"Spiderman 3" is the manifestation of the audience's deepest fears, or rather three if any audience members suffer from arachnophobia. Not only is the film a comicbook adaptation, which are notorious for their poor transition from paper to film, but it is also a sequel, which are also infamously bad. As all Spiderman fans know, with great power comes great responsibility, and Director Sam Raimi handles this power masterfully.
The forces that motivate the people. The story behind the history. The hope that overwhelms the hate. The wind that shakes the barley.
Even the most dedicated fan of British rock band The Who might be slightly hesitant upon hearing about their 2006-2007 tour 30 years after the band's prime; after all two members are dead and the remaining two are three times as old as they were when "My Generation" became famous. But, remaining members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend's recent performance at the Verizon Center proves that The Who isn't popular exclusively with the baby-boomer generation, but rather with every generation since.
Be prepared to be blown away by Hollywood glitz and entertainment at its best! In recent years the Oscars have been one of the most anticipated entertainment event of the entire year. And if the extent of anticipation is any indication of how exciting they will be, then this year looks likely to be more exciting than the super bowl, the recent elections and the return of "Lost" combined.
If "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is the epitome of spaghetti Westerns, and Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series is the epitome of fantasy fiction, then the new Marvel comic "The Gunslinger Born" is their offspring whose godparents are H.P. Lovecraft and Clint Eastwood.
Despite the excess of restaurants in the D.C. metropolitan area, finding a perfect place to dine is often a process just as painful as watching somebody incorrectly answer the 200 dollar question on "Jeopardy." If the "Jeopardy" answer is "a superb Italian restaurant in Bethesda" then, without a doubt, the question is "What is Pines of Rome?"
This just in: recently, two teenaged girls from a local high school were kidnapped, blindfolded and held hostage by approximately eight male assailants during the school day. Fortunately, they were rescued before any physical harm ensued, though the extent of the emotional harm has not yet been determined. Details after this commercial.
Reina Natasha Lynch, a Blair graduate, was discovered dead on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. at a FedEx distribution center in Beltsville where she held a part time job as a security guard.
When Dante Alighieri wrote his classic novel "The Divine Comedy" about the nine levels of hell, nobody knew where he drew his ideas. The hell created by Dante has long been feared by humanity, who constantly struggle with the idea of the dark pits of an eternity of misery. Yet an ever more torturous experience than Dante's version of hell is enduring Jodi Picoult's "Tenth Circle."
In the national television industry, crime-based shows are considered especially brilliant. On NBC, the elite and dedicated man who creates these shows is known as producer Dick Wolf. This is his story.
While reading about a kidnap victim or a hostage situation, the same thought crosses everybody's mind: what would I do? The "would I crumble under the pressure?" and "I could have done thats" circulate through the minds of every viewer as the plot thickens, as the show intensifies. As far as the shows goes, there is nothing more dramatic and pressing than a hostage situation. Such situations are comparable to trying to climb uphill on a slippery slope in the middle of El Niño. Shows that feature such intense concepts are sure to attract viewers for the dramatic tension results in popularity, just as J.J. Abrams achieves in his creation "Lost." As the fall television season kicks off, two out of the four main television stations have a show featuring kidnapping and hostage situations.
Life is not fair. William Goldman, author of "The Princess Bride," made this case to the world in the novel that exposes just how unfair life can really be. For the purpose of saving others time, money and weasels, I have compiled a list of tips; the do's and don'ts of life. I am under the assumption that the reader already knows about the dangers of bringing a knife to a gunfight (thank you Mr. Connery), so I'll skip that pointer and move on to the lesser known hints to living a fulfilling life without regrets.
Sure, Spiderman is a wall crawler worth fawning over, and Wolverine is everybody's favorite Canadian with indestructible metal claws, but these classic graphic novel characters have aged considerably since their creation in the 60's and 70's, and new ones are desperately needed. This is when Brian K. Vaughn has stepped up; he superbly fills in the hero void with his three dimensional characters in the Marvel comic "Runaways" based in Los Angeles with cleverly re-invented superheroes.
Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Joe Kubert, Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, John Cassaday and Joss Whedon. These men have been crucial in the development of the "X-Men" empire, being the writers and illustrators behind the "X-Men" comic. It is hard to determine which man was the most important in the realm of mutants, but one thing is certain. The high expectations created by these gentlemen are more dangerous than Magneto.
With scribbled notes about notorious liberal Michael Moore written on the whiteboard and Gandhi quotes decorating the walls in teacher Joann Malone's classroom, it may be hard to envision this ex-nun in a jail cell. However, with the classic prison film "The Shawshank Redemption" on her desk, it suddenly becomes believable.
Participating comic book stores will hold the fifth annual Free Comic Book Day on Sat. May 6.. Twenty eight special editions will be distributed free of charge.
Blair held its first poetry slam during Blair Fair on April 28 at 6 p.m. in the library. The winners were seniors Jonah Gold and Sarah Janesko and freshman Jumi Bello.
Regularly Hollywood releases fantastic and successful films, and when they do release a box office winner, it is almost guaranteed that a sequel will be made, regardless of whether the film needs one. While many famous sequels and series have been created, most notably the "Star Wars" films, there also have been flops. Flops so terrible that words cannot describe the horrible quality. Fortunately, with this handy guide people can avoid those flops and focus on sequels of considerably better quality.
Nearly all teenagers like to eat food and burn things. Whether it is simply lighting candles while eating dinner or building a fire to cook a homemade meal, fire and food go together. Fortunately, here are some recipes that combine these two elements to create perfect, fiery food. Remember to use extreme caution when making these dishes.
While most students recall reading classic novels such as "Anne Frank" and "The Secret Garden" while in their 7th grade English class, junior Jessica Weaver remembers reading ... a comic book?
