about friendships and the problems of friendships and the joys of friendships and the overall intricacy of friendships. In the end, it is friendships that cause the biggest changes in life and in character.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Review: Better Late Than Never

The camera zooms into the well-known Warner Brothers logo. A song begins quietly. A wave of nostalgia washes over the hearts of those who grew up with the original magic. Newcomers to the world of magic wonder why on Earth everyone else is already crying. Continue reading ““Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Review: Better Late Than Never”

Merry Christmas and a Happy History Lesson

While rocking around the Christmas tree or walking in a winter wonderland, one can’t help but wonder how the cherished holiday came to be. Beginning two millennia ago with traditions tracing back to the Romans and the Norse of Scandinavia, Christmas has been a time of celebration for all of  human history.

Christians celebrate Christmas as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the spiritual leader who formed the basis of the Christian religion. Though the bible never mentions his exact day of birth, Pope Julius I chose December 25 to celebrate it and it is commonly believed that this day was chosen to integrate the pagan traditions of the Saturnalia festival.

Saturnalia was a holiday established by Romans to honor Saturn, the god of agriculture; Romans celebrated the birthday of Mithra, god of the sun, on December 25 as well. The time of the winter solstice, December 21, was also revered for some time in Europe for it signified the return or warmer weather and birth.

While Christmas originated from the Christian celebration of Jesus’s birth and took on rowdy festival customs of the Romans, it wasn’t until the 1800’s that Americans began to reshape the holiday into a day centered on family and peace.

During the time of socio-economic class conflict, Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, which outlined Irving’s idea of Christmas being about a peaceful and loving holiday all classes can enjoy. Historians say Irving wrote about such a holiday but never experienced—he “invented” the idea of a true Christmas as it is known now.

Charles Dickens reinforced the ideas of charity and good will to humankind in his well known story A Christmas Carol. The United States and England increasingly accepted the emotional concepts of Christmas being forged by these authors, as well creating their own traditions that have been passed down through the years.

Today, pine trees are more commonly know as Christmas trees and 30-35 million are sold each holiday season, good samaritans continue the tradition, started in the 1890’s, of sending donations to the Salvation Army through Santa Clauses, and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in Manhattan stands taller every year since 1931, the year construction workers began the tradition.

#BoycottHamilton: The Boycott People Are Mocking And Where It Started

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By Daylin Delgado

“We’re all here sharing a story of love. We have a message for you sir, we hope that you will hear us out,” Brandon Dixon, who plays the role of Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton, addressed Vice President elect Mike Pence on November 18, 2016.

Hamilton: An American Musical is a political musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda following the story of Alexander Hamilton. Set during and after the American Revolution, the play follows Hamilton through war and personal strife, and ends in a duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr which results in Hamilton’s death.

On November 18, amid the chaos of Trump University news, Mike Pence attended a showing of the play on Broadway with his family. Upon his entrance Pence was met with boos from the audience, and at his leave he was addressed by Brandon Dixon on behalf of the cast.

The short…

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