Daven’s “If You Like… Then You’ll Love” Movie Suggestions!
By: Daven M. ('22)
If You Like… Uncut Gems (2019),
Then You’ll Love… Good Time (2017)
These are two great movies, both directed by the legendary Safdie Brothers. As you watch these movies, you can see the similarities from the start. Both main characters live hectic lifestyles that get them in trouble with some people you do not want to be in trouble with, whether it be the police or rough bookies. Both movies have crazy twists and endings, and they will keep you captivated throughout.
If You Like… Nightcrawler (2014),
Then You’ll Love… Prisoners (2013)
Both starring Jake Gyllenhaal, I think they exemplify some of his best work. Both films have an ominous tone throughout, and you never know what will happen next. These movies are dark, suspenseful, and thrilling. Both movies have incredible acting from Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler and Hugh Jackman in Prisoners. These movies also have some insane twists that you need to see.
If You Like… Joker (2019),
Then You’ll Love… Taxi Driver (1976)
These movies have constantly been compared to each other as both portray outcasts from society left to suffer the harsh reality of a big city. Joaquin has one of his best performances ever in Joker, and the same goes for Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. If movies that show a lone ranger being pushed over their breaking point seems interesting to you, give these movies a watch!
If You Like… World War Z (2013)
Then You’ll Love… 28 Days Later (2002),
These are both incredible zombie apocalypse movies! While World War Z is known better, 28 Days Later was probably my favorite zombie movie I have ever seen! Both movies have captivating storylines and jump scares that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are a zombie movie lover and you have not seen these movies, are you really a zombie movie lover?
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College Prompts: Reflect on a Community that is Important to you. What is a Topic that Excites you?
By: Lilah P. ('21)
Bingo boards are all the rage lately, and ours is no exception. Full of inside jokes, phrases, and memories, this six-by-six checkerboard is a creation that only the twenty-eight of us IB students can fully appreciate. Within my greater high school community, this intimate group connects me with people who love to think and, even more, to question. In IB, I’ve found friends who will wander in thought with me and will feel content not finding a simple answer. IB has not only strengthened my personal love for learning and analysis, but also has excited me to dig deeper with my peers as they do their own explorations. In class, I am surrounded by students who will defend Edna Pontellier’s strength just as vehemently as I will her weakness. We assert our points not to negate those of others, but rather to investigate with open-minded passion. We all stay humble and receptive to alternative ideas, but also consider that the group’s success depends on each of us; our individual choices and ideas have a large impact. My IB classmates push me to be honest to the point of vulnerability, and critical to the point of reconsideration. I often find myself awakened to new perspectives. Connected in inquiry, we elevate our collective learning. My IB community helps me discover new views of the world and express the truest version of myself by supporting me as I analyze what I see, think, and do.
My passion for planning (and for colorful pens) propels me as I fill the crisp white pages of my “BuJo,” my beloved Bullet Journal. Peeking inside, one would find color-coded diagrams, charts, spreadsheets, and logs, arranged into my weekly and monthly calendars, highlight of my day log, daily habit tracker, quarterly outlook, monthly project tracker, divine providence journal, and pages for doodles, designs, and miscellaneous. While some may respond with alarm to this intricate array of organization, these detailed pages are a place where my brain thrives. With my plans, lists, and details all written down, accounted for, and secured within the thick black leather, I am liberated. My pens with their ink release any worry and defend against any overload. There are a finite number of things I must do, and my lists prove it. While my zeal for organization grounds me and excites me, I push myself to acknowledge, and even to embrace, my limited control, and to revel in the present and let it guide me to the future. For me, only a tightly organized and strictly color-coded notebook could create this energizing feeling of freedom.
College Prompt: What is your favorite word and why?
By: Ellie D. ('21)
Both the subjective and unique nature of language have always fascinated me, specifically the idea that there are words that have meanings that only exist in one language. While languages share most words, there are a special few that are unique to various languages and cultures. For example, the Italian word, “abbicio,” describes the sleepy feeling we experience after a large meal, while the German word, “fernweh,” means feeling homesick for a place that you have never been. I have always been enamored by these untranslatable words, but there is one that speaks to me the most: the French word, “retrouvailles.” Though I am biased by my love of the French language and culture, it is my favorite because it never fails to remind me of what it means to be human. Retrouvailles stems from the verb retrouver, meaning to find something again. Although this word cannot be directly translated into English, it is able to evoke a feeling that is universal. Retrouvailles describes the happiness we feel when we reunite with someone close to us after a long period of time. It does not refer to a dramatic, slow motion reunion like the ones we see in romance films, but instead defines the magic found in raw moments of human interaction. It is the feeling of losing yourself in conversation with others, while the world around you disappears for a moment. It is our ability to reconnect with loved ones who we have not seen in months, as if no time has passed. It is the ever-human desire for connection. In a time when both emotional and physical connection have been splintered, the word retrouvailles is ever more my favorite, as it offers a glimpse of hope for the much-anticipated reunions that lie ahead.
College Prompt: What work of art, music, science, mathematics, literature, or other media has surprised, unsettled, or inspired you, and in what way?
By: Marshall B. ('21)
Donna Tartt’s The Secret History stands out in the sense that it’s a book that’s just as much, if not more, about the characters than it is about the plot. Tartt creates characters that you want to hate. They’re affluent (and know it), narcissistic, unethical, and elitist. Yet, the reader can’t help but become infatuated with the intricate dynamic of this six-member friend group. No one should want to identify with the characters, but we do find ways to do so, which is what makes this story resonate. One way that we can use literature is to examine ourselves. As we read, we identify with characters and see parts of ourselves from the third person, which forces us to acknowledge personality flaws that we may not want to. In the end of the book, none of the characters are innocent, but the reader still wants them to somehow redeem themselves. Although, Tartt denies the reader that desired happy ending, and in doing so she comments on our own naïve nature. The characters’ fatal flaws are a reflection of a broad range of our own flaws as individuals and as a society, consolidated into six people. Tartt’s characters explore existential ideas that have plagued all of humankind since the days of the Greek philosophers, such as sin, morality, punishment, the guise of evil as good. These ongoing moral questions are part of what make The Secret History a modern classic. It is no coincidence that the characters all study the Classics. They study the questions of ancient philosophers and then explore those ideas in their own lives, and in doing so, Tartt emphasizes the true power of applied learning. Tartt shows us the fascinating idea of the continuity and eternity of humankind’s struggle to comprehend basic moral questions.