Montgomery County Public Schools celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the French Immersion Program on March 25. The ceremony took place at Blair.
The Blair astronomy class recently finished constructing a sundial in the student courtyard that uses natural light to determine time, according to astronomy teacher Leslie Rogers. The sundial cost around $125 and is accurate within five minutes of the actual time.
While going to Greece for lunch may be preferable, making this Greek Chicken salad is a savory substitute for a Grecian meal and much easier than going half way around the world. This dish encompasses the taste of Greece and is simple to make, as well as a delicious addition to any meal. People will be impressed when you walk in carrying this fantastic dish instead of bringing your normal potato salad to a dinner party.
The man of steel is back and he is ready to fight some serious crime.
Tired of the same old meals of ramen noodles and granola bars while in the wilderness? Next time you and your friends go camping, try some of these delicious, easy recipes, varying from breakfast foods to dessert treats. Even if the weather is not temperate enough to go camping, these recipes can be duplicated at home.
Every die-hard movie fan has at least once looked at the scrumptious food that characters eat in their favorite flicks and wondered how to make the delicious treats. Whether it be the butter beer in "Harry Potter" or the Turkish delight from "The Chronicles of Narnia," the food is always notable. Fortunately, many of the dishes are easier to prepare than they look. With the help of the following simple directions, movie fans can enjoy these cinematic dishes.
In lieu of the New Year—and the realization that there actually is a National Squirrel Day (Jan. 21)—we have decided to embark on an excursion through the year in hopes to discover all the random "holidays" that the world does not know of. Everybody has heard of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Thanksgiving, but there are so many other holidays out there that stir our curiosity.
The freshman Honors Physics classes and the Science Research Methods class held their first annual Science Research Conference and "I Wonder" symposium to publicly display their knowledge and comprehension of their research topics on Feb. 2 at Blair.
Jared Diamond, the author of the acclaimed novels "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "The Third Chimpanzee," promoted his newest book, "Collapse," and held a brief question-and-answer session at the DC-based bookstore Politics and Prose on Wednesday Jan. 18.
People all around the world are in mourning. Not because of a death, but because ABC's hit show, "Lost," has gone on a six-week break. Just thinking about waiting any span of time to find out what happens to the characters of "Lost" makes fans wish that somebody had actually died.
Since the beginning of time the famous and the powerful have been subject to fear. Bruce Wayne developed a fear of bats when he was young. Nicole Kidman is afraid of butterflies. Howard Hughes was known for his intense fear of germs. Slightly less famous, but considerably more unique is junior Elizabeth Chang who fears ... mustard?
Very few plays have the ability to captivate an audience for three hours. Even fewer plays can claim having a fantastic cast as well as beautiful sets. There is only one play that can make Victor Hugo's 1000 plus pages of "Les Misérables" seem like only a half hour of pure bliss.
The Pine Players, a student-run acting group, held a fund-raising gala on Sat. at the Silver Spring stage in the Woodmoor Shopping Center at 8:00 p.m. with the intention of earning funds for their acting group.
Relaxed at his desk, which is covered with books, educational movies and a miniature skeleton, David Whitacre, teacher of Cultural Anthropology and Modern World History, sits sipping his Starbucks drink. What someone cannot tell from just looking at Whitacre is that he a brillant teacher, with a flair for making dull classes interesting.
A misunderstood teenage orphan is convicted of a serious crime and is given the choice between going to jail and living with a sinister woman in the countryside of England. But wait, is this Anthony Horowitz's new novel "Ravens Gate," or the newest episode of a very bad soap opera?
Sudan is a topic of controversy and horror - a country packed with more death and terror than a thousand scary movies. Why then do United Nations officials seem more scared by the concept of entering the country than the actual crimes being committed?
The floor trembles, sending shockwaves through the soles of the chaotic and spontaneous crowd's shoes as the deafening noise envelopes them. It's Nov. 13, and there's an earthquake at the 9:30 Club: Dropkick Murphys.
William Shakespeare's comedies are simple; few plays could be easier to comprehend. Almost all contain the basic elements of misdirected love, mistaken identity and a set of twins, and the combination usually leads to an amazing show. The Montgomery Blair Players did just that, turning out yet another Shakespeare classic in a delightful and interesting performance.
A trailer explosion kills a couple having an affair, a stripper in a large brown paper bag is brutally murdered, and two completely liquefied bodies are found in the trunk of a car. Combine these three violent crimes and you get a day's work for the Las Vegas crime lab and the season premiere episode of "Crime Scene Investigation" (CSI).
Gone are the days when the TV doctor would tell a patient to "take two aspirin and call me in the morning." Now, the doctor is a lonely, bitter and sarcastic man who enjoys his Vicodin a little too much and has a tendency to play Gameboy instead of treating his patients.
Behind The Who during "Real Good Looking Boy" images of Elvis were projected on a giant screen that was constantly incorporated into the performance.
Lead vocalist of The Who, Roger Daltrey, performs at the Verizon Center.
One of many uses for the extra Ramon in the world.
A memorial for Andrew Helgeson, created last year, stands inside the football stadium.
Teenage Native Americans often are split between traditional values and modern culture.
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Blair's new sundial that uses natural light to tell the time can be found in the student courtyard.
To read the news article about the scientific theory that the Loch Ness monster was a swimming elephant, click here.
The quesadillas can be garnished with sour cream and different spices.
The University of Texas at Austin features its solar powered house that was judged in 10 different competitions during the Solar Decathalon which ran from from Oct. 7-16 on the National Mall. Eighteen teams of college students participated in the competition to build an attractive looking house that ran solely on the sun's energy